If you have hemorrhoids, have a sitz bath, avoid pressure on the area, and get enough rest. Increasing fiber intake, having plenty of water, and exercising can help too. Use glycerin and Epsom salt, an ice pack, petroleum jelly, witch hazel, aloe vera, goldenrod, or yarrow to ease irritation and inflammation. Homeopathic remedies like horse chestnut or Canada horsebalm can also be beneficial.
Hemorrhoids are a part of the human anatomy which become symptomatic when engorged. While rectal bleeding is usually the only symptom in the case of internal hemorrhoids, external hemorrhoids are marked by anal pain, itching, or burning along with rectal bleeding. You would also notice lumps around the anal area that make cleaning the area difficult.
Squatting isn’t the modern way to poop, but it's something that's second nature to people in some parts of the world for centuries. With your body positioned more ergonomically for a bowel movement, you may be able to strain less, finish pooping faster, and empty bowels completely. You may even be able to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, and a host of colorectal problems if you squat instead of sit.
Hemorrhoids or piles occur when hemorrhoidal tissues in the anal canal swell up. Constipation, straining to pass hard stool, or straining during childbirth are major risk factors. So is frequent wiping during diarrhea. Increased pressure in the abdomen due to obesity or pregnancy and long-term spinal injuries are other causes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that anal sex and heavy lifting can also raise the risks.
The squatting position is a more natural position. It can help avoid colon disease, constipation, pelvic floor and similar issues. In Ayurveda, elimination of poop is integral to one’s well-being and squatting position is called ‘malasana’ in yoga. Squatting might stave off hemorrhoids by making defecation easier and reducing abdominal pressure.
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