Hiatal hernia is a condition caused when the area where the stomach and esophagus (the opening of the diaphragm) is stretched. This causes the upper part of the stomach to push up into the chest cavity. As a consequence, the esophageal sphincter, which normally acts as a one-way valve to allow food to travel down into the stomach, is unable to prevent the contents of the stomach, including gastric acids, from traveling upward.
Although most people with hiatal hernia experience no symptoms, when symptoms do occur, they primarily manifest as chest pain or heartburn, which can be made worse by bending over, especially after eating, or exacerbated at night or when lying down.
Hiatal hernia can sometimes cause material from the stomach to pushed up into the esophagus. This is called esophageal reflux and can cause the heartburn. The pain of hiatal hernia can also mimic other health problems such as stomach ulcers or heart attacks.
The people most prone to hiatal hernia are smokers and people who are overweight.
Hiatal hernia is often due to chronic, extreme tension in the psoas and quadratus lumborum, two large muscles that merge with the diaphragm, causing the diaphragm to become chronically stressed. Osteopathic manipulation can help normalize these muscles.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
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Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
Avoid overeating and minimize your intake of spicy foods, fried foods, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, citrus juices, alcohol, whipped cream, milk shakes, peppermint, green and red peppers, and onion, all of which can worsen symptoms. Also avoid eating large meals and then lying down or bending over, and do not drink too much during and after meals. While your condition exists, it is best to eat small meals throughout the day, rather than the typical three-meal plan.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef, www.grasslandbeef.com. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
The digestive enzymes pancreatin and hydrochloric acid can help relieve symptoms, as can aloe vera juice. Vitamin B complex and a multivitamin/mineral formula can also help.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Liquorice Root, Yashi-madhu www.himalayahealthcare.com It is recommended taking half a teaspoon of licorice powder three times a day.
- coconut (the milk and the fruit)
- a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves ground into a powder. This can help reduce acid secretion.
Yoga has also proven beneficial
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Acupressure can be helpful for easing various digestive symptoms – the main pressure point for stomach-related problems is UB (urinary bladder) 21. This is also good for excess acid, food stagnation and abdominal distention. Visit a local, licensed TCM practitioner (links needed.) You may wish to research or discuss Bao He Wan, also sold as Citrus and Crataegus formula, which is recommended for digestive problems. The recommended dosage is one tablet or capsule two to three times daily.
- Acupuncture is also proved to be helpful and the acupuncture points for acid reflux are: Ren 12 point, which may be found along the Conception meridian on the abdomen, on the front midline of the body. When stimulated this point can relieve any digestive stagnation and harmonise the stomach. Pc 6 point, which may be found three finger widths from the crease of the wrist on the forearms inner side along the Pericardium meridian. When stimulated this point may relieve nausea and any discomfort in the chest caused by heartburn. This point has also been shown to reduce the frequency of lower oesophageal sphincter relaxations by up to forty per cent. St 36 point, which may be found four finger widths below the kneecap along the tibialis anterior muscle on the front of the lower leg. When stimulated, this point may lower any stomach qi that may be causing the reflux and harmonise the stomach.
- The following decotion is often used:
Dai Zhe Shi (Haemititum), 15g
ginger-processed Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae), 10g
Gan Jiang (dry Rhizoma Zingiberis), 6g
Ding Xiang (Flos Caryophylli), 4.5g
Hu Lu Ba (Fructus Trigonellae), 10g
stir-fried Lai Fu Zi (Semen Raphani), 30g
Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae), 18g
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), 18g
Wu Yao (Radix Linderae), 10g
uncooked Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi), 15g
Bi Ba (Fructus Piperis Longi), 10g
Tie Shu Ye (Folium Cycasis), 15g
Wuhui Yushan formula is also recommended
The essential oil of cardamom can relieve heartburn symptoms. This spice has been used since antiquity. The Greek physician Hippocrates acknowledged its therapeutic properties. The essential oil distilled from the seeds has a warm, sweet, spicy aroma. It is used as a digestive remedy because of its soothing qualities. Up to seven drops can be placed in a warm bath. The upper abdominal area can also be rubbed with the following oils: 2 drop eucalyptus oil, 1 drop peppermint oil and 2 drops fennel oil diluted in 5ml (I teaspoon) of grape seed oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Calc carb., Hepar sulph., and Ferrum phos. can help relieve symptoms. Other remedies that are useful are:
- Arsenicum album — for heartburn accompanied by anxiety, chills and thirst, abdominal cramping
- Nux vomica — for heartburn caused by fats or sour foods and/or accompanied by feelings of irritability
- Sulfur — for heartburn caused by overeating and/or accompanied by burping, late morning hunger, or early morning diarrhea.
To reduce the inflammation and symptoms of acid reflux caused by hiatal hernia, make an infusion of equal parts comfrey root, marshmallow root, and meadowsweet and drink throughout the day and before going to sleep.
Useful herbs for heartburn include agrimony, aloe vera, angelica, fennel, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, licorice root, marshmallow root, parsley, and slippery elm. A soothing drink can be made by boiling a large handful of chopped chicory root in 500ml water for 10.15 minutes. Strain and drink to relieve the symptoms.
Calendular – Calendular or marigold can be made into a tea infusion and has many benefits because it is caffeine free, has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and has no know side effects.
