A hernia occurs when an organ protrudes through the muscle or tissue that usually contains it. It can be external-so that it shows as a lump on the surface of the abdomen or in the groin-or internal, like a hiatal hernia, caused by a weakness in the diaphragm.
Common types of hernia
The most common types of hernia occur in the groin and are called inguinal or femoral hernia, depending on the site of the weakness. They can also oocur in the diaphragm (hiatal hernia); in the upper part of the abdomen in the midline (ventral hernias); and through weakness in the posterior wall of the abdomen, when they are usually not visible as lumps.
Hernias that develop at an operation site where the muscles have failed to heal properly are called incisional hernias.
Homeopathic treatment for hernia
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat hernia but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat hernia that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of hernia:
Nux Vomica – hernia of all stages from simple rupture to full fledged strangulated hernia. Hernia of all kinds but particularly abdominal-inguinal umbilical and intussusceptions with bitter vomiting and labored breathing. There is constriction with ineffectual urging to stools. Generally in spare, cross and mentally over working persons using drastic medicines, purgatives, wines and leading a sedentary life. Generally left-sided hernia.
Plumbum met – incarcerated and strangulated umbilical hernia with great constipation-stools, if any, are in black, hard and round balls. A portion of intestines is telescoped into another portion. Sometimes stools are vomited. It may be along with horrible gripping in abdomen as if muscles are drawn from the back pain radiates all around the navel and follows nerve courses.
Aesculus hip – hernia with cutting in right inguinal region. Pain generally extending towards right side. May be along with hemorrhoids with dryness in rectum and pain as if sharp splinter are in.
Lachesis – strangulated hernia adopting a generous form. There is general blueness of the organ showing that the blood circulation is hindered.
Sulphuric acid – violent protrusion of an inguinal hernia strangulated. Generally left sided. Due to general debility of muscles connected with the protruding organ. May be with great acidity the whole body smelling sour. The vomited matter is so sour to set teeth on edge.
Calcaria Carb – Umbilical hernia in children with twisting pain in abdomen about navel. In fair, fat and flabby persons with large head, small neck and distended abdomen. It may be along with sour smelling and light colored stools in diarrhea and sour vomiting or curded milk.
Opium – strangulated umbilical and inguinal hernia. Hernia wherein protruding organ gets reduced but protrudes immediately when pressure is released. There is fecal vomiting and complete constipation due to inactivity of bowels. If there is any stools it is in little, hard and black balls.
Tabacum –strangulated hernia with nausea giddiness, vomiting, fainting with cold sweat, the body is ice-cold. May be along with intermittent pulse with oppression in chest and heart.
Lycopodium – right sided and painful hernia with extremities cold. There is a gurgling sound in stomach. Pit of stomach sensitive to tight clothing. There may be turbid and offensive urine. Generally in very intelligent persons.
Cocculus Indicus – right sided hernia with pain in stomach, flatulence, vomiting and constipation. Pain in abdominal ring with weak abdominal muscle as if a hernia would protrude. Generally umbilical hernia.