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15 Comforting Home Remedies for Hernia You Should Try

A hernia is nothing to laugh at. Not only is it painful, but its consequences, if left untreated, can be serious. Regardless of the location (abdomen, groin, hiatus, umbilical and incision) or type of hernia (femoral or inguinal), you need to treat them before they get out of your control and you are forced to use a surgical measure to repair them. Our 15 comforting home remedies for hernia will help bring relief and healing.

Please note that these are not all inclusive cures. For serious hernias and hernias which have been left untreated for quite some time, you need to consult a health care professional in order to understand all of the risks and treatment options available.

15 Comforting Home Remedies for Hernia From Your Home

1. Comfrey Poultice

Though comfrey is quite controversial when taken internally, used topically, it is among the best home remedies for hernia and tops our list. Often called knitbone or boneset, comfrey has reputed medicinal properties which help tissue cells rejuvenate and multiply rapidly. Because of these properties it is often considered something of a miracle cure.

What to do:

  • Gather together and roughly chop a half dozen comfrey leaves.
  • Place the leaves in a food processor or blender along with a fistful of flour or cornmeal and ½ cup of water.
  • When the mixture blends into a paste, use a rubber spatula to scrape the paste onto a clean dishtowel or cloth that is folded in half lengthwise.
  • Fold the edges of the cloth to keep the contents in place but leave the poultice exposed.
  • Press the poultice in direct contact with the affected area and then wrap it snugly in place for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Repeat this daily or twice a day with fresh comfrey as necessary.

2. Breathing Techniques

Believe it or not, certain breathing techniques are effective home remedies for hernia. Most people breathe much too shallow and typically don’t use their diaphragms when they do. Learning how to breath using your diaphragm is what helps relieve the pressure on the herniated tissue.

What to do:

  • Every day, on an empty stomach, lie flat on your back with both knees bent.
  • Place both hands on your abdomen and breathe in lifting your hands as you do.
  • Release the breath slowly and relax.
  • Repeat this a couple dozen times per session.
  • Learn more about practicing pranayama from Baba Ramdev.

3. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice is also among our top home remedies for hernia. Known for its ability to aid in the rejuvenation and tissue healing properties, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory as well. It can be used internally as well as topically and is especially effective at helping to heal hiatal hernia.

What to do:

  • Cut two thick aloe vera chutes.
  • Wash and remove the thorns on either side.
  • Remove the skin on the rounded side and scrape out the colorless gel found inside.
  • Mix the gel with juice or water in a blender and drink ½ cup daily on an empty stomach.

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4. Baking Soda

Also among the impressive home remedies for hernia is baking soda. Taken internally, baking soda helps to calm gastric disorders often associated with hernia. It also helps to lower acidity of your body to help create an alkaline healing environment for cell tissue.

What to do:

  • Stir ½ tsp of baking soda in a glass of warm water.
  • Drink this mixture twice daily for as long as necessary.

5. Massage

Massage is also on our list of home remedies for hernia. An abdominal massage can help bring relief to the pain caused by hernia. It can also help to strengthen the stomach muscles and help them become more suited for healing the affected area.

What to do:

  • Wearing only shorts, lie flat on your back.
  • Place the fingers from both hands together at your sternum.
  • Apply slight pressure and you move your fingers downward.
  • Continue this massage for 5 minutes.
  • Repeat this a couple times a day for as long as necessary.

6. Warm Water and Exercise

Drinking warm water and performing a specific exercise is also among our best home remedies for hernia. This technique helps to bring the hernia down from the opening of the diaphragm and close up the breach.

What to do:

  • Sit a glass of water beside your bed before you go to sleep at night sitting up in bed the following morning, drink the glass of water before getting up from the bed.
  • Stand up, lift your arms straight out from your sides and then bend your elbows to allow your hands to touch your chest.
  • Rise up on your toes as high as possible and then quickly drop down on your heels several times.
  • With your arms in the same position, take short, panting breaths with your mouth open for about 15 seconds.
  • Repeat this every morning.

7. Chamomile Tea

Another effective herb among our best home remedies for hernia is chamomile tea. Besides being an excellent antioxidant, chamomile tea helps relax the pain and remove the stress associated with a hernia. It also helps to relax the muscles and allow them to heal.

What to do:

  • Make chamomile tea using a tea bag according to package directions.
  • You can also pour 8 oz. of boiling water over dried chamomile leaves and petals or powder.
  • Cover and allow it to steep for 10 minutes before straining and drinking the tea.
  • Do this twice daily for a month or more as required.

