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The Use of Hawthornia as a Hernia Treatment

written by: Michelle Kingston • edited by: BStone • updated: 11/30/2010

Proponents of integrative medicine recommend natural modalities as the best recourse for healing. This includes using hawthornia for a hernia condition. But, is hawthornia effective in treating hernias?

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    Hernia Overview

    A hernia is a rupture of the tissues lining the abdominal cavity. Inside the abdominal cavity are major organs like the heart, lungs, as well as the large and small intestines. When the abdominal cavity ruptures due to weakness in the lining, any or all of the organs can bulge through the abdomen, producing a noticeable protrusion.

    Hernia afflicts over 5 million people in the United States. Symptoms vary from mild to excruciating. Pain, or sometimes burning sensations, is primarily concentrated in the torso, abdomen, and groin. Symptoms can be acerbated by benign actions such as coughing, and by more extreme activities like exercising and heavy lifting.

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    Treatment Options

    Conventional surgery

    When hernia symptoms persist, and ultimately become chronic, the doctor will recommend surgery to manage the condition. The accepted treatment for hernia is surgery because there is no cure, and no medication. The FDA withdrew previous hernia medications from the market due to complications from side effects.

    Natural treatments

    Some hernia patients are not good surgical candidates; some prefer to have non-surgical hernia treatment options when possible. A non-traditional avenue worth considering is Hawthornia for a hernia.

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    What is Hawthornia?

    Hawthornia is a Chinese remedy formulated with natural ingredients; the remedy was developed to provide relief of hernia-related symptoms. The eleven active Hawthornia components include plant-based ingredients such as hawthorn and fennel, plus lesser-known medicinal herbs like China-berry Fruit and Three-nerved Spicebush. Hawthornia is available at health food stores.

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    Suggested Dosages

    Suggested Dosages

    The recommended daily intake for adults is 1000 mg (two capsules) to be taken before meals. Although this is a low dose, the amount can be significant to repair muscle tissue. Preteens suffering with hernias are advised to take only a half dose. Unlike vitamins which can be taken long term, Hawthornia usage can be stopped after a few days (depending on severity of condition), or after the patient has finished taking up to six bottles.

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    How effective is Hawthornia?

    If you wish to try Hawthornia for a hernia, be aware that the treatment works best during the early stages of the illness, or when symptoms are mild. But, if there is no significant improvement in the condition after taking several doses of Hawthornia, (there may be relief initially but worsening symptoms later), it may be impossible to avoid hernia surgery. When the hernia reaches chronic status, trying to avoid surgery by taking excessive amount of Hawthornia is not advisable.

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    Testimonials

    No scientific literature exists to confirm Hawthornia’s effectiveness versus having surgical procedures. Nor are there credible testimonials from Hawthornia users about long-term relief or recurrence of hernia symptoms. The only positive reviews come from websites that sells Hawthornia. In the testimonials, the users typically indicate feeling sudden sharp pains while engaging in some physical activity, and then claim the hernia symptoms dissipated immediately or within a few days of taking the remedy, allowing them to resume their activities.

    Consult your health care provider before taking any remedies promises unproven results.


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