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Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia

Last Modified on May 31, 2015

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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Abdominal Gas Cause   0  0   

Posted by Prioris (Fl., US) on 02/11/2015

I thought I had some of the symptoms of hiatal hernia but did not have any reflux so symptoms mystified. The pressure and pain against my diaphragm was intense every day. At least 4 months went by until I finally realized that my abdomen contained gas that was pressing against my diaphragm causing pain.

Once I squished the gas out of the abdomen area, the pressure let up and the hiatal hernia type symptoms went away. But the gas kept building up in my abdomen so had to continue squishing the gas out. I couldn't figure out why. It wasn't like the gas from eating food either.

I went to a long time practicing chinese doctor. she said it was a kidney infection. She gave me two things.

a) some type of bile salt for gall bladder and told me to take it with cranberry juice (i used one d-mannose tablet instead) in morning

b) I took an unknown herbal mixture at night to probably address infection.

After 2 weeks, the abdomen bloating or gas problem went away. My diaphragm still hurt from all that pressure but the pain went away after some healing. I could imagine that if I did not solve the bloating problem from my abdomen that it could have eventually led to a hiatal hernia. It was a very unusual bloating problem to have since it would occur even if I didn't eat much. It didn't seem connected directly to food nor did I have the reflux.

Apple Cider Vinegar   2  0   

Posted by Eric M. (Port Orange, FL.) on 05/24/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Lama
Mclean, Va

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.
Replied by Lulu
Wells, Somerset

Apple Cider Vinegar is Alkaline! So is Ok for Hiatus Hernia... Try slippery Elm, works a treat!
Replied by Haverwench
Middlesex County, Nj, Usa

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.
Replied by Ellen
London, UK

Certain acidic foods like Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon are acidic but produce an alkaline effect in the body.
Replied by Russ

Apple cider vinegar is an acid, and acts this way in the digestive system.It only becomes alkaline due to the way the body metabolises it, and so needs to be absorbed across the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream first.
Replied by Agatha

Did you take ACV with doctor's pills or stopped it and took ACV alone? I got sliding hiatal hernia now and hopelessly with doctor's med. Did you experience the same thing, and is it coming back now or gone forever?

Posted by Martha (Orange, Texas) on 03/01/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Katy
Allen, Tx

Martha, what food enzymes did you use?
Replied by Thewoman
Atlanta, Ga

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.
Replied by Ajay

Hi, Can you please tell me the Chiro who fixed your Hernia in Atlanta.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda   0  0   

Posted by Chris (Carlinville, Il ) on 09/24/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk


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

Replied by Thecity1
Austin, Texas

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.
Replied by John
Trang, Thailand

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.
Replied by Rafael
Manila, Philippines

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
6. Palpitation
7. Difficulty in grasping fresh air
8. Regurgaration
9. Constipation

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. GOD BLESS

Replied by Raf
Manila, Philippines

Should have been rafzacarias @ y a h o o. C o m
Replied by Rafzacarias
Makati, Philippines

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
Replied by Robbie
Manila, Philippines

Hey Raf can you give me your cp no. I'd like to ask you some questions. tnx
Replied by Rafzacarias
Manila, Philippines

Hi.. Email me at rafzacarias(at) y a h o o. C o m
Replied by Rafzacarias
Manila, Philippines

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!!!

Breathing Exercise   0  0   

Posted by Laura (Lawrence, Ks) on 03/02/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk

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.

Replied by Kauai_syren
Mendocino, Ca

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?
Replied by Simona
Newport Beach, California

Kauai_syren from Mendocino, Can you please give more details, name, phone number of your chiropractor that helped you with Hiatal Hernia? Thank you.


Replied by Rhett

I seemed out a naturopath after severe burning in my throat, although the exercise didn't work for me, I hope it will help others. Why pay for the info when I can offer it lol. Drink 24 oz of warm water (first thing in the morning before coffee or breakfast) drink the water down as fast as you can. (You want your stomach to be full). Then stand up, and no shoes is usually best, or shoes with a thin bottom. As you want a hard drop. Stand, feet should be hip distance apart, then rise up on your tippy toes and drop your heels down hard. No controlled drop, the more momentum you have the better. The idea is the water in your stomach will be weight and as your drop it will pull your stomach down and remove the bulge from within the diaphragm, allowing your hernia to heal. I hope to for this helps someone, I fear mine is worse then what this can normally fix, good luck to you all.
Replied by Hare Krishna Money

