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Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernia is a condition in which a small part of the stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm into the chest cavity. It is mostly seen in older people whose are above 50 years of age. It is also noticed in obese people. The exact cause for hiatal hernia is still unknown bit one of important factors leading to the condition is the weal supportive tissues.

Factors Leading to Hiatal Hernias

The following are the various factors that lead to hiatal hernia.

  • AgingHiatal Hernia
  • Weak supportive tissues
  • Pressure on the stomach and surrounding muscles
  • Age-related changes in diaphragm
  • Large hiatus during birth
  • Poor sitting posture
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Obesity
  • Excessive smoking
  • Stress

Signs and Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal Hernia symptomsHiatal hernia, when small, does not show any signs or symptoms. However, large hiatal hernia exhibits the following symptoms.

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent belching
  • Feeling full after meals

Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernia symptoms can be relived using certain simple and effective home remedies. However, if the problem persists, doctors may opt for surgery.

Warm Water

Warm water helps in opening the diaphragm and relaxes the chest muscles. It is a good habit to drink warm water as the first thing in the morning.

What to Do?drink warm water

  • Just after waking up, while you are still in the bed, drink a glass of room temperature or slightly warm water
  • It will help relax the stomach muscles and diaphragm and put some weight in the stomach
  • Avoid drinking coffee, tea, juice or cold water in the morning

Exercise

The following exercise also provides maximum relief from hiatal hernia symptoms.

excersizeWhat to Do?

  • Stand up, lift the arms straight out from the sides and bend the elbows so the hands touch your chest
  • This will help stretch the diaphragm and open up the hiatus
  • Next, rise up on the toes as high as possible and quickly drop down onto the heels
  • Do this several times in a row. This will help the weight of the water to pull the stomach down
  • Then, while standing with arms up, take a few short and quick breaths with mouth open for about 15 seconds
  • The panting will help tighten the diaphragm back up and close the hole

Massage

Massage is a great way to relieve discomfort and help in relaxing during hiatal hernia. It can be performed by self or with the help of others. It mainly targets the uppermost part of the abdominal cavity and helps in strengthening the muscles.

What to Do?massage

  • Lie on the back and relax
  • Put the fingers just below the breast bones (sternum) where the rib cage is located
  • Next, apply downward pressure and slowly move towards the belly button
  • Repeat for 5 minutes
  • Do this twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening

Yoga

Yoga helps in alleviating the pain and discomfort caused due to hiatal hernia.

yogaWhat to Do?

  • Stand with the back straight and arms perpendicular to the ground. Keep the feet about a hip’s width apart
  • Raise the arms straight above the head
  • Bend the body forward to a 45-degree angle, bringing the chest toward the thighs
  • Keep the arms out straight, aligned with the back, and turn the palms to face the floor
  • Gently bend the knees as if you were about to sit in a chair
  • Press the weight toward the floor and look forward
  • Hold the position for a few seconds, taking several deep breaths
  • Press your shoulder blades to your back, lower your tailbone toward the floor and draw in your abdomen
  • Hold this position for at least 30 seconds and focus on your breathing.
  • Straighten up slowly. Repeat the cycle a few times more.
  • Avoid yoga poses that put pressure on the abdomen, such as Cobra, Bow and Bridge Pose.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking apple cider vinegar also helps in reducing the signs and symptoms of hiatal hernia like heartburn and acidity. It is acidic in nature but has alkalizing effects on the body.

What to Do?Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water
  • Sip it slowly before meals
  • Do this whenever there is heartburn or acidity

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a popular spice used widely in Asian countries. It relieves abdominal pain and bloating. It acts as a natural antacid.

CinnamonWhat to Do?

  • Add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of hot water
  • Cover and steep for a few minutes
  • Drink this tea while it is still warm, 2 or 3 times a day
  • In addition, include cinnamon in everyday cooking

Chamomile

Chamomile has calming effects on the body. It relaxes the muscles and works as a natural remedy for hiatal hernia symptoms. It soothes aching stomach and treats heartburns.

What to Do?Chamomile

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile in a cup of hot water
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes
  • Strain and add honey, according to the taste
  • Slowly sip a cup of chamomile tea up to 4 times a day, especially between meals

The above remedies are tried and tested and found to be effective in treating symptoms of hiatal hernia. It must be taken only after consulting the doctor.

 

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