A hernia results when parts of the intestine slip through a portion of the abdominal muscle and into the groin or upper thigh area. Hernia is an extremely painful condition and often requires surgery, but you can prevent future hernia, as well as treat the pain and discomfort hernia causes with a few natural remedies. Read on to learn how to treat a hernia naturally.
Prevent future hernia by eating a low-fat, high-protein diet. Both excess build up of fat and lack of proper protein can weaken the muscles of the abdominal walls, causing hernia. Adding low-fat, high-protein food to your diet such as chicken, tuna, cottage cheese and low-fat milk can strengthen the muscles that work to prevent hernia.
Take Hawthornia supplements daily until your symptoms subside. Hawthornia is a combination of herbs including litchi seed, fennel, citrus seed and hawthorn that work together to strengthen the muscles that support your internal organs. If used soon enough, Hawthornia can stop a hernia in its tracks and can prevent it from reoccurring. If your symptoms remain after two bottles, the hernia may have progressed too far and you may need surgery.
Use Shepard's purse, a natural haemostatic and astringent that will reduce inflammation and swelling, slow bleeding and treat infection. Apply shepard's purse tincture externally several times a day above the affected area to help reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Take Shepard's purse internally to prevent infection, stop hemorrhaging and decrease inflammation.
See an acupuncturist or reflexologist to help treat the pain of hernia both before or after surgery. Many studies have shown that pressure point stimulation can greatly reduce the symptoms of hernia naturally. While these treatments will not cure the problem, they can help you cope with the pain.
Practice regular gentle exercise that focus on the core abdominal muscles. Carefully designed exercise can help you lose weight and reduce the stress on the abdominal muscles that causes hernia. Heavy lifting and excessive or improperly performed exercise is a common cause of hernia, so consult your health care provider before beginning any work-out routine.
Eat plenty of high fiber foods such as apples, pears, avocados, peas, grains, nuts and beans. Constipation due to poor diet is another common cause of hernia. Increasing your fiber intake will reduce the likelihood of constipation, helping to relieve the painful symptoms and treat the cause of hernia.
For dosage information for Hawthornia and Shepard's purse, follow the manufacturer's instructions.