If you’ve ever suffered a sports-related injury before, there’s a good chance that the injury in question may have been the result of a hernia.
In today’s article, we’re looking at home remedies for hernia treatment.
Now, those of you who happen to be a little squeamish may want to look away now, as things are about to get a little graphic.
A hernia often happens when an individual finds a part of their internal organs protruding through weaker areas of muscle.
For example, a hernia could be when a part of a person’s large intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall.
It sounds disgusting, but it’s a fact of life and we aren’t pulling any punches here.
Commonly, hernias affect the abdomen.
In reality, however, hernias could potentially affect your groin or even your upper thigh.
Now, it is worth noting that hernias cannot be naturally cured so if you are suffering from a hernia, the only way to resolve it completely is to receive surgery.
With that said, there are plenty of natural home remedies for hernia treatment that will make the condition far more manageable.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that prevention is the best cure.
Here are several home remedies to try out.
Natural Home Remedies For Hernia Sufferers
When you suffer from a hernia, one of the most effective natural treatments is to apply ice directly to the affected area.
With a hernia, and indeed any sports injury for that matter, you’ll find that one of the most effective natural treatments is ice.
Ice and heat are the usual combos, and we’ll be looking at both combinations a little later on.
For now, however, we’re going to focus on the ice.
Typically, a hernia is characterized by swelling, inflammation, groin pain, and more.
Now, be under no illusion, ice will not heal a hernia.
What it will do, however, is to take down the swelling, ease the pain, and help to reduce the inflammation.
Be sure to apply ice for no longer than 15 minutes at a time, otherwise, you run the risk of suffering from freezer burn.
2. Aloe Vera
When it comes to Aloe Vera, there’s not much that this wonder plant cannot do.
Aloe Vera juice is considered by many to be one of the best home remedies.
This is because Aloe Vera has many soothing properties, and it also works as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
People that are experiencing pain and discomfort as a result of a hernia are instructed to consume fresh Aloe Vera juice.
For optimal results, we recommend that you consume fresh Aloe Vera in juice form.
You can also eat it wholly if you wish, though many people aren’t too fond of the texture.
3. Change Your Diet
Interestingly, one of the most effective ways of preventing a hernia and managing a hernia is to simply alter your diet.
For best results, health experts and fitness professionals recommend that you avoid excessively spicy foods and acidic foods if you are suffering from a hernia, as this can exasperate the condition and make it even more painful and uncomfortable than it once was.
Not only that, but these foods are also harder to digest, and if your bowels are already affected by a hernia, the last thing you want is to work them any harder than they need to be worked.
What’s more, there are certain foods that can cause inflammation in the stomach lining, which is not ideal either.
If there are any foods that you know will affect your stomach and digestion, we strongly recommend that you cut them out if you are affected by a hernia.
4. Lose Excess Weight
If you’re currently at a healthy weight then you can skip this bit.
We will say, however, that you should make sure that you stay at a healthy weight.
If you are overweight, however, you now have yet another reason to lose weight.
In hernia sufferers, obesity is a huge risk factor and it is surely no coincidence that experts have discovered a direct correlation between hernias and obesity.
If you’re looking for home remedies, one of the best pieces of advice that we can give you is to lose weight and ensure that you stay at a healthy weight.
If you are overweight you’ll find that the healing process is slower, you’ll be under more strain, and you’ll, therefore, experience more pain and discomfort.
Furthermore, if you lose weight you’ll eat less, and if you eat less your digestive system will be under less strain.
Ginger is a natural root herb that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries upon centuries.
It is a delicious root that is also great for helping to treat and manage hernias.
Ginger helps to ease pain and discomfort and it is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories on the face of the earth.
Ginger helps to ease the pain and discomfort associated with a hernia.
As an added bonus, as it is such a powerful antioxidant, it also helps to improve your immune system and the health of your cells.
Ginger can be juiced, it can be consumed in foods, it can be powdered, or it can be consumed in supplement form.
6. Try To Avoid Unnecessary Stress
Telling somebody to not be stressed is a complete waste of time.
Nobody chooses to be stressed, it’s just something that is often considered a part of modern life.
Whilst we can’t prevent stress or avoid it completely, what we can do is manage it better and avoid putting ourselves in unnecessarily stressful conditions.
Stress is a major contributing factor to hernias and it all comes down to hormones.
When stressed, the body produces natural stress hormones such as cortisol, which actually weakens your internal organs.
This weakening of the organs and your tissues means that you are far more susceptible to a hernia than somebody that isn’t overly stressed.
