We DID end up seeing a doctor who is a specialist - THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY - and he did a beautiful job of fixing Jake's hernia, WITHOUT MESH. There are a couple of very small scars and it kind of looked weird for a while like he was missing a belly button but overall we are both thrilled with the results. It cost us $6k out of pocket (had to borrow the money to do it as they don't take insurance) but it was worth every dime to get such great results without mesh. Contact me via the blogger contact form if you want to know more about what doc we saw, etc..
We went to see his doctor this morning to get his lab results. His doctor's office is up a steep hill, and I was so impressed by the fact that Jake was able to walk up the hill quickly, whereas in the past, he has had to walk slowly and stop several times to catch his breath. Jake has gained 17 pounds since his last appointment with his liver specialist (which was 2 months ago), and his nurse practitioner was so surprised, she actually asked him to get on the scale a second time, in a different room, to be sure there wasn't some kind of an error.
Also, because I was being a bit sneaky about taking the picture (and trying to do it really quickly so the nurse wouldn't see me do it), I didn't even look at the dates (he was admitted to the hospital on 12/23, not 12/25 like it shows in the pic) so it didn't occur to me to ask the nurse practitioner to "scroll up."! (She was already annoyed when she found out I was taking a picture at all). By the way, I did try to get another pic again today but it seemed to come out a little more blurry than the other one had (I'm using a new camera). Will post it as soon as I get a chance.
Anyway... about Jake's original MELD score being a 28... Needless to say, we need to give some credit to the docs who treated him, because he was in the hospital during the time he went from a 28 to a 17 (though unbeknownst to them, Jake was also taking a few supplements and drinking Aloe juice in the hospital! :)) I am mentioning his original score, for anyone out there who has a score that's higher than 17.... there's still hope!!!
Jake is now in the Child class B stage of cirrhosis. The last time he saw his actual doctor (not the nurse practitioner) in January, they said he was in Class C (but stage A of Class C). I'm going to be honest and say I was hoping his score would be even lower... like a "4"...though I have no idea how that all works - maybe that's not even possible, but I can't help thinking if we were better about drinking the shakes, aloe juice, etc., during the week or two before the test, he would have had an even lower, or "better" score. But overall I'm very grateful he is doing well. And his sense of humor is definitely coming back!!! Thank GOD. I was really starting to miss that. When your husband has cirrhosis and doesn't feel well, its like living with Mr. Crabbypants! But Mr. Crabbypants is finally going away.
By the way he us doing so well, the nurse said he only has to have his blood drawn every 2 months now.
Pardon my French, but f*** that!!!
(REPEAT... this stuff didn't really work for my husband but I think it's because his hernia was sooooo big. We ended up going to see a different specialist, out of state, who didn't use mesh and did a BEAUTIFUL job! If you want his name, fill out the contact form with a phone number).
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The natural cure for all types of hernia. Each pack is 14 days treatment. Average treatment is 4 - 6 weeks. All existing pain and discomfort will disappear after about 2-3 weeks as healing begins. Bulge and swelling will gradually reduce. The poultice heals hernia by a process known as "cell proliferation" which is the generation of new muscle tissues by the active ingredient "Allantoin" a natural substance in the poultice. Instruction for treating a bulging hernia: You should lay on your back and push the bulge back in place before putting on the hernia poultice. After approximately 2-4 weeks of treatment the bulge will become tight and more difficult to push back in place. This is because the muscles and tissue are being rebuilt. After another two weeks of treatment the bulge will stay in place longer and come out less and less until it stays in permanently. Keep treating for a week after it stays in place. Use a hernia belt sometimes call a hernia truss to keep poultice in place at night. Wear the hernia belt/truss during the day without the poultice to keep the bulge in place.
Natural Organic Comfrey Poultice For All Types of Hernias.
The fear that most people have when dealing with a hernia is that of surgery. Statistics have proven that 20% of all recipients of implanted mesh, which is used in hernia surgery, will develop an allergic response to the mesh. In other word, their body will reject the mesh because it's a foreign substance. Then there is another 30% that will need a second surgery to correct the first surgery. Then there are those who cannot do another surgery because of the scar tissues from previous surgeries. Not to mention the cost of surgery especially if you don't have any health insurance.
Our poultice is designed with the correct ratio of ingredients for maximum benefit in treating all types of hernia. We have over 30 years experience in Natural healing using comfrey poultice for hernias. The success rate is approximately 98%. That's better than any other method in existence.
The bulge that you see is just the tip of the iceberg. There is underlying damage that you can't see. This damage must be corrected before the bulge begins to recede. More damage takes longer to correct. It takes a minimum of one half of each strip per treatment each night. Less than a half of one strip is not enough nutrient to get the job done within the average treatment time of 4-6 weeks. There are no short cuts, it's a gradual consistent application of the poultice each night that brings benefits.
The question we get all the time is, if this works how comes I have not heard about it before. The answer to that question is this, we have been doing this in our natural health practice for almost 30 years bringing benefit to our local patients and recently started marketing our most effective products on the internet. If our products didn't work as expected we would have been out of business a long time ago. Business gets better every year as more and more people experience using our products. This is a testimony to the effectiveness of what we bring to the market in natural remedies.