13 April 2015 Monday Ottawa, Canada

Hi! Thanks for wonderful messages re: Hernia and cure for this symptom. 76 yrs old man. Hernia for the last 4 yrs. So far no doctor could do anything. Ayurvedic, homeopathy etc tried. No results. Using a truss. It helps me but I need to make it normal so that I will be able to dance and walk without any fear. I do daily 45 mito 60 m of yoga exercises to control the hernia but one thing there is no pain or anything. To add to this there is hydrocele on right side. One doctor operated about 40 years ago but he did not do right job. He folded scrotum bag inside the scrotum and stitched it. No intention to go in for another surgery a this age Is there any way I can reduce the size of hernia and put it back in place thereby no fear. I will be able to dance and walk freely Your help and suggestion of great help to me Thanks

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy   0  0   

Posted by Sherry (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 01/27/2014

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.


Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

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.

Replied by Sherry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

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.

Replied by Marijah

Hi Sherry, wondering if you ever found any help? Have you ever tried any nutritional products such as Reliv? I am hoping they will help my hiatal hernia (which I self-adjust as my chiropractor showed me).
Replied by Bernadette
Thomasville, GA

Marijah, can you explain how to adjust your hiatal hernia, the way your Chiropractor showd you. I have one and would love to know how. Thanks

Diet   0  0   

Posted by Marsh57 (Denver, Co, Usa) on 11/09/2012

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.

Finger Pressure   2  0   

Posted by Laurens. (Saratoga, Ny ) on 02/01/2011

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Jana
Bountiful, Utah, Usa

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.
Replied by Pyroluriac
Alamogordo, Nm

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.
Replied by Malisa

[YEA]   I tried this method and I was amazed that it really works. Anyone that suffers from a hiatal hernia should try this. I've tried everything and nothing worked but this truly does work.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Manasseh (Ghana) on 02/09/2015

I have hernia for a long time. l have tried some treatment but no inprovement. I am 35 years old. l need help to be healed. Thanks

EC: Hi, there is some information here on curing hernias.

Posted by Kiwidel (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 12/15/2011

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.

Replied by Linda
New Haven, Ct - Connecticut

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.

Posted by Lanie (Angeles City, Philippines) on 11/07/2010

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   0  0   

Posted by Ed (Ct.) on 02/24/2014

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   1  0   

Posted by Greg M. (Walla Walla, Wa) on 07/30/2009

[YEA]  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

Replied by Roslyn
Okc, Ok

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.


Replied by Joan
Dayton, Ohio

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.
Replied by Greg M.
Walla Walla, Wa

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
Replied by Desiree
Portland, Or

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!
Replied by Charles

I also had a severe episode of vomiting followed by five weeks of hiccups. Acid reflux, bloated feeling and generally not feeling well with no energy left me tired and loosing weight. An endoscopy revealed duodenitis, gastritis and hiatal hernia. Coming off medication and managing a diet with less fat, wheat, gluten and spices improved things. However a blood test revealed pernicious anemia indicating malabsorption of vitamin B. A course of six vitamin B 1ml injections over two weeks has cured all of that. Looking forward to the next shot in 3 months.

Vitamin B12   1  0   

Posted by Christine (Nottingham, Uk) on 12/15/2012

Hi Liferr, I don't know whether your hair loss could be a result of taking Zantac. When I took it a few years ago my hair started to get very thin and would break off. Acid suppressing drugs can stop absorbtion o some minerals like iron and calcium. Also B vits. Maybe some of the suggestion on EC might help your reflux. My hair loss did stop when I stoped zantac and is thicker now, Hope this helps. All the best Christine

Posted by Cordell (Saint John, New Brunswick Canada) on 07/28/2009

[YEA]  B12 Cure for Hiatal Hernia and Illoceal Valve Syndrome

For more than a year I suffered from very poor digestion, with hiatal hernia, a closed illoceal valve, and trouble breathing or standing up quickly. Thankfully I just recently found the main culprit. Lack of B12! After taking 1000mcg sublingual tablets (methylcobalamin) twice a day, my symptoms have improved tenfold! Not to mention I have much more energy, and way less stress then I did before. After suspecting that my b12 might be low earlier on in my search for a cure I tried the non-sublingual tablets, but they hardly proved effective. This could possibly be because lack of instrisic factor in my body, or bacterial overgrowth. But I should note that I eat very healthy, and prior to discovering this, I had done several parasite cleanses, colon cleanses, and liver flush. I also avoided gluten containing products too (as I still do), as I suspected my poor digestion might be from gluten intolerance.

Anyway, I'm sharing this info because I hope that someone else that suffers from hiatal hernia and the breathing problems that comes with it might find that they just need more b12.

