Last Modified on Feb 24, 2014
What Is a Hiatal Hernia?
A hernia of any type occurs as an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through a weakened region in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. A hiatal hernia is a specific type of hernia that occurs when part of the stomach squeezes or pushes through the diaphragm. The diaphragm naturally has a slight opening or hiatus that acts as a channel for the esophagus or food tube, allowing the passage of the esophagus through to the stomach. However, when the stomach pushes up through the hiatus, a hiatal hernia occurs.
While most hiatal hernias are small and cause few to no signs or symptoms, larger hiatal hernias are likely to cause a few common symptoms. Symptoms generally include heartburn, belching, difficulty swallowing and fatigue.
Weakened muscle tissue that fails to contain tissue movement is the root cause for any type of hernia. Specifically, a hiatal hernia is caused by weakened muscle tissue in the diaphragm and stomach that allows the stomach to squeeze through the diaphragm. The cause of this weakening and bulging cannot always be identified, but pressure in the stomach has been identified as a contributing facture. As such, several possible causes have been identified including injury to the area, a genetically large hiatus and persistent pressure on the area such as that from coughing, vomiting, straining during a bowel movement or lifting heavy weights or objects.
Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia
Many individuals believe the only remedy for the condition is a surgical hiatal hernia repair. While this procedure is often effective, it is not the only option. Many home remedies for hiatal hernia are available and effective. Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat the acid reflux and other symptoms commonly associated with a hiatal hernia. Likewise, baking soda, orange peel and chamomile tea can offer relief of several symptoms. Visiting a chiropractor is also an effective option as these individuals can typically teach how to realign a hiatal hernia and avoid surgical hiatal hernia repair.
Continue on below for exact remedy dosages and tips for treating a hiatel hernia from our Earth Clinic contributors.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 05/24/2009: Eric M. from Port Orange, FL.: "I am 27 years old and have suffered with severe acid reflux since I was 17 years old. I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia after an endoscopy. I have been on about every type of medication known to man. My current meds were 1-Prilosec a day, then 1 to 3 Zantac 150's a day. I work in the medical field as an Emergency Dept. Tech. and my father is a doctor. I never heard about the Apple Cider Vinegar acid reflux cure until I happened to stumble across this website. WOW, WHAT A MIRACLE!!! I never thought I would find something to make the acid reflux pain go away. Thank you Earth Clinic and everyone who recommended this cure. I have only been on it for 4 days, but those four days have been life changing. I take 1 to 1 1/2 tbl. spoons with 8 oz. of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have not had acid reflux since."Replies
02/16/2012: Lama from Mclean, Va replies: "I too have a hiatal hernia. You should check the acidity level in your stomach before consuming apple cider vinegar. It will only help you if your stomach is not producing enough acid. Otherwise it will make your condition worse because ACV is highly acidic."
02/20/2012: Lulu from Wells, Somerset replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar is Alkaline! So is Ok for Hiatus Hernia... Try slippery Elm, works a treat!"
04/07/2013: Haverwench from Middlesex County, Nj, Usa replies: "Apple cider vinegar most certainly is NOT alkaline. It is acidic, like all other kinds of vinegar. Acetic acid, to be specific. This is basic chemistry."
04/08/2013: Ellen from London, UK replies: "Certain acidic foods like Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon are acidic but produce an alkaline effect in the body."
[YEA] 03/01/2009: Martha from Orange, Texas: "Hiatal Hernia & Acid Reflux: While pregnant with my 2nd daughter I got heartburn with everything I ate and was drinking a bottle of Maalox a day. After she was born it got a little better, but then worse again until everything including water gave me heartburn. Also I began to have reflux while sleeping and I would wake up after breathing the acid into my lungs. I was pretty scared to sleep lying down so I started sleeping at a 45 degree angle to prevent that from happening again.
