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Inguinal Hernia &amp; Natural Healing
By Shay - November 21, 2008


We have used herbs for years.  It all started when my husband had a heart virus and the doctors sent him home to die.  Now twelve years later, his heart is so strong, he receives the Preferrred Rate on his life insurance.  We know herbs WORK!

I have a new dilema.  I have a Inguinal hernia.  I believe this can be healed with the right poultice.  Do you have any suggestion as to what herbs would be the best for the application?

I appreciate any help you can give.


I had nothing in my herb books on this, but I found the following with a couple of Google searches.

Inguinal hernias (IPA: /ngwinl hniz/) are protrusions of abdominal cavity contents through the inguinal canal. They are very common (it is estimated that 7% of the population will develop an abdominal wall hernia)[citation needed] and their repair is one of the most frequently performed surgical operations.

There are two types of inguinal hernia, direct and indirect. Direct inguinal hernias occur when abdominal contents herniate through a weak point in the fascia of the abdominal wall and into the inguinal canal. Indirect inguinal hernias occur when abdominal contents protrude through the deep inguinal ring; this is ultimately caused by failure of embryonic closure of the processus vaginalis....

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inguinal_hernia




Some inguinal hernias don't cause any symptoms, and you may not know you have one until your doctor discovers it during a routine medical exam. Often, however, you can see and feel the bulge created by the protruding intestine. The bulge is usually more obvious when you stand upright, especially if you cough or strain.

Inguinal hernia signs and symptoms include:

  • A bulge in the area on either side of your pubic bone
  • Pain or discomfort in your groin, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting
  • A heavy or dragging sensation in your groin
  • Occasionally, in men, pain and swelling in the scrotum around the testicles when the protruding intestine descends into the scrotum

Signs and symptoms in children

About five in every 100 children have inguinal hernias. Inguinal hernias in newborns and children result from a weakness in the abdominal wall t

hat's present at birth. Sometimes the hernia may be visible only when an infant is crying, coughing or straining during a bowel movement. In an older child, a hernia is likely to be more apparent when the child coughs, strains during a bowel movement or stands for a long period of time.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you have a painful or noticeable bulge in the area on either side of your pubic bone. The bulge is likely to be more noticeable when you're standing upright, and you usually can feel it if you put your hand directly over the affected area.

You should be able to gently and easily push the hernia back into your abdomen when you're lying down. If not, applying an ice pack to the area may reduce the swelling enough so that the hernia slides in easily. Lying with your pelvis higher than your head also may help.

If you still aren't able to push the hernia in, the herniated intestine may have become trapped (incarcerated) in the abdominal wall a serious condition that may require immediate medical attention. This condition may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or a fever, and a hernia bulge that turns red, purple or dark. If any of these signs or symptoms occur, call your doctor right away...

Whether or not you have a pre-existing weakness, extra pressure in your abdomen can cause a hernia. This pressure may result from:

  • Straining during bowel movements or urination
  • Heavy lifting
  • Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Pregnancy
  • Excess weight...

Inguinal hernia


You can't prevent the congenital defect that may lead to an inguinal hernia, but the following steps can help reduce strain on your abdominal muscles and tissues:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. If you think you may be overweight, talk to your doctor about the best exercise and diet plan for you.
  • Emphasize high-fiber foods. Fresh fruits and veget ables and whole grains are good for your overall health. They're also packed with fiber that can help prevent constipation and straining.
  • Lift heavy objects carefully or avoid heavy lifting altogether. If you have to lift something heavy, always bend from your knees, not from your waist.
  • Stop smoking. In addition to increasing your risk of serious diseases such as cancer, emphysema and heart disease, smoking often causes a chronic cough that can lead to or aggravate an inguinal hernia.
  • Don't rely on a truss for support. Contrary to what you may have heard, wearing a truss isn't the best long-term solution for an inguinal hernia. A truss won't protect against complications or correct the underlying problem, although your doctor may recommend wearing one for a short time before surgery.

from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/inguinal-hernia/DS00364

Food Therapy


A hernia can result from an abdominal muscle wall that is protein-deficient, says Elson Haas, M.D., director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, and author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition. He suggests eating more low-fat sources of protein, which include chicken breast, tuna, skim milk and 1 percent cottage cheese. While this therapy wont heal an existing condition, Dr. Haas says, it may help prevent future problems.



Work the groin, colon and adrenal gland reflex points on both feet, says St. Petersburg, Florida, reflexologist Dwight Byers, author of Better Health with Foot Reflexology.

from http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/21/129.cfm

The Ayurveda Encyclopedia

By Swami Sadashiva Tirtha, R C Uniyal, S Sandhu, J K Chandhok

Inguinal Hernia (Antraja V^iddhi)

Causes: Eating Vyu-increasing foods, bathing in cold water, suppressing Vyu, or premature release of urges (e.g., urine, feces), carrying heavy loads, walking long distances, improper movements of the body. All these increase Vyu and pull down the weakened small intestine, producing an inguinal hernia. If the hernia is neglected, the small intestine then drops into the scrotum, causing swelling. Vyu then causes an enlarged scrotum with gas, abdominal pain, and

rigidity. Hiatal hernias occur near the navel, usually in weak children.

Symptoms: Scrotal pain, hollow sounding, recedes but comes back again on the release of pres-

sure. It has all the symptoms of Vyu v^iddhi.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

By Chongyun Liu, Angela Tseng, Sue Yang




Here's a link for an entire forum on curezone.com about inguinal hernias.


I found in my research, mention of chiropractics to handle this problem. It was suggested that a chiropractor could adjust the pelvis to close the inguinal canal. I was unable to find substantial documentation for such a claim, but you might consider asking your chiropractor or natural practitioner for more information.



  1. David
    Hi, I thought it strange that all the people that are authors on your site are women. Are there no men interested in this subject of healing??
    1. Meagan
      I'm sure there are David, but at this point we've only had women bloggers interested in contributing for us.