Natural Remedies for a Hernia

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An inguinal hernia is defined as the protrusion of soft tissue through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. The soft tissue that pushes through the muscles typically consists of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity or a small section of the intestines. The result of the protrusion is a slight to more severe bulge that may be painful, typically when the affected individual coughs, bends or lifts a heavy object.

Some inguinal hernias do not cause symptoms and may only be discovered via a routine medical exam. However, inguinal hernias are often recognizable as present bulge in the abdomen that can be seen and felt. Typically the bulge is more apparent when the individual stands uprights, coughs or strains. Additionally, common symptoms of an inguinal hernia include a bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, a burning or aching sensation at the bulge, pain or discomfort in the groin, a heavy or dragging feeling in the groin, weakness or pressure in the groin and occasional pain or swelling around the testicles.

While some inguinal hernias have no apparent cause, others occur as the result of several different factors. Increased pressure in the abdomen, a pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall, a combination of pressure and a weak spot, straining during bowel movements or urination, heavy lifting, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, excess weight and chronic coughing or sneezing may cause or contribute to an inguinal hernia.

Natural Remedies for a Hernia

Surgery that involves the application of hernia mesh is often the first medical remedy offered individuals with an inguinal hernia; however, hernia mesh can cause complications later and does not have to be the only option. Natural remedies offer relief and treatment and are less invasive.

A natural poultice of comfrey can cure an inguinal hernia without surgery.

Additional options include licorice, ginger root, chamomile, marshmallow root, hawthornia and shepherds purse. Additionally strengthening the core through exercise and eliminating excess weight can also help cure an inguinal hernia.

Do you have a natural cure for an inguinal hernia? Please consider sharing it with our readers! Continue reading below for feedback from Earth Clinic readers about which remedies worked best for their hernias.

Comfrey Poultice

1 User Review
4 star (1) 

Posted by Alexander (Maryland) on 02/02/2020
4 out of 5 stars

I used the comfrey poultice mentioned in this page along with the herbal combination for hernia which is a powder made up of Solomon seal root and marshmallow herbs for about 3 months. I am 60 years of age. It took away the pain in my lower groin in the first three weeks. Then the bulge started staying in after about a month. The bulge would come out when I put pressure on the groin area, especially if I lifted anything heavy.

I am quite pleased with the result of the comfrey poultice. My suggestion to those who would like to try it is to be patient as it will take time to rebuild and heal the damaged tissues.

Replied by Anne

Hi Alexander,

Did you used dried comfrey or fresh leaves to make your poultice?

Replied by Bas

So good to hear of your healing, Alexander. Did you have a reversible inguinal hernia? Please can you tell me the exact formulas and dosage? Many thanks.

Replied by Denese
(North Arlington, NJ)

Can you please tell me what comfrey poultice is and where I can get it? Also, a recommended brand as well. Thank you so much.

Mama to Many

Dear Denese,

You can't really buy a comfrey poultice that I know of.

I make them with fresh or dried comfrey. I am assuming you don't have a comfrey plant to use fresh. If you find a source for dried comfrey (Mountain Rose Herb is my favorite) you can rehydrate several teaspoons of the dried herb and wrap it in a piece of flannel. Then secure it to the area of concern. I place the flannel next the skin and cover with plastic wrap and then fitted clothing.

I did also read one review that someone used Dr. Christopher's Complete Bone and Tissue salve to cure a hernia. It would be an easier approach. You would just apply the salve topically several times a day. A neighbor used it to heal some internal pain following gallbladder removal.

~Mama to Many~


you can buy a poultice from Tao of Herbs

Replied by Les
(New York)

Makes no sense. The inguinal hernia is a mechanical problem, not a nourishment problem. Why would a comfrey poultice help?

David Winston

We are led to believe that inguinal hernia is a mechanical problem, which I am not disputing, but approaching it mechanically is only one option albeit a strong one. Working with an inguinal hernia naturally takes longer, but has been done by many including myself.

