"The symptoms were so deceiving that even I, who have trained myself to be on constant alert for this syndrome, was misled," wrote Dr. Theodore Baroody in his book on the hiatal hernia, after treating more than 5,000 patients
with symptoms of this disease (Hiatal Hernia Syndrome, Waynesville, North
Carolina: Eclectic Press, 1990) p. 7.
The hernia is a protrusion of an organ or part of an organ or other structure
that pushes through the wall of the cavity that normally contains the organ or
structure. The hiatal hernia is the part of the stomach that pushes upward
through the opening in the diaphragm (or hiatus) through which the esophagus
passes, thus protruding into the chest cavity. This occurs because the diaphragm muscle is weak, stretched or torn, allowing the top of the stomach to
bulge through this hole and become pinched. This is similar to in abdominal
hernia, common to athletes and people who lift heavy objects where the
intestines may bulge through torn muscles covering the front of the abdomen
or the muscle floor of the crotch.
Hiatal hernia, a treatable condition, may cause digestive, respiratory and
circulatory problems as well as glandular imbalances and nervous disorders.
This condition needs your attention until the weak or torn muscle is strengthened once again, and the stomach is back in its proper place.
Common symptoms include belching, bloating, sensitivity at the waist,
intestinal gas, hiccups, nausea, difficulty breathing deeply , fatigue, tendency to
swallow air, full feeling at the base of the throat, constant feeling of a "lump in the
in throat", dry and tickling cough, pain or burning in upper chest, heartburn,
peptic ulcer, gall bladder attack, rapid heartbeat, shoulder pain, headaches,
anxiety attacks, mental confusion, hoarseness, obesity, urinary difficulties and
hyperactivity in children.
This is not a complete list of symptoms but illustrates the many manifestations of the hiatal hernia that may deceive doctors. To increase the uncertainty
surrounding this ailment, the hiatal hernia accompanies other diseases. In fact,
Dr. J Richardson and Steven Horne, both master herbalists and iridologists,
report that they have never consulted with anyone having a serious chronic or
degenerative disease who has not had a problem with the hiatal hernia.
Since other health problems can also cause many of these symptoms, avoid
drawing premature conclusions about your own condition. If you have any of the
symptoms of the hiatal hernia, consult your health care practitioner.
the Hiatal Hernia?
The most common cause of hiatal hernia is increased abdominal pressure that leaves a part of the body
weak, typically following unusual
stress or strain. For example, a weakness following a debilitating illness
that results in excessive coughing can
cause the diaphragm to weaken by
increasing pressure on the abdomen,
resulting in an hiata hernia. Another
example, straining to lift heavy objects, especially when bending over,
can cause hiatal hernia as the pressure
on the stomac forces it up through the hole in the diaphragm that is only supposed to the accommodate the esophagus tube.
Lack of exercise, lack of trace minerals and other essential nutrients can
contribute to the hiatal hernia. Overeating, poor food combinations and
frequent gas and indigestion would
increase the chance of getting the hiatal hernia by increasing the pressure
upwards against the diaphragm. Over
time obesity causes the abdomen to
sag and will tend to displase various
organs, including the stomach. In addition, poor ileocecal valve closure (where
the small intestine cnnnects to the large)
creates bloating in the intestines and
interferes with digestion, which continues to compound the problem.
For some people this bulging of the
stomach through the diaphragm may
occur only when they lie down after a
big meal. Stomach acid may burn the
end of the esophagus tube and seem
like heartburn. Over time the acid will cause scarring and often disable the
sphincter which acts as a protective gate to the stomach. This might
result in difficulty swallowing. Food
from the stomach may back up into the
esophagus, causing more damage if
the food has been mixed with hydrochloric acid, a powerful acid made by
the stomach to digest protein.
Another primary cause of hiata
hernia is stress. Stress causes a tense
reflex action that pulls the stomach up
tight against the diaphragm. You may
have experienced this feeling during
an adrenaline rush. Whenever you experience sudden fear or panic you will
draw in your stomach and breathe at
the top of your lungs instead of your
abdomen. Likewise, suppressed anger
and frustration and other stressful
emotions create tension throughout
the torso, which may lead to hiatal
Checking how you breathe is a
common test for hiatal hernia. If you
don't know whether your stress level is
manageable, do this test. Observe
whether most of your breathing is from heaving your chest up-and-down or the normal abdominal in-and-out motion of relaxed breathing. If
breathing seems taxing to you, refer to
the following list of other conditions
that are similar to the hiatal hernia to
see if these situations apply to you.
Other Conditions that
Masquerade as Hiatal Hernia
Heart failure mimics hiatal hernia, since both conditions share symptoms, such as pain and pressure in the
chest, nausea, mental confusion and
dizziness. Congestive heart failure
the most common type of heart failure, occurs when the heart becomes
enlarged, blood flow decreases, fluid
builds up and pools in the lungs and
other organs. Thus, the heart beat
weakens and finally stops. If you are
experiencing symptoms common to
hiatal hernia syndrome and heart attack, contact a medical doctor immediately.
Enlarged organs, such as a swollen liver or spleen, cause displacement that pushes the stomach upward. To check for this condition, press
up under the rib cage on each side
with your fingers to see if these areas
are painful. Consult your health care practitioner if you feel pain in this area.