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8. Apple Cider Vinegar

The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar make it a top performer among home remedies for hernia. Once inside your body, apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect which helps to neutralize the acidity surrounding the hernia and promote healing.

What to do:

  • Stir 2 tsp of undiluted apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water.
  • Add 1 tsp of pure, organic honey and drink this on an empty stomach.
  • Repeat this daily for as long as necessary.

9. Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon tea is another of the surprising home remedies for hernia. As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, it helps bringing healing and pain relief to the hernia. It also tends to have a soothing and calming effect as well as relieving bloating and flatulence which tend to aggravate a hernia.

What to do:

  • Boil 1 tsp of powdered cinnamon in a cup of water.
  • Simmer for several minutes and then cover and steep for 10 more minutes.
  • Add in 1 tsp of raw, organic honey and drink.
  • Repeat this twice a day for a month or so.

10. Castor Oil

Another of the home remedies for hernia on our list which has been passed down through generations is castor oil. Castor oil has been known to relieve stomach stress, encourage proper digestion and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

What to do:

  • Consume 1 tsp of castor oil twice a day.
  • You can also prepare a castor seed oil pack and place it on the affected area to help relieve pain.

11. Ginger Root

When it comes to anti-inflammatory properties, few items in your kitchen are more effective than ginger root. Because of it helps reduce inflammation, decreases abdominal pain caused from hernia and promotes healing, ginger root has been added to our list of home remedies for hernia.

What to do:

  • Peel and slice a piece of fresh ginger root the length to the first knuckle on your thumb.
  • Place the slices in 1 ½ cups of boiling water and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cover and allow the tea to cool and steep for 5 to7 more minutes before straining, adding 1 tsp of raw honey and drinking.
  • Repeat this remedy a couple of times a day as necessary.

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12. Licorice Root

Also on our list of home remedies for hernia is licorice root. Consuming licorice root tea can help stimulate the regrowth of damaged tissues as well as relieve pain and inflammation along the way.

What to do:

  • Make licorice root tea in a similar fashion as ginger root tea above, but substituting 1 tsp of powdered root or 1 Tbsp of whole, chopped roots of licorice.
  • Drink this tea a couple times a day as necessary as well.

13. Black Pepper

Believe it or not, black pepper does more than just add a little spice to your food. It has been added to our list of home remedies for hernia because it is beneficial in bringing about anti-inflammatory relief to your abdomen. Added to turmeric, licorice or ginger it helps the body better absorb the beneficial compounds of those two spices and makes them more effective as well.

What to do:

  • Add 1/8 to ¼ tsp of black pepper to ginger root, turmeric or licorice root tea.
  • Or stir ¼ tsp of black pepper into a 6 oz. glass of warm water and drink it twice daily as necessary.

14. Vegetable Juice

Because your body needs the antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory properties of vegetables in order to relieve the symptoms and heal your hernia, drinking vegetable juice is also on our list of home remedies for hernia. Vegetable juice allows you to consume several times more of the necessary vegetables and allow them to digest and get into your bloodstream more rapidly.

What to do:

  • Use a juicer or blender to juice one or a combination of the following vegetables: carrots, spinach, onions, broccoli and kale.
  • Combine these with apples or cucumbers to add more volume to your juice.
  • Add a little bit of sea salt or Himalayan salt to your juice to give it another boost of potency. This is also a good place to add some black pepper.
  • Drink this a couple times per day for as long as necessary.

15. Behavioral Changes

Last, but perhaps among the most important items on our list of home remedies for hernia are some behavioral changes which can help the healing process of your hernia. Strengthening your immune system to promote healing will take rest and relaxation along with these other remedies.

What to do:

  • Get rid of as many acidic foods as you can in order to bring your body to a more alkaline state and promote healing.
  • Losing weight can also help reduce the effects of a hernia as well as prevent it from happening.
  • Cut back on exercise after a hernia, especially exercises which involve a lot of bending and lifting.
  • Do everything you possibly can to reduce stress. Stress in an enormous exacerbater for a hernia.

Straightening the Back

A hernia is something to take seriously. Besides being painful, hernias can cause further damage if not treated. With our 15 home remedies for hernia, you can make sure to not only treat the symptoms of hernia, but also promote healing.

Make use of one or more of our remedies to prevent or treat your hernia. Please be sure to let us know about your own remedies and success stories in the section below.

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