Hernia Kit – Herbal Supplements for Hernia
Herbal, Ayurvedic supplements are specifically designed to help hernia conditions. These supplements can aid your recovery and permanently reduce swelling by reducing chronic inflammation.
Grocare® has been providing two Ayurvedic herbal remedies, Hernica® and Acidim®, to help strengthen the intestinal walls, enhance digestion, and reduce inflammation and pain caused by a hernia. Hernica® and Acidim® treat the body as a whole, instead of treating single parts.
These supplements promote innate healing and can help with a speed recovery even after hernia surgery, and prevent future symptoms associated with hernia.
Hernica® contains a proprietary blend of more than 12 different herbs including some of the following:
- Pongamia Glabra: This helps relieve gas and bloating. It is an intestinal stimulant that helps the body break down food and absorb the nutrients it needs
- Cassia Angustifolia: This helps treat constipation by promoting peristalsis, or the regular contraction of the intestines to help healthy bowel movements. Staying “regular” is an important part of hernia treatment to reduce additional pressure on the abdominal wall from overstuffed, polluted bowels.
- Holarrhena Antidysenterica: This is an Ayurvedic herb with astringent properties that can shrink or constrict body tissues to help swelling. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-parasitic properties as well. It is a natural digestion aid, fever reducer, and help muscle tone.
- Ferula Asafoetida: This herb helps strengthen the intestines. It promotes healthy digestion, is an an antispasmodic, and helps to relieve gas. It can aid in relieving constipation.
Other ingredients in Hernica® include:
Acidim® works in harmony with Hernica® to promote natural healing in the body, aid digestion, and prevent chronic inflammation that can lead to pain.
An additional 12 Ayurvedic herbs are combined to support the body’s healing. These herbs provide the following benefits to help your hernia healing process:
- Pain relief
- Ulcer protective
- Anti-hyperglycemic (supports better blood sugar levels)
- Liver protective
- Blood circulation promoting
- Anti-parasitic (kills parasites and harmful bacteria that increase sugar cravings).
Acidim® and Hernica® combined with lowered stress, proper diet, and restored gut health can drastically reduce hernia symptoms, including post-op swelling. These medications have benefits that do not put you at risk for complications from additional surgery.
In addition to these two medications, Xembran® is recommended if there are symptoms of deteriorated gut health. Xembran® helps restore healthy gut flora and kills of H. pylori and other bad bacteria in the stomach that are directly linked to an increased incidence of Hiatal Hernia.
Xembran® also increases your ability to digest food, while protecting the stomach and intestines from irritation caused by eating spicy foods, highly processed foods, stress, overuse of antibiotics, stomach infections, lack of exercise, and other environmental factors known to affect gut health.
A natural approach to caring for your hernia after surgery may improve your hernia symptoms and your body’s healing.
What is a hernia?
The common definition of hernia is “a bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening”. This usually occurs in the intestinal region. However, holistic sciences and Ayurveda define a hernia as a swelling of the intestine. Over time, swelling causes the abdominal wall to weaken. The weak abdominal wall cannot hold the pressure and collapses. This is why many renowned holistic practitioners regard all hernias as similar to one another in nature.
A hernia is often called a lifestyle disease. If you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, you are prone to developing a hernia. Statistics say that 1 in 4 people will develop a hernia in their life. Surgery may not be a permanent solution for hernias as the hernia often relapses, a new hernia may develop, and other surgical complications can occur. This is because surgery does not address the inflammation and swelling inside. Many doctors now suggest watching and waiting for hernias to heal along with a healthy diet.
If you’ve had hernia surgery and are still suffering from pain, you may need to dig deeper into why your pain still persists. In this article, we will try to explain why your hernia pain persists and what you can do to recover naturally.
Don’t accept your healthcare provider’s assumption that pain is a “natural” part of post-op. It can be minimized greatly with simple actions you can do by yourself. You can help your body heal your hernia and minimize the chance of recurrence by educating yourself about the causes.