I started xray school right after my daughter was born and during the 1st semester of training I saw all these people having Upper GI tests and were prescribed medications but people kept coming back because the meds weren't helping and that's when I decided to look for a solution naturally. I was told if you took a tablespoon of ACV when you had heartburn and the heartburn went away then you needed MORE acid and not less and the pills the docs were giving people STOPPED the production of acid, but you need that acid to help digest your food. I also assummed I had a hiatal hernia because sometimes my food felt like it didn't want to go down and stayed in my throat. After learning about the ACV treatment I did that for about 3 months. It was hard to drink it everyday but I did. I also cut out sodas, sweet tea, and tomato products as these things caused severe heartburn. I kept searching and talking to people and found a company that made food enzymes. I switched to food enzymes for about a year. My hiatal hernia and heartburn went away and I started sleeping flat again. That was in 1995 and I haven't had the problem again. I've told lots of people to try the ACV or food enzymes because I now know for sure that the meds people are put on are not the solution - oh I know it fixes some for a while but then the body is unable to get the vitamins from the foods they are eating and they come back to the hospital for a CAT SCAN to see what problem they have now. Since I work in a hospital and see the day to day problems that people have due to medication or Drs. who are simply overworked and most know nothing about nutrition, I go the natural way for everything. This is a great website and at least when people are searching for a solution they will try it, but I find that people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them a simple solution to their problem, especially if it is going to mean they can't just take a pill and the problem goes away."Replies
01/13/2012: Katy from Allen, Tx replies: "Martha, what food enzymes did you use?"
05/23/2013: Thewoman from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Find a chiropractor or osteopath who knows how to do a manipulation of a hiatal hernia, putting the stomach back into place from the diaphragm. Google it, it's a simple, painless, quick procedure. Then find one to do it for you. My chiro did this for me. he even told me that if it slipped out again, if I would bring my husband (or someone) with me, he would show them how to do it so I wouldn't have to come back to him necessarily."
08/25/2013: Ajay from Atlanta replies: "Hi, Can you please tell me the Chiro who fixed your Hernia in Atlanta."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/24/2010: Chris from Carlinville, Il : "Need feedback please. I have hiatel hernia and tried all meds, currently not taking meds because nothing works very long ( also changed my diet and did not work)my pain is worse when I sleep (right below sternum). The ACV and baking soda works well. I know my problem will be ongoing (my Dr. Says the jury is still out on consistant results from surgery)so my question is - are there any major health concerns with taking Ted's recipe for the long term or at least until someday they get this surgery perfected? Thanks."Replies
09/24/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Chris:
What natural remedies HAVE you tried, from this or any other site?
Did you try the "glass of warm water in the morning" remedy? It's 100% free! It's under "BREATHING EXERCISE" there. 06/19/2010"
09/25/2010: Thecity1 from Austin, Texas replies: "I've heard really great things about going to a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) for a HH. They are able to manually adjust your rib to decrease the pain. They are MD's with special training."
09/28/2010: John from Trang, Thailand replies: "The following is from a website "A Quick Fix for Hiatal Hernia" Worked instantly for me and I do it whenever I feel bloated. No medicines needed. First thing in the morning, after fasting all night, drink a full glass of water quickly. This puts weight in the stomach. Then hop up and down (You don't have to leap entirely off the ground. Getting up on your toes and bouncing will do. ) while relaxing your abdominal muscles. Basically, what this does is pull the stomach back down below the diaphragm where it belongs. Then if you can avoid putting pressure on the stomach from below while it is full, it will pretty much stay there."
