Definition: A hernia commonly refers to the escape of some part of the intestine from the abdominal cavity, through an opening in the abdominal wall. The intestine is pushed out from the inner body, often to a point just below the surface of the skin. When it reaches this point, we have a visible hernia. At first it is about the size and shape of a marble, and grows larger as more and more of the intestine escapes. [NL 1-8]
Symptoms: Extreme pain in the abdominal area whenever there is an exertion, such as bending over, leaning back or any other small movement involving the abdomen.
Cause: Early in life the male infant can encounter complications. Two months before birth, the testicles descend from the abdominal cavity into the scrotum. They descend through the inguinal canal which soon closes behind them. If the canal doesn't close, however, this could be a later trouble spot for a hernia precipitated by muscle weakness and sudden heavy lifting. [NL 3-6]
Other causes are from overexertion in lifting which can cause the tear in the abdominal wall.
Herbal Aids: Complete Tissue & Bone: Dr. Christopher's Bone, Flesh and Cartilage Formula: A number of patients with hernias and ruptures have used the "bone, flesh and cartilage" formula with great success. This formula, which will be given, is applied over the afflicted area as a fomentation a day and night, using a truss or pad to hold in place. Then soak some flannel in this tea and apply. It can also be obtained in a concentrated liquid form or as an ointment. Use whichever type is best in your case. It is also helpful to take the formula internally as a tea, or in capsule or tablet form--two or three of these three or more times per day: This can be purchased under the Christopher name of Bone, Flesh and Cartilage. [Complete Tissue & Bone]
Bone, flesh and cartilage (comfrey combination fomentation). This is an aid for malfunction in bone, flesh, sinews, etc. Make a tea of the following herbs: six parts oak bark, three parts marshmallow root, three parts mullein herb, two parts wormwood, one part lobelia, one part scullcap, six parts comfrey root, three parts walnut bark (or leaves), three parts gravel root. Soak the combined teas in distilled water, then soaking four to six hours, simmer thirty minutes, strain and then simmer the liquid down to 1/2 its volume and add 1/4 vegetable glycerine (if desired). Example: One gallon of tea simmered (not boiled) down to two quarts and add one pint of glycerine.
Soak flannel, cotton, or any white material other than synthetics (never use synthetics). Wrap the fomentation (soaked cloth) around the malfunctioning area and cover with plastic to keep it from drying out. Leave on all night six nights a week, week after week, until relief appears.
Drink 1/4 cup of finished concentrated tea with 3/4 cup of distilled water three times in a day. [NL 1-8]
Cleaning Bowels: For hernias we recommend keeping the bowels clear and open through the use of the lower bowel formula, [Lower Bowel] plenty of fresh juices, a light, mucusless diet to eliminate the strain of bowel movements, and the application of the Bone, Flesh, and Cartilage Formula [Complete Tissue & Bone] to the hernia area as a fomentation. All stress and strain on the area must be removed while the area is healing. The fomentation should be applied in the evening so that it can remain on the area all night. During the daytime, the Complete Tissue & Bone ointment can be used if the fomentation is inconvenient. Complete Tissue & Bone capsules or tea may also be taken daily: either two or three capsules three times daily or three cups of the tea. Continue treatment six days a week fasting with distilled water on the seventh until the hernia is healed. [NL 3-6]
Testimonials: A friend of mine, who was scheduled for a hernia operation earlier this year, suggested I write to you. After he read your book "The School of Natural Healing" and followed your suggested guidelines for a week to ten days, his hernia problem was solved. Needless to say, he can't say enough good things about your use of herbs and the book. [NL 1-8]