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Hiatus Hernia

What is Hiatus hernia? This is a condition not well understood by many.

Some of us may even be suffering from it but yet are not aware of it.

We attribute symptoms of heartburn to our food habits when the actual culprit is the hernia.

Hiatus hernia is an anatomical abnormality in which part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm up into the esophagus due to weakened muscles. This causes regurgitation of food contents into the esophagus and leads to irritation of the lining of the esophagus.

The most common manifestation is heartburn which is misleading. Once diagnosed one has to live with it, but there are ways of alleviating the symptoms. However, one has to adopt a holistic approach in dealing with it.

The following dietary and lifestyle changes can help provide ease: 

Meals should be smaller in quantity and frequent. Avoid lying down for at least 2 hours after any meal. Food should be cooked with minimal oil and spices.

Activities like lifting weight which would strain the abdominal muscles should be avoided.

There are some herbal products which help in strengthening the muscles. This combined with yoga is an ideal natural care for such a condition.

If anyone of you has suffered from hiatus hernia, do share your experiences and treatments for the benefit of others who are still coping with it.

Dr. Vijaykumar S. Kamat

Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.

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