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What is it?
Haemorrhoids, the medical name for piles are caused by swollen veins inside or the outside of the anus. They can cause itching and pain, and are the most common source of anal bleeding. Sometimes, a blood clot or thrombus, turns a pile into a hard, extremely painful lump.
Anal pain, anal bleeding, anal itching.
Conventional Practice:
In cases of anal bleeding, a doctor should be seen so that he can test for any more serious underlying causes. Piles can be avoided by eating adequate amount of dietary fibre or roughage and by drinking sufficient liquid to avoid constipation. The itchiness and the pain can be relieved by taking hot baths, using hydrocortisone ointments or suppositories, and using moist wipes instead of ordinary toilet paper. In severe cases, an operation can be performed under local anaesthetic to remove them.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info

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