Please call us at 410-466-2558 if you have further questions.
Comfrey can be used externally based on FDA regulations.
What is a hernia?
A hernia is a bulge of intestine, another organ, or fat through the muscles of the belly. A hernia can occur when there is weakness in the muscle wall that allows part of an internal organ to push through.
You may have a hernia if you can feel a soft lump in your belly or groin or in a scar where you had surgery in the past. The lump may go away when you press on it or lie down. It may be painful, especially when you cough, bend over, or lift something heavy.
Our natural hernia cure using the poultice is designed specifically to treats all types of the following hernias:
INGUINAL HERNIA: An inguinal hernia (pronounced "IN-gwuh-nul HER-nee-uh") occurs when tissue pushes through a weak spot in the groin muscle. Our poultice is an inguinal hernia treatment without surgery.
FEMORAL HERNIA: A femoral hernia (pronounced "FEH-muh-rull HER-nee-uh") occurs when tissue bulges from the lower belly into the upper thigh, just below the groin crease. Femoral hernias occur more often in women than in men.
UMBILICAL HERNIA: An umbilical hernia occurs when intestine, fat, or fluid pushes through a weak spot in the belly. This causes a bulge near the belly button, or navel.
EPIGASTRIC HERNIA: An epigastric hernia (pronounced "eh-pih-GAS-trik HER-nee-uh") occurs when fat pushes through a weak part of the belly wall. It occurs in the middle of the belly between the breastbone and the belly button, or navel. Most of the time, these hernias are small. You can have more than one at a time.
HIATAL HERNIA: A hiatal hernia (pronounced "hi-AY-tul HER-nee-uh") is different from other types of hernias, because it involves the stomach instead of the intestine. It occurs when part of your stomach bulges up through your diaphragm and into your chest. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates your belly from your chest. You can't feel a hiatal hernia or see a bulge.
INCISIONAL OR VENTRAL HERNIA: Incisional hernias are often the largest and most challenging hernia. Incisional hernias are hernias that result from weakness in the abdominal wall created by previous surgery. These tend to be large complicated hernias with scar tissues.
Our herbal poultices are freshly made using our proprietary method of manufacturing the poultice from organic plant based materials. The results are remarkable as the substances begin to do its work. The damaged tissues are replaced with new growth and the pain and inflammation slowly subside. Minor damage are corrected quickly, while more severe injury and damage takes a few weeks. The poultice is really a hernia treatment and cure without surgery.
Ingredients: Comfrey root powder, colloidal silver (Anti-Bacterial), distilled water, pine bark powder (powerful anti-oxidant) and vegetable glycerin (hypo-allergenic).
Dimensions: Approximately 9 inches long by 3 inches wide and 1/16th of an inch thick.
Easy to apply. Just peel plastic from one side of the poultice and apply the exposed side of the poultice to the hernia. Tape or preferably use a hernia belt to hold securely in place while you sleep. Remove in the morning. Repeat same process each night until the hernia is healed.
You should stop doing any form of lifting or exercising the abdominal muscles while using the poultice to treat the hernia.
Each pack comes with 7 strips 9 by 3 inches long and approximately 1/16 of an inch thick. A total of 14 days treatment. Each strip is cut in two pieces.
Please click on the FIRST link to the top left hand corner "Hernia Herbal Poultice" to place your order. All orders are shipped USPS priority 2 to 3 days. If you have any additional questions please call 410-466-2558.
Purchased one about a month ago, mornings when I wake up after application eliminates all pain and inflammation. Overall my hernia is healing very well. I think my hernia was more extreme, but I am extremely happy with this product looking forward to writing you all an awesome review when I a fully healed! Especially as this type of injury seems to have little to no alternative methods short of surgery. I am purchasing a second because I absolutely confident a second application will get me 100%, and would not feel as certain without it. I am about 75% healed. Especially as this type of injury seems to have little to no alternative methods short of surgery. In that case you all are guardian angels to many. Thank you very much, warmest regards, Ian 26 - Williamsburg VA,
Greetings to you and I hope you had a good Labor Day holiday, I am writing this letter just to say THANK YOU very much for the Poultice, it really heal my hernia in the back because I was suffering for years and I tried many things even spiritual healing but to no avail, except surgery which I did not want to do on my back, and now I am feeling fine with no pain, however do you have anything for Tinnitus? Once again thank you very much.
Good morning. I would like to thank you for your help. I had a hernia that started from my groin and extended into my upper thigh. I started using your poultice and didn't see any change the first week. This is when I called you. Your instructions to continue was followed and the other week brought much relief from the pain and a reduction in the size of the bulging. Today after four weeks the hernia is gone. Thanks so much. May God bless you and your business.
Good day. I would like to thank you so much for your help. I've been suffering for a few months with a bad abdominal hernia. I tried everything but without success until I came across you in the Bing search engine. Thanks for advertising or I would never have found you.
I put the poultice on for two weeks every night and wore it for 12 hours each time. I didn't use any tape to hold it in place. I peeled the poultice, applied it and covered it with a piece of seran plastic to protect my clothe. I kept it in place with my under wear. I receive benefit from the first application. In 3 days the pain was gone and the hernia began to reduce in size.
I was contemplating surgery but thank God for you. I wish you all the best. Keep up the good work.
I was diagnosed with inguinal hernia by my doctor. There was a little bulge but no pain. I was concerned because the doctor said surgery would correct it. I just didn't want to go through a surgery so I went on the internet and googled "natural cure for hernia". Browse a few of the results but was more impressed to try the poultice for hernia. I was blessed because I noticed a reduction in the bulge within a week after using the poultice. After three weeks the hernia was totally gone. I guess because it was in the early stage it was easy to cure.
I am very pleased. No surgery and I am back to normal. Thanks a lot. I will pass on your information to friends and family.
***QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS***
I have a hiatal hernia. Will the poultice heal it?
Hiatal hernias will heal. However, it takes more time because the hernia is located between the chest and the abdominal cavity.
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?
Keep applying the poultice to reduce the bulge while it regenerates the damaged tissues.
How long will it take to heal my hernia?
Each individual is different. On an average it takes 4-6 weeks. The healing time depends on the damage to the underlying tissue. With some people it may be less, with some it may be more.
Can I wear a hernia belt to keep the poultice in place?
Yes you can. Based on experience we find that a flat hernia belt is very effective in holding the poultice in place. T
Should I still do intense workout while using the poultice?
It is recommended that you take a break while using the poultice. If you must, then do light exercise such as walking.
Can an incisional hernia be healed with the herbal hernia poultice?
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.
How long will the poultice last if I don't use it right away?
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 three months frozen.
Can I take anything internally to help with the healing process?
Solomon Seal Root is know to significantly strengthen the muscular structure of the body when taken internally as a tea. The dose is one teaspoon of solomon seal root in a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 20 minutes before drinking.
Why don't you guarantee the product?
We guaranteed the product when we just started marketing on the internet. However, there is no way of verifying that it does work. We had unscrupulous customers that would go through six week of using the product, get the desired healing and then would dispute with us that the product did not work.
The technique of applying the poultice was tested many time in our office over the years and we find that it does work in almost 100 percent of cases. The one thing we can't tell you is the exact length of time it takes for each individual to heal. Some heal sooner that others. The average time is about 6 weeks with some individuals going a few weeks longer. The older you are the longer it usually take, but patience will be rewarded with excellent results.
Do you recommend surgery at any time?
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.
Couldn't I just buy the powder and mix it myself and get the same results?
We find that the product works best with the ingredients we use. The ratio of the ingredients is proprietory information which has been developed by us over the many years of making poultice. Once a batch is mixed we test it for quality before making poultice from it. If its not right we throw it out and start over again. Anyone who had worked with raw comfrey will know that once the batch is mixed it cannot be adjusted by adding more powder or liquids. Just the nature of comfrey.
Our poultice is unique in that you get the raw product which is placed against the hernia, not a salve which is much weaker.
Some of our customers have tried making it themselves and after trying a few times they will call us and place an order instead.
Does the poultice work on any other part of the body? For example the joints.
The poultice will heal anywhere it is placed. The time period for rebuilding bones and ligament is longer than muscles and soft tissues.
Can I cut the strip in thirds if the hernia is small?
The strips are designed to work best if cut in a half. There is enough active natural ingredient in one half of a strip but not enough in one third.
I had my friend who is traveling to my country purchase the herbal poultice for me. Are there any instruction for preparing the package for transportation.
Once the poultice is received it must be frozen until the day that it is transported. If it isn't frozen the poultice will break down and spoil. If it is not frozen it becomes perishable in a few days.
Does using comfrey externally damages the liver?
We have used comfrey poultices externally for over 30 years with no incident where it has caused liver damage. Using comfrey internally is where the FDA's cautions or concerns applies.
Plus there isn't enough comfrey in each poultice to create a problem. The active ingredient in comfrey is more easily absorbed by the body than the alkaloids which may create a toxic effect if taken in large quantity. This applies to all herbs and even pharmaceuticals. The effective dosage is of major importance.
What is included in the shipping/handling cost?
Priority shipping fee, handling charge, insulation charge (the package is wrapped in insulation material before shipping).
Where was the concept of using a poultice for healing first mentioned?
It was mention in the bible when God told King Hezekiah to use a poultice of figs to heal his sickness. He was sick unto death and the poultice healed him. The biblical reference is 2 Kings Chapter 20 (New International Version)
Also in 3 John 1:2 where it is made plain that the Lord wishes wish is that we be in good health.
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."
Canada Customers: You can save on shipping if you ship to an address in the USA that is close to the Canadian border. Then pick up the package at that address. Most of our Canadian customers will ship to an address in New York.
The FDA has approve comfrey only for external use. Our poultice fulfills all FDA regulations and can be used safely.