In Ayurveda, hernia or Antra Vriddhi is a medical condition in which an internal organ or muscle tissue bulge out of its normal position. It swells out through a weak point in the cavity it is positioned. There are options in Ayurveda treatment which can help you provide relief from the hernia. 

This mainly happens with abdominal organs and can lead to pain and swelling in the region. The Ayurvedic term for hernia is “Antra Vriddhi”. This condition can develop in any region of the body, in both men and women and at any age.

Common Causes of hernia

A hernia can be a hereditary condition, some factors that contribute are:

  • Persistent coughing
  • Excess pressure while passing feces
  • Straining abdominal muscles by lifting heavy objects
  • Obesity

There are a number of other lifestyle reasons such as increasing vata due to improper food intake, lifting heavy weights, suppression of urges like urine or feces. The increased vata weakens the intestine and pulls it down which leads to an inguinal hernia.  

Complications of hernia – when left without treatment

symptoms of hernia

If the hernia does not get the treatment, it may grow in size causing more pain and discomfort. A part of intestine sticks in the abdomen which causes pain and swelling in the surrounding area. 

The problem occurs when the trapped intestine does not get proper blood flow which leads to strangulation which becomes life-threatening. 

Ayurveda Treatment for Hernia

Hernia ayurvedic treatment involves procedures such as snehana, virechana, niruha basti and topical application of medicines with oral intake of herbs. Ayurveda medicines for hernia especially herbs strengthen intestine and promote healthy digestion. 

Snehana

  • In this procedure, warm essential oil is used to massage the body to dislodge and remove toxins from the body channels. 
  • Sesame oil or ghee is to treat the increase in vata whereas mustard oil, canola oil or flaxseed oil can treat kapha dosha.

This process continues for 7 days to see the effective results. 

Virechana

  • This process is to treat excess pitta from gallbladder, liver or small intestine. 
  • Triphala, amalaki(Indian gooseberry), pipali (long pepper), shunthi (dried ginger) and maricha (black pepper) are for cleansing and to treat swelling due to kapha dosha. 
  • Purgatives such as rock salt, isabgol and ginger may eliminate vata dosha. 
  • After purgation, you must take light food to fire up digestion.
  • You can feel the lightness and the downward movement of gas after virechana.  

Niruha basti

  • The procedure involves herbal enema decoction anema mixing with milk and oil. This is a highly beneficial treatment for vata disorders, weak tissues and enlarged scrotum. 
  • It clears out toxins from the tissues and cleans the colon by flushing feces from the system. 
  • It heals and rejuvenates the complete body by cleaning the intestines. 

Ayurveda Medicine for Hernia

Triphala Guggul

This medicine constitutes triphala, trikatu and guggul as its prime components. Triphala guggul works as: 

  • Digestive 
  • Laxative
  • Bowel tonic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Purgative 

This also has analgesic properties and is useful in managing post-operative pain after hernia surgery. The benefits of triphala guggul not only include hernia but it can also be used for weight loss, infection, corn abscess, piles, constipation, and fistula. 

Gandhak Rasayana

It consists of shuddha gandhak (brimstone) along with dalchini (cinnamon) and Indian rose chestnut. It is very useful to pacify vata and pitta doshas. Also, it increases the digestion and reduces the excess pressure on the intestinal muscles.

Moreover, similar to guggulu, gandhak is helpful in managing post-operative hernia pain. 

Ayurveda Herbal Treatment for Hernia

Ayurvedic herbs for treating hernia are: 

Hingu

It is to improve digestion and increase hunger. It is one of the best herbs to treat vata disorder, cramping, and abdominal pain. The most common complaint in hernia is constipation which hingu treats successfully. 

Kutja

It helps increase appetite and assists in digestion by healing hernia. It helps in diminishing pathogens and harmful bacteria from the gut. 

Senna

Senna helps in healthy bowel movement and regulates the intestinal muscles. It relieves the excess pressure from the abdominal wall. 

