Hiatus Hernia – Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment

Hiatus hernia

Ayurveda is considered to be the mother of all healing sciences. It is a holistic system of medicine utilizing herbs, minerals, yoga, and gems for healing purposes. In the past times, the validity of Ayurvedic sciences has been questioned. However, modern scientific research has proven efficacy of formulations mentioned in Ayurvedic system of medicine. It has been found that Alternative systems of medicines often succeed when the orthodox system of medicine is helpless.

Ayurveda is the oldest medical science or healthcare system. Ayurveda literally means ‘the science of life’. Ayurveda is also called as Indian system of medicine. Ayurveda teaches us in a comprehensive way that what is harmful, and what is useful to the human body. Ayurvedic system of medicine addresses the happy and unhappy states of the human life. Ayurveda speaks about preventive as well as curative aspects of the diseases.

Panchamahabhuta Theory (The five element theory)

Ayurvedic system of medicine is based on peculiar fundamental principles like and Panchmahabhuta (five elements ether, air, fire, water and earth) theory and Tridosha (three humors vata, pitta and kapha) theory. The five elements are building blocks of human life. The five elements have a significant role in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.

About Pitta

Pitta in scientific language can be described as biological fire. Pitta is hot, moist and light. Pitta is responsible for digestion, body temperature, visual perception, hunger, thirst, complexion, intelligence, courage and softness. When pitta is vitiated, it imparts yellow colour to stool, urine, eyes and skin. It leads to hunger, thirst, burning sensation and inflammation. Caraka has described forty diseases caused by aggravation of pitta. The primary site of pitta is small intestine. Other sites include stomach, sweat, sebaceous glands, blood, lymph and eye.

Cause of Diseases as per Ayurveda

Just like the five element theory, Tridosha theory has been the mainstay of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Tridosha means three biological humours that are the primary life-forces in the human body. Vata is the product of interaction of air and ether. Pitta is the product of interaction of fire and water. Kapha is the product of interaction of earth and water.
The three biological humours remain in dynamic equilibrium with each other and this harmony represents health. Imbalance in function of three biological humours is a disease. With Ayurvedic medicines, either derived out of herbs or minerals, one can enhance the opposing elements in order to achieve equilibrium among three biological humours.

What is Hiatus Hernia?

Definition: Hiatus hernia is a condition involving herniation of the contents of the abdominal cavity, most commonly the stomach, through the diaphragm into the mediastinum.

Hiatus Hernia as per Ayurvedic Theory

As regards Ayurvedic treatment of Hiatus Hernia is concerned, it is similar to Amlapitta (hyperacidity). Food, when consumed without understanding one’s own digestive capacity, will not be digested properly and gets sour. The fresh food ingested further too gets sour when it mixes with the previously soured food as the seat itself vitiated. Due to the sourness of consumed food the liquidity of pitta increases further decreasing the capacity for digestion (Agnimandya). Hence Rasadi Dhatu is not formed in proper manner. This, after certain period, manifests as Amlapitta. Amlapitta is one of the major features of Hiatus Hernia.

The symptoms may include

  • Abdominal heaviness
  • Burning sensation in chest and throat region
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of taste
  • Sour or bitter belching

What does Planet Ayurveda Offers for Dyspepsia?

Planet Ayurveda offers Esophageal Hiatus Hernia Care Pack for proper cure of dyspepsia. The composition of Esophageal

Hiatus Hernia Care Pack is as Follows

  • Shatavari Capsules
  • Digestion Support Capsules
  • Heart Burn Capsules
  1. Shatavari Capsules is a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy for easing symptoms associated with hiatus hernia. It is demulcent and emollient and prevents gastric erosions and ulceration.
  2. Digestion Support Capsules one capsule thrice a day, after meals, is ideal for igniting the digestive fire and reducing gaseous distension of the abdomen. It has been formulated to tackle issues of hyperacidity associated with hiatus hernia.
  3. Heart Burn Capsules is effective Ayurvedic remedy for gastritis. It has been formulated to tackle issues of hyperacidity.

Dose

  • Shatavari Capsules– 2 Twice Daily (2 bottles)
  • Heart Burn Capsules – 1 Twice Daily (1 bottle)
  • Digestion Support Capsules – 2 Capsules Twice Daily (2 Bottles)
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Conclusion

The main aim of treatment of Hiatus hernia is controlling the hyperacidity. Proper medication coupled with diet-restrictions and preventing obesity are a mainstay in keeping the symptoms associated with Hiatus hernia away.