Why Surgery Isn’t a Solution for a Hernia
Surgery is not a solution for swelling. If you are dealing with pain after your surgery caused by swelling, its underlying cause is chronic inflammation. Some swelling is a normal response from your body and is a natural part of surgery recovery. This is how your body sends oxygen-rich blood to deliver nutrients to an infected or injured part of your body. This is important for proper healing.
However, chronic inflammation can impact your body’s ability to heal.
Intestinal inflammation can result from poor gut health. This inflammation happens when damaged cells release substances such as histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins. These substances cause blood vessels to release fluid into the tissues which causes swelling. If you have a hernia, your body may be trying to heal it on its own which can cause your body distress in the process.
A major problem is the imbalance of the bacteria in your gut. These are tiny microorganisms in the form of bacteria that live inside you. Some of the bacteria are good and some bacteria are bad. Good bacteria support your health and helps you make vitamins while bad bacteria can suppress your ability to absorb nutrients from food and supplements that you ingest.
Our microbiota starts to form when we are babies and changes over time based on diet, illness, stress, and medicine. We can promote good bacteria colonization in our gut to reduce bad bacteria.
The Proper Diet
Constant swelling from chronic inflammation can impact your healing and lead to further, serious health complications. The following are a few simple rules you can follow to reduce chronic inflammation:
- Eat as much plant-based fiber as you can each day. A fiber rich diet helps waste move through your intestines. It also helps fill you up, so you don’t overeat. Going vegan for a short time may also help.
- Add herbs and spices with anti-inflammatory properties. Certain herbs and spices, particularly turmeric and ginger, have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. They can help reduce inflammation caused by stress, poor diet choices, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle choices that may have contributed to your hernia. You can also try cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
- Remove high protein vegetables from every meal. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and mustard greens contain high protein and may lead to more inflammation.
- Get rid of all man-made fats and replace them with plant-based fats. Saturated fats can increase the risk of heart disease and many are highly processed. Healthy fats like Omega-3s and Omega-6s are present in foods like avocados, hemp seed, flaxseed, and camelina oil are much better for reducing inflammation in the body. They also provide energy to your cells and nourish your skin, hair, and brain.
- Try to reduce processed and refined foods especially sugars and simple carbohydrates. These foods, including high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugars, are found in thousands of foods that we purchase in our grocery stores may promote the bad bacteria in our guts.
- Eat small meals and add snacks. Eating too much at one time can strain your digestive system. When you over-eat, it makes it difficult for your body to break down foods and absorb nutrients. Over eating can also impact the hormones that make you feel full. This can continue to make you over-eat. Over-eating can lead to obesity and further inflammation. Pressure from a full stomach can also put unnecessary strain on a hernia. It is recommended to eat four or five small meals or a few smaller meals with snacks throughout the day.
- Try intermittent fasting. Taking a break from eating, even for just a portion of the day, can help reset your gut, reduce inflammation, and give your body a break from digestion. This means it has more time and energy to heal wounds (like those from surgery) and get rid of toxic wastes.
A hernia belt is worn to keep the protruding hernia in place and may help relieve discomfort related to the hernia. Hernia belts can give the abdominal wall a chance to heal. A hernia belt can be helpful but should only be used once the internal inflammation is treated or it can cause pain. If worn while internal inflammation is still present, it can cause hernia pain or even another hernia to occur. Many bilateral inguinal hernias occur this way.
Grocare® suggests that if the neck of the hernia is larger than 7mm, it is appropriate to wear a hernia belt after the swelling has gone down. Patients usually report reduction in swelling with their supplements after 3-4 months, after which the belt can be worn to let the hernia heal.
It is important to find a hernia belt that fits you properly and is comfortable to be worn at all hours of the day, except when showering. To order Grocare’s Hernia Kit you can click here
You can also get in touch with us or Grocare directly if you have any doubts. Grocare’s support team is very helpful in explaining how to best take the supplements alongside any other medication you may be taking, or if you have any other diseases/ conditions, or if any test are likely coming up.
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