‘Hernia’ is a Latin word which means ‘rupture’. It can happen in different parts of the body, though it is most commonly seen as a lump in the groin or abdominal region. Hernia appears when an organ or tissue which lines the peritoneum, the abdominal cavity, squeezes through a weakened spot of the abdominal wall.
As the hernia grows, it can cause dangerous complications if a piece of intestines gets trapped inside. Hernias can affect people of all ages. It may be present at birth or it may develop later due to weak abdominal walls. Hernia patients often suffer from heartburn and chest pain. Although herbs cannot cure a hernia, they can be used to reduce the severity and discomfort of its symptoms.
Herbs For Hernia
Licorice has been used as a traditional medicine for more than 5,000 years to treat a variety of ailments. As hernia harms the lining of the stomach and acid reflux, the use of the roots of this herb help heal the damage done to the esophagus and stomach lining.
It also helps reduce the pain and burning in the chest and throat. Licorice has laxative effects on some people, it should therefore be taken only under expert guidance.
Chamomile derives its name from a Greek word meaning earth apple. It is a herb that has been used traditionally as a mild sleeping aid as it has calming effects on the body muscles. It is also used in providing relief from the symptoms of hernia as it relaxes the stomach muscles and the lining of the digestive tract, thus improving digestion.
The stomach acid production is reduced and this reduces the occurrence of acid reflux caused by hernia. Chamomile also helps soothe the lining of the esophagus.
The use of barberry as a medicinal plant dates back to almost 2,500 years. It is a herb with thorny shoots, found in the temperate and subtropical regions of the world. Barberry is used to treat gastrointestinal issues effectively.
It has barberine in it, which is an alkaloid with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents in it. This property of barberry helps in reducing the chances of developing a gastrointestinal irritation which is commonly seen in hernia patients. It also relaxes the stomach muscles and provides relief from gastrointestinal discomfort.
Devil’s claw is a popular herb that is native to southern Africa. The fruits on this plant appear hook-shaped, and hence it’s popularly named after its appearance as devil’s claw. The large tuberous roots of this plant are used to help reduce fever and pain.
It also works wonderfully in stimulating digestion. Harpogosides are substances in devil’s claw which work as anti-inflammatory agents and provide pain relief from hernia. It is also helpful in treating heartburns and increasing appetite, which is beneficial to hernia patients.
Marshmallow is a perennial plant with a fleshy taproot, velvety leaves and pink flowers which bloom in summers. The roots of this herb are used for many medicinal purposes. Marshmallow root contains mucilages which help soothe the stomach lining and soft tissues.
It reduces the gastric acid production in the digestive system and is very beneficial in treating symptoms of hernia, improving digestion and general health significantly.