If you find yourself feeling stressed, take a warm bath, read a book, watch your favorite TV show, or simply do something that you enjoy doing, that also helps you to relax and unwind.
Yoga and gentle exercise is another great way of managing stress.
7. Black Pepper Powder
When we think of powdered black pepper, we often associate it with salt.
As one of the two major seasonings, black pepper powder can add flavor to virtually any dish imaginable.
We aren’t here to share cooking tips with you today, though.
Instead, we’re here to talk to you about home remedies.
This is where black pepper powder proves to be so useful.
You see, black pepper provides many soothing properties for people suffering from digestive issues.
It helps to ease inflammation in the gut, it promotes healthy digestion, and it can help to prevent acid reflux.
It won’t prevent a hernia or cure a hernia, but it will certainly make life so much more comfortable for people suffering from hernias in the first place.
Black pepper powder also provides healing properties so that it can gently help to speed up the healing process of parts of the body that have been compromised as a result of the hernia.
Licorice root is one of the most underappreciated natural herbal ingredients on the face of the earth.
Typically, most hernias will cause damage to the esophagus and to the lining of the stomach.
Licorice has, for centuries, been found to provide many healing properties to these very parts of the body.
This is because licorice has been found to help promote the regeneration of tissues in and around these parts of the anatomy.
As well as that, licorice will also help to substantially reduce the amount of pain, inflammation, and discomfort the sufferer of the hernia is experiencing.
Many people suffering from hernias will sip on a mug of warm licorice tea.
9. Gentle Exercise
If you suffer from a hernia, it is strongly recommended that you avoid all forms of exercise until your hernia has been surgically repaired.
In terms of avoiding a sports-related hernia however, one of the best things you can do is to perform slow and gentle exercise instead of high-intensity exercise performed at 100mph.
Strenuous exercise and overexertion can put you at a much greater risk of a hernia than if you were exercising slowly and methodically.
Try not to strain too much and if you do experience any pressure on the abdomen, groin, thigh, or anywhere else, you should cease exercising before the problem gets any worse.
10. Try To Maintain Healthy Bowels
We’re not going to pull any punches here, another common cause of hernia is straining excessively when making a bowel movement.
Constipation, for example, is a common trigger for hernias, which is why it is so important to drink plenty of water, consume enough fiber, eat healthy produce, and keep your bowels as fit and as healthy as you possibly can.
If your bowels are unhealthy and you are commonly having to strain in order to make a stool, you could very well find yourself suffering from a hernia, and we’re sure that none of you want that.
11. Drink Vegetable Juices
If you don’t own a juicer, we recommend purchasing one if you are serious about avoiding a hernia.
Many health experts sing the praises of fresh vegetable juices for a number of different reasons.
To begin with, these juices are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
They also help to ease inflammation in the body, including in the stomach.
Then of course, as they are juiced raw, they retain more of their nutrients, and you can concentrate the amount you consume when you juice a lot of veggies.
For optimal results, consume vegetables in juice form which are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Broccoli, kale, ginger, spinach, carrot, and cabbage all tick the right boxes here.
If you’re worried about the taste, just throw in a couple of lemons and some apples and you’ll have a sweet and delicious beverage that’s incredibly healthy and beneficial for you.
12. Castor Oil
Castor oil, or castor seed oil as it is sometimes known, is one of the best home remedies that you could ever wish for.
Castor oil has been used to treat stomach and digestive issues for thousands of years.
For hernia sufferers, castor oil is especially useful as it gives the stomach lining a thin coat of oil which helps strengthen your tissues, reduce inflammation, and enhance rates of digestion.
Castor oil supplements can also be used to help treat and prevent constipation, and we’ve already looked at how detrimental constipation can be to people affected by hernias.
Finally, we know that we’re looking at home remedies, but sometimes a hernia cannot be treated at home.
Subsequently, medical attention should be sought out.
This is where surgery may be the only option.
If you suffer from a hernia, no amount of supplementation, ice, or gentle exercise is going to help.
The only way to resolve the situation adequately is to undergo surgery.
Hernia surgeries are very basic and are minimally invasive.
Often, you’ll find yourself in and out of the hospital on the same day.
if you are affected by a hernia, a minor surgical procedure will rectify the problem.
With that, we’ll draw things to a close.
We hope that you’ve found our look at several home remedies for hernia sufferers insightful and informative.
If so, be sure to keep an eye out for the other articles we’ll be publishing over the coming weeks.