(Los Angeles)

There are different types of hernias. A "mechanical problem" implies something wrong with "functional" mechanics. A "structural problem" differs because the substrate is harder and less changing.

The large and small intestines are maintain their form due to functional integrity. Prolapse of intestines means there is something functional that is missing.

My own findings are that hernia is due two two factors, stagnation of blood in the lower abdomen coupled with a loss of functional fortitude that may be due to strain, cold, or aging.

Things that didn't work:

Exercises. These tended to make matters worse and uncertain whether exercise didn't cause problem to begin with. Leg raises, strengthening pelvic floor, no.

Cupping definitely made worse.

Local acupuncture, I.e., needling at site(s) of distress.

Things that worked or helped:

Lyphomyosot-- this is a homeopathic by Heel, Inc. Dunno if they still make and not avail in US.

Acupuncture using the Yamamoto Scalp approach, as well as Ki 10, SI 3,4, and importantly Pc 8.

Herbs that moved blood in lower body, Guizhifuling wan, which contains cinnamon and peach kernel among other herbs. Herbs that regulated the middle, Fuzilizhong wan being one and another with lifting function most commonly used for common cold Gegen Tang wan, which contains kudzu which proved surprisingly effective.

I also found that a heart patter accompanied the problem, and constipation was the main sx. For heart: zhigancaotang wan, containing baked licorice and ginger among things and constipation runchang wan, which contains warm aromatics along with rhubarb root which assists intestines.

Doses are going to vary. I've read where some remedies recommended fennel or clove powder placed in navel or taped along lower abdomen over night. No doubt that spices that possess a piquant quality play an important role in quickening intestinal synapses at have gone dormant.

Also a local drop at a different site daily of iodine.

After 5 weeks took a ten day break and am back on at 1/2 dose with incontinued improvement. Constipation 80% improved. No pain. Leg sensation/groin 90% improved.


1 User Review
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Posted by Sumner (Renfrew, Pa.) on 12/23/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Hernia, Non-Hiatal.

Well, as most on here would report, I didn't choose this topic, it chose me. As a long time reader of EC I have never felt I knew enough to report on that had not already been said. I am surprised there are no others discussing this affliction here on Earth Clinic.

About 8 or 9 years ago I went on a cruise and discovered I had a hernia. The kind a 62 year old would remember from his early days when the doctors, etc made their "checks".

Yeah, that kind.

Well, when you find something that feels like a third testicle suspended halfway down the scrotum it's unnerving. I knew I didn't want the mesh. It took me about a week to decide to manually push it back where it belonged. It fell back down but not as far.

If I laid down for bed it would stay in place until morning. That was the good news. Then it would drop upon getting up from bed. I still didn't want the mesh. The wife said get the surgery. I said no. She showed me pictures of people with their intestines at their knees. I said no.

To stand more than 20 minutes was hard. To take a bag of salt to the basement for the softener required resting the salt on several stairs. I felt old.

I read EC a lot. Even just for fun, stuff that didn't afflict me. I changed my diet. I did a colon cleanse. Completely filthy, gross beyond description. My personal belief is that my Traverse Colon was collapsed. I dropped from 220 to 190 lbs. The condition improved. I could carry salt and stand.

Today, 8 or 9 years later, I am healthier and enjoy lifting heavy things at the gym. What seems to improve it the most is going for a run or the stepper at the gym. At times it seems almost perfect for extended periods. I am fully persuaded that if I were a little more disciplined it would be correctly and completely healed.


2 User Reviews
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Posted by Shadel (Nebraska, US) on 03/25/2015

I'm wondering if anyone noticed my previous post regarding inguinal hernia. If anyone has taken 'Hernicare' with success to heal an inguinal hernia, I would appreciate them posting it on EC. Thank you so much. Would like to know if I would be wasting my money on this product. Thank you for a reply.

Replied by Trucker Ray
(Ohio, Us)

Best method to treat/cure an inguinal hernia is with a poultice of comfrey. This is applied to the skin, it is not a pill, nor is it a salve or cream.

