According to the latest studies, a large percentage of the population, especially belonging to the age group between 40 and 70, in India is at risk of developing hernias. Nearly 80% is at risk of developing inguinal while the rest is more prone to developing a ventral one. There are naturopathy, allopathy or homeopathy for curing a hernia. But the most effective treatment option available is laparoscopic hernia repair.
Can Ayurveda treatment be an option?
There are different types of hernia depending on where they develop. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach protrudes through the muscle that separates your abdomen and chest (diaphragm). Although not very effective, people in India often opt for ayurvedic treatment for curing hiatal hernia. Some of the options are-
- Snehana-This is also known as Oleation therapy in Ayurveda. During this procedure, warm, essential oils are massaged on the body that helps to remove toxins from the body channels. This therapy can be performed every day.
- Virechana- This is considered as the most effective treatment option in Ayurveda. Herbs likeamlaprni, Triphala, isabgol helps to achieve a feeling of lightness and downward movement of gas.
- Niruha Basti-This is a highly beneficial treatment for weak tissues and enlarged scrotum. In this procedure, a herbal extract enema mixed with milk and a little oil. This procedure cleans the intestine by flushing out feces from the system as well as toxins from the tissues.
- Pinda Sweda- Considered as the most useful therapy for muscular atrophy, in this procedure oil is applied to the affected part.
Formulations for Hernia in Ayurveda
- Bala-eranda- Castor oil prepared with the decoction of Sida cordifolia can be used to effectively get relief from distension and flatulence that is associated with hiatal hernia.
- Radnadi Kwatha- Mix the decoction prepared from any of the following ingredients with castor oil to relieve out the pain from a hernia. The ingredients are-
- Vishala kashaya- Applying mixture made from the powder of roots of Citrullus colocynthis and castor oil and milk can provide some relief from symptoms of a hernia.
- Lose weight
Losing weight will help you improve your body posture and your body will be under less physical strain. Start taking small meals and the symptoms may disappear naturally.
- Diet alert
Avoid spicy food, acidic food, and foods to difficult to digest strictly. This is so because these foods cause inflammation in the stomach lining.
- No stress
A major factor in the formation of hernia is anxiety and stress. Excess stress puts a strain on the metabolism as a whole. Indulge in stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, massage and the use of essential oils and aromatherapy.
- Say no to strenuous activities
If you are engaged in heavy exercises, cut back and perform easy workouts. Refrain from lifting heavyweights. Ensure you drink enough fluids and eat enough fiber.
These natural remedies should be considered as complementary treatment options. This only lowers the risk of hernias. But if the hernia causes discomfort and is severe then treating it with laparoscopic procedures should be considered. If you strain yourself and feel the sudden onset of hernia pain, it is advisable to see a medical professional as early as possible.
Why only surgery?
Surgery becomes essential when the lump formed is firm and doesn’t go back to its original place when touched. This also causes terrible pain. This is a typical symptom of strangulation. When the hernia tissue gets strangulated the blood flow to the tissue that’s trapped is cut off. This leads to the death of the tissue. The dead tissue releases dangerous toxins into the bloodstream which can cause sepsis and eventually death. Unfortunately, there is no treatment option available for strangulation that is mentioned in Ayurveda.
In such cases, opting for modern technologies such as laparoscopic repair is highly recommended. This is a daycare procedure that uses a mesh to provide strength to the weakened tissues. As this procedure is performed under the influence of anesthesia, you won’t be able to feel any pain. If you want to know more about an abdominal hernia and the treatment options available, visit a specialist immediately.