A hernia is defined as a bulging organ or fatty tissue through a soft or weak spot in the abdomen. There are some basic facts about hernia which you must know.
- Hernia often produces no troublesome symptoms, but abdominal complaints might be a serious concern.
- They are evident to diagnose simply by feeling or looking at the bulge.
- Treatment is a choice between waiting and surgery. It can be open surgery or laparoscopic surgery (without incisions).
While medical attention is always advised, there are several natural remedies that have gained popularity as well as some lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing a hernia.
Top 10 natural remedies to treat hernia without surgery
If someone is diagnosed with hernia, following natural remedies may help in easing the condition:
- Castor seed oil: This particular oil addresses stomach problems. Castor oil helps inhibit inflammation and promote proper digestion. Prepare a castor seed oil pack and place it on the stomach to soothe the pain.
- Aloe vera juice: This is beneficial for easing hernia because it has anti-inflammatory and soothing abilities. Even on a regular basis, people consume aloe vera juice for health benefits. Even to lower the chances of developing a hernia, you can consume this prior to every meal.
- Ice packs: When you suffer a hernia, there can be redness, inflammation and pain in the abdomen. This triggers contraction when applied on the affected area and reduces inflammation in the body. It often gives relief from the pain and bloating.
- Ginger root: Consume concentrated ginger juice or raw ginger to give relief to your stomach. It provides a health boost at the same time. It protects stomach from building gastric juices which can happen in case of hernia.
- Black pepper: Black pepper is more than just an added flavor. It stimulates healing in those parts of the body which have been compromised when the organ began to push through the cavity wall. It can also suppress acid reflux.
- Lose weight: Obesity is a major risk factor for people suffering from a hernia. It can slow down the healing process. Losing weight will help you improve your body posture and your body will be under less physical strain. Start taking small meals and the symptoms may disappear naturally.
- Diet alert: Spicy food, acidic food and food difficult to digest should be avoided strictly. These foods can further inflame the stomach lining, making it more difficult to heal.
- No stress: Another major factor in the formation of hernia is anxiety and stress. Excess stress can put more strain on your metabolism as a whole. Some stress-reducing activities include yoga, meditation, massage and use of essential oils and aromatherapy.
- Say no to strenuous exercises: Main cause of hernia is strenuous exercise or overexertion. If you are engaged in heavy exercises, cut back and perform easy workouts. Even if you have experienced hernia before, refrain yourself from lifting heavy weights. Ensure you drink enough fluids and eat enough fiber.
- Vegetable juice: One of the most effective natural home remedies is a glass of vegetable juice – carrot, spinach, onions, broccoli and kale. The nutrients and anti-inflammatory nature of vegetables help to soothe the burning and painful symptoms.
Can umbilical hernia be treated with natural remedies?
There are different types of hernia – inguinal (inner groin), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), incisional (resulting from an incision) and hiatal (upper stomach) hernia. Out of all this, umbilical hernia is very common and typically harmless. It is mostly found in newborns with low birth weight and premature babies but they affect adults too. Although they are easily treatable, they can become serious on rare occasions. In adults, being overweight or having multiple pregnancies can be the cause. Hernia does not go away on its own. Only surgery can repair a hernia. Natural remedies can only help in easing umbilical hernia condition in adults. Infants and newborns are not liable for these natural remedies. Therefore, a last resort to treat umbilical hernia is surgery, either open or laparoscopic surgery.
Treatment for umbilical hernia
Umbilical hernia surgery is a quick operation to push back the protrusion back into the abdomen and strengthen the abdominal wall.
Infants and children
For infants, hernia closes without treatment by the age of 12 months. Sometimes, the doctor may be able to push the lump back into the abdomen. Surgery may be necessary in a few cases:
- The hernia grows after the child is 1 or 2 years old
- A bulge is clearly visible at a later stage
- Intestines are within the hernial sac, preventing intestinal movement
- Hernia becomes trapped
Open surgery: The surgeon will open the site and repair hernia using mesh and stitching the muscles together. It takes longer to recover.
Laparoscopic surgery: The surgeon makes small incisions through which laparoscope, mesh and sutures can pass through them. Special glue is used to close the wound. In this case, the person receiving the surgery will be able to go home on the same day.
Word of caution
Your doctor may ask you to wait and observe if your hernia is small and doesn’t bother you. But if the hernia is causing discomfort, looks serious and not treated with proper surgical procedure, the risk of complication increases. If you strain yourself and feel the sudden onset of hernia pain, it is advisable to see a medical professional as early as possible. These natural remedies should be considered as complementary treatments and recovery aids in most cases of hernia.
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