Hiatal Hernia: Causes and Natural Remedies to Treat It

21 September, 2020
A hiatal hernia can cause esophageal cancer, so it's really important to get it treated quickly.

Do you feel a burning sensation in your stomach? Is it difficult to swallow? Do you feel nausea? This could indicate that you have a hiatal hernia. It the most serious cases, this can require surgical intervention.

In this article, we’ll tell you about the causes, as well as some natural remedies you can try to treat it.

What is a Hiatal Hernia and What are the Symptoms?

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach becomes displaced above the diaphragm. Stomach acid can rise up the esophagus more easily as a result, which means it is often confused with gastric reflux. However, having reflux regularly is not necessarily a sign of this condition.

A hiatal hernia is quite a common condition and is mainly found in people over the age of 50 years old. It is said that a large percentage of the population has this condition, although many don’t show any symptoms.


The most common symptoms include:

  • Heartburn or a burning sensation in the stomach
  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Flatulence
  • Extreme hunger even after eating
  • Vomiting blood
  • Dark stool

Vomiting and dark stool only occur in the most serious of cases. Furthermore, some people can have this condition without symptoms, which makes it much harder to diagnose.

What are the Causes?

The causes of a hiatal hernia include:

  • A weak diaphragm muscle
  • Increased abdominal pressure caused by a cough, vomiting, or going to the toilet.
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Natural Remedies for Treating Hiatal Hernia

A diagram of a hiatal hernia

There are many natural remedies for treating a hiatal hernia. They’ll significantly alleviate the symptoms and can work as a complement to your prescription.

Marigold Tea

Marigolds have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Therefore, a tea made out of this plant will help improve digestion and heartburn.

We recommend you drink a cup after every meal.


  • 1 teaspoon of marigold flowers (5 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • Honey (to taste)


  • Boil the marigold flowers in the water for 10 minutes.
  • Leave it to rest for 10 minutes more and strain.
  • Then, sweeten the tea with some honey to your taste and drink.

Apple Cider Vinegar

One of the most effective natural remedies for a hiatal hernia is apple cider vinegar. It can also help other gastrointestinal conditions.

We recommend you drink it after every meal.


  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • 1 glass of water (250 ml)


  • Add the apple cider vinegar to the water.
  • Mix well and drink.


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Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera is a plant with many medicinal properties. It helps combat constipation, is excellent for healing wounds, and also relieves the symptoms of a hiatal hernia.

We recommend you drink this once a day.


  • 1 Aloe Vera stalk
  • 1 glass of citric fruit juice of your preference (200 ml)
  • Honey (to taste)


  • First, chop the Aloe Vera, peel it, and wash it well to extract the gel.
  • Make sure to separate the yellowish secretion, as this would make the drink bitter and can even cause diarrhea.
  • Then, add the juice and the gel together in a blender and process.
  • Sweeten with honey to suit your taste.

Chamomile Infusion

A chamomile infusion has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a great drink for relieving stomach pains.


  • 2 tablespoons of dry chamomile flowers (30 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Take a pan and boil the water for a few minutes.
  • Then, add the water and the chamomile in a glass.
  • Finally, leave to rest for a few minutes and drink.
A cup of chamomile infusion, hiatal hernia.

Bay Leaf Infusion

Bay leaves improve digestion and prevent intestinal spasms. This is because they contain eugenol, which has carminative and anti-ulceric properties.

Drink one or two cups of this infusion to relieve the symptoms of a hiatal hernia.

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  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Heat the water and once it reaches a boil, add the two bay leaves and leave to rest.
  • Then, strain the infusion and drink.

A hiatal hernia is something that can be controlled, but you need to treat it early to avoid complications or even surgery. These natural remedies will help the symptoms disappear and improve your quality of life.

As well as taking these remedies, make sure you’re sticking to a healthy diet. Also, bear in mind that smoking makes this condition even worse. Finally, always make sure you go to see a specialist if you have concerns.

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