Causes and Natural Remedies for Hiatal Hernia

What is a Hiatal Hernia?

A hiatal hernia is a condition that causes part of the stomach to become displaced above the diaphragm. As a result, stomach acid can rise up to the esophagus more easily, which makes it often confused with gastric reflux. If left untreated, hiatal hernia can cause esophageal cancer.

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A hiatal hernia commonly affects people over the age of 50 years old.

Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia

A large percentage of the population has this condition, although many don’t show any symptoms. However when symptoms occur, they may include:

In severe cases, dark stool and vomiting blood may be noticed. Also, some people can have this condition without symptoms, which makes it much harder to diagnose.

Causes of Hiatal Hernia

The causes of a hiatal hernia include:

  • A weak diaphragm muscle
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Increased abdominal pressure caused by vomiting, cough, or going to the toilet.

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Natural Remedies for Treating Hiatal Hernia

There are many natural remedies for treating a hiatal hernia which helps relieves the symptoms and can work as a complement to your prescription.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of the most effective natural remedies for a hiatal hernia. Apple cider vinegar can also be used for other gastrointestinal conditions.


  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • 1 glass of water (250 ml)


  • Add the apple cider vinegar to the water and mix well
  • Then drink the mixture. Drink it after every meal.

Marigold Tea

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of marigold makes it potent for improving heartburn and digestion.


  • 1 teaspoon of marigold flowers (5 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • Honey (optional, just to taste)


  • Boil the marigold flowers in the water for 10 minutes.
  • Allow it to rest for 10 minutes more and strain.
  • You can add some honey to sweeten the tea to your taste and drink.
  • Drink a cup after every meal.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera is a powerful plant that contains lots of medicinal properties. It helps fight constipation,promote healing of wounds, and also relieves the symptoms of a hiatal hernia.


  • 1 Aloe Vera stalk
  • 1 glass of citric fruit juice of your preference (200 ml)
  • Honey (to taste)


  • Chop the Aloe Vera, peel it, and wash it well to extract the gel.
  • Don’t allow the yellowish secretion to get into the gel because it is bitter and can cause diarrhea.
  • Add the juice and the gel together in a blender.
  • After blending, sweeten with honey and drink once a day.

Bay Leaf Infusion

Bay leaves helps to prevent intestinal contractions and improve digestion. They contain eugenol, which has anti-ulceric properties.

Drink one or two cups of this infusion to relieve hiatal hernia symptoms.


  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Heat the water and once it reaches a boil, add the two bay leaves and allow to rest.
  • Strain the infusion and drink.

Chamomile Infusion

A chamomile infusion has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a great drink for easing stomach pains.


  • 2 tablespoons of dry chamomile flowers (30 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Boil water in a pan for a few minutes.
  • Add the water and the chamomile in a glass.
  • Allow to rest for a few minutes before drinking.

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Hiatal hernia requires prompt treatment in order to avoid complications or even surgery. These natural remedies will help ease the symptoms and improve your quality of life. If symptoms still persist, consult your doctor.

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