Manjishtha

The roots of manjishtha are good for blood purification. It treats kapha disorder connected to swelling in the hernia. It also helps in tissue healing after hernia surgery

Karanja

It helps in breaking down of food and absorption of necessary nutrients by stimulating intestines. It also prevents bloating. 

Ayurvedic Formulations of Hernia

Bala-Eranda

A decoction prepared with Eranda Taila (Castor oil) and Bala is very effective in curing hernia pain and sensation. This also help to alleviate distention and flatulence. 

Radnadi Kwatha

Mixing castor oil with any of the following ingredients can help get relief from symptoms of hernia-

  • Rasna- Pluchea lanceolata
  • Yashtimadhu- Licorice
  • Guduchi- Tinospora cordifolia
  • Erandamula- roots of the castor plant
  • Bala- Sida cordifolia
  • Aeagwadha- Cassia fistula
  • Gokshura- Tribulus Terrestris
  • Patola- Pointed gourd
  • Vasa- Adhatoda vasica

Vishala Kashaya

Some people have reported that after using decoction prepared with powder of roots of Citrullus colocynthis mixed with castor oil/milk has been effective.

Pippalyadi Lepa and Devadarvadi Pralepa

Some pastes made from long pepper, cumin seeds, jujube, dried cow dung, help in preparing pippalyadi lepa can also help in getting relief from a hernia. 

External Treatment for Hernia in Ayurveda

Pathya

  • Samshodhana
  • Vasti Karma- Therapeutic enemas
  • Raktamokshana- Bloodletting
  • Sweda karma- sweating therapy, sweating or sudation
  • Lepa- appointments, application of medicinal pastes
  • Vankshana Daha- Giving heat near the bulging area.
  • Bahu sira vyadha
  • Shastra vidhi
  • Eranda taila
  • Aruna or red variety of rice
  • Vamana
  • Dhanwa amisha
  • Ushna jala
  • Takra

Dietary and Lifestyle changes for Hernia Patient as per Ayurveda

Surgical treatments such as open surgery and laparoscopic surgeries are available in modern science. However, Ayurveda medicines for hernia have been helping patients from the long run if followed strictly. Ayurvedic guidelines to prevent hernia are as follows : –

  • Break your meals

Ayurveda says to divide your meals into small portions rather than eating large meals twice a day.

  • Take time to eat

Make sure you chew every bite properly before swallowing. It doesn’t matter how hungry you are or if your fellow companion finishes up early.

  • Keep yourself hydrated

Water is an essential component of our body and to maintain that natural balance it is advisable to drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic & non-aerated fluids.

  • Stop drinking water in-between your meals

Drinking water between meals can interfere with normal digestion. It is better to have a glass of water five minutes before your meal and only an hour after the meal.

  • Combination

It is important to keep a check on the food combination. Avoid eating raw and processed food together. Moreover, the cooked food should not be overcooked as it destroys the essential vitamins.

  • Vegetable and fruit juice

In your daily food habits, indulge in having fresh vegetables and fruit juices.

  • Wholegrain foods

In addition to vegetables and fruit juices, include more fiber, whole grains, and cereals in your diet rather than processed foods.

  • Physical activity

In this sedentary lifestyle, take some time out to perform some physical activity such as walking, climbing stairs, yoga or exercise.

  • Sleep

Do not sleep just after having your meals and only after 2 hours.

Side-Effects and Risks of Ayurveda Treatment for Hernia

Although Ayurvedic treatment does not have any specific side-effects, treatment must be with proper precautions. It is not necessary that similar treatment works for every individual. 

  • Hingu: In some people who meditate or perform yoga, it is said to be contraindicating as it aggravates the acidic condition in the body.
  • Manjishtha: It is better to avoid this Ayurvedic herb in severe chills as it can worsen vata. 
  • Snehana is not recommended for those who are obese or diarrhea. 
  • Niruha Basti is not for babies, in cases of diarrhea, colon cancer, polyps.

