While hernia can develop in any part of your body, it is more likely to develop in the abdomen, and it is believed that it affects around 60% of older adults around the world. Hernia basically occurs when a part of the stomach protrudes into the thorax through a tear in the diaphragm, and may lead to certain symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty in swallowing food and a burning sensation in the chest.

Basically, hernia is thought to occur due to weakness of connective tissues that keeps the body cavities separated from each other. Avoiding excessive weight lifting, following a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and moderate exercise can help prevent and treat hernia.

To speed up the healing and stimulate tissue strength, you can also use some herbs.

Here we’ve put down a list of the best herbs that you could use to deal with hernia.


The oil extracted from the evening primrose plant is thought to be one of the best natural remedies for the treatment of hiatal hernia. This oil is often used in many aromatherapy practices, and when taken in the capsule form, which is readily available at most herbal specialty stores, it can decrease inflammation of the internal linings of the gastrointestinal system.

Primrose extracts are also thought to aid digestion and reduce the risk of infections of the digestive system, thereby preventing hernia.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera extract are most commonly used to deal with skin conditions such as burns, wounds and even skin allergies. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action also works wonderfully in dealing with many digestive system complaints, and recent studies have also found how these extracts could curb inflammation and other digestive system complaints. Aloe Vera juice is thought to be good for digestion, and when taken before meals, they may prevent hiatal hernia and strengthen the internal linings.


Barberry is yet another effective natural remedy when it comes to dealing with many conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system. Recent studies have found how the extracts of barberry, which contain valuable anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties could help reduce infection and irritation of the linings of the digestive system, which could weaken them and increase the risk of hernia. It is also believed that the extracts of barberry can be helpful in soothing the intestinal walls and may help relax and strengthen the muscles of the diaphragm and the intestines.


Hawthorn extracts are thought to promote health and wellness of the digestive system, which is why, it is among the best natural remedies for hernia and many other digestive system complaints. A mixture of hawthorn, nutgrass, peach kernel and fennel is believed to be wonderfully effective against a wide range of hernias including inguinal hernia, femoral hernia and umbilical hernia.

Devil’s Claw

Popularly known as an herbal remedy for heartburn and indigestion, devil’s claw is also thought to be helpful in dealing with many types of hernia and may also calm down the symptoms associated with hernia.

The anti-inflammatory properties of this herb are what make it a great pain-reliever, and regular supplementation is thought to be helpful in curbing many symptoms associated with not just hernia and many other complaints of the digestive system.


Bromelain is yet another effective herbal remedy that may help you deal with many inflammatory conditions associated with the digestive system. The enzymes that make up this herb are believed to be amazingly effective in curbing heartburn, acid reflux and other conditions that weaken the internal tissues of the digestive system. A supplement of this enzyme taken every day can promote healthy bowel movement and keep the digestive system healthy.

Other Herbs

Many other herbs are believed to be helpful in dealing with not just hernia but many other digestive system problems. While studies have not confirmed the efficacy of these herbs, they are being used worldwide by herbal medicinal practitioners and have been effective in the way they work.

• Slippery elm
• Sheep sorrel
Black walnut
• Licorice root
• Fennel seeds
• Ginger root
Following a healthy diet with fiber-rich foods and exercising can improve the strength of the internal muscles and tone them, thereby preventing hernia and many other related health conditions.