Can Acupuncture Help a Hiatal Hernia?

Many people use acupuncture to relieve the symptoms of a hiatal hernia. Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body where there are natural energy pathways. This article aims to provide information about what causes a hiatal hernia, how it affects your stomach, and how acupuncture can help you.

What is a Hiatal Hernia?

A hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach (the upper stomach) protrudes through the opening between the lower stomach and small intestine (the jejunum). This can cause severe pain when eating or drinking and can obstruct food or fluid passing through the body. 

What Causes a Hiatal Hernia?

The condition is most common in adults over age 50 but can also occur in young adults. Causes include obesity, pregnancy, childbirth, and cancer.  If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain or difficulty swallowing, please seek medical attention. However, acupuncture can be a useful supplementary therapy if your primary treatment plan fails to provide relief. 

Can Acupuncture Help a Hiatal Hernia?

The question surfacing: can acupuncture help a hiatal hernia? Yes, acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for several health issues, including hiatal hernia. For example, a study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that acupuncture improved symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and motility problems associated with Hiatal Hernia patients. 

Acupuncture uses very thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body. This can help to improve blood flow and digestion. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to help relieve symptoms of a hiatal hernia, including pain, discomfort, and respiratory issues. 

When Should You Use Acupuncture to Treat a Hiatal Hernia?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine typically used to relieve symptoms such as pain, tightness, and inflammation. In addition, acupuncture can be used to treat a hiatal hernia in cases where conventional medical treatments have not been effective. In some cases, acupuncture may be recommended as early as six weeks after hernia diagnosis.


Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a variety of illnesses. Recently, it has gained popularity as an effective treatment for several medical conditions, including hiatal hernia. While there is limited research on the subject, preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial in relieving symptoms associated with hiatal hernia. 

Whether you want to try acupuncture for your hiatal hernia, talk to your doctor first to see if it’s appropriate for you and if any previous prescriptions or treatments should be evaluated before you start.

Curious About Acupuncture for Hiatal Hernia?

At Mind & Soul, we support treating your body as a whole. We want to approach your treatment holistically so that you can function at your best. Interested in a blended approach of Western and traditional medicine? We can accommodate your needs with a flexible combination of acupuncture for your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. If you are interested in learning more about what acupuncture may be able to do for your hiatal hernia, you can schedule a consultation with us online or call us at (305) 456-1014.