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If you replied to our appeal for market research volunteers, thank you so much. We only had 40 samples of the proposed ‘Lite’ model support, and they went very quickly, so sincere apologies if you did not receive one. The good news is that most people liked the samples, so once we have made some adjustments, we will put them into production. Watch this space!

Our last newsletter inspired several people to write to me with their hernia progress reports – thanks so much! Your feedback is much appreciated. To help inspire everybody else, here are their comments:

From Canada
I am a 62 year old who is used to a very active lifestyle which my right-side inguinal hernia which appeared in October ’09 definitely put a crimp in.  With the ‘Flat pad support’ I can mix concrete (fixing up an old cellar) cut and move wood about and play table tennis. No problem.

From the UK
My hernia has not come out since I started wearing the support!

From Canada
I have been using your regular flat pad for 6 months and I see a definite improvement in my condition.

From the United States

I have your Flat Pad Support and use it regularly. Not only did it repair my small hernia, it has helped me be able to continue with heavier yard work without worry about bringing it back.

From the United States

After a year, my hernia remains entirely asymptomatic and doesn’t interfere with any athletic pursuits. I’m also very relieved that your support garment has kept me away from a surgeon’s knife. My brother had hernia surgery in December of 2009 and still suffers from mild pain in the area of his repair.

Thanks also to Jussi in Finland, who reports that he has run a marathon thanks to his support!

Our recommended Pilates exercises and diet are just as important as wearing the support. The strength of your connective tissue depends on nutrients like protein, silicon, zinc and vitamin C. Putting pressure on your hernia from the inside by not eating enough dietary fibre will also hinder your progress. Fresh fruit and vegetables contain the best type of fibre, known as pectin. Pectin can absorb many times its weight in water, and makes the stools soft and slippery. Here’s a reminder of where to download Craig Sams’ Herniabible Booklet in pdf format:

Looking forward to more feedback!




We are delighted to report that Ron from Berkeley, California, now confirms that he has not seen his hernia for three months. The inspiring results of his self-help program can now be added to those of Anthony from Australia and Roy from England – all cured without surgery, and all owners of a Flat Pad Support.

Read Ron’s account on our forum

If you are having any problems getting your hernia to reduce, you may find this post on our blog helpful.

For the last 1-2 years we have been developing a Flat Pad Support using different, lighter materials (‘Lite’ version). We now have about 30 samples in different sizes and need people with a small to medium hernia to put them through their paces and write us a detailed report on their effectiveness and comfort. If you would like to help, just reply to this message with your name and postal address, and put ‘Market Research’ in the subject line. [NB: This offer is now closed].

If anyone has already received a sample and not yet sent us feedback, we are anxious to hear from you!

With all good wishes for 2010




Quality of elective inguinal hernia repair at Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. Tal Yemini Biber.
The survey was carried out on adult patients one and five years after hernia repair surgery. One year after the surgery 43% reported some level of pain or discomfort. Of these 30% reported pain above the level 5 (on a scale of 1–10). Five years after the procedure 40% of the patients reported some level of pain or discomfort. Of these 45% reported pain above level 5. Reoccurrence of the hernia was observed in 3% one year after the procedure and in 4% five years after the procedure. 11 per cent of the patients developed post-op infections within one month of the procedure. The author concludes that these results are similar to others reported in the literature. We have summarised many of these studies here
You can download a pdf of this Israeli study at


Loss of Orgasm After Groin Hernia Surgery



One of our subscribers reported some herbal scam sites to us, which claim to offer a cure for severe hernias. Two of the sites are and Our subscriber emailed them for further information but they did not respond. We checked out the sites and became suspicious so we did some investigating. Guess what, for ‘rehnical’ an identical herbal forumula is being sold under another name to treat a serious nerve disease known as myasthenia gravis, and for ‘rheneton’ the formula is also being sold on an identical website under the name ‘troneton’ to treat motor neurone disease. Here are some comments about the site from people with motor neurone disease


As mentioned in one of our earlier newsletters, there are two approaches to the herbal treatment of a hernia. The first is a symptomatic treatment which uses cooling, soothing and laxative herbs such as hawthorn to help prevent the contents of the intestine from building up and causing too much pressure on the abdominal wall. This prevents pain because hernia pain is mostly due to pressure from intestinal contents. But you don’t really need herbs to prevent pain if you follow the principles of the Herniabible diet.

The second approach is to use the ancient Chinese Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan formula which helps to strengthen connective tissue. It is the classic TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) formula which qualified practitioners and Chinese doctors use to treat ruptures and prolapses (more information at

A warm welcome awaits everyone who would like to join us as a fan on our new Facebook Page. Discussions welcome.


Season’s Greetings to everyone. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year!


Dear Subscriber

It’s a while since we sent a newsletter, but we wanted to issue this one as soon as possible to thank those of you who responded to our recent appeal for help with a press article. The article came out today in the Daily Mail (UK). Here is the link to the online version:

I’m sure many of you will wonder why the article doesn’t put more emphasis on the risk of PHPS (Post Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome – yes, it’s so common it is now officially a “syndrome”). If you have any comments about the article, please consider writing a letter to the Daily Mail. Their address is:
Daily Mail Letters, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Fax 020 7937 7493
(You will need to include your full postal address and phone number)

It’s Official!

…inguinal hernia repair surgery should not be carried out if your hernia symptoms are minimal.
With thanks to Charles for sending us this report from the Harvard Medical School:

Health Service Journal

In the UK, figures currently being collected for the Department of Health are expected to reveal that of nearly 20,000 people per year with painless groin hernias or varicose veins, who undergo surgical procedures for these conditions, 17,400 feel worse after the operation than they did before it
Health Service Journal 14/05/2009

Herniabible Survey

If you know someone who had hernia surgery more than a year ago, please consider sending them this link to our new online survey (it is very short and completely anonymous):
Our sincere good wishes to those who have already responded to the survey.

New Blog

If you haven’t yet seen our new Blog, please consider paying a visit. There’s lots of great information, advice (and warnings) from people with hernias or who have had hernias or hernia surgery.

Please “Digg” us
Your vote would be much appreciated!

Wishing you good health


Welcome to our January 2009 Herniabible Newsletter – we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

1. New Product now available

We have had many requests for advice on the best herbs to help maintain the strength of the abdominal wall. There are a lot of opinions out there, and it has become a confusing subject.
Our research took us to professional and highly-qualified herbalists, and their advice was clear. The herbal formula most suited to help maintain the strength of collagen, pelvic floor and core muscles is a Chinese formula known as “Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan / Tang”. It contains herbs such as astragalus, ginseng, Chinese liquorice, cohosh and aged mandarin orange peel. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this formula is said to balance the central qi, so that the body can utilize the Yang (male) energy on which strength depends.

Other reasons for choosing this formula
We researched other herbs. Some (such as hawthorn) can help to ease the pain of a hernia by reducing bloating, flatulence, constipation or inflammation. But Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan is the only formula with verification from Chinese Medicine experts as regards maintaining the strength of the abdominal wall.
Our chosen brand is Greatwall, a high quality product in the form of a “Tea Pill”. This product is made from concentrated extracts rather than grinding up the ingredients into a powder and compressing them into a pill. It is a more effective form of taking them as the pill concentrates the soluble portion.

Click here to order GreatWall Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan tea pills

Further information from

Don’t forget we also sell Baume Phoenicienne

2. Remedies for bloating, flatulence and constipation

There is no doubt that these problems worsen both the size and the discomfort of an inguinal hernia by increasing pressure inside the abdomen. But they are not difficult or expensive to treat.
Fennel tea
Made from fennel seeds, this is widely available in supermