Hernia Hiatal / Inguinal, Prolapse of Organs
On this page you can find a brief discussion about hiatal/inguinal hernia and prolapse of organs according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel
According to Chinese medicine, hiatal / inguinal hernia and prolapse of organs of all types such as uterus, rectum, bladder all have one common cause and it is the severe weakening of qi at the stage which we call "sinking qi". When the qi weakens to the point of collapse, it no long has the strength to hold an organ in place. The following imbalances present themselves in this condition.
- Severe spleen qi deficiency (primary cause)
- Qi deficiency of the affected organ
- Qi and blood stagnation
- Excess damp obstruction
- Excess heat
The treatment for hernias and the prolapse of any organ requires acupuncture and Chinese herbs to give extra strengthening to spleen qi, further reinforce the qi of the affected organ, regulate the qi and blood flow of the associated energy channels with emphasis on guiding qi upwards, clear heat, damp, and any other presenting obstructions to allow a clear path for qi and blood movement.
* Special care must be given to activities and movement. Overexertion whether physical, emotional, or mental is prohibited. High impact exercise or sports is prohibited including running. Qi gong exercise is super effective for building and strengthening qi.
The initial course of treatment requires 12 weekly sessions and followed by a maintenance program until significant improvement is achieved. In chronic cases, the organ may not return to normal position but Chinese medicine treatment is still very beneficial for supporting and lessening the severity of the condition as much as possible. Severe cases often require surgery.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.