10/31/2010: Rafael from Manila, Philippines replies: "Manila, Philippines
I also been with this worst agony in my life. I thought I will be 6 feet below the ground by now if not been cured of my sliding hiatal hernia. These are some of the symptoms:
1. Adrenal fatigue
2. Weight loss (from 150lbs to 90lbs)
3. Easily loss my temper
4. Hair fall
5. Loss appetite
7. Difficulty in grasping fresh air
ACV, pickle juice and other medication mentioned in this website helps temporarily. I was diaganosed with Sliding hiatal hernia. By the way, dont take those medicine given by doctors for it will only worsten your acid reflux and will enhance your palpitation based on my personal experience. Last April 19 2010, I decided to undergo risky surgery for I have no choice since im lossing weight significantly. It's better to die fighting than doing nothing. I really selected the best thoracic surgeon in the city and also conducted some background investigation on his patients who undergo the same operations. Now its already November and feel like a brand new person again. However almost 3 months after the operation, you will still feel pain but after that it feels like heaven. Hope this help those who have been in the same situation. Raf@yahoo.com... GOD BLESS"
11/25/2010: Raf from Manila, Philippines replies: "Should have been rafzacarias @ y a h o o. C o m"
12/29/2011: Rafzacarias from Makati, Philippines replies: "I'm here again... I regained my original weight of 150lbs and all the symptoms are gone.... raf(at)y a h o o. C o m .. God Bless"
03/01/2012: Robbie from Manila, Philippines replies: "Hey Raf can you give me your cp no. I'd like to ask you some questions. tnx"
07/16/2012: Rafzacarias from Manila, Philippines replies: "Hi.. Email me at rafzacarias(at) y a h o o. C o m"
07/16/2012: Rafzacarias from Manila, Philippines replies: "It's more than 2 years ago when I got a surgery. Feel great and im in excellent condition. In fact I will be joining Milo Marathon late this month.. Thanks and God bless!!!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/02/2010: Laura from Lawrence, Ks: "After suffering from a hiatal hernia for six years (and trying three doctors, four chiropractors, 1 endoscopy, and around forty different herbal "remedies," I stumbled upon an exercise that actually brings relief: When the hernia is acting up, 1. I sit. 2. I take a deep breath, hold it. 3. Still holding my breath, I lift my knees as high and as long as I can. 4. I exhale and lower knees slowly (at the same time). 5. Walk around for a minute. 6. Repeat as necessary.
I can't believe this worked for me. I really thought I'd tried everything (AVC, aloe, charcoal, PPI's, slippery elm, blowing balloons, everything - I was seriously considering surgery), and this simple exercise is the only thing that brought relief. If anybody else gets the same relief from this exercise, I'll be even happier. Good luck."
06/19/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "This ongoing fix for a hiatus hernia comes from the 'Alternatives' health tips of Dr. David Williams.
First, a Simple Test:
It's not foolproof, but some doctors have their patients take a deep breath and hold it for 40 seconds. If you can't hold your breath for that long, and there are no other problems,then a hiatus hernia is a possibility.
A Simple Fix
If the top portion of the stomach is stuck up above the diaphragm, then the obvious answer is to get it out. This can be done in two steps:
Drink about a glass of either room temperature or slightly warm water when you get out of bed first thing in the morning. (No coffee, no tea, no juice, no cold water, just warm water.)
Then, while standing, bring your arms straight out from your sides and bend your elbows so that your hands are touching your chest. Then stand up on your toes as high as possible and DROP down onto your heels, rather like a weightlifter's squat! You should force a pretty good jolt. Drop down like this 10 times in a row. Then, while standing with your arms up, pant short quick breaths for about 15 seconds. That's it.
The warm water acts like a weight in the stomach. Warm water doesn't cause the stomach to cramp, but instead it relaxes it. Spreading your arms stretches the diaphragm and opens up that hole in the back. Dropping down on your heels jerks the stomach out of the hole, and the panting tightens up the diaphragm muscle to close the hole.
You need to do this exercise every day - not just until everything feels normal. This will also strengthen the area, and make the hiatal hernia less likely to come back.
Try it! It costs nothing."
12/20/2010: Kauai_syren from Mendocino, Ca replies: "To the person who is suffering Hiatel Hernia with no luck:
Have you thought about the possibly that you could be gluten intolerant? I am gluten intolerant and suffer hiatel hernias when I am exposed to gluten... Also, both my left and right ileocecal valves open up. This causes a lot of pain and I suffer....! However, I am very lucky and blessed as I have a wonderful doctor that always seems to fix me. She is a doctor of chiropractic and an applied kinesiologist specializing in nutrition and food allergy testing. She is also celiac (allergic to gluten). If you are intrigued and want to know more, please take your chance! Being gluten free changed my life. I don't know what I would have done if I had not made this change. It is hard, but is there really any price to pay for feeling healthy?"
01/14/2012: Simona from Newport Beach, California replies: "Kauai_syren from Mendocino, Can you please give more details, name, phone number of your chiropractor that helped you with Hiatal Hernia? Thank you.
Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
01/27/2014: Sherry from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "I have sliding hiatal hernia. For the past 2-1/2 yrs I have tried to find a chiropractor, osteopath and massage therapist to fix it but to no avail. Instead I have spent hundreds of dollars on chiroprators (NUCCA and KST included) and Osteopaths who claim they can fix it by adjusting it but they do not know how to do it.
