So instead, people suffer in silence, only willing to bring it up with their doctor or other health care person if the discomfort, pain and bleeding have got really intense. Over-the-counter remedies for piles usually focus more on relieving the itch and bleeding than on actually solving the problem.
Piles is when some of the veins around the rectum get inflamed, causing them to 'swell up'. There are lots of explanations why this happens: some people say it happens (to women, anyway…) as a result of pregnancy. Others say it’s the result of eating too much of the wrong types of food, or food allergies, or when a person is overweight.
They may be right. But in keeping with the main premise of this blog (and Jewish thought) that everything that happens to the body has a spiritual reason, I have my own theories.
I think piles occur when people bury their anger deep down in their psyche, and hold on to resentments and hatreds instead of letting them go. Of course, 'letting go' is often not a simple matter. It's often very hard spiritual work, and can rarely be achieved overnight, especially if you're angry at people who have hurt you over a long period of time, and who are still hurting you.
I'll post some suggestions about how to let go of these types of destructive negative emotions another time, but today, I wanted to give you two tachlis ways of getting rid of piles, without surgery, without juice fasts, and without having to spend five years' on the therapists couch. They sound weird (doesn't everything I post up on this blog…) but don't knock it until you've tried it.
I suggested the first technique, below, to someone who'd been suffering from chronic piles for four years, and who had tried every weird diet in the book to try and get rid of them. Once they tried the spoons, they disappeared in one week! Baruch Hashem.
Technique one: spoon the inside of your mouth
According to energy medicine, piles is the result of trapped energy being unable to circulate around the body. It accumulates at the 'exit points' of the body - the mouth and bottom being the two most notable ones - and that stagnant energy can very quickly turn into physical issues like piles.
We need to do something to 'stretch out' the exit points, and give the trapped energy some room to move (and this can be done at any 'exit point').
So take a regular stainless steel spoon, place the curved side (back of the spoon) inside your mouth, against the inside of your lips, and gently press out the flesh all around your mouth for a couple of minutes. Do it for a few days, until you see results. That's it!
I know it sounds weird, but try it, and see for yourself.
Technique two: ice cubes between the third and fourth fingers
This is a Su Jok tip: place an icecube in a small plastic bag, and then hold it directly on the skin, at the point where the third finger and ring finger meet, at the bottom (this corresponds to the area where the piles are, in the body). If the ice-cube melts, replace it, until you've kept the cold there for at least 20 minutes. Within two days, this should dramatically bring down the swelling and itching of the piles.
We're all different, so different things work for different people. If you're suffering from piles, have a go at one or both of these, and with G-d's help, relief will quickly be on its way.
And then, you just have to work out how to deal with all your repressed anger so that they don't come back again. ☺