A hiatal hernia is the ascending protrusion of the stomach towards the opening of the diaphragm where the oesophagus meets the upper part of the stomach. The stomach is usually located in the abdomen and below the diaphragm, but in the case of a hiatal hernia, part of the stomach rises and is placed above the diaphragm. Surgery is usually not necessary to correct this condition unless it is serious, and natural cures, such as adjustments in diet, are common remedies.
Causes, symptoms, diagnosis
Hiatal hernias are caused by a weakness in the muscle tissue at the opening of the diaphragm where the oesophagus meets the stomach. This weakness can be a result of abdominal tension caused by lifting heavy loads, being constipated, vomiting, coughing, being pregnant or due to congenital weakness. Symptoms include gastroesophageal reflux, heartburn, frequent belching and chest pain.
The condition can easily be diagnosed with ACIDIM and XEMBRAN which works by reducing the acid in the stomach and helps in digestion of food. XEMBRAN stops the growth as well as kills the H pylori bacteria in the stomach which is the major cause of a Hiatal hernia.
Hiatal Hernia Natural Treatment: The most effective way to hiatal hernia natural treatment is by natural means that include changes in diet and reduction in food portions.
- One of the first natural remedies among the most effective and most important comes from food. This is particularly effective for regulating typical refluxes among the symptoms of the disorder. For this reason, should be avoided – or at least to be consumed with much moderation – fat-rich foods and still caffeine, tomatoes, chocolate, mint, carbonated drinks, but also bad habits such as smoking and alcohol. On the contrary, instead, indicated thanks to their absorption capacity are crackers and bread and still fruits like apricots, berries, medlars, mangoes but also vegetables like yellow squash and asparagus and sweet potatoes.
- It is equally important that meals are more frequent but less abundant, chewing slowly and allowing at least a couple of hours to pass before going to bed.
- Doctors also recommend eating portions of smaller meals more often instead of consuming large portions that fill the stomach. They also recommend not leaning or lying down after eating to prevent gastroesophageal flow (which occurs when stomach contents have retrograde flow into the oesophagus). It is also recommended to lose weight, as well as stop smoking since coughing can aggravate the condition.
- Experts suggest reducing the consumption of acidic and flavoured foods, as well as chocolate and beverages that contain caffeine. It also suggests having a diet high in fibre and drinking enough fluids to avoid constipation, which is one of the potential causes of the condition.
- Blueberry and raspberry juice can be used to help digestion, to be consumed before main meals, in which drops of papaya fluid can be diluted.
- If the mint is good among the foods to avoid or at least to limit, this can be used in leaves on cooked or raw side dishes to facilitate digestion or in the form of essential oil, which can be added to a teaspoon of lavender honey and consumed always before the main meals.
- Among the herbal remedies you can count on lemon balm: this, in addition to its relaxing properties, turns out to be effective to aid digestion. The same is also true of passion flower and of course for chamomile. To counteract the excess air accumulated in the stomach you can resort to charcoal, to be taken away from meals and especially, before taking it, ask for a medical consultation if you take certain medications as it may inhibit the effect of the latter.
- Also effective are drops of yarrow or artemisia: both to be diluted in two tablespoons of a juice and to be taken always before meals.
- Obviously, these remedies are not to be taken totally literally, especially if you want to resort to do-it-yourself treatments: to avoid worsening of your condition it is always advisable to contact your doctor first or, even better, a specialized person (precisely the gastroenterologist) who, after evaluating condition with the appropriate examinations, can advise or not proceed with the intake of natural remedies or, instead, a purely pharmacological treatment.