Oesophageal Hiatus Hernia

Oesophageal Hiatus Hernia

Hiatus hernia is most common in middle aged and elderly women. In this condition, the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and up into thoracis cavity. The portion of stomach above the diaphragm looks like herniation. It is called vidagdhajirna in Ayurveda.

Causes

Obesity, over-eating and intake of spicy and sour foods are among the major causes of this disorder. Psychological factors like stress, anxiety, tension, anger, and fear also play an important role in aggravating this disease. Anatomical abnormilities related to oesophagus (such as short oesophagus) can also cause this disease. Conditions that increase intra-abdominal pressure (such as intestinal obstruction, flatulance) can also push the stomach upwards resulting in hiatus hernai.

Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Reflux of acid

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Ayurvedic View

From Ayurvedic perspectives, fluidity of pitta dosha increases in vidagdhajirna and extinguishes the gastric fire. So digestion gets hampered. Food starts getting fermented and indigestion ensues. Apart from above mentioned symptoms, Ayurvda pinpoints excess sweating, thirst, vomitting, fever, giddiness, burning of eyes and unconsciousness as characteristic features of vidagdhajirna. It may manifest into extremely painful ulcers. Ayurvedic treatment is aimed at balancing body energies and restoring healthy digestion.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Anatomical derangement responsible for oesophageal hiatus hernia can be bested combatted by following proper lifestyle and food regimen.
  • Regular food timings should be maintained. Late night meals should be strictly avoided.
  • Junk food, fermented items and sour eatables should be avoided.
  • Tea, coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol should stopped.
  • Heat increasing spices like garlic, onion, ginger, pepper, chili and cinnamon should be avoided.
  • Spicy gravies, sour, salty and spicy non-veg foods and curds should be totally avoided.

Home Remedies

  • Eat gulkand regularly.
  • Take amalaki churna with pure ghee or amla preparations.
  • Take regular preparations of shatavari and for relief in oesophageal hiatus hernia.
  • Eating pomegranates is beneficial in oesophageal hiatus hernia.