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9. Slippery Elm

slippery elm bark

This herb is another effective remedy for a hiatal hernia. It helps reduce stomach acidity and alleviate heartburn. In addition, slippery elm has soothing and anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered slippery elm bark in 1 cup of hot water.
  2. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
  3. Drink it twice a day, especially after eating your meals.

10. Change Your Diet



When suffering from a hiatal hernia, it is important to keep a close eye on your diet. Keep two goals in mind: 1) avoid foods that trigger or worsen the symptoms, and 2) lose weight, which will lessen the pressure on your stomach.

  • Avoid foods that trigger heartburn, such as chocolate, caffeine, onions, garlic, spicy foods, fried foods, citrus fruits and tomato-based foods.
  • Follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. You can also have lean meats but avoid spicy seasonings.
  • Eat healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts, to balance your diet.
  • Include whole-grain foods in your diet.

Additional Tips

  • Eat several smaller meals throughout the day rather than fewer large meals.
  • Have your dinner at least 2 to 3 hours before your bedtime.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it completely.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes and avoid other tobacco products.
  • Elevate the head of your bed 4 to 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) to prevent symptoms like heartburn and acidity. You can also use an acid reflux wedge pillow to reduce discomfort.
  • Do not lie down or bend right after having a meal.
  • After eating, take a short walk around your dining room or kitchen.
  • Avoid straining during bowel movements.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing around your torso.

Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernias was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies

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25 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernias”

  1. I have been taking cider vinegar and honey and omeprazole and gaviscone for my hiatus hernia could they all be making my bowel motions come fast

  2. Why does it say, don’t eat spicy foods!? When there has been study’s to show that hot peppers have cured ulcers. my Aunt had ulcers and cured them eating them as a matter of fact. Research it yourself! 🙂

    1. Meg, I agree! What I did was ‘copy and paste’ to a new document. You can’t copy the portion with the moving pictures, but you can copy the instructions which are below them.


    1. I too have the same problem.I was addicted to tea.Before 3-4 months ago i left drinking tea and coffee in morning .Now i don’t have acid reflux problem instead I take warm water on the bed in morning instead of bed tea and also i do some yoga asans for the stomach.Before 3-4 months i was taking Somprez d-40 mg for acidity.

  4. After drinking a large glass of warm water, I go on my trampoline and jump up and down for a 100 count. Do more if you can. Increase to several times a day. This has relieved the pressure pain of the hiatal hernia..

  5. I got diagnosed years ago with one of these when I was being treated for h.pylori as well. Up to now I had done pretty good with it so much so that I forgot all about it. Well a few days ago it started acting up and pain has been severe. I spent the last 4 days straight being woken up by this severe gnawing pain in my stomache and the worse nausea of my life. I went out today and brought Apple Cider vinegar and put a teaspoon in 16 ounces of water it seems to be helping relieve the pain some. I will also try these exercises.

  6. This was very helpful. I already do the apple cider vinegar also the Amish acid reflux drink also do yoga. I will add the massage…I have noticed it’s getting worse. I’m starting to eat smaller meals that helps.
    Thank you

  7. Very helpful, common-sense information … thank you! I will try to add these suggestions to my regimen. Any way I could print this? Of all things, water gives me the worse heartburn than anything else! I have to be very careful when I drink water, and to sip it slowly throughout the day, and even then, it gives me terrible heartburn. Anybody else have this problem? Oddly enough, I can drink tea, coffee, etc. with no problem, but water, wow. Strange. I have taken PPIs for well over 20 years now and have discontinued them, it’s been 2 weeks now, and the rebound heartburn has been unbearable. Worse I’ve ever had. I’m trying a variety of natural treatments … it’s been a looooong 2 weeks. I welcome any further suggestions. I read about the surgery, and it sounds horrible. Have yet read a positive response. Thanks for listening!

    1. My ENT said never quit PPI’s cold turkey. You need to ween yourself off of them.
      I suffer from LPR (silent reflux). I have had this terrible, terrible cough. Nothing would
      control it. After 30 minutes with this wonderful lady, my cough has subsided 80%. Amazing,
      It’s the first I have heard of it.

    2. Yes Christina! I have a small hiatal hernia. Water sometimes, not always, gives me terrible heartburn. No doctors have ever believed this though. Another thing is If I am talking or laughing in a social situation I will suddenly get bloated, and yurpy and sometimes feel like I am going to throw up but in the end it’s usually an extremely long burp that resolves it. Does anyone know what THAT is? I eat and drink slowly, smaller than normal portions and it still happens.

  8. I find anything too hot or too cold starts the acid flowing. I only drink room temp water and let my coffee cool down before I drink it warm rather than hot. Chewing a non mint gum helps, too.

  9. Hi,I too have a histal hernia,ive had no issues for a long long time,I believe my training triggered my latest episode.My main issue is fatigue,which my GP will not see the conection.At first I believed I had a slight throat/chest infection,as it mimicked this.AS this happened before I was originally diagnosed,do not fancy the camera down my throat again.So any advice would be appriciated.My symptoms are a very tight sternum and burning and feeling out of sorts.Thank you..

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