I have done an intensive search on the internet and have a document with testimonials from lots of sufferers who have had their hernias adjusted by either a chirorpractor or an osteopath or a massage therapist. I have presented those instructions to them yet they cannot fix it for me.
I have had h pylori for a few years, have tried to get rid of it by natural therapies but not sure if it has gone. I also have glaucoma in both eyes. I have floaters in my left eye and in the last year my vision has decreased in that eye.
Please help me, I do not want to have esophegal cancer, already I cannot swallow softgel pills, I have burning in my throat and cannot sleep at night despite elevating my bed. Now burning in my stomach has started.
I shall be very grateful if someone in the Toronto GTA or neary surburs have been fortunate to find a practitioner (massage therapist included-I have instructions on that as well) who have fixed hiatal hernias. Also, was the hernia fixed in one adjustment or did it require a few more visits?
Thank you so very much.
01/27/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "I knew someone who had some type of pain that was head ache like. He went to the chiropractors almost monthly. One time he had use another chiropractor and he found the treatment more effective. Upon further investigation, we found out that he was using a particular method - coxes lower back extension - and a special table. This worked like a charm so he may have to go every 6 months to a year. I am just using this as an example.
Chiropractors learn many methods but they are not be taught in all the methods or have all the equipment. Do you know the exact method they use to successfully to remedy hernia.
In regards to h pylori, the goal is not to get rid of them but bring the population down to a reasonable level. Most people have h pylori. The problem occurs when the population becomes too large.
Your burning throat sounds like acid reflux. When you lie down, it will get worse. Try the Acid Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda etc.
As an aside bronchitis, asthma and acid reflux can seem the same especially with coughing. Took me many years to figure it out. For a while I thought I had nocturnal asthma when it was really acid reflux.
It has been said that glaucoma is caused by high pressure in eye but people who have low and normal pressure also get it also. First I would look into taking anti-oxidants for the eye such as astaxanthin, lutein etc just as preventative measure. Second I would try the Bates Method of relaxing the eye since it is easy to do. Third. could you indicate what you have tried for the glaucoma."
01/28/2014: Sherry from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Thank you very much Prioris for taking the time to respond to me.
Re: the method to remedy the hernia - "Oftentimes there is a structural problem between the shoulder blades. The ribs atach to the spine in back and the sternum in front. When the ribs are out of place on the back it will cause problems with the sternum and the diaphrram on the front which creates prblems with the stomach. Easy to correct with an anterior thoracic adjustment. Almost immediate relief.
The above is just one method I found on the internet besides massage to pull back the stomach fromt the esophegus.
Re: Burning throat - Acid Reflux. What are the proportion for the mix of ACV with baking soda? I have tried taking ACV with a teaspoon of honey with supper but did not see any healing.
Re: Glaucoma - it is genetic and have been putting drops in my eyes for over 20 years now... I am taking astaxanthin, lutein, rutin, ginkoa, germanium, vitamin C, etc. for preventative measures. I am also doing the eye exercises and trying my best to relax my eyes by looking away from the screen (computer, tv) and remember to blink and not to stare.
I hope someone from Toronto reads this and if they had an opportunity to find a chiropractor who is well versed in the technique, I would be very grateful for their name.
I tried to register on this site some months ago but was not successful. I am not very well versed, have no computer access at home.
I shall try again at registering so perhaps someone can send me a name by PM without placing it on the public forum.
Thank you Piroris once again."
01/28/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "What I mean when I say technique ... look at this list.
You have to research what exactly the name technique they are using. When you have the actual name of the technique, you are in a better position to find a chiropractor.
Another way I would approach this is look on internet for chiroproactors in the US and Canada who know something about hernia technique who you can email or phone and see if they can give you more specifics on how to track one down.
I like that you are pursuing many things with the glaucoma.
Here are a few links of other things
Not saying it will resolve your situation but you want to think outside the box.
