Hernia is a painful condition that occurs when the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and pushes up against the chest wall. There are different types of hernia and the common ones include Hiatal Hernia (upper stomach), umbilical and inguinal hernia (lower groin). Typical symptoms of this condition are pain in stomach, difficulty in digestion, acid reflux, gastrointestinal bleeding, chronic heartburn, and stricture of the esophagus. Let us study some home remedies to treat hernia pain naturally without surgery. Before we do so, we will study common causes of hernia
Causes of hernia
- Coughing or lifting heavy weights can cause the inguinal canal to open and intestines to press through.
- Overexertion in sports can also cause hiatal and inguinal hernia.
- In babies, umbilical hernia can occur at childbirth.
- Overweight and overeating are some common causes of hernia. Large meals cause the food to sit in the stomach for prolonged periods. Overtime, this causes the stomach to become distended and bloated.
Remedies and natural treatment for hernia
1. Warm water fix
Drinking warm water first thing in the morning can help relax the stomach and diaphragm muscles. You can then perform some posture/stretching exercises to relieve the pain.
2. Posture and exercises
The most important way to heal hernia without surgery is to assist the abdominal muscles to tighten up. Many exercises can help reduce outward pressure of sagging internal organs. The following are two types of exercises that can benefit hernia patients:
- Those to strengthen the lower abdomen and pelvic floor muscles
- Exercises to develop links between the abdomen and shoulder blades and your rib cage.
Here are some easy exercises for preventing groin hernia pain. You can rise up on the toes and stretch upwards, then drop down on the heels to stretch the abdomen.
3. Deep breathing exercises
Sit in a chair. Take a deep breath, and holding the breath, lift up your knees as high up as you can. Exhale and lower the legs. Walk around a bit; repeat the deep breathing exercise. Do this every time the hernia acts up.
4. Apple cider vinegar
Take 1 ½ tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at the first sign of hernia pain. This can ease the pain of hiatal hernia as well as acid reflux which is a common symptom of hernia. Although apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature, it makes your body alkaline and prevents inflammation. Sip organic apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass of water before meals.
Add ½ tsp cinnamon powder to a glass of warm water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Drink this tea several times a day. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and prevents pain and inflammation in milder hernia cases.
6. Baking soda
Mix half a tsp of baking soda with water and drink the mixture before meals. Baking soda is alkaline in nature which helps prevent inflammation and pain.
7. Aloe vera
Drink Aloe vera juice before meals to alleviate heartburn. Aloe Vera juice is packed with antioxidants and it is naturally anti-inflammatory. This can help patients of hernia.
8. Vitamin B12
People diagnosed with hiatal hernia often have digestive problems. Taking 1000 mcg of Vitamin B 12 (methylcobalamin) two times a day can give much needed relief from these.
9. Herbs for hernia
Orange peel, chamomile tea, licorice root tea, and slipper elm are some herbs that are known to relieve pain of hernia. A poultice made with comfrey can successfully heal inguinal and hiatal hernia. Slippery elm powder can be steeped into a tea and taken twice a day to stop the pain.
10. Dietary changes
Eat small, frequent meals. If acid reflux or heartburn is a symptom, incline the bed to 45 degrees and avoid eating anything within 3-4 hours of bed. Focus on whole grains, fruit (avoid citrusy fruits) and vegetables. Avoid red meat, sofa and carbonated beverages, caffeine, sugar, refined flours etc. Drink plenty of water in small sips. Keep a food diary to see what kinds of foods aggravate the symptoms. Avoid fatty foods, chocolate, fried foods, spicy foods with onions, garlic etc.
11. Abdominal self massage
Lie down comfortably on the back and press your finger just below the breast bone. Next, apply downward pressure and slowly move towards the belly button. Massage twice a day, morning and evening.
12. Ice therapy
Cold or ice packs and compresses can help hernia patients having pain in the groin. Fill up a Sitz bath or tub with ice cold water and sit in it for 30 minutes. This wonderful remedy can give long lasting relief from hernia pain in the groin.
13. Homeopathic remedies for Hernia
- Calcarea Carbonica is a great remedy for umbilical and hiatal hernia.
- Lycopodium may be prescribed for strangulated and/or inguinal hernia.
- Nux Vomica prevents nausea, indigestion, constipation and other hernia symptoms.
- Cocculus may be given to patients having nausea, pain on right side and inability to stand.
- Aurum is for cramp like pains.
A trained homeopath will note down your complete history and symptoms and recommend the right medicine and dose.
Most cases of hernia can be resolved without surgery. A small percentage of patients could need surgery. If your symptoms do not ease up through above natural remedies, seek immediate medical help.