Can Yoga act as relief for piles?

yoga exercise for piles

Yoga has long been known for its therapeutic properties in preventing and controlling digestive and intestinal diseases and complications. Occurrence of piles is more commonly reasoned with sedentary lifestyle involving long hours of sitting. Lifestyle changes that facilitate relieving severity of symptoms and control recurrence is the first and foremost treatment option for piles. Yoga for piles focus on attaining physical and mental state of homeostasis that brings about reduction of pile symptoms.

The art of yoga for piles treatment techniques through kriyas helps improve blood circulation and keep the body free from accumulation of waste.

Best yoga for piles aid in quick and smooth bowel movements to help relieve pain and discomfort caused during constant constipation.

Exercising regular yoga postures can reduce pressure exerted on the veins in the anal region.

Pranayama habituates rhythmic breathing that can help in avoiding conditions of straining and holding breath while passing motions.

Improved intestinal peristalsis on practising certain mudras prevents hard stools and permits timely passage of stools.

Stretching and toning of pelvic muscles attained through yoga exercise to cure piles can aid in relaxation of rectal and anal sphincters to allow easy elimination of stools.

How to prevent piles with yoga?

Below are few piles treatment yoga practices which are aimed to cure / reduce piles problems effectively.

Ashwini Mudra meaning horse gesture, mimics the rhythmic contraction of anal sphincters of a horse. The practice of Ashwini mudra focusses on diseases of rectum and haemorrhoids mainly to deal with constipation and further complications. Anatomical awareness in this mudra is directed towards anal muscles and perineum. Strength of the muscles of the rectum, large intestine and perineum region is increased. Useful in preventing the prolapse of the rectum and preventing piles. Functions of abdominal organs (especially lower abdomen) is improved. This mudra can be practised in various different postures like viparita karani, sirsasana, padmasana etc….

Pavanamuktasana or the wind relieving pose is the basic and easier way for beginners to start practise. On regular practise of this position, it relieves gas trouble, constipation and pain due to haemorrhoids. Ashwini Mudra performed in this posture can be highly beneficial in finding relief from pain, swelling and irritation from having piles.

Baddha Konasana otherwise called the bound angle pose or butterfly pose strengthens the pelvic musculature and organs within. This pose is said to bring in relief for women with haemorrhoids during pregnancy.

Baddha Konasana in Sarvangasana is the bound angle pose in Shoulder Stand that relieves pain due to haemorrhoids and reduces pressure in the intestinal tract to control severity of piles symptoms.

Baddha Konasana in Sirsasana is performing bound angle in headstand that helps stretch the trunk up and raises the hips. It also helps keep the coccyx and the back of the pelvis tucked in. More importantly, relaxes the abdomen and reduces the swelling due to haemorrhoids.

Basti kriya generates energy and is highly beneficial in cleansing and detoxifying the body. Apart from this, Basti increases colonic peristalsis, producing rapid elimination of the faeces that comes as a great relief in people suffering from constipation and symptoms of piles.

Jala Basti and Sushka Basti are some of the other advanced techniques of yoga that can provide relief from piles.

While practising yoga for piles problem can be healing and beneficial for everyone, not every posture is suitable for everyone. Precaution is utmost important while doing yoga. If yoga for piles disease or yoga exercises are not performed in a proper manner, there is a greater possibility of its side effects. Doing yoga unsystematically can aggravate the problems rather than showing its positive health benefits. So, it is recommended that knowing how to reduce piles using yoga should always be practiced under the guidance of experienced yoga instructor or therapist.

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Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran

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