Hiatal Hernia Relief: Top Natural Remedies Guide

| Modified on Jan 16, 2024

Dealing with a hiatal hernia can be challenging, but natural remedies offer a ray of hope for those seeking relief. This condition, where the stomach pushes through the diaphragm, often leads to discomfort and acid reflux symptoms. Our guide dives into effective, easy-to-use natural treatments that provide relief from hiatal hernia symptoms. From soothing teas like chamomile and ginger to dietary adjustments and stress-reducing exercises, we cover a range of options to suit different needs.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile, renowned for its calming properties, can soothe the digestive tract. For immediate relief, brew a strong cup of chamomile tea and sip slowly. This can help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux and discomfort associated with a hiatal hernia.

Ginger Root

Ginger, known for its anti-inflammatory effects, aids digestion and reduces inflammation. Grate fresh ginger root into hot water to make a soothing tea, or chew on a small piece of ginger for quick relief.

High-Fiber Foods

Incorporate foods high in fiber, like oats, legumes, and whole grains. These can help regulate bowel movements and reduce the pressure on the hernia, easing symptoms.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera is effective in combating acid reflux symptoms. Drink a quarter cup of aloe vera juice 20 minutes before meals to soothe the digestive tract and alleviate discomfort.

Probiotic Supplements

Probiotics maintain gut health, which is crucial for managing a hiatal hernia. Take a probiotic supplement daily as per the recommended dosage on the package to improve digestive health.

Yoga Poses

Specific yoga poses, like the Cat-Cow and Bridge pose, can strengthen the abdominal area and reduce hiatal hernia symptoms. Practice these poses gently, focusing on deep breathing.

Alkaline Foods

Eating more alkaline foods like bananas, melons, and cucumbers can neutralize stomach acid, relieving heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Though acidic, apple cider vinegar can have an alkalizing effect. Mix one tablespoon in a glass of water and drink before meals to aid digestion and alleviate symptoms.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a quick remedy for neutralizing stomach acid. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it to alleviate acid reflux symptoms associated with a hiatal hernia. It's a temporary and rapid relief method, especially useful for occasional heartburn.

Orange Peel

Orange peel extract can help improve digestion and reduce acid reflux symptoms. Dry orange peels and grind them into a powder. Use this powder to make a tea or sprinkle it on meals. The natural chemicals found in orange peel can promote smoother digestion and provide relief from hiatal hernia discomfort.

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial. Overweight individuals can try low-impact exercises like walking or swimming to reduce pressure on the abdomen.

FAQ Section: Hiatal Hernia and Natural Remedies

Q1: What Exactly Is a Hiatal Hernia?
A: A hiatal hernia occurs when a part of the stomach bulges up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. It can cause symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux, and chest discomfort.

Q2: Can Natural Remedies Fully Cure a Hiatal Hernia?
A: While natural remedies can help manage the symptoms of a hiatal hernia, they are not a cure. Hiatal hernias often require medical treatment, especially in severe cases. It's important to use natural remedies as a complement to medical advice.

Q3: Are There Specific Foods That Help with Hiatal Hernia Symptoms?
A: Yes, foods high in fiber and low in acid, such as bananas, melons, and green vegetables, can help manage symptoms. Avoiding spicy, fatty, and acidic foods is also beneficial.

Q4: How Effective Are Herbal Teas for a Hiatal Hernia?
A: Herbal teas like chamomile, ginger, and peppermint can help soothe the digestive system and reduce symptoms like acid reflux and heartburn associated with a hiatal hernia.

Q5: Is It Safe to Exercise with a Hiatal Hernia?
A: Gentle exercises, particularly those that strengthen the abdominal muscles, can be beneficial. However, avoid exercises that increase abdominal pressure, such as heavy lifting. Always consult with a doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.

Q6: Can Stress Management Techniques Alleviate Hiatal Hernia Symptoms?
A: Yes, stress management techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help reduce symptoms of a hiatal hernia by decreasing overall stress and tension in the body.

Q7: Are There Any Risks Associated with Using Natural Remedies for Hiatal Hernia?
A: While most natural remedies are safe, they can interact with medications or have side effects in some individuals. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before trying new treatments.

Q8: When Should Someone with a Hiatal Hernia Seek Medical Attention?
A: If you experience severe or worsening symptoms, such as intense chest pain, difficulty swallowing, or persistent discomfort, it's crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Regular check-ups are also important for monitoring the condition.


These natural remedies can offer significant relief for those suffering from a hiatal hernia. However, it's important to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and ensure these remedies complement your medical treatment.

Read on for precise dosages and helpful tips for managing a hiatal hernia, shared by our Earth Clinic contributors!

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Abdominal Gas Cause

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

Abdominal Gas Could Mimic a Hiatal Hernia

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.

