Definition of Hernia
A hernia is a problem where a body organ protrudes out of the weak tissue or muscle. There are people who get a hernia from birth, it is congenital. Others acquire it as a result of lifestyle changes such as repeated pregnancy, obesity, chronic cough, excessive weight lifting or excessive fat.
We have already discussed symptoms of hernia and types of hernia in our previous blogs. Here we are going to discuss homeopathy medicine for hernia, its benefits and side-effects.
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Top homeopathy medicines for hernia
Here are some of the medicines for hernia depending on the type and severity of a hernia:
This is prescribed for almost all types of hernia – femoral, inguinal, umbilical and strangulated hernia. It is usually for those hernia patients who complain of weak muscles due to chronic constipation or diarrhea. Usually taken to treat left-sided inguinal hernia, this homeopathy medicine can also treat burning sensation caused due to strangulated hernia.
Calcarea carbonica is homeopathic medicine to treat hernia for obese patients. There is excessive fat in the abdomen for obese people resulting in weak abdominal muscles. This medicine is also used to treat umbilical hernia in babies and children.
People suffering from femoral as well as inguinal hernia, should take this medicine. Children and adults can take this medicine.
To deal with a weak digestive system and excessive flatulence in the abdomen for hernia patients, this medicine is useful.
This medicine can cure the root cause of any type of hernia that is weak abdominal muscles. This works by providing strength to the weak area.
If a patient is diagnosed with inguinal hernia, cocculus is the medicine prescribed by the homeopathic doctor. It provides relief from bloating and flatus. This medicine treats hernia that creates lacerating pain in the intestines. People who have difficulty in standing due to hernia can get relief from this medicine.
Known to treat inguinal as well as umbilical hernia of children that aggravates while crying, this homeopathic medicine can treat inguinal hernia that causes immense pain while protruding. This medicine can also treat infantile and inguinal hernia.
It can treat mainly three types of hernia- inguinal, umbilical and strangulated. When the skin over the hernia is mottled and dark, this medicine can provide relief.
This medicine is generally prescribed by doctors to treat symptoms of strangulated hernia such as burning sensation or a bulge near the navel. It can also provide relief from a hernia that aggravates on sitting.
Patients who have symptoms of redness of face, inability to pass urine, vomiting, abdominal pain can take this medicine. This homeopathic medicine treats inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia and strangulated hernia.
People who have a history of chronic constipation and developed an umbilical hernia can get relief from this medicine.
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Benefits of homeopathy medicine for hernia
The best part about homeopathy medicines for hernia is that there is no surgery, cuts and wounds involved. But people fail to understand that this is not treating hernia, it is simply providing temporary relief.
There is still research going on to figure out the treatment to cure hernia from its roots in homeopathy.
Side-effects of homeopathy medicines for hernia
Although there may not be any side-effects of homeopathy, it takes longer to treat symptoms which may result in strangulated hernia sometimes.
However, since the homeopathic medicines require a lot of determination and patience to obtain the best result, you can not depend on them for rapid, effective relief of symptoms.
Sometimes hernia patients assume that either the prescribed medicines are not correct or the diagnosis was incorrect. A patient feels stuck in this situation where the medicines are not affecting and he or she is doing a watchful waiting.
But can homeopathy cure hernia completely?
There is no medication that can treat hernia whether it is allopathic or homeopathic. Surgery is the definitive option to treat the protruding organ and tear in the tissues. Medicines may prevent a hernia from getting worse.
Let us take an example, if chronic cough is causing a hernia, the homeopathic doctor for hernia may prescribe medicine to treat the underlying condition of cough which ultimately minimizes the pressure on the abdomen. Therefore, medicine is treating your symptoms not the actual problem.
Any alternative treatment for hernia other than homeopathy?
Although the best treatment for a hernia is surgery, consult a doctor if the bulge doesn’t go back with manual pushing. So, surgery is the most effective treatment for a hernia as the chances of recurrence are negligible. The surgical treatment for hernia are:
Open surgery for hernia
In open hernia repair, a large incision, or cut, is made in the abdomen at the defect region. The doctor identifies the hernia then pushes the hernia back into its place and strengthens the abdominal wall with stitches or synthetic mesh. Your stay at the hospital depends on your condition after the hernia surgery.
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 to treat hernia
Laparoscopic surgery is the most common and successful surgery to treat a hernia. Homeopathic medicines and home remedies may temporarily help reduce the symptoms.
A laparoscope has a video camera at the top which gives a clear view of the hernia and weak tissues. 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 sutures or adhesive glue or with surgical tape. The incisions are hardly visible after a few months.
Any complications of hernia surgery?
In case of open surgery, there may be chances of infection at the incision site and the recovery may take months. That is the reason laparoscopic surgery is beneficial over traditional surgery for a hernia. Reasons why laparoscopic surgery:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Discharge within a day
- Post-surgery complications are temporary (if any)
- Quick recovery
- Resume normal activities after 2-3 days (no strenuous activity for a month)
How to prevent a hernia?
There are a few things that you can incorporate into your daily habits to prevent hernia. They are:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated
- Consult a doctor if you get continuous coughing
- Avoid lifting heavy weights or know the right way to lift heavy objects
After reading about homeopathy medicines for hernia, you must have understood that hernia is not a medical condition. Moreover, a hernia does not go away on its own. Hence, it can be fixed by herniorrhaphy which is the surgical procedure to treat a hernia.
Do not wait for a mishap, book an appointment with our specialist for the best treatment for hernia.
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