Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia

| Modified on Jan 22, 2021

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ellen (London, UK) on 04/08/2013

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

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

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

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Orange Peel, Chamomile Tea
Posted by Greg M. (Walla Walla, Wa) on 07/30/2009
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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

Breathing Exercise
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Katy (Allen, Tx) on 01/13/2012

Martha, what food enzymes did you use?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by John (Trang, Thailand) on 09/28/2010

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Rafael (Manila, Philippines) on 10/31/2010

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

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.

Dietary Changes
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.

Vitamin B12
Posted by Cordell (Minto, New Brunswick Canada) on 08/03/2010

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 [email protected]. 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Russ (Australia) on 05/31/2014

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 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.

Finger Pressure
Posted by Emi (Charlotte, Nc) on 01/22/2017
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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.

Vitamin B12
Posted by Cordell (Saint John, New Brunswick Canada) on 07/28/2009
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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!



Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Haverwench (Middlesex County, Nj, Usa) on 04/07/2013

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Julia (Va) on 12/22/2017

Vinegar is acidic but once in the body becomes alkaline.

Breathing Exercise
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?

Breathing Exercise
Posted by Charlotte (Alberta) on 12/24/2015
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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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lulu (Wells, Somerset) on 02/20/2012

Apple Cider Vinegar is Alkaline! So is Ok for Hiatus Hernia... Try slippery Elm, works a treat!

Water, Foot Drop Treatment
Posted by John (Pa) on 08/29/2016
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Liquid/gravity cure for temporary relief of hiatal hernia. Not sure if this has been reported, as I did not see mention of it; but I had found temporary relief of the painful swallowing when eating. I saw a site that suggested drinking one to two cups of water, and then dropping down quickly flat footed, from a raised calf-like position. This helps pull the muscle out of the diaphragm. It helped temporarily on a few occasions, but my best results so far have been from cutting out the carbonated soft drinks altogether. I am 3 weeks in and no more of the pain I would normally have, that would seem to only get better if I constantly raised my arms while swallowing. I am still having a condition of burping (especially with cucumbers, and bananas) but, have not had the heartburn that was almost nightly. I believe these other symptoms may subside as I get my body's chemistry back to more neutral (or alkaline). Btw, where would one get the PH paper I have seen talked about on here?

I hope my experiences/observations may help someone.

Abdominal Gas Cause
Posted by Kellie (Oklahoma) on 02/19/2016

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.

Finger Pressure
Posted by Pyroluriac (Alamogordo, Nm) on 03/25/2012

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.

Finger Pressure
Posted by Malisa ( Lexington ) on 04/23/2015
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Robbie (Manila, Philippines) on 03/01/2012

Hey Raf can you give me your cp no. I'd like to ask you some questions. tnx

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Tim (Georgia) on 05/27/2018

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
Posted by Simona (Newport Beach, California) on 01/14/2012

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


Vitamin B12
Posted by Cordell (Minto, Nb Canada) on 08/11/2010

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

Vitamin B12
Posted by Cordell (Minto, N.b Canada) on 05/06/2011

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)gmail.com

Love and Light

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Meriah (Lexington, Kentucky) on 02/27/2017

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Melinda (Washington State) on 12/14/2017

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by GayleS (Mississippi, USA) on 10/09/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I wanted to post what is working for me for my hiatal hernia, acid reflux and low stomach acid.

I thank GOD I finally figured out my remedy and I thank all the people posting in here for all your input and knowledge. Within the last 3 months I read (I think) in Earth Clinic almost every post relating to hiatal hernia, low acid stomach, enzymes, digestion you name so I could get as much info as I could to figure out what to do. I even purchased Ted and Bill's book on Amazon and all the meters they recommended to test your own health. By the way, it's an awesome book and the meters work great they recommend! A little about me: I'm 62 years old, female, and was diagnosed 8 years ago with a hiatal hernia, acid reflux, and gastritis.

They also tested for H-pylori and it was negative. Docs wanted to put me on antacids, but I refused them knowing at that time they don't cure anything. You've got to get to the real problem, I learned that working in health food/vitamin stores for years. My digestion in the last 8 years has been on and off good and bad. I used some supplements and baking soda for acid reflux and some digestive enzymes, I got by on that. I also narrowed down what foods were giving me trouble and stopped eating them or cut back. I am also type 2 diabetic and have a ton of food sensitivities. My mom had Crohn's disease, sisters and brothers have digestive issues too. Gut problems run in my family. Within the last 3 month my digestive issues turned for the worse. The hiatal hernia would not stay down and it seemed like I couldn't digest anything!! I was jumping with the warm water in my stomach after every meal with pain in my chest almost all the time from the hiatal hernia. All this ‘really' got my attention to dig in on the post on Earth Clinic and read…read…read. After some trial and errors on trying different remedies, I finally figured out my unique remedy.

I used a combination of products mentioned in some of the post and made notes on what I ate, took, and if it helped or made it worse. Here's what I've been taking for the last 5 days that's WORKING. I've not had my hiatal hernia in my chest and no acid reflux.

Products I'm using: Ginger tea (made from fresh ginger), ACV mixed with water, eating foods that contain natural enzymes for digestion (I can post the list I created if you want to read it, let me know) and the one I'm most amazed with - Premier d- Limonene liquid drops made by Premier Research Labs.

