Piles, also known as hemorrhoids or haemorrhoids, are a form of swelling that can occur in the anus and lower rectum (i.e. the final straight portion of the large intestine). Mild piles may not cause any particular discomfort, but severe cases can become uncomfortable and often painful. In many causes piles can go away without treatment, but often require some form of remedy or treatment.
In most cases piles are brought on by an unhealthy diet and subsequently are made worse through constipation or when large faeces (stools) are passed through the intestine, causing straining in and around the veins of the anus and lower rectum. As a result, swelling can occur, which can become large enough that these swellings begin to hang down from the lower rectum to the anus. These swellings can sometimes even begin to bleed and in severe cases can even prolapse (begin to hang out of the anus). Piles that no longer go back into the lower rectum and permanently hang out of the anus are known as ‘external piles’ or ‘external haemorrhoids’ (also known as perianal haematoma) and may sometimes be removed.
Piles are also common among those who are pregnant and among the elderly as tissue can become less supportive with age. Piles can, however, occur regardless of age, gender or race.
While there are many possible ways to treat piles, including creams, ointments and even surgery; we recommend using a natural approach that will not only get rid of piles, but will prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Find out more information on natural piles treatment options.