Question by  Jen85 (17)

What are some herbal treatments for an inguinal hernia?


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

No such luck. Inguinal hernias can only be treated surgically because the problem is anatomical. Inguinal hernias are caused a defect in the fascia in the abdomen that causes intestine to protrude into the abdomen or testicle. Herbal treatments will only delay proper care by a surgeon - such delay can result in infection, bowel ischemia, or even death.

posted by Anonymous
This is the typical Western medicine answer....always wanting to cut people up. Chinese medicine has been treating hernias for centuries with acupuncture and herbs. Don't go under the knife until you've considered Chinese medicine!  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
This is not true. Doctors are not trained in, have no experience with and therefore mistrust natural healing. men have traditionally healed hernias w/o surgery, through diet and exercise. Surgery weakens the area and requires more and more surgery. Take personal responsibility.  add a comment

Answer by  AnneB91 (611)

One treatment is hawthornia, popular in China, and made of lichee, hawthorn, fennel and citrus seed. Another is a combination of slippery elm and chamomile tea. Ginseng is also used.


Answer by  mars3291 (252)

Some herbal treatments for an inguinal hernia fennel or hawthorn. These herbs may have a cooling or laxative effect to help relieve the pressure in your intestines. This will help you to feel good but it won't cure your inguinal hernia. Hawthorn relieves strain-related lower abdominal discomfort and also relives pain and cramps.

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