"An inguinal hernia ... is a protrusion of abdominal-cavity contents through the inguinal canal. They are very common (lifetime risk 27% for men, 3% for women), and their repair is one of the most frequently performed surgical operations.
There are two types of inguinal hernia, direct and indirect, which are defined by their relationship to the inferior epigastric vessels. Direct inguinal hernias occur medial to the inferior epigastric vessels when abdominal contents herniate through the external inguinal ring. Indirect inguinal hernias occur when abdominal contents protrude through the deep inguinal ring, lateral to the inferior epigastric vessels; this may be caused by failure of embryonic closure of the processus vaginalis.
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10/14/2012: Gram from Swellendam, Western Cape South Africa: "My little baby has inguinal hernia and I can't find one of his left testicles as it displaced. I don't want him to go through a surgery. What natural treament can he take. He is 10 months old. Help me friends."Replies
03/25/2013: Moonchicago from Montreal, Quebec replies: "Half a teaspoon of these herbs in hot water for 10 min then cool and hide in juce or cereal: linden flower, calendula flower, catnip, a bit of camomille tea (one quarter of a tea spoon). In the evening, might bring to sleep.
These plants are astringent, will help to strengthen the distended tissue.
Apply green clay on the area on the skin daily for as long as you can without the child playing with it (20 min) and wash of with not to cold water...
You can reserch the herbs and dosage for a child, it should be appropriate if there's not blood coagulation problems or allergies to camomile... Good luck."
06/10/2010: Maximus from Pasadena, Ca, Usa: "Does anyone know of a holistic remedy for an inguinal hernia? It appears to be conspicuously absent from the list. I would like to explore alternatives before surgery, and was hoping to see comments from people who may have tried castor oil, Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV, or anything else that proved effective."Replies
[YEA] 09/06/2010: Nancy from La Honda, California replies: "I have had an inguinal hernia for about 6 years, not a big deal since I could gently push it back in. A month ago I woke up with it being larger, roughly half of a chicken egg, it was giving me strange pains and wouldn't go back in. As usual all the West could offer was surgery, but after a lot of net research I found three non-surgical alternatives, two of which worked miraculously for me. There are a number of websites offering yoga postures for a hernia. A very simple one that I began doing a few times a day was laying on my back with my legs up, heels on the wall (Viparitakarini). This is intuitive because it relaxes and draws your belly in, towards your back. Do your research because not all yoga is good for a hernia! I found two TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) herbal formulas for hernia, one of which I began taking. Towards the end of the second bottle the hernia began receding, and has retreated now to where I can't even tell it was ever there, which is lower than it has been in 6 years. They say the herbs strengthen the abdomen and placement of organs, and I must say my belly feels flatter, tighter, and better than it has in a long time. My acupuncturist said they can treat a hernia with moxibustion, though I have improved to where I won't need to try this. She also said that hernia is a 'cold' symptom, which makes sense because this has been a very cold foggy summer and I just couldn't seem to get warm. I began taking epsom salt baths a few weeks ago which helped warm me up. I don't know if they contributed to the improvement of the hernia. Good luck!"
12/02/2010: Patti from Hallandale, Florida replies: "Hawthorn for hernia, My husband had a hernia the size of a grape fruit. We tried different things. Ice works well to shrink it. But the hawthorn remedie has worked wonders. Wonderful remedie, oh yes the yoga exercise in the last post works great too."
01/16/2011: Altep55 from Dayton, Oh replies: "Please Tell me the name of the supplements and where I can buy them. Appreciate a lot."
07/28/2011: Paula from Rockford, Il Usa replies: "I need to know about where to get the Hawthorn remedy for hernias and how much do you take a day and how many miligrams. I have a hernia the size of a grapefruit just like Patti's husband had who was from Hallandale Florida. She was on the thread here and descirbed her husbands hernia condition and said hawthorn works wonders."
09/05/2012: Joanne from Covington, La. replies: "Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hernias
Hi, In a previous post, [YEA] 09/06/2010: Nancy from La Honda, California, mentioned two TCM remedies for a hernia but failed to mention the names. Would you happen to know the name of the two remedies.
I would greatly appreciate the information.
Thank you so much."