Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia

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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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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.

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
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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.

Replied by Patti
(Wilmington, Delaware)

Monica did you use ACV with the "mother" in it? Thanks

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

Replied by Julia

Vinegar is acidic but once in the body becomes alkaline.

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

Replied by Victoria
(Dallas, Tx)


I too would like to know what food enzymes you found to alleviate your pain. Thank you in advance.

Replied by Subir K.

Martha, what food enzyme you are using to get relief from heartburn. I am now 70+ and I have been suffering from GERD and constant pain below sternum due to hiatal hernia for the last fifty years. I am now taking 40 mg pantoprazole twice daily, but symptoms still exist. Can anyone give me advice how I can get rid of GERD and constant pain.

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.

Replied by Sherry

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

Replied by Syly
(New Bern NC)

In addition to Apple Cider vinegar, which food enzymes should be added for hiatal hernia?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda

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


Yes, this the only thing that helps me!

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. [email protected]... 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!!!

Replied by Barbara
(Omaha, Ne)

I am going to try ACV right this minute as I can hardly stand this pain! I had an endoscopy and was told I have a hiatal hernia and to take 40 milligrams of Omeprizol daily! It doesn't help. I'm hoping I can find some relief with acv. I want my life back!

Replied by Nadine

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

Breathing Exercise

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

Replied by laura
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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
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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 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.

Castor Oil Pack

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

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.


Replied by Prioris
(Fl, Usa)
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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
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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
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Marsh57 (Denver, Co, Usa) on 11/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

6 User Reviews
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Posted by Angelo (Toronto, Ontario) on 04/10/2022
5 out of 5 stars

I can't thank the person who posted this finger technique enough in 2011. Seriously. THANK YOU!

The last 2 weeks for me have been absolute hell.

I've been waking up with this strange feeling in my stomach/lower chest that I thought was a tumor everytime I try to take a deep breath. Felt like my insides were out of place. I haven't slept much at all in the past 2 weeks because of acid, constantly burping and tight chest that would make it difficult to breathe laying down. I usually sleep like a baby. It got so bad one night last week I went to the hospital(and if you know me, I don't step foot in those places or see doctors unless I think I'm dying) I was burping for 4 hours straight. When I say burping I mean belching like I've been drinking pop all day and never drink that garbage. I couldn't stop and it was affecting my breathing. The pain from this hernia was there when I was trying to breathe as well but I didn't know what it was. I thought my lungs were just inflamed. I have asthma that acts up sometimes depending on how much I vape but never requires a puffer or actually worries me.

In the past few days I've gone from thinking I have GERD, COPD, cancer/tumors and a bunch of other stuff.

Ive started taking glutathione, msm, Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda in the last few days. I've had some minimal relief from those but the pain to breath wasn't going away and feeling like my insides are out of place has been constant.

I tried this finger technique quickly (not truly believing I even have a hernia) and that breathing pain is gone!!! Not sure even sure I did it properly. I'm shocked. I'm going to continue doing this a few times a day or as needed.

Thanks again and God Bless this site. I'm writing this in 2022 and it unfortunately seems like this beautiful site is dead. The pharmaceutical industry has ruined health and internet censorship has made finding natural cures nearly impossible. Thank you Earth Clinic!

Replied by Barbara

What is this finger pressure you're referring to? Is there a website or YouTube video that shows it? Thanks for any info!

Replied by Melissa

Per the post further down on this page from 2011:

"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!"

Finger Pressure
Posted by Laurens. (Saratoga, Ny ) on 02/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Glitzy Feather
(York PA)
5 out of 5 stars

I know this is a super old post, but so thankful I found it. Just did this and amazingly has helped me. Thanks you so much for posting this idea and a huge thanks to Earth Clinic for making sharing all this natural remedies possible. So very much appreciated! THANK YOU!!! I am referring to massaging just under the rib cage. I rubbed/massaged downward, to my left, in a circular massage. I do believe trapped gas was released.

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Wendy
(Melbourne, Australia)

That's a Bowen move which is a form of body work. I am a Bowen practitioner.

Replied by Emi
(Charlotte, Nc)
5 out of 5 stars

This hand treatment for Hiatal Hernias originated more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Japan. It has been passed down into the traditional acupressure technique of Te-A-Te, for one. I studied it with a Japanese Master in the 1970's, and he, born in 1896, studied from his Master, and so on. Very effective for immediate relief and can be of lasting help when combined with dietary changes and herbs.

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