My inguinal (groin) hernia disappeared after three weeks, thanks to my DIY treatment invoving fasting, change of diet and yoga. I have just returned from Beijing armed with three months' supply of herbal medicine for hernia and a hernia belt containing herbal medicine (supposed to be absorbed through the skin.) I have found out a lot about non-surgical approaches to hernia. Since the information available is dispersed here and there and much of it is in Chinese, I intend to set up a web site on the subject and maybe even write a book about it.
I did a five-day fast, during which I washed out my intestines once using the yoga nauli kriya (cleansing technique). Since then I have followed a more strictly vegetarian diet than previously, and tried to eat more fibre, e.g. All-Bran.
I used the following yoga asanas: headstand (not to be done if you have high blood pressure), shoulderstand (not to be done if you have high blood pressure), bridge, and the following breathing and cleansing techniques: uddiyana bandha, nauli. Some asanas, on the other hand, are not recommended if you have a hernia, e.g. the cobra.
OK - bridge
NOT OK - cobra
OK UNLESS you have high blood pressure - headstand
OK UNLESS you have high blood pressure - half shoulderstand
Credit: All yoga asana photos from www.yogafamily.com
Presumably the benefits that accrue from doing head- and shoulderstands could also be derived from other kinds of inversion - with the same caveat about high blood pressure.
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