Food Poisoning, nausea, bloating, weakness and more serious symptoms needing professional attention are sometimes hard to resolve. Large amounts of Activated Charcoal help to absorb poisons in cases of food poisoning. And this treatment will not harm the hiatal hernia if your suspicions about food poisoning are wrong.
How to Self-freat Hiatal Hernia First steps in
hiatal hernia relief
Check your breathing. Follow
this simple test to access your pattern
of breathing as a first step in treating
the hiatal hernia. Put your hand on
your abdomen as you breathe. If your
abdomen moves in and out more than
your chest, you are probably handling
your stress well, or at least, you are not
letting stress you.
If you are breathing from the top of
your lungs, just sit back and relax to
allow your breathing apparatus to revert to normal abdominal breathing. If
it doesn't, then look for other causes of
your symptoms, such as the conditions
Relax the diaphragm. So you
can breache more easily, use lobelia
essence (best choice), Stress-J (especially
combined with Intestinal Soothe & Build),
or Nutri-Calm. Nutri-Calm a combination
of vitamins and minerals, relaxes the
nerves, especially the vagus nerve,
which may be irritated due to the pinching of the stomach that results from
hiatal hernia. This nerve affects many
other organs to which it is connected.
This is why hiatal hernia problems are
related to the health of the heart, lungs,
stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder,
pancreas and indirectly, the kidneys.
Find healthy ways to vent your
repressed anger and frustration.
This will help defuse much of your
hiatal hernia problem. To relieve tension, for example, take a long, slow
deep breath and feel the tension build
up in your diaphragm (like you are
sartingt to get angry). Make your hands
into fists and raise them up in front of
you as if you want to punch somebody.
Exhale forcefully with an angry "huh!"
sound while shaking your fists downward like you want to hit somebody.
Do this several times, safely discharging your inner tension and frustrations.
Other methods of dealing with
stress include changing your environment, finding new ways to resolve problems and communicating your thoughts
and feelings honestly with others.
Bathing with herbs. Add a strong
tea of a relaxing herb (catnip, rosemary or lavender) to the bath water for
stress relief. Have a family member
massage your neck and shoulders.
Use manual manipulation. Several harbalists including Steven Horne
recommend drinking a pint of warm
water first thing in the morning. Next,
stand on your toes and drop suddenly to
your heels several times. The force of
this little jump and the weight of the
water help pull the stomach down in
place while the warm temperature of
the water relaxes the stomach area.
Taking a dropperful of lobelia essence with the water will relaxe the stomach
and make the treatment more effective.
If you are adventurous, jump off a
chair or down a short flight of stairs to
get the same effect. The idea behind
this technique is to get your stomach
to "drop" as if you were in an elevator
that suddenly started going down. If
this doesn't solve the problem, place
both hands under your breastbone in
the center of your ribcage. Take a deep
breath, press your fingers firmly into
the solar plexus area (just under the
breastbone). As you forcefully exhale,
push your fingers downward and bend
forward slightly. Be careful not to push
your fingers up under the ribcage.
Repeat this action several times. Do
this before meals on an empty stomach.
While performing physical therapies, visualize what you wish your
body to do as additional reinforcement.
Concentrate on a visual image of your
stomach in its correct position as you
push your stomach back down. (For a visual demo of this procedure,
watch Steven Horne's video on muscle
testing and body work below)
If you feel uncomfortable doing
this yourself or do not get the desired
results, find a chiropractor or massage
therapist who knows how to work with
the hiatal hernia.
Repair muscle tissue. In order
to strengthen the diaphragm, certain
vitamins and minerals are crucial.
Beneficial nutritional elements include
B-Complex (especially B6) vitamins,
Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which
help "glue" tissue together and keep
the tissue from tearing apart. In addition, Skeletal Strength and HSN-W contain important minerals (like silicon and manganese) to rebuild the muscles. Manganese may be very important for healing
any kind of hernia, and red raspberry is
an excellent aid to muscle repair.
To help remove any scarring of the
sphincter muscle, which is located at
the end of the esophagus, vitamin E
and lecithin help the body repair the
tissue damaged by stomach acid. However, a scar is a temporary repair that
will remain permanently if nutrition
remains low or stresses are too high,
thereby diverting nutrients that could
mend the damaged area because of
higher demand for these nutrients elsewhere in the body.
To treat hiatal hernia syndrome
that is accompanied by heartburn, use
slippery elm powder mixed with a little
juice or water, whole leaf aloe vera
juice or Vitamin Calcium w/Magnesium instead of antacids. If you continue to get acid in your throat, sleep
with your head and chest slightly
elavated. Elevate your pillow to raise
your head and chest.
Hiatal Hernia - Self adjustment (watch the video below)
2018 Nature2u - USA
Disclaimer: We do not directly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of herbs or supplements as a form of treatment for illness. The information found on this Web Site is for educational purposes only and to empower people with knowledge to take care of their own health. We disclaim any liability if the reader uses or prescribes any remedies, natural or otherwise, for him/herself or another. Always consult a licensed health professional should a need be indicated.