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How to deal with a hernia

Hernia is a condition in which an organ or a part of an organ bulges out through the tissues that normally hold it. This life debilitating condition that reduces general mobility can be handled by adhering to some lifestyle and diet changes. Even though hernia cannot be cured on its own and surgery may be the only way out, some simple tips will definitely help you in dealing with it.

Hernia girdles

A hernia occurs mostly in the abdomen, even though other parts such as groin, upper thigh area, and belly button area are also susceptible to it. Depending upon the type of hernia, one can wear girdles or straps that are designed to give instant relief from the pain and discomfort.

Hernia girdles do not help in curing the disease, but they successfully help in alleviating pain and discomfort. The design of modern medical hernia girdles contour the body and offer adequate support to the weak abdominal muscles. It also looks smooth under your regular clothing without offering any visible signs of projections. These belts support the body in those situations that tend to aggravate hernia pain, such as weight lifting and fits of coughing. One can wear it under the normal clothing on a daily basis without being noticed by anyone. Even though these types of medical compression girdles are quite expensive, they are worth a try.

Diet and lifestyle changes

Diet and lifestyle changes are the most important things one can embrace to prevent hernia from becoming severe. Adopting some lifestyle modifications can help you in staying away from medical or surgical interventions altogether.

There are some fundamental rules that should be followed to alleviate pain caused by hernia. Some of them are: eat lesser quantity of food at a time; have more frequent meals; avoid eating at least two hours before sleep; do not engage in body exertions immediately after eating; stay away from alcohol etc. Stay away from certain foods that aggravate heart burns and other symptoms of hiatal hernia. One needs to identify the foods that cause problems for them. It has been generally observed that citrus foods are harmful for hernia patients, while fruits like banana, avocado, berries, etc are safe. Acidic dairy products, hot spicy foods, meat, fatty foods, carbonated and soft drinks should be avoided to lessen pain. Also, take care to chew your food and never swallow food in a hurry. Indulge in foods that are easy to digest. Never postpone bowel movement. Some safe foods that can be consumed without worry are: whole-grain pasta, brown rice, fish, lean poultry etc.

Yoga therapy

Experiences show that the ancient Indian practice of yoga is of much help in dealing with hernia of various types. There are rare instances wherein hernias are cured completely through yoga without any surgery. But, yoga should be performed under an expert supervision, if you do it to cure hernia.

Certain postures in yoga are really helpful in strengthening abdominal and other weak muscles. The irregular stretching and liberation of the abdominal muscles enhance blood flow to the affected body parts. This in turn assists in reducing digestive disorders and discomforts. Some yoga postures and poses make the muscles stronger making them capable of bearing the internal pressure caused by organs. Obese people are more prone to hernia. Yoga helps in reducing weight and so, reduces risk of hernia. Inverted postures are found to be really helpful in reinforcing abdominal muscles. Refrain from indulging dynamic exercises since they exacerbate the symptoms of hernia.

Home remedies

You can never say no to the good old home remedies that are helpful in curing a lot of diseases without surgery. There are some effective home remedies to treat hernia also. Even though they may not cure the disease completely, it will help you in dealing with the pain.

Even though you may feel some relief from pain by applying heat to the area, never resort to that. You should not apply heat to the swollen area. Instead, you may place some ice bags on the affected part to get relief from pain. Regular intake of American ginseng will help in strengthening internal muscles the pain and discomfort caused by hernia. Drink half cup of aloe vera juice daily in the morning and evening to get relief from the symptoms of hernia. Burning sensation caused by hiatus hernia can be reduced by consuming a blend of rice, buttermilk and ripe bananas daily.

There is another effective herbal remedy that can relieve hernia pain and discomfort. Take one chicken egg, three tablespoons of honey and cumin oil each in a glass. Add enough water to it and blend it well. Drink this juice daily in the morning to get instant relief from pain.

Prevention is better than cure

Make physical exercises a part of your life. It is beneficial in strengthening muscles and will be less prone to rupture. Regular exercises will also help you in maintaining healthy body weight and will prevent you from becoming obese. Overweight people are more susceptible to hernia and a host of other disease. Obese people are at greater risk of contracting inguinal hernia since their abdominal muscles have to bear huge amount of pressure. Staying healthy through exercise and healthy diet is the best way to prevent hernias.

Never strain your body excessively which can lead to the ripping of muscles. Resort to good body mechanics when picking up heavy objects. Regular bowel movement will ensure that your muscles are not subjected to unwarranted straining. Include fiber-rich foods in your diet in plenty. Indulge in fruits, vegetables and whole grains to maintain physical health. Most of the diseases can be kept at bay by adopting preventive measures, and hernia is not an exemption.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

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