Hemorrhoids are body tissue around and in the anus. High pressure in the anal canal causes hemorrhoids to become swollen or forced out of position – this is why occasionally they occur suddenly after a bowel movement.

Men are more prone than women to suffer from this condition, that requires professional medical treatment. By age 50, about 50 percent of the population has experienced at least one usual symptom, which includes – bleeding, rectal pain, itching, and possibly prolapse (this form of hemorrhoids can become infected or irritated and may require surgery).

Types

Internal – which occur in the lower rectum, and are commonly painless but can cause bleeding during bowel movements.

External – frequently found beneath the skin that surrounds the anus.

Symptoms

  • irritation or itching in your anal region;
  • painful bowel movements;
  • painless bleeding;
  • blood in the stool.

Causes

Chronic constipation or diarrhea.

Sitting for a long period of time, without standing up every now and then, can produce the same pressure like when you’re constipating or straining during passing stools.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and increased pressure by the growing fetus which forces the veins to work harder to pump blood. Furthermore, the strain of labor also can cause hemorrhoids to start or get worse.

Unhealthy diet. Low fiber diet and smaller caliber stool cause an individual to strain when having a bowel movement, hence, increasing the pressure within the blood vessels. In addition, a low-fiber diet or inadequate fluid intake can cause constipation. Salt (sodium) intake increases the swelling.

Obesity. Excess weight is usually linked with a sedentary lifestyle, particularly in the abdomen and pelvis, which may increase pressure on pelvic veins.

Lack of physical exercise. Having a sedentary lifestyle can cause this problem, due to the fact that active people have lesser problems with bowel movements.

Heavy lifting. The exertion of weight lifting could increase the pressure in your abdomen, which can lead to a worsening of your hemorrhoid problems.

Spiritual causes of hemorrhoids

This condition may reflect a conflict between the exterior and interior. Commonly, there are mixed feelings, for example, you may want to reject someone or something but on the other hand, you may experience contradictory feelings that prevent you from actually carrying on with a specific action simply because it is not suitable for you or because of unknown reasons.

Moreover, another spiritual cause of hemorrhoids is the constant attempt to win the approval of an authority figure who stubbornly withholds it. or trying to force someone close into doing what you want.

Hemorrhoids problems are related to dysfunctions of the root chakra. In Sanskrit, this chakra  is also known as “Muladhara”. The location of the root chakra is the groin region and spinal base. The Muladhara chakra influences your physical survival instincts, physical vitality, fight or flight response, and the emotions of jealousy, anger, desire and greed.

When this chakra is in balance, we can experience a deeper sense of stability, security, and connection to the earth. From the solid base of the root chakra, the equilibrium to move to increased awareness is established.

The fastest, easiest, and most effective method to release the frustrating problems caused by energy blockages in the Muladhara chakra is through sound. Sound creates vibrations in the physical, mental and emotional body, and these healing vibrations help the cells work together in synchronistic harmony.

Prevention

Avoid straining during bowel movements.

Exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day (moderate aerobic exercise), like taking a brisk walk, to stimulate your bowels and keep you regular. Additionally, a good physical exercise to work your perineal muscle is known as Kegal exercises. Also, if you have a history of problematic hemorrhoids, you might want to steer clear of lifting heavy weights or other strenuous activities.

Go when you need to go. This is one of the simplest methods to prevent hemorrhoids.

Plant-based diet. Add more dietary fiber and resistant starch to your diet from food, along with adequate fluid intake. Fiber softens stools and makes them easier to pass, reducing pressure on hemorrhoids. Some high fiber foods to consider: whole grains (particularly oats and bran, brown rice, barley), legumes (split peas, chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, black beans, and baked beans), apples, broccoli, oranges, berries, grapefruits, artichokes, pears, peas, spinach, carrots, seeds, bananas, watermelon and cantaloupe.

Water. Try drinking about six to eight glasses of water per day for smoother bowel movements. Certain drinks like sodas, energy drinks, and alcohol can create complications for your bowel movements.

Clean up. Shower or bathe daily to cleanse the skin around your anus gently with warm water. Avoid perfumed or alcohol-based wipes.