You can call Dr. David Christopher (he's a renowned Herbalist), and ask him this question (1-800-372-8255, mountain time)
I actually asked him how to cure inguinal hernia with herbs for my dad who suffers from this. He told me that an inguinal hernia means that the colon is full of crap, and this impacted colon is pushing on a weak muscle which bulges out. Dr. Christopher's student cured his inguinal hernia within 6 weeks, but it can take 6 weeks to 6 months. Basically, one takes Dr. Christopher's lower bowel formula (to empty the colon out, as many capsules as can be tolerated). Also, apply Dr. Christopher's complete tissue formula ointment on the area, and also this formula can be taken internally. But taking these supplements is not enough, diet is key. The purpose of this treatment is to eliminate all of the fecal matter from the colon that is pressing on the weak muscle. So if one wants to get rid of this problem, one should go on a mucusless diet-absolutely no ingestion of foods that cause constipation: no dairy, meat, or preserved foods. One should eat fruits and vegetables, and juices. And Dr. Christopher also said that if one wants accelerate the healing process, a juice fast would be necessary-preferrably a Watermelon juice fast, or a prune juice fast.
Surgery for an inguinal hernia merely masks the symptoms. The body is telling the patient the colon needs to be cleaned out, it is full of too much crap. Surgery definitely does not clean out the colon, and if this is not cleaned out, new diseases can appear. As we all know good health starts with colon health.