Replied by George
(Hawaii. USA)

I have tried a comfrey poultice for several months but no success yet. The posting mentions: licorice, ginger root, chamomile, marshmallow root, hawthornia and shepherds purse. Are these to be taken as tea, capsules or even part of the poultice. Also any specific suggestions on preparing and using the poultice

Replied by Trucker Ray
(Ohio Usa)

Are you making your own comfrey poultice, or did you purchase the one that has been researched and developed specifically for hernias for the past 30 years? There are several other added natural ingredients that go into the comfrey poultice which make it safe and effective in treating the hernia.

Replied by William

Hi Ray,

I am interested in the comfrey poultice you mention, where can I purchase the type mentioned in your post.

Thnaks very much.

Replied by Trucker Ray
(Ohio Usa)

Hunters, located in Maryland USA. Also, if you are over 30 years of age, you should consider Stem Kine supplement to accelerate the healing process. Both are remarkable. Research both and make your own decision. I can only speak for myself. I had an inguinal hernia and it did take 3 months before all signs of the hernia were gone. One word sums up my experience using the above mentioned. Amazing. I never would have thought that anything other than surgery would cure a hernia. Good luck to you!

(Price, Ut)

Which supplement (not the poultice) - can't seem to find just the supplement on the website

Replied by William
(Hautes-Pyerenees, France)

Hi Ray,

Thanks so much for your reply and I'm sorry for the delay in responding Internet malfunction :(

Stem Kine supplement: How is this taken or applied I guess you know I'm a complete novice to Inguinal hernia's mine was diagnosed at the beginning of 2015 also is Stem Kine readily available? Thank you for all your kind help I hope to be able to find a mail order supplier as we have very little here in rural France :)

Take care and chat soon, Will

Replied by Kent
5 out of 5 stars

I tried HerniCare in combination with a padded spandex brief. It took me about six months to fully recover. The protrusion was gone, so was the pain.


Dear Kent, Thank you for sharing. Are you still hernia free? What size / kind was yours? Please can you give more details of your healing journey. Thanks in advance.

Replied by Nina

Hi Ray,

I hope you are still on here.

I located the Hunters Store you mentioned and searched for the comfrey poultice, nothing turned up. Is there a brand name on the container you have?

Thanks for your help and info.


Replied by James
(B.c. Canada)

This seems to be what you're looking for:

Replied by Mike
(New York)

Replied by James
(West Virginia)

Hi Trucker Ray,

Just found your very encouraging post on comfrey and Stem Kind....I am 69 and just developed an inguinal hernia. It has been a few years since your post...just wondering how it has all worked out for you...has the hernia recurred, or, hopefully, everything is fine? Any other gems of wisdom on hernia healing you would like to offer? Thanks very much!


Replied by Capt Gary

Hi Trucker Ray, I am 70 and have a double Inguinal hernia. The first one I got about 10 years ago and would consider it to be extreme because it is a lot more then just a bulge, but I learned to live with it with little pain. The second one on my right side I got in Feb 2016, finding it more painful, again exceeding more then just a bulge. I have tried hernia care with some relief, acupuncture again with some relief, hernia bible exercises with some relief. Last Feb, 2017 my wife found Hunters hernia poultice on line and talked to Dale, With 30 years of clinical experience we decided to give it a try. I am now starting to see some improvement but having severe hernias I expect it to take a long time to see them fully healed. Dale is a great person to talk to and very helpful and supportive. I am highly chemical sensitive so surgery is out of the question. Good luck and hope this helps. Capt Gary

Replied by Joe
(Los Angeles)

Hi Ray:

I am going to try the Confrey poultice and the Stem Kine. I just place an order for both. I have tried the Confrey poultice from Hunter's in the past, but it did not work. I going to try it again with the Stem Kine. Maybe the Stem Kine was the missing link I need for the healing of my Inguinal Hernia. I have had this hernia for about 7 years now. I really want to heal it. Thank you for the tip on Stem Kine.