I would also like to add that taking enzymes, betaine hcl (hydrochloric acid tablets), and probiotics helped with my digestion too. But in the end b12 seemed to be the major component I was missing all along. If you suffer from the above mentioned problems that I did, I'd advise getting your b12 levels checked, or simply trying the sublingual tablets (b12 is very safe to take even if you have adequate amounts) to see if they help!



Replied by Cordell
Minto, New Brunswick Canada

I have to somewhat recall this feedback, because since the time I posted it I discovered vitamin b12 may have only played a minor role in complete healing. I did not heal completely with b12 alone in other words. After adding in the alkaline remedy of 1/4 sodium bicarbonate plus potassium citrate about 3 times daily: 11am, 3pm, and 11pm, between meals, and also taking magnesium citrate 5 days a week I noticed significant improvement. I had to eliminate dairy and wheat though as well. However, this still was not enough. Things were better, but still not the best. I had read on this site from Ted, that hernia was most likely cause by a bacteria. For a few days on and a few days off I also consumed milk of magnesia (with a ph of 12) to try and kill off any bacteria along the digestive tract. I did this for a couple weeks. I did have diarrhea, but went on the recommendation it causes some internal cleansing. This seemed to really help with distention in the lower part of the stomach I had experienced for some time. Ok. So did this heal the hernia, and stomach distention I had completely? Still no, but things were definitely looking up! I must also mention that, yes, b12 did help to relax me and this did help with the hernia and acid reflux burning, and since it helps other b vitamins absorb it is worth mentioning again since it wasnt until after I began taking high doses of niacinamide (b3), coupled with b50 twice a day that I noticed most improvement, and overall healing. I originally began taking niacinamide to deal with paranoid thoughts, anxiety and delusions that were bothering me. I wasn't diagnosed schizophrenic but from what I read on it, I was slowly becoming just that. Anyways, it worked wonders for anxiety and paranoia. But was unexpected was how much better I was feeling overall after a couple days, with increased energy, mental clarity, and how the hernia wasn't bothering me much at all. I'm now quite persuaded these remedies will work, especially if done long term, as long as it takes basically. One really interesting piece of information I discovered on b3 (niacinamide) was this:

"Niacin is one of the substances the body uses to help keep the smooth muscle of the digestive tract relaxed(smooth muscle is different from other muscle)without niacin the smooth muscle will tend to knot or kink or twist, it will do this especially where there is already a twist or turn in the tract, this occurs at the hiatus(the part of the esophagus which makes a 90 degree turn into the stomach). "

If anyone had bad digestion it was me, from top to bottom my stomach was in knots. Not anymore. I owe this to most of all Ted's remedies, and Dr. Abram Hoffer's research on b3. I'll mention briefly some other remedies I took. 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in water with alkaline remedy sometimes for microminerals. Small pieces of zinc gluconate infrequently for immunity, plus selenium. Eating healthy, eating garlic from time to time for immunity. I consider the potassium citrate added with baking soda to be quite essential, as I noticed a more speedy recovery from this, than sodium bicarbonate alone. The excess gas I often had dissipated after a couple weeks entirely. Anyways, I hope this can be of help for someone. If you have any questions about anything I've posted here please don't hesitate to email me at I have taken a long road to get where I am now (3 years of intense bad digestion and anxiety), and I take little credit except that I did some research on this site and otherwise, used myself as a guinea pig in this time *laughs*. Peace and love.

Replied by Cordell
Minto, Nb Canada

UPDATE: Something else that helps to reduce the hiatal hernia: Eating green apples. I experimented with this off and on, and it helps the healing. They are supposed to be good for dissolving gallbladder stones. Stones generally accumulate as a result of poor digestion, which leads to further impairment. So, I would suggest adding green apples (maybe 1-3 or more! ) to this healing regimen. Don't forget to keep alkaline! Cordell
Replied by Cordell
Minto, Nb Canada

UPDATE: add to this regimen a good multi-mineral supplement, to complete the healing. The most important seem to be the boron, chromium, and selenium. The reason being I suspect is that fungus or mycobacteria are also involved. I've yet to determine which minerals are most vital, but a good multi-mineral at substantial dosages should be therapeutic in time. One I take now is a liquid mineral supplement that contains macro-minerals, boron, zinc, selenium, chromium, manganese, molybdenum. Besides this I take extra boron (in capsule form) for it's anti-fungal properties, and extra manganese (for hair loss). Anyway, acid reflux, hernia, bowel distention, gastritis etc have all gone into remission for me on all the above protocol. Hopefully it helps someone else too. Peace and love
Replied by Cordell
Minto, N.b Canada