Replied by Kellie

Where was your bloating?

My left side just under rib down to my hip has been very swollen or maybe bloated.... It's painful and pushes against my ribs and stomach. I had an MRI and CT but all they find is the hiatal hernia.

For some reason they say nothing about the swelling, though it's visible to the eye. I need answers and can't find any.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Monica (Culver Coty, Ca.) on 10/17/2015

Thank you to Martha from Orange, Texas for this info on the ACV, my husband has been dealing with this pain for 2 years, the meds that the doctors have given him hasn't done anything and basically one even told him he has to learn to live with the pain, but who suffers of hiatal hernia or family members that have seen the pain that they go through know the desperation of trying to ease the pain. My husband has been with the pain since yesterday night Thursday October 15/2015 and its 11:05pm of Friday October 16/2015 and still in pain.

I just read your article about the ACV and gave him 1 and 1/2 tblspn in 8oz of water and he finally fell a sleep feeling the pain go away. A million thanks to this article. I don't know how else to express this huge tip.

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

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.

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

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda

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

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.

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(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.

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Was diagnosed with this today. It is the most uncomfortable feeling ever. Life is not life with this. I will try the ACV also. If there's any other remedy out there, please inform me.

Replied by Tim

I suggest you to start your day with 0.5 litre of tap water which you must fill in glass jur before going to bed and drink it when you stand up in the morning. Also you must have your food in standing position."eating when sitting" is strictly prohibited. All these must be your daily regime during month or two, even you feel improvment in 2 weeks. If you have a heartburn you will have a omeprazole 20mg once a day on empty stomack just 4-5 days to reduce it fast. Needs no more as tap water consuption will improve your stomack excess production. Thank me later, Nadine and good luck

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne

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Posted by Linda (New Haven, Ct - Connecticut) on 12/15/2011

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.

Breathing Exercise

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Posted by Tom (Regina, Sk) on 06/19/2010

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.

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I want to thank you for putting up this Info for I have been suffering for the past four years with Gall Bladder issues and bloating and chest pressure and pain, and I just had surgery to remove the bladder and that pain gone but when they filled me up with gas the Hiatal Hernia moved up and I was now suffering real bad with that chest pain . Doctor said he will make specialist appointment so I new I would be waiting for along time once again. So back onto the net to research and I came across this and immediately tried it and it was amazing, it worked and I am practicing this everyday for I now am feeling a lot better.

Merry Christmas! and Thank you again, Charlotte

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This helped me too!

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I tried drinking the warm water, then did the squats and felt immediate relief! Thank you Dr. David Williams :)

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

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.

Castor Oil Pack

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Posted by LindaD (Texas) on 01/01/2022

My hiatal hernia flares up from time to time. I have found relief by making a castor oil pack. I put castor oil onto a piece of soft flannel, folded, making several layers. I apply it just under my sternum. I secure it so it won't move when I go to bed. I apply some heat to it and it's very soothing. After doing this for a couple of nights in a row, the hernia doesn't bulge as much and my abdominal muscles are able to relax which gives me relief.

Replied by beverly

These stretches are also somewhat helpful....because your chest areas gets tight and restricted.

Hiatal Hernia Treatments - YouTube

Check for Gluten Allergy

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Posted by Kauai_syren (Mendocino, Ca) on 12/20/2010

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?


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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

Posted by Thewoman (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/23/2013

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 Meriah
(Lexington, Kentucky)

I, too, have been able to solve the hiatal hernia problem through natural approaches. This was almost 20 years ago and although I still at time feel mild discomfort in and around my diaphragm, I don't have redux or pain. I had that manual adjustment that some have mentioned, done at the time by my chiropractor/chinese medicine practitioner. In addition to the adjustment, he gave me unknown Chinese herbs to drink and -- I think this was the clincher -- asked me to juice fresh ginger. Keep in the fridge. Drink 2 tablespoons first thing every morning and wait a full hour before drinking or eating anything else. That stuff is intense, but I could just feel it restoring the area.

Replied by Melinda
(Washington State)

There are several good videos on Youtube about how to manually get your stomach to drop back down to where it belongs without using any meds. I've found them very helpful.

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This is something my husband does for me. The chiropracticer showed him how to release the stomach from the diagram.

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy

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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.


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(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.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Hippocrates (Missouri) on 07/13/2016 9 posts

Long story short, seven years ago, I was diagnosed with a "medium sized hiatal hernia" via endoscope. I even once spent the night in the ER because I was sure I was having a heart attack because it was pushing on my heart that badly (all tests came out perfect for my heart! ) I am sure that I have had it for 15 or 20 years. I do not like surgery or drugs if I can avoid them, so here is what I have done to avoid ALL surgeries and ALL drugs in the past 7 years:

There is something you are eating and drinking that is keeping it aggravated. It is 100% a food allergy, or more likely, FOOD ALLERGIES!

