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Question: I have a hiatal hernia. Will the poultice heal it?

Answer: Hiatal hernias will heal. However, it takes more time because the hernia is located between the chest and the abdominal cavity.

Question: I have been using the poultice for three weeks now and the groin pain is gone but the bulge is still there. It's reduced a little but still there. What should I do?

Answer: Keep applying the poultice to reduce the bulge while it regenerates the damaged tissues.

Question: How long will it take to heal my hernia?

Answer: Each individual is different. On an average it takes 4-6 weeks for individuals in their 20's and 30's. The healing time increases as you age because the older you are the slower the body regenerates itself. Plus the healing time depends on the extent of the damage to the underlying tissue. With some people it may be less, with some it may be more. We have seen where it took 14 weeks to heal a hernia in a person at age 65 and 12 weeks in a person age 57. The product works but there are some factors in each individual case which makes it impossible to give an exact healing time per person.

Question: Can I wear a hernia belt to keep the poultice in place?

Answer: Yes you can. Just be mindful that the poultice will press out when pressure is applied to it.

Question: Should I still do intense workout while using the poultice?

Answer: It is recommended that you take a break while using the poultice. If you must, then do light exercise such as walking.

Question: Can an incisional hernia be healed with the herbal hernia poultice?

Answer: Incisional or ventral hernia is created when a previous surgery weakens the abdominal wall. An incisional or ventral hernia can be healed with the poultice. However, because they are usually much larger, the full length of the poultice must be used. In this case each pack of poultice will last 7 days instead of 14 days. In other words, it's more costly because you will need to purchase twice as much poultice.

Question: How long will the poultice last if I don't use it right away?

Answer: The poultice must be frozen (In the FREEZER) as soon as you receive it. Take out one piece each night and let it thaw at room temperature for about an hour before applying it to the hernia. It will last up to six months frozen.

Question: Do you recommend surgery at any time?

Answer: I would not recommend surgery unless there is a severe case of a strangulated hernia. This is where the intestine is trapped in the hernia and the blood supply cut off.

Bear in mind that the number one problem with mesh (used to repair the hernia) is that many patients will react to the mesh as if they were allergic to it. Their body tries to reject the mesh and builds up excessive scar tissue around it. This excessive scar tissue results in the patient having chronic pain. When this happens there is no effective treatment for it and the patient will live with chronic pain for the rest of their lives. Medications, injections, physical therapy and neurolysis are ineffective in getting rid of the pain. The only effective treatment is to go back to surgery and remove the mesh. Current medical literature says that as many as 20% of patients with hernia mesh develop chronic pain.

The purpose of repairing a hernia naturally with the hernia poultice is to avoid these serious complications. Correcting the hernia naturally before it gets strangulated is the best and safest option.