My view of saying this or that is genetic is really going down a dead end. The powers that be always claim this or that is genetic to push people away from the real causes and cures along with heralding genetic technology as the solution. The reality is that most cures that come about with advanced technology won't ever see the light of day until it filters down to the natural cure folks. Also many people have a misconception that once it is in your genes then you can't do anything about it. The expression of genes and which get turned on and off is determined by the environment. I wouldn't approach your glaucoma cure on basis of "genetics" even though some familiy member were affected.
Please be aware that when you are googling a search, google will limit what it finds by what it knows about you. It essentially compartmentalizes peoples thinking. So one can search one month and find nothing then later on new things come up on similar searches. Since you may be using public access type connections, this may handicap you.
The key to your success is your persistence in the face of all the obstacles and frustration. You can take a rest but don't give up.
One thing Mercola recommends for acid reflux, try betaine hydrochloric acid
You’ll want to take as many as you need to get the slightest burning sensation and then decrease by one capsule. This will help your body to better digest your food, and will also help kill the helicobacter and normalize your symptoms."
11/09/2012: Marsh57 from Denver, Co, Usa: "I was diagnosed with a hiatel hernia in 1988 at 30 years old and was told it would be prescriptions the rest of my life. A chiropractor taught me how to push it back into place on my own and a kinesiologist helped to determine food allergies and aggrevators. Stayed on a diet without wheat, sugar, caffeine and dairy for a year when my physician said it wasn't bad enough to operate on. I can't imagine what 'bad' was! Anyway, the diet worked for over 20 years. It helps to eat on a regular schedule and not to wait until your stomach is growling. It began coming back about a year ago so am careful to eat and manage stress. ACV definitely helps with the reflux."
[YEA] 02/01/2011: Laurens. from Saratoga, Ny : "This website helps so many people. I have a hiatel hernia and a simple and fast correction for it. Every morning or when it is acting up stand up staright, feet shoulder width apart, take a deep breath and place your fingers into your "chest" (right where your rib cage seperates) as far as you can, upon exhale pull the fingers straight down. Repeat as nescessary. God Bless!"Replies
07/29/2011: Jana from Bountiful, Utah, Usa replies: "I also found that massaging my stomach right under the ribcage helps me with my Hernia. I also take 4 tablets of tums. Drink lots of water too."
03/25/2012: Pyroluriac from Alamogordo, Nm replies: "Jana from Bountiful, Utah: It's good you learned how to get your stomach down. Now you might want to learn what causes hiatal hernia. Look up "hypochlorhydria" and "low stomach acid". The tums may be what is causing your trouble."
12/15/2011: Kiwidel from Christchurch, New Zealand: "I suffer badly from diverticulitis and also have a Hiatal Hernia and after reading 'Stanleys' remedy of ACV & Cayenne, am a bit worried about the Cayenne affecting the hernia. Does anyone know if it would or wouldn't upset it please."Replies
12/15/2011: Linda from New Haven, Ct - Connecticut replies: "Hi Kiwidel. I have Hiatal Hernia as well & have been taking 2 tsp ACV in 8 oz water twice a day for the past 8 months and 1 tsp turmeric & 1/2 cayenne pepper in milk twice a day as well for the past 6 months and have had no issues with my Hiatal Hernia at all."
11/07/2010: Lanie from Angeles City, Philippines: "Hi everyone.. My name is Lanie and I also have same problems like others. Last May I had endoscopy and found hiatal hernia and day after that I had my gallstones removed. Been in and out of the hospital for 2-3 months and doctors gave me all kinds of medicines they said would cure my hiatal hernia. But none of them worked so I stopped. I still have this acid, pain on my chest specially left side and contipation. My doctor also prescribed me xanor to ease my anxiety and depression. Now I'm having hair loss. I've tried wheatgrass with honey, in powder form, and I can say it helps but not really that relief cuz I still experience the pain and its hard to take deep breath as if im lacking oxygen and I always get colds & cough. I've made a lot of research online and found some herbal but again nothing really worked.
Not until one day I was surfing google and found earthclinic link and saw Ted's recipe. So I told my husband about this and he said we'll give it a try. In 5 days time I could say my acid was lessen and I'm not experiencing that much of chest pain anymore, not like before I always feel that something's blocking in my throat. I then stopped for 2 days and now I just had the recipe before I decided to post some feedback. I'm adding 1 tsp honey w/ 2 tbsp Avc & 1/4 baking soda. Is it just ok mixing honey with your recipe Ted? Friends please I need more of your feedbacks and suggestions, I also want to have a normal life like you do. I would highly appreciate your help. Thank you..."