Replied by Capt Gary

Hi Joe and other hernia sufferers, I have a post above and would like to add that I am still doing the Hunters hernia poultice. I have also started doing hydrotherapy which seems to be beneficial in acting like a catalyst for the poultice. I am seeing a lot of improvement but because of age [ 70 ] I'm sure it is still going to take a while to be hernia free. Along with the stem kine I am also taking colloidal copper and drinking aloe vera juice. I urge anyone that is thinking of using Hunters Hernia Poultice to call Dale at hunters. He is a great support person and can give you a lot of info. Good luck to all. Capt Gary

Replied by Steve
(Chicago, Il)

I used it for 3 months, along with wearing a hernia belt, & quit lifting weights. The only improvement I had was my hydrocele went away. I still have my hernia. I've read they can take years to heal.

Replied by Elizabeth
5 out of 5 stars

I also use Hernicare with Spandex. I am also using KT Tape initially. I am near the end of my first bottle of Hernicare and my hernia has greatly reduced, no longer hurts, and 2 out of 3 days there is no visible sign of my hernia at all. I will continue this treatment as I am happy with the results so far.

Replied by Mike N.

Trucker Ray,

Were you able to keep your hernia in while you were taking the stem kine and the Hunters? I am using the same 2 items but having a hard time keeping my hernia in while standing. Any ideas for me?

thank you,


Replied by Capt. Gary
(Scarborough, Maine)

Hi Mike, I have the same problem trying to keep everything in tack when up and moving around, I have several hernia supports and the best ones I have found are the flat panel from gb and one from wonder care. Both I had to modifie to help work. Still working to make them more comfortable and user friendly for doing outdoor activities. I find it a hard challenge but with the benefits I am getting from the poultice, hernease, stem kine, copper and hydro therapy I feeel some day I will defeat the hernias. If you are not doing the hydrotherapy please consider it. I found that to make the biggest change for improvement and aids with the poultice. 5 min with hot water in the shower then 2 minuites with cold. working up to 7 reps 2 to 3 times a day. I find it helps a lot. Start slow and be careful with the hot water 103deg is plenty and work your way down to the cold. Takes time and getting use to, challenging and a lot of work. Check out Dr. Shulze Hydrotherapy for Hernias.

Good luck, Capt Gary

Replied by Brett
(Sri Lanka)

If natural remedies work, then I am all for it. Just some feedback on alternatives. I am an Australian (currently living in Sri Lanka), had an inguinal hernia and did a lot of online research and reading. I chose not to have mesh repair and took a trip to Pune in India to have the Descarda non mesh repair from Dr Descarda. Have to say, I was fairly nervous about the whole thing and worried I had taken a leap of faith way too far, to go with this technique - which I only knew of from info online. Anyway, that was now 3 months ago and it all went well. Was not really painful ever but rather only uncomfortable for some days here and there. I was walking around in India (street photographing) for many hours at a time only 3 days after surgery and was quite capable (mind you, in retrospect that was probably overdoing it a tad). I understand that the chance of the hernia returning is almost nil with this technique. The hospital for the operation was ok - ish (it is India) but the surgery theatre was certainly clean, equipped and modern. Check out the Descarda site online. I am just posting this in case anyone thinks its not legit. It certainly is and I am a content customer. If anyone would like any info about my experience with it all, just let me know.


Hello, are you still around? I'm interested in hearing more about the Desarda hernia surgery that you have chosen. I am considering having it done in the USA in Florida. Would like to know if you are an athletic person or at least a very active person and how you are holding up? Has the hernia or a hernia recur in the same area? I have a right side inguinal hernia and told that I would need surgery at this point, had it for over a year. But I still read about natural ways of healing. Considering one more try at a natural way of healing. But still want more info on the best No Mesh surgeries around.

Thanks and thanks for your posting.



Hi there. Did you have your hernia surgery in Florida, if so was it successful and may I ask who performed it? My son has a hernia and is looking at a group in the northeast that specializes in hernia surgery - non-mesh.

