Hi Ottosu....although I haven't had any personal experience with inguinal hernia...I DID find something on it, in the Edgar Cayce files. Here it is:
Botanical Name: Nepeta Cataria
Common Names and Synonyms: Catmint, Catnep, Catrup, Cat's Wort, Field Balm, Nepeta, Nip
Background: Catnip is a gray-green aromatic perennial herb and member of the mint family. It is native to North America and was first used by the Colonists. It now grows wild all across the country. Fresh leaves of the catnip plant have a mint-like scent, while dried leaves smell like alfalfa. Medicinally, catnip has been used for insomnia, hyperactivity, intestinal disorders, and fever. As the name implies, catnip has a reputation for exciting felines.
Catnip in the Cayce Readings
Edgar Cayce gave one reading recommending catnip in a weak sage tea for a 3 month old boy suffering from inguinal hernia. The tea was said to be an "alkaline stimulant to the intestinal system" with the intended action "to enliven the eliminating centers" and produce a "full action from the bowels."
Cayce Quote on Catnip
318-4 Yes, we have the body here. This we have had before. The general physical condition of body is on the improve. There are those conditions of congestion that are existent, or dregs of same are existent, in the vibratory forces of the blood and cell building centers in the system. These need attention, in the way of an alkaline stimulant to the intestinal system, to enliven the eliminating centers and thereby rid the system of these conditions. Such as will be found in very weak sage tea, with catnip in same, see? That is, steep a pinch of the sage in 4 to 6 ounces of distilled water, for half to three-quarters of an hour. Strain off. Then add 2 to 3 leaves of dried or of green catnip, and let THIS steep for ten to fifteen minutes; that is, after the water is heated, see? Then strain. Sweeten just a little - very little - just so that it will be taken. A few drops at the time may be given, see, until there is full action from the bowels.
Thank you so much for the info. Yes, I am definately going to work with the sage tea and the catnip--in a stronger dose. I'm already eating very green, organic salads for lunch and supper (weak on the meat side, like chicken or turkey, once in a great while pork, never beef) and lots of different fruit with raw oats for breakfast. All organic, of course.
Recently, my wife and I got Rolfed (BTW Rolfers say that manipulating the inguinal ligament helps it or cures it), and our Rolfer turned us on to China-gel, (You can get a sample of www.chinagel.com, free) which I have been massaging into the inguinal area.
And I also have some Yoga poses that are supposed to get the blood circulating there.
Again, thank you for the information. Count on me using the sage and catnip tea, and when the hernia's cured, I'll let you know.
Have a nice day.
I'm using exercises I found in Herbert Shelton's Book - EXERCISE. - out of print - originally written in 1935? - basically, lying on a slant board, feeling the hernia area moving back into proper place, then and only then, in slightly inverted position, doing sideways situps, sideways leg stretches, adductor squeezes isometrics, leg lifts, etc to strengthen the lower abdominal area.
It's supposed to take 2 to 6 months and the books says it's effective for people under 50 years old. I'm 49 1/2 and am giving it a try.
Two doctors I spoke with said No Way it would work (one a surgeon). Well, gotta go, time for my exercise!