I have recieved a few emails lately in regards to the exact protocol I have used to treat hiatal hernia, stomach distention, acid reflux etc.... So I would like to post the response I made to a few people, in hopes that someone might find it helpful. The cause of hiatal hernia appears to be invading bacteria or fungus, or a combination of both due to lowered immunity (environmental toxins, heavy metals, poor diet etc) Anyway, here is the response for anyone who is wanting to know what helped me put my symptoms into remission:

My response to questions about dosage etc:

The dosage of b3 (niacinamide) that seems most helpful is 500-1000mg per day. This helps with low energy (along with b complex at 50-100mg per day), and seems to clear the liver out too (I only know because I sometimes suffer from allergies, and it helps dramatically).

** If b12 is low, then all b vitamins will absorb poorly.. It may be worth it to check b12 status at a physician

As far as the minerals, Ive experimented a bit since posting on earthclinic.. and from my observations the most helpful minerals are chromium, selenium, boron (or borax), and magnesium.

You can play around with the dosages, but what works best for me is 500mcg of chromium chloride or chromic chloride (sometimes known as chromium gtf).. Chromium picolinate can also be used. 50-200mcg of selenium. 1/4 teaspoon of borax (mineral boron) dissolved completely in a litre of water. And roughly 500mg of magnesium (chloride or citrate form) per day. some breaks are needed such as a day or two off after every 4-5 days.

another one worth mentioning is copper. In my case copper seems to raise the immunity against whatever bug causes the hernia (maybe candida, maybe some mycobacterium, or both)... If you suspect you are low on copper it may be helpful.. one sure sign of deficiency is white hairs, and possibly headaches

Consuming cilantro to remove heavy metals from the body may also be helpful, if the bacteria is using heavy metals to hide from whatever is helpful in killing it off, but ive yet to confirm that this has any effect on the symptoms or not long term....

I have had the symptoms come back at different times, as well as gone into complete remission several times... In my case, I suspect the reason for symptom flare-up is because I end up stopping this protocol (thinking im completely cured) , and things like binging on junk foods (holidays etc)... There are certain foods which make the symptoms worse such as processed sugar, sweets, white bread, and other processed foods being the obvious ones. Also cooked vegetable oils seem to cause problems as well, such as deep fried or heavily fried foods

I highly suspect there is a certain bug/bacteria that causes hiatal hernia, and ive yet to totally beat this one, but I've yet to give up on fighting it. as time goes on this protocol seems to work effectively, but it may take more diligence on my part, or anyone trying to raise immunity to it to really beat this thing out. (the amount of time and diligence needed to completely heal is yet to be determined) there are probably other things that can help raise the bodies immunity to whatever the true cause is... And im sure that with enough diligence it could probably be taken care of for good

having said all that.. Id also like to just throw in that cayenne pepper, like say one teaspoon to a glass of warm water is also really good at relieving the symptoms... I do this when symptoms flare up and it helps.. Plus the cayenne is very good at killing off invading bacteria and improving digestion overall.. Another one is the organic apple cider vinegar, but ive had mixed results with that... Ted from earth clinic suggests taking it periodically so that the malic acid can help with detoxification, and so I take it from time to time for that purpose (baking soda may need to be added, if the water is soft or simply lacking bicarbonates)

and of course, last but not least is the alkalizing with a teaspoon of baking soda in water bout 3 times a day... This one is essential at keeping the symptoms at bay

well, I hope that information helps you, I know hiatal hernia symptoms can be really irritating, sometimes debilitating... So I wish you all the best.. if theres ever anything you want to share or ask, feel free :-)

sincerely, Cordell"

if anyone has anything to share in regards to the above protocol, would like to add anything that helps, or ask questions I can be reached my new email: spiritbearshamanic(at)

Love and Light

Replied by Tree
Stormville, Ny

Thank you, Cordell spiritbearshamanic for the great Sliding Hiatus Hernia information. - TreeGenius
Replied by Llferr
Granite Bay, Ca

I just found out I have this hiatal hernia. My main symptom was feeling like I was choking all the time. Every once in a while I had a "heart attack" type symptom and it would go away after 20 minutes. So I am working on solving this. But one huge concern is my hair loss. I am losing so much hair. I can pretty much say I started losing this over the last year.. Probably when the hernia came about. Do you think this is causing my hair loss? If so what do I do? I take prevacid and Zantac for my acid reflux. I do take synthroid for my thryroid which is at a good level. I am 54 female so many people are like.. Oh that just happens but I know it is due to something else. I have lost over 50% of my hair.

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