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Homeopathy in Hernia

Written by Edmund Carleton

Homeopathy for Hernia. Frequently needed by children, especially by fat subjects having tumid abdomen, perspiration on face and neck and cold, wet feet. The two hundredth centesimal potency, given four times a day, works beautifully in children. In youth, a dose every day may be termed frequent. The adult patient should receive a single dose, only, much higher than the two 100th potency.

Indications for Medicines

Aconitum nap: Recent and small; also incarcerated, with bilious vomiting and cold sweat; burning as from coals of fire.

Arsenicum album: Tumor dark red or livid, great restlessness, prostration and thirst.

Aurum metallicum: Testes slow in descending. Inguinal and umbilical hernia in children, from crying.

HerniaCalcarea ost: All forms of hernia (Homeopathy for Hernia). Frequently needed by children, especially by fat subjects having tumid abdomen, perspiration on face and neck and cold, wet feet. The two hundredth centesimal potency, given four times a day, works beautifully in children. In youth, a dose every day may be termed frequent. The adult patient should receive a single dose, only, much higher than the two hundredth potency.

Carbo veg: Meteorism and flatulence; offensive stools; anxiety, uneasiness.

Cinchona: Strangulated hernia; gut black at operation.

Cocculus Ind: When the protrusion takes place very slowly, as from a paralytic state of the abdominal ring. (Raue.)

Colocynthis: Pain in groin, as from hernia; under pressure, sensation as if hernia receded. Abdomen distended and painful; relieved by hard pressure while bending body forward.

Guaiacum: Pinching in abdomen, receding towards rectum until discharge of flatus occurs. Inguinal hernia.

Ipecacuanha: Inguinal hernia; readily reducible or strangulated. Constant nausea is a sine qua non for this medicine.

Lachesis: Must have clothing loosened; burning, distention, sensation as from the pressure of a stone.

Lycopodium clav: Hernia, right side; crural hernia in women; lacerating, stitching pains; distention of abdomen with rumbling of gas. (Compare with nux moschata.)

Millefolium: Violent colic. Incarcerated hernia.

Muriatic acid: Abdomen distended by little food. Colicky griping. Hernia. The concomitant symptoms are important. Nitric acid. Abdomen distended with flatulence, very tender. Cutting, pinching, worse in the morning in bed. Pain n abdomen when walking; must bend forward. Stinging soreness when touched. Umbilical and inguinal hernia in children and adults.

Nux moschata: Umbilical hernia, especially in children; dry mucous surfaces, abdominal distention and great sleepiness. (Compare with Lyc)

Nux vomica: Sudden violent pain in hernial region; drawing and tearing, and spasmodic constriction in the abdomen, with nausea, vomiting of sour mucus; constipation with ineffectual urging to stool, or, similar to cocculus, slow protrusion in aged persons, with squeezing pain in hernial region, fullness in abdomen, periodical nausea; tumor not very sensitive, is soft and doughy; later come pinching and griping in abdomen, periodical nausea, gulping of salty and bitter water, vomiting, etc. Nux vomica is frequently indicated, especially if errors in diet have preceded.  If it fails, cocculus follows well.  (Raue “Strangulated, umbilical hernia.” Guiding Symptoms.) A very important remedy. I have succeeded with it, even after the occurrence of stercoraceous vomiting.

Opium: Incarcerated, umbilical and inguinal hernias.  Soporous condition, red face, distended abdomen with flatus; anti-peristaltic motion, belching and vomiting, bowels absolutely closed, with urging to stool and urine.

Plumbum:  Strangulated femoral hernia, left side; severe pain, continual vomiting of feculent matter. Strangulated scrotal hernia, right side.

Rhus tox: Hernia caused by heavy straining or lifting. A neglected remedy.

Silica: Hard, hot distended abdomen. Rumbling, shifting or incarcerated flatulence; difficult to discharge with constipation; flatus smelling like wet brass. Painful, inguinal hernia.

Sulphuric acid: Colic, with sensation as if hernia would protrude. Inguinal hernia. Incarcerated hernia in old people, coming on in a very gradual manner; pinched, constricted feeling in hernia; sensation of fullness in abdomen; periodical nausea and constipation; hernia not very sensitive; incarcerated part not very hard or tense, but has a doughy feel ; incarceration may last for days without symptoms growing severe; gradual accumulation of flatus, pinching in abdomen, periodical, transient, tearing pains, constant nausea, belching of sweet, salty or bitter fluid, finally vomiting: hernia on left side; melancholic-phlegmatic temperament. Benninghausen considered this one of the most important remedies in inguinal hernia.

Tabacum:  Strangulated hernia; nausea, deathly faintness, cold; cold sweat; vomiting; sudden cerebral hypersemia. (Guiding Symptoms.) I have never given this medicine in a case of hernia, but an eclectic physician of my acquaintance gave an enema of a decoction of tobacco to a robust, muscular man suffering with strangulated hernia, after taxis had failed and while preparations were making for herniotomy. The  patient then became relaxed to an alarming extent; the doctor had him inverted and held up by the feet. The hernia was then reduced by taxis. The patient recovered. The knife had been cheated. It was allopathic and hazardous practice.  Tabacum would be indicated homoeopathically in the presence of symptoms, occurring naturally, similar to those which the doctor created. Then the potentized medicine would act without producing an aggravation.

Veratrum album: Incarcerated hernia, not inflamed; cough impulse; anti-peristaltic action; great thirst, nausea, hiccough, cold sweat.

Zincum met: Inguinal hernia. Painful pressing in left groin, as if hernia would occur. Jerking in right inguinal region. Drawing pain in left inguinal region while sitting.  Hernia presses downward forcibly.


From:   Homoeopathy in Medicine and Surgery –  Edmund Carleton, M. D. 1913

Hernia Cases Cured with Homeopathic Medicine

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How to Manage the Emergent Condition in a Patient with Umbilical Hernia –  by Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi

A Case of Psoriasis – by Petr Hoffman

Cancer of the Prostate in a Man of 74 – by Vitan Gosain

A Case of Cancer of the Stomach – by Edmund Carleton

Chronic Cough in a Young Child – by Sohani Gonzalez

About the author

Edmund Carleton

Edmund Carleton, M.D., graduated from New York Homeopathic Medical College in 1871. He was president of IHA in 1894. He was also the author of Homeopathy in Medicine and Surgery, published by Boericke & Tafel.


  • The treatment of Hernia has always been debatable… It is better to evaluate the size/loacation/patient’s age etc. before proceeding for the treatment. This is where the ” knowledge of disease” [Aphr: 3] helps. Hernia in the true sense is more of a surgical problem than a “disease”. I have seen some colleagues attempting to treat surgical hernias also.!

  • In Homeopathy it very easy to prescribe the first prescription , instead of mentioning more than 20 drugs kindly mention one which had given the result its potency dosage etc ??

  • The remedies are good. Some are primary and some are secondary level. But most of Homeopaths [general practitioners] failed in curing completely. Surgery became imminent in most cases. Even recorded cases of 100% cure in Hernia are very few. Though we believe in totality of symptoms to treat any serious problem, in Hernia one finds very few other symptoms to cover. It is always a debatable subject in Homeopathy

  • Health is achieved by balancing the body, mind, and spirit and medication provides a way to achieve this balance. Medication results in many physiological changes including the reduction of inflammation in the body. Several studies have proved that mindfulness meditation can be a useful treatment of pain syndromes. Meditation has proved that through the regular practice of meditation one can change the perception of pain. Meditation develops our capacity for detached observation and helps us to spate our experience of physical sensations from the pain and emotions that are generated in reaction to those sensations.

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