A hernia occurs when the membrane or wall holding the organ of the body in place tears and part of the organ comes out through the rent. Hernias can happen in the abdomen, groin and upper thigh area. The inside layers of the abdominal wall first become weak then they tear.
The inner lining of the abdomen thrusts against the weak layers and blows up into a balloon like bag. This can cause a loop of the intestines or abdominal tissue to get detached and slip into the bag causing pain.
Hernia can be caused by putting too much strain on an excessively weak abdominal wall. The strain of lifting heavy weights, obesity, strenuous bowel movement and a lot of coughing and sneezing can damage and tear the membrane.
Hernia can happen to people of all ages and it takes a long time to develop. The general symptom is a protuberance in the abdomen or the groin followed by a dull persistent pain. You can also experience pain when you bend or stoop to lift something. Hiatal hernia is the most common type of hernia usually found in elderly people. Smoking and stress can also cause hernia.
Slippery elm bark powder is high in mucilage content due to which it has soothing, healing and demulcent properties. It strengthens the membranes and tissues of the body by providing a protective coating to them. It dissipates swelling and discourages acid formation by increasing the mucus production.
It is also rich in various minerals and is very gentle and safe. Add one teaspoon of slippery elm bark powder to one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for three minutes. Stir in one teaspoon of honey and add some milk. Drink it hot. Drink at least three cups daily.
Gentian is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals. Its main component amarogentin stimulates the generation of saliva which in turn actively produces bile and gastric juices. It favors digestion by accelerating the process and acts as a tonic.
This tea should be taken everyday, half an hour before meals. Put to boil one cup of water and add one teaspoon of gentian dried root powder to it. When the water starts boiling, lower the flame and let the tea simmer for a few minutes. You can spice it with ginger and add sugar if you want.
Cinnamon’s healing benefits are attributed to its antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is also rich in minerals and fibre. It relieves stress and helps digestion. It soothes and relaxes an irritable stomach. Crush some cinnamon sticks. Take one teaspoon of the crushed cinnamon and add to two cups of water. Boil and simmer for five minutes. Strain the mixture, add two teaspoons of honey and drink thrice a day.
Chamomile tea is a great relaxant. It helps digestion and eases away cramps and pain. It soothes the nerves and refreshes the nervous system by aiding sleep. Drink three to four cups daily.
The benefits of regular exercise are unbeatable. It is the best method for reducing weight naturally. Exercise enhances immunity, strengthens stomach muscles and generates body health.
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