Hiatal hernia Treatment
Hiatal hernia is a very common disease, especially in people above the age of 60. Unlike the abdominal hernia, hiatal hernia occurs in the chest area and disturbs our digestive system. It starts from diaphragm and goes down in the stomach which lies right under it. When this happens, the lower esophageal sphincter does not clump down properly. Therefore, the stomach contents flow back towards the esophagus. This process is also called acid reflux.
Symptoms of hiatal hernia
There are some common symptoms of hiatal hernia which occur usually in every patient:
- One of the most distressing symptoms of hiatal hernia is that its pain mimics the pain of the heart attack. People often come to the hospital with suspected heart attack but after tests and checkups, it only happens to be hiatal hernia pain.
Other symptoms of hiatal hernia are:
- Regurgitation of liquids into the mouth
- Acid reflux or backflow of stomach contents in esophagus
- Difficulty to swallow
- Chest pain or abdominal pain
- Difficulty to breathe
- Passing of black stools, which sometimes indicates gastrointestinal bleeding
Causes of hiatal hernia
A hiatal hernia happens when weak muscle tissues allow your stomach to stick out through the diaphragm. The reason is not always clear why it happens but there are a few factors which are related to this complication, such as:
- Changes in your diaphragm with your age
- Injury to the chest or abdominal area Such as, after trauma or certain types of surgery
- Being born with a large hiatus which is an abnormality
- Intense and consistent pressure on the diaphragm or abdominal muscles, such as in patients with chronic cough, vomiting, irregular bowel movements, heavy exercise or lifting heavy objects.
Diagnosis of hiatal hernia
It can be diagnosed with a specialized X-ray study that visualizes the esophagus and stomach (isotope of barium is swallowed) or the other option is endoscopy.
Treatment of hiatal hernia
The treatment of hiatal hernia depends on its symptoms and root cause. Other factors such as hernia size and patients preference are also involved.
Treatment with Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda is a traditional practice which was developed 3,000 years ago in India. The principal of this practice is to treat the root cause of the disease. In the United States, it is now considered as a complementary and alternative medicine practice.
We are going to discuss an advanced ayurvedic hernia kit, which is being very popular these days among the people. People who consumed this medicine, experienced significant improvement in their health. The symptoms and pain were decreased to a great extent.
Here is a brief summary about this drug if you want to know more about it.
Hernia kit by Grocare
This kit contains the following three medications:
The active ingredients are:
Pongamia glabra: this plant has a chemical substance known as karanjin. It has strong anti-inflammatory and healing effects. It provides a great relief from hernia pain and also helps to repair the damaged layer.
Cassia angustifolia: this plant contains glycosides called sennosides A and B. These glycosides work as laxatives and aid the digestion issues such as gas, constipation and bloating.
Holarrhena antidysenterica: this is used as a digestive aid to treat issues like diarrhea, constipation and colic. It also works as an antispasmodic agent. All these ailments worsen the hernia symptoms therefore, it is given to patients to avoid complications.
Ferula asafoetida: this plant has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, helps to decrease the inflammation related to hiatal hernia. It also works as an antispasmodic agent and emmenagogue.
The active ingredients in it are
Shankha bhasma: It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, antispasmodic and used to treat inflammatory bowel disease.
Myristica fragrans: It is a great anti-inflammatory, pain relieving remedy if you are suffering from a stomach ache and hiatal hernia pain. Therefore, it is used as a carminative to aid digestion issues in chronic patients.
Zingiber officinale: It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties therefore, is used to treat several digestion problems such as stomach infections and pain.
Some other constituents are also present in this medicine in small concentrations.
The main active ingredients in this are:
Ipomea turpethum: This plant tends to have laxative and cathartic properties. Therefore, used as a digestive aid in people with IBD and hernia.
Eugenia caryophyllata: This is also known as clove and possesses some essential oils and vitamin A and C which are very effective antioxidants to prevent and treat digestive problems and hernia repair.
Cyperus rotundus: This plant also has antioxidant properties which give a protective effect to the abdominal lining to repair hernia and other stomach issues.
Emblica ribes: This is also known as false black pepper and has potent anti-bacterial, anti-flatulence and antiprotozoal activities. Therefore, it is included in this formula to treat digestive ailments such as gas, bloating, inflammation which may worsen the hernia symptoms.
Other treatment options
- Allopathic medicines are also used to treat this disease such as over the counter proton pump inhibitors, antacids, painkillers.
- If the hernia is big in size and impossible to treat with ayurvedic or allopathic medicines. The doctor will recommend surgery, but it happens in rare cases.