Hiatal Hernia and Acid Reflux Connection
02/24/2014: Ed from Ct.: "Hiatal hernia/acid reflux
Not to cause confusion in this category but for the past 20 yrs. I have had hiatal hernias and acid reflux off and on. Reflux is a symptom of the hernia. Depending on severity, reflux is proportional to how long the hernia has been in place. In mild cases the hernia may pull back from the diaphram on its own. In severe cases or long durations, the stomach must be " pulled" down out of the diaphram. I go to a chiropractor that uses kinesiology, and has proven the technique works. And in most cases surgery is not needed.
To ease symptoms, as reflux during sleep you can lay on your left side which will reduce reflux especially after a large meal before bed.
I will add other info later"
Orange Peel, Chamomile Tea
[YEA] 07/30/2009: Greg M. from Walla Walla, Wa: "I suffer from a Hiatal Hernia which in itself brought on my suffering from GERD. I was desperate in finding a way out. So by the time I realized that I was suffering from a hiatal hernia (caused by a real bad vomiting episode)I was desperate in finding a way out of this ill feeling I was ALWAYS having. I found this website and tried ACV with some good results but it still wasnt the normal feeling I was looking for. I forget how I started on Prilosec but it gave me the best results but I was still was feeling ill. My doctor gave me Nexium, but that was no better than the Prilosec I was taking. I tried other over the counter acid reflux medicines also but with little or the same results. I then read a book on "_______". What I read about those drugs was a bit scary. You actually need the stomach acids you produce to digest the food you eat. Dilute or reduce the acid you need and you are allowing raw food through your intestines and bowels. Yikes! No wonder the makers of those drugs want you to use them for no longer than 2 weeks at a time! So I went back to the Internet to research my affliction again. Now, I dont want to take the credit, and I cant remember the site where I read my finding. So I give all the credit to that person who posted their results. But what I found and tried was too simple to ignore and that was ORANGE PEEL seasoning. Thats right! Just the very same Orange Peel Seasoning you can buy off your supermarket's shelves. Its somewhat expensive at $5-$6 for 1.5 oz's but a single bottle has lasted me nearly 2 months. I found a 16 oz bottle for less than $20 while searching the net. Well anyway, I use just a sprinkle on my breakfast cereal in the morning, and I sprinkle a little on my toast also, and I'm good for the day! All together the amount I use must equal to no more that a 1/2 teaspoon. I also have two cups of Chamomile Tea a day, one at 7 AM with breakfast and one in the evening around 7 PM. The Tea works wonders and settles me down. I find I really only need the Orange Peel once a day but twice a day wouldnt hurt I guess. So I'm really interested in other people's experiences with the orange peel so please write and share your findings. If you are as desperate as I have been in feeling normal please give this a try. I'm glad I did :-) Thanks"Replies
08/10/2009: Roslyn from Okc, Ok replies: "The orange peel and Chamomile tea -
Could you please email me back with the brand names, I have suffered from a Hiatal Hermia for quite sometime now and I feel too miserable. I have tired everything, I now keep a constant ache /Like a bee sting on my left upper back and if I push in that spot I get a little relief, I also belch constantly (annoying). Please help.
08/16/2011: Joan from Dayton, Ohio replies: "I tried the orange peel seasoning, it really helped, but I couldn't sleep, it must have been the sulfite in it, Did that bother you? I would love to take it, but I hate not sleeping. thank you so much for the tip, will try again later & see if it still interupts my sleep."
12/02/2011: Greg M. from Walla Walla, Wa replies: "Hello again, Just checking back in after my posting in July 2009 about the Orange Peel Seasoning. First of all it never bothered me in any way and I never lost any sleep. But the good news is I no longer suffer from GERD in everyday living. I never used any other medications while using the Orange Peel so I firmly believe in the use of the seaasoning. I wish there were more testimonals after all this time. If you read this please spend $5 and try home remedy and let us all know your results. Thanks. Greg"
04/19/2012: Desiree from Portland, Or replies: "D-Limonene - available at your health food store. It has orange peel "oil" in it. I paid about $9 at a chain called "Super Supplements. " I couldn't find it any place else, but you can order it online. You can also find out how it works online. It takes care of the reflux part of the hiatel hernia. The other part can be helped with exercises. Some people report only needing to take it 2-3 times. Please take as directed (with food) and read the directions. This is an incredible fix for the reflux. I didn't even think I really needed it, but it helped the pain alot. Best Wishes!"
