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Natural Treatment for hiatus hernia

Does alcohol irritate a hiatus hernia
(August 5, 2011)

A weakness in the tissue of the muscle near the opening of the diaphragm where the gullet or esophagus and the stomach meet causes hiatal hernia. This could be brought on by any strain on the abdomen because of a congenital weakness, pregnancy and coughing, vomiting, constipation or even by lifting heavy objects. Symptoms of hiatal hernia are chest pain, belching, heartburn and gastro- esophageal reflux. This condition can be diagnosed by a barium x-ray or an endoscopy.

There are several natural ways to relieve the discomfort of this problem like drinking the juice of an aloe vera leaf prior to each meal. Aloe vera juice is known to relieve gastrointestinal distress and help in digestion.  Adding 2000 mg of primrose oil to the diet helps this condition.

This is also available in capsule form and is known to reduce inflammation of the stomach and the gullet.

Natural Remedies, Cures For Hiatal Hernia

Other natural remedies are adding an enzyme to help in digestion to the diet for hiatal hernia. The enzyme should be consumed an hour before the meal thrice a day. Changing the diet and reducing the size of the meal is an effective way of treating this problem. Smaller meals eaten more frequently are easy to digest and prevent gastrointestinal reflux. Reduction in weight is beneficial and reduces the symptoms considerably. Smoking should be avoided as coughing is one of the reasons for hiatal hernia.

One of the Hiatal hernia natural cures is to gently massage the upper part of the abdomen a few times a day to ease the condition. Stress should be avoided as this creates acidity which increases the discomfort and gives rise to gastrointestinal reflux. Avoid wearing tight clothes which make the condition more uncomfortable. Calcium phosphoric can be taken a few times a day if the discomfort is acute. This relieves the burning sensation in the chest and allows a person to sleep comfortably at night too. This is because Calcium phosphoric promotes and replaces mineral salts which are effective in cellular production.

Strengthening the abdominal muscles with exercise heals hiatal hernias. If surgery has been done for this condition then a massage therapy will speed up the healing process by stimulating the circulation in this part. Always consult qualified persons to assist you with any of these healing procedures. Hernia is a serious medical condition and it is extremely important that you visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Submitted by N on August 5, 2011 at 01:39


Effects of Alcohol on Hiatus Hernia

Hiatus hernia is a condition, wherein a portion of the stomach protrudes into the chest. This happens through the opening of the diaphragm. This is attributed to the large oesophageal hiatus. Oesophageal hiatus is the opening in the diaphragm. Inflammation or scarring of the oesophagus also causes hernia. Pain and discomfort in the abdomen are the typical symptoms. Bending forward and lying down, immediately after food increases the pain.

Alcohol and smoking is not recommended in individuals with hiatus hernia, as it increase the acid reflux into the oesophagus. Other foods to be avoided are spearmint, caffeine, chocolate and fatty foods. Smoking cigarettes are also not recommended, as nicotine causes severe regurgitation of the acidic contents. Certain drugs, such as calcium blockers, anti depressants and antispasmodics weaken the muscles associated with the lower oesophagus. Hiatal hernia diet contains smaller meals, eaten frequently are preferred. Obesity, abdominal exercises, belts, stooping and bending causes acidic reflux. Loose fitting clothes are preferred.

Sleep on a slightly elevated level. Spicy and acidic foods are abstained from. Over-the-counter antacids are helpful in relieving discomfort of the abdomen. Severe complications call for immediate surgery. H2 blockers are helpful in reducing the acid content. Visit a gastroenterologist for further recommendations and guidance.
Submitted by E L on April 4, 2008 at 11:22


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