(Eolia, Missouri)

Hi Bret, my husband has an inguinal hernia. Your post about going to India to have the Desarda Repair technique done, is quite interesting. Can you tell me how the repair is holding up? Are you still content with your results? Thank you so much 😊

Replied by Steve
(Salt Lake City)

hi there. very curious about the hernicare and what kind of activities you did while healing your hernia. work and every day life is very physical... do you think if im careful and use the truss under garment that I would be able to lift carefully and ride bikes while naturally healing an inguinal hernia? thank you

Replied by Raymond Gonzales
(Tulsa Ok)

Can you tell me what your dosage was. I read different links and they give different dosages

Replied by Charlie
(Republic of Panama)

@Trucker Ray:

clay, barro, mud, poltices, usually put poltice in frig fr appx 30 minutes before using and leave on 6,, 8 hrs, aloe vera fr cleaning intestines out *+ am a currendero & practice on other people with sucess within thier coroperacion, diet hard foods .mostly fruits

1 clay poltice weighs appx 10 lbs, apply at night. exclent results espically with fruit diet,

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Charlie, not everyone benefits from cold applications. Sometimes hot is better, and mostly - with clay - room temperature poultices seem to work well. I guess the body heats them up.

Replied by Flash

Trucker Ray,

You still around to give us all an update?

Replied by Ba

Hi, thanks very much for this. What is Hernicare? And what type of Spandex do you use? Did you have inguinal hernia confirmed by a doctor? Is the bulge gone? Would really appreciate more details. I have a small bulge in my right groin. Many thanks!

Replied by Koy
(Sofia, BG)

I'm using wide hernia belt (from Amazon) with big ceramic magnet (15 sm x 10sm x 1sm/ 6"x5"x1/2"). This helps a lot - place the magnet North pole toward the skin. In addition, I'm using comfrey ointment and Kanchnaar Guggul (according Ayurveda), Hawthorn and Tribulus. Also don't skip everyday to stay upside down by the wall. Takes time, but you will fell better wright away.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Bharatk8 (Ahmedabad, India) on 11/20/2014

Reasons for exploring non surgical cure options of Inguinal Hernia:

It can happen, very rarely admittedly, with quite severe consequences. But you will start to get serious discomfort and pain before
that happens. " Means you should explore non surgical options, with open mind.Surgery is not only solution. But be mentally ready for surgery if you "....start to get serious discomfort and pain...... "

"Strangulation rarely happens......"

Read full write up of this alternative therapy healer at following link. He has opined that chiropractic may not be helpful in IH

"if it is confirmed in U.S report so one should try other non surgical options and if you do not get results then only opt for surgery."...

Sometimes abdominal pain is wrongly attributed to IH. In such cases chiropractor may be helpful

Inguinal Hernia is caused by "tear" (term used by radiologists) of abdominal wall. So far I have reduced size of Hernia by 5 mm. I am fully aware of risk factors. But I do not have pain or discomfort of any type usually associated with IH, till date, not only that I am using hernia belt to prevent sudden strangulation leading to surgical emergency.

If ladies undergoing cesarean operation gets healed and are fit for next pregnancy, I think I should explore possibility of hernia without surgery. In cesarean operation, all layers of skin are cut while in case of hernia only some layers of skin are torn,

In next pregnancy considerably greater pressure is exerted on the old c-section of previous operation still human body withstands it. I am banking on this wonderful self-healing power of human body to find non surgical cure of Hernia.

Hernia is usually caused by tear of abdominal wall at weakest point usually due to constipation, frequent coughing, Indigestion, (Gas/Flatulence), overweight etc. I have taken care of them by making suitable changes in my food habits and lifestyle. I am searching for herbs/medicines/foods having wound healing properties that work. I have tried many options so far I think hot/cold shower therapy is best.


Replied by Deedat

@ Bharatk8 could you tell more about how you used this hot cold shower therapy for inguinal hernia ?