Eating; for me it is all wheat and gluten, all dairy, all soy, all Allium plants (garlic, onions, etc), and I am finding Balsam of Peru and Balsam of Tolu hidden under "NATURAL FLAVOR". Keep a daily food journal and eat simple foods that you read the labels for and prepared yourself. Eat potatoes with nothing on them and wait 6 or 8 hours. Stomach feels good? Then it is probably ok. Then say, the next time you eat a potato with sour cream on it and it bothers you, you know that it wasnt the potato, but SOMETHING in the sour cream. Eventually you can narrow it down this way, might take years though. A skin prick test or patch test at a doctor can help somewhat narrow down food allergies, but they are not 100% reliable with foods, and many foods might show you are not allergic, when you actually are.

Drinking; DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING WITH MEALS OTHER THAN WATER, AND EVEN THEN ONLY SIPS! Do not drink much for the next 2 - 4 hours after eating other than sips here and there. NO carbonated beverages, EVER! If I have to have a soda, I get bottles of it and beat it on my hand or the table and slowly release the pressure and repeat until no more carbonation remains. Tastes flat, but has the flavor you crave if you have to have one. Unflavored unsweetened coffee and unflavored alcohols seem tolerable on an empty stomach, they can bother me a bit, but never drink them on a full stomach.

I always keep a bottle of water handy. If I can feel it bothering me, I drink a big mouthful or two and try to wiggle/stretch my chest around to get it to release while trying gently to burp. Then I repeat this until I start feeling better. Sometimes and rarely, I will sip like 1/8th teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a 16 oz glass of water (pint) and try to burp. If you can get the trapped air to release, it wont push on your heart and cause you to feel like you are dying.

I discovered that OFTEN you can actually little by little swallow MORE air into your stomach and get it to pull down the stomach and then you can burp out the swallowed air plus what was previously trapped. But this is trick is hard to learn when to do it, and when it will make things worse. I only mention it because often it works for me to help things out.

Drinking a 16 oz glass of water (pint) and immediately rebounding on a trampoline on an empty stomach daily can help train it to stay down where it should be, especially if you are avoiding the foods it does not like and drinks it does not like.

Breathing exercises, like the one where you suck in through a tiny straw or breathe out through the same straw can help strengthen your diaphragm.

Sleep with a bed wedge under your bed, or bricks under headboard. DO NOT eat a big meal within 4-6 hours of going to bed! I can do small snacks that do not bother me, but I generally avoid even them within 2 hours of bed time if I can.

DO NOT bend over or lift ANYTHING with in 4-6 hours after eating! You cant always avoid it, but unless your stomach is empty, you are asking to make things worse, both immediately AND long term.

I feel confident that you can potentially live a fairly normal life if you do as I have done. You may never have a 100% normal diaphragm again, but the trampoline and breathing exercises can help strengthen it so that it will keep your stomach where it should be more normally, especially if you avoid your personal food allergens and avoid the drinking situations that I mentioned.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Ward (Atlanta) on 08/27/2015

in 1985 I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia and stomach ulcers.Tagament pills for ulcers and Galviscon for my hiatal my doctor wanted to book me in for surgery as I could not lie down without my stomach acid burning my throat. anything I ate gave me pain and heart burn.

I have always hated hospitals so I refused, I cured myself by not eating and drinking anything with acid eg: tomatoes lemon, oranges, beer, no white bread or pastries that was doughy. I only ate brown bread and veggies with meat no gravy not much fruit but I did add peppers to all my food.

After 6 months, my hiatal hernia was healed and my stomach ulcers gone.my doctor scratched his head. He had never known that one could heal hiatal hernia as the valve had been stretched open and surgery was the only option.

It is now 2015 and I do not suffer ulcers or hiatal hernia. Ulcers is sores in the stomach breeding on bacteria, kill the bacteria and the sore heals. I believe pepper did the trick.

EC: Hi Ward,

Thank you for your feedback. Can you please let us know what kind of pepper you used. Was it cayenne or black pepper? Thank you!

Replied by Ward

I cut up peppers (chillies) into all my food

Replied by Lola
(New York)

Re:Ward (Atlanta) on 08/27/2015 Ward (Atlanta) on 08/27/2015

"I only ate brown bread and veggies with meat no gravy not much fruit but I did add peppers to all my food."

Hi! Ward from Atlanta replied on 08/31/2015

"I cut up peppers (chillies) into all my food".

I went online in search of chillies and so many came up. I am hoping that Ward reads my post and can kindly respond to which chillies in particular is he referring to sweet or hot?

Replied by Jimy Flores
(New York)

I think he means cayenne pepper. After the article's I've been reading I'm gonna give it a shot.

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