Fennel – You can chew on fennel seeds or else make a tea by crushing the seeds and pouring boiling water over them. The compounds in these seeds, as well as those in anise and dill seeds, relax muscles in your digestive tract and allow trapped gas to pass. As a bonus, you should also have fresher breath, similar to consuming parsley.
Ginger – Drinking ginger tea and eating fresh ginger root are two superior remedies for gas. Add small amounts of ginger (both dried and fresh) to your food, as desired. You can also take a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger before meals for gas relief.
Caraway Seeds – Try adding caraway seed spice to more of your meals, especially if the foods are known to cause gas. Caraway seeds ease gas, indigestion and cramping, as well as stimulate proper digestion.
Parsley – Adding more parsley to your diet is also a very good remedy for gas. Add parsley, either freshly minced or dried as a spice, to foods that may contribute to intestinal gas to help prevent them from causing gas and bloating problems.
Garlic – The hot garlic bulb is another good home remedy for gas. Garlic helps stimulate digestion. For best results, use fresh garlic. You may also want to follow up with parsley or fennel seeds to freshen your breath.
Barberry – is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat gastrointestinal issues, and for relief of stomach upset. Barberry has berberine in it. This is an alkaloid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents to help in reducing the chance of developing an infection or gastrointestinal irritation. Further, this herb helps to smooth over the intestinal walls and relax the muscles, and alleviates gastrointestinal discomfort.
Devil’s claw – is an herb that is beneficial as a heartburn treatment and for restoring a poor appetite to a healthier state. Devil’s claw contains harpogosides, which offer anti-inflammatory agents and pain relief. This herb is available in capsule form at a dosage of two to three 300 mg each day with a meal to alleviate heartburn associated with a hiatus hernia. You should take the supplementation for a period of nine weeks, stop for two, and then repeat for another nine weeks, so that the body does not develop a tolerance to the herb.
Hawthornia – is a mixture of herbs used to treat femoral hernias (a protrusion of the intestines in the thigh area), inguinal hernias (a bulge in the scrotum or groin), and umbilical hernias (a protrusion near the belly button). The chief ingredients in the herb mixture include a unification of hawthorn, citris seed, lychee seed, and fennel, but this herbal supplement also contains peach kernel, corydalis tuber, nutgrass, kelp, chinaberry fruit, three-nerved spicebush, flatsedge, kelp, and oriental water plantain. The supplement is offered in 500 mg capsules, which you can consume at a dosage of two capsules daily for improved muscular support in the area where the hernia originates.
Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing exercises can help to strengthen the muscles of the diaphragm and expand the lungs. This is important since many people with hiatal hernia have restricted breathing patterns and have a habit of swallowing air more frequently than normal. This causes the excessive air to enter the stomach, stressing the diaphragmatic opening through which the esophagus passes, and exacerbating hiatal hernia symptoms. Conscious, deep breathing exercises can help slow down the rate of swallowing to more normal levels.
Exercise and Lifestyle: Sit in an armchair, inhale, and then and hold your breath as you lift your legs up toward your chest. Lower your legs and then exhale. Repeat this exercise several times per session, and do it several times a day.
If your symptoms include shortness of breath or food becoming lodged in your esophagus, drink 16 ounces of pure filtered water and bounce on your heels 10-20 times.
When you sleep, be sure that your upper body is in an elevated position so that your chest cavity is above your stomach. This will prevent your stomach from rising into your chest cavity.
Bromelain: The benefits of bromelain, an enzyme, were first discovered in the 1800s. It helps to diminish healing time, to reduce inflammation, and to alleviate pain. This enzyme is also excellent for acid reflux or heartburn. A cup of pineapples daily provides an all-natural source of bromelain. A capsule supplement can ease digestive processes; you can safely consume up to 500 mg a day, and you should take them before meals for improved digestion.
Yoga: The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong: Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Address acid reflux to prevent Barrett’s esophagus: www.naturalnews.com/031388_acid_reflux_solutions.html
Zinc and acid reflux: www.livestrong.com/article/417871-new-research-done-on-zinc-for-acid-reflux
Natural remedies for acid reflux: www.naturalnews.com/032156_bloating_natural_remedies.html
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Acid reflux: natural Remedies : www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bokf72-cfc
Acid Reflux Cured Naturally /www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NlzrB5pHCw
Ayurvedic treatment for acid reflux: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYUsx55L7Zc
Acid Reflux – Home treatment (Ayurveda): www.youtube.com/watch?v=toWNEQuvIi4
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
The importance of keeping your colon clean: www.naturalnews.com/033165_colon_cleansing_health.html
Precipitating causes of acid reflux – GUT, International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology: gut.bmj.com/content/36/4/505
Patterns of Gas and Acid Reflux – GUT, International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology :gut.bmj.com/content/44/1/47.abstract
No link between acid reflux and shorter survival rates study funds www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080103182902.htm
Acid Reflux medicines do more harm than good: www.naturalnews.com/019756_heartburn_antacids.html
Further Information (links and books)
Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments by Martie Whittekin; Digestive Wellness: Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion, Fourth Edition by Elizabeth Lipski ; No More Heartburn: Stop the Pain in 30 Days–Naturally! : The Safe, Effective Way to Prevent and Heal Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders by Sherry A. Rogers; Hiatus Hernia: Safe Alternatives Without Drugs (Thorsons Natural Health) by Joan Lay
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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