10/31/2013: Candy from Fort Madison : "Anybody ever heard of an umbilical cord hernia in an adult? And what can be done about it?"Replies
11/01/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Hi Candy,
I had/have an umbilical cord hernia myself. Many years ago it was causing pain and discomfort. When I was about to have abdominal surgery for a ruptured tubal pregnancy, I asked the OB to fix it while she was in there. She said if I was going to have more children, there was no point in fixing it at that time. (I think because pregnancy would perhaps have messed up the repair.)
Anyway, it has either healed itself or isn't painful to me anymore. Perhaps it was mild. As far as I know, the only solution is surgery. But then again, there are lots of things we are told that surgery or drugs are the only option for, and that is not true. For the record, I have had several pregnancies since then and they haven't made it worse.
Comfrey is a cell regenerating herb. It works on even old scars and wounds. If you are looking for something natural and non-invasive to try, that is what I would try. You could make poultices out of dried comfrey leaves. (Put 2 Tablespoons of dried comfrey leaves in a mug and cover with some just boiled water, enough to rehydrate the leaves. Let it sit until the leaves are cooled enough to handle. Put in a paper towel or cloth and fold over. Place this over the pained area. At this point you can cover with plastic wrap and an ace bandage. You could leave it on for an hour or two. It could take several weeks of doing this daily to see any improvement.) But it would be lots easier and cheaper than surgery. I wouldn't be surprised to castor oil packs over the area help it also.
I hope you find relief soon!
~Mama to Many~
01/18/2014: Niketic from Sarajevo replies: "Hi Mama to Many, Do you think comfery could also work on hiatal hernia? The only thing is that the stomach has to be out of the chest so comfrey could regenerate the damaged cells of diaphragm."
01/19/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Niketic,
Yes, I think that comfrey could be a help in this for you, but it would likely only be a part of healing. You are right--the hernia could not heal with the stomach in the way.
Below is a link to an interesting article about hiatal hernia that recommends some ways to self-adjust it. She also has some exercises that could be done. She makes some dietary and herb suggestions for helping deal with symptoms and heal the problem. She mentions comfrey as something that can be used to relieve symptoms in the stomach and also as something to heal the hernia after get the stomach adjusted.
This healing could take some time, but in the end would be worth it if you could be healed of this!
Earth Clinic is a great source for lots of ideas that may help with related issues you may have that contribute to the hiatal hernia. If you need to lose weight, quit smoking, or heal bloating/digestive issues, you will learn a lot reading around here. These things would all be a part of healing for you.
You probably know that if you ever have severe pain with this, that you should get it checked out, as with a herina there is the risk of strangulation, which is very dangerous.
Keep us posted on how you are doing!
~Mama to Many~"
06/20/2013: Lainey from New Paris, Oh: "Looking for help in healing a hernia.... Thanks! Lainey"Replies
06/28/2013: Jules from Royersford, Pa, Usa replies: "I'm looking for remedies for a hiatal hernia too! I am 34, have been on prescription Prilosec for 5+ years. It dilutes all of the acid in my stomach which is not good. But I've tried other medications and they don't stop the reflux. It is so painful and I can't sleep. I read something about digestive food enzymes, I would love suggestions on brands/types/dosages!!!"
06/29/2013: Kathy from Lv, Nv replies: "I know your pain! Years ago I had so much pain from Hiatel Hernia. I went to a Chiropractor/Kinesiologist and he helped immediately! I would recommend you do that ASAP."
07/08/2011: Nitin from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra,india: "for Patient Female 63, Suffering from Hiatus Hernia Large sliding type. Need treatment suggestions."
05/04/2011: Sherri from Tonasket, Wa: "I have a hernia on my belly button. What is your recommendation? I'm trying to avoid surgery. I haven't tried anything yet."