natural cures hiatal hernia

June 14, 2011

Hiatal Hernia Natural Cure

A Hiatal hernia can occur when there is weakness in the muscle at the diaphragm opening. This causes a small hole. Sometimes the upper part of the stomach will poke through this hole and and get stuck. The most common symptoms are acid reflux, heartburn, frequent burping, chest pain and nausea.

There are many natural ways to bring relief and healing for this condition:

Eat smaller meals more often, instead of 3 large meals, which engorge the stomach.

Avoid, or greatly reduce citrus fruits, foods that are fatty, fried, spicy or tomato-based, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

Wait at least 3 hours after eating before bending over or lying down.

Maintain a healthy weight.

An apple a day actually does help.

Marshmallow brings soothing relief.

A teaspoon of honey in a glass of water will lessen symptoms.

Eat plenty of fiber.

Drink lots of water.

Some herbs will help, like slippery elm, comfrey, okra pepsin, coriander, licorice root, fennel seeds, evening primrose oil, sheep sorrel, black walnut, and passion flower. Take as powdered form mixed with water or as a capsule.

Strengthen your muscles. Try walking, swimming and other mild exercises for the chest and abdomen, 3 times a week, for 15 minutes each session. Wait several hours after eating before exercising.

Gently massage your upper stomach twice a day.

Wear loose clothes. Tight clothes will put pressure on the stomach.

Eliminate stress. Deep breathing techniques, meditation and yoga will help.

Prop up the head of your bed. Use wooden or concrete blocks. Try different sizes to find the height that relieves symptoms the most. Get someone else to do the heavy lifting.

Find a chiropractor or massage therapist who knows how to manipulate the stomach and possibly bring the hernia down.

You may be able to jar your stomach back into place yourself. When you first wake up, drink a pint of warm water. Stand on your toes, then drop quickly to your heels numerous times.

Severe Hiatal hernias are rare, but very serious. If natural methods do not help, visit your doctor for other options.

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