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ravi

nice information

Peter

Hernias were not repaired surgically in past centuries. Anesthesia did not exist and no man or women in their right mind was going to submit to biting on a stick while a doctor cut into their abdomen! There were exercises and treatments for dealing with the condition and promoting natural healing of the tear in the connective tissue around the abdomen. Shame of doctors for their unnecessary and monetarily motivated emphasis on surgery when there are physical therapies that can heal the problem naturally if the patient was able to obtain the information from their physician. Healing the torn connective tissue is a PERMANENT, not a temporary cure to the problem. Even if surgery is performed, without a measure of caution, changes in lifestyle and changes in diet, the hernia is likely to return and even be joined by additional hernias. The surgery is not to be taken lightly. According to the National Institute of health, 1 out of every 7 hernia repairs result in the patient bringing suit against the surgeon for issues like "chronic pain, pain on elimination, painful erections, pain during sexual intercourse, pain while sitting, standing or lying down". Doesn't exactly sound like the medical profession has their eye on the right cure.

Julian Clegg

Suitable yoga asanas can certainly contribute to hernia healing, while others will make it worse. I have compiled a list that can be seen here:
http://groups.google.com/group/herniasupport/web/recommended-yoga-exercises-for-hernia-healing

I healed my own inguinal hernia by yoga asanas in combination with fasting and herbal medicine.

Also see my on-line group on this subject at:
http://herniaalternatives.multiply.com/

demetris

nobody wants to go for operation and me too for my recently discovered inguinal hernia! My results of the research I have been doing dont aggree with the clasical medicine aproach. Acupuncture is an alternative healing that I m going to try. Drinking aloe vera is good and gotu cola. some other changes required to fix the problem like the dietary. Also we can work mentally to change the state of mind that caused the hernia many in that field can help us like luise Hay.

Jeff

Thanks John N for the wisdom. Also 48 with one bilateral hernia - have hernia belt, and doc is also not comfortable with surgery unless absolutely necessary. Can you enlighten us as to the type of excercises your using for your stomach muscles?

tasha

i am 27 & recently discovered i have a hernia... although mine is right under my rib cage on the left side.. i am very active and i have found the more active i am the more my hernia hurts :(
I am very against any invasive surgery but as i am productive homesteader.. I'm not sure what to do.

Charles W

My two docs have told me the same thing: leave them (mine are bilateral) alone unless they pain or gets larger. So far, no pain and no change in size (the left side shows no "bulge"). There is now rapidly increasing evidence that hernia surgery using plastic mesh can be dangerous. Certain meshes are being recalled. There are countless mesh horror stories all over the Net, with entire websites devoted to this. Many people are being left in permanent severe pain. I'm really scared -- but I'm more scared of the mesh than of "watchful waiting". One doc has advised Pilates, which I'm starting on Monday.

John N

Im 48 years old.
I have had a hernia for 7 years + I couldnít afford the operation. $8000.00!
I delt with it over the years with hernia belts. Works fine. No problem.
6 months ago I started working out at 24 hr Fitness for lower disk problems.
I spend about 2 1/2 hours every other day for my total body workout.
My back is 100% better. I havenít used any pain killers in 5 months.
My entire boy has hardened up. Even my stomach muscles! The hernia has not been
bulging out as it did before exercise. On weekends when I have no strenuous activity I
donít wear the hernia belt. No pain, no bulging! I donít risk though, I still use my hernia
belt and continue to build strong abdominal muscles. My hopes are I wont need the
operation.

Craig Sams

Before anyone contemplates surgery they should contemplate the considerable research that shows that 'watchful waiting' is a far better option for inguinal hernia than surgery, where failure and chronic pain are both more common than people realise http://www.groin-hernia.com/herniabible/index.html
I and at least one other person have cured a hernia using pilates exercises. Yoga is not appropriate as it stretches the groin area - once the hernia has been closed, then yoga can play a role in maintaining good health.

cecelia lovar

yes i have a hernia but 2 drs have told me i dont need surgery to remedy it its supposedly smaller than it was about a year ago seems the same size to me and it seems to stickout of my navel area now even more than it did... it seems but it does not cause me any pain so they say to leave it alone for the time being do you agree?? thanks

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