Therefore, it is essential to consult a doctor even before taking any treatment or medication. 

Surgical Treatment of Hernia

Open surgery

In open hernia repair, a large incision, or cut, is made in the abdomen.

The doctor identifies the hernia. The surgeon then pushes the hernia back into the abdomen and strengthens the abdominal wall with stitches or synthetic mesh.

The recovery may take longer. You may have to refrain from strenuous activities and exercise for four to six weeks after the surgery.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is the most preferred surgery when home remedies for hernia and Ayurveda for hernia do not work. It is a minimally invasive procedure where a thin telescope-like instrument called laparoscope goes inside through one of the small incisions. 

A laparoscope has a video camera at the top which gives a clear view of the defect.

The surgeon fills the abdomen with harmless gas for a clear view.

The peritoneum (the inner lining of the abdomen) is cut to expose the weakness in the abdominal wall. Mesh is placed on the inside to cover the defects in the abdominal wall and strengthen the tissue. 

Finally, after the procedure is complete, the small abdominal incisions are closed with adhesive glue or with surgical tape. In a few months, the incisions are barely visible. Learn more about the success rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery.

Benefits of laparoscopic surgery are: 

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Less pain
  • Daycare procedure
  • Quick recovery
  • Performed by specialists
  • Good cosmetic benefits

Final words

Now you must have understood that hernia is a lifestyle disease. The increase in vata and Kapha dosha in hernia requires special attention and care. Although Ayurveda medicines for hernia can help reduce its symptoms, laparoscopic surgery is necessary for permanent cure. Therefore, book an appointment to get the best treatment for hernia.  

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FAQ

How long does it take for ayurvedic medicines to show results?

Ayurvedic medicines prevent symptoms of hernia but complete cure is not certain. It takes months to treat hernia with ayurvedic medicines and sometimes this delay might worsen your hernia condition.

Will ayurvedic medicines treat me completely?

Patanjali medicines generally reduce the intensity of the symptoms of Hernia. When you stop consuming these medicines, they might recur. The complete treatment is not certain with Ayurvedic medicines.

Can I feel my hernia?

Yes, you can feel your hernia. It feels like a small swelling or a bulge. Sometimes the area around the hernia can become soft and you'd feel a pulling sensation while walking, coughing or doing physical activities.

Can my hernia go away without surgery?

No, the hernia does not go away on its own. If the hernia isn't bothering you then you can ignore the surgery for a while but the hernia will grow over time and surgery would become necessary to treat the hernia.

Is Laproscopic treatment safe for hernia?

Yes, laparoscopic surgical treatment provided is completely safe. It is a minimaly invasive surgery to treat hernia. Hernia does not go away on its own. Therefore, either you can wait and treat the symptoms but this will not solve the problem completely. Laparoscopic treatment can cure hernia and its symptoms better.

7 thoughts on “Ayurveda Treatment for Hernia”

  1. I couldn’t imagine that hernia could cause so much discomfort until I suffered from one. I had a bulge which was not going back when I pushed it back. While I was looking for solutions, I came across various home remedies. Among these remedies, I tried various Ayurvedic products. I even followed several tips suggested in Ayurveda to get relief from the pain or swelling. To my utter dismay, the products didn’t work. Then I came across Pristyn Care. I opted their laparoscopic treatment for hernia. There was no complications during my recovery nor the recovery was painful. I was back on my feet within 10 days. What a great experience at Pristyn Care!

  2. Very detailed article. My father is suffering from hernia. He is managing without any surgery but I want to him to go with the surgery. How much does a laproscopic hernia surgery costs?

  3. I tried changing my lifestyle but the pain didn’t subside. So I’ll go for the laparoscopic treatment now. But what about the recovery? Are there any special instructions should I follow after the surgery?

  4. Recovery time after surgery depends on the type of hernia you have.All patients need a follow-up appointment two weeks after surgery to ensure that their pain is well controlled and there are no infections.

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