Here's what I do:

Every morning first thing: I drink a cup of warm ginger tea. I make it at night and just warm up. I don't have coffee for about one hour after drinking it. The ginger tea gets the digestive system going (muscles). Before every meal: I drink AVC (I started with ¼ teaspoon and now use ½ teaspoon) in 8 oz. of water. While eating I drink the ginger tea. Not a lot, about one cup throughout the meal. It was suggested to drink with meals by someone, so that's why I do it this way. Apparently helps stimulate digestion. After every meal: I drink 2 drop of the Premier d-Limonene liquid in 8 oz. of water after I'm done eating. Do not take it without food in your tummy. It even says on the bottle not too. I forgot one day and took it without food. My tummy didn't like it.

This is all that I'm doing right now. I will post again to update everyone on my progress. I am so happy because I was so miserable. Thank you again everyone for all your posts.

Abdominal Gas Cause
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.

Hiatal Hernia and Acid Reflux Connection
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

Finger Pressure
Posted by Hal (Ny) on 01/23/2017

Check on either Dr. Shallenbergers', Dr. Al Sears', or Dr. David Williams' site. I believe one of them mentioned a method of jumping up very quickly to actually get rid of a hiatal hernia. I don't remember the entire thing, so you'll have to dig somewhat for it.

Maybe it's the same as this one: http://www.drrind.com/_blog/Dr_Rinds_Journal/post/A_Simple_Trick_for_Natural_Treatment_of_Hiatal_Hernias/
Hope this can help someone.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Raf (Manila, Philippines) on 11/25/2010

Should have been rafzacarias @ y a h o o. C o m

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Rafzacarias (Makati, Philippines) on 12/29/2011

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

Breathing Exercise
Posted by laura (Virginia) on 01/22/2021
5 out of 5 stars

This helped me too!

Breathing Exercise
Posted by Rhett (Canada) on 06/05/2014

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.

Orange Peel, Chamomile Tea
Posted by Greg M. (Walla Walla, Wa) on 12/02/2011

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

Vitamin B12
Posted by Cordell (Minto, Nb Canada) on 09/05/2010

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

Vitamin B12
Posted by Nadine (Trinidad And Tobago) on 07/29/2018

Thanks for this information.

Vitamin B12
Posted by Tim (Georgia (Rep.of)) on 07/30/2018 22 posts

Yes, Nadine,

You will continue regimen during two months to consolidate success. It will avoid you any operative intervention in future. Also, repeat all if any similar complaints occur. Get in the habit to start your day drinking 1 cup of tapped water waking up in the morning. So it helps to avoid many of your health problems in future.

Happy for you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lama (Mclean, Va) on 02/16/2012

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ajay (Atlanta) on 08/25/2013

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Victoria (Dallas, Tx) on 01/21/2016


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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sherry (Tennessee) on 12/28/2017

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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by GayleS (Mississippi, USA) on 11/05/2019

Update: 11/5/2019 –

What I learned from a mistake' It's been close to a month since I discovered a regimen that helps my hiatal hernia stay down and not slide up into my chest. BUT, I also found out no matter how good I'm doing I still cannot eat certain foods, it will flare up the hiatal hernia!

Here's what happened:

I made the mistake of adding one shake of red pepper flakes to my collard greens cooking pot. I also buy sausage from a local farmer who raises animals without chemicals and non GMO feed. His sausage has a slight heat to it, so I ate one sausage patty with a bowl of collard greens. Neither of these foods were very spicy, but it was enough to inflame the hiatal hernia. I thought I could handle this spicy food since I was doing so good…WRONG!! I suffered for about 6 days and today it finally calmed down! I learned a good lesson so not all is bad in this situation.

Just stay away from spicy foods, you're better off. Even though all seemed fine with my hiatal hernia, I still cannot forget it's there and the possibility of it getting inflamed again.

Water, Foot Drop Treatment
Posted by Rita (Tampa, Fl) on 09/01/2016

Most health food stores carry the Ph papers.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Patti (Wilmington, Delaware ) on 10/28/2015

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

Dietary Changes
Posted by Ward (Atlanta) on 08/31/2015

I cut up peppers (chillies) into all my food

Dietary Changes
Posted by Lola (New York) on 12/26/2015

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?

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jimy Flores (New York) on 04/11/2017

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

General Feedback
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.



General Feedback
Posted by Dianne (Canada) on 08/24/2015

I had no idea chiropractors could help with Hernias. Thank you for sharing that information. I had hernia a year back, and had it surgically removed at a hernia hospital called Shouldice. I have heard that the hernias do reoccur and I am going to try these to prevent that from happening again.

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
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.


Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 01/27/2014

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.

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
Posted by Sherry (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 01/28/2014

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.

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 01/28/2014

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.

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
Posted by Marijah (Kentucky) on 03/18/2014

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).

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
Posted by Bernadette (Thomasville, GA) on 03/19/2014

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

Chiropractic, Osteopathic, or Massage Therapy
Posted by Don (Queens, New York) on 11/17/2015

Have similar symptoms. Been using DGL tablets, (licorice) which doesn't affect blood pressure. Also start the day with Endefen, wonderful for digestive tract, recommended by my alternative MD. What really helps is peppermint sugar free gum. It helps after meals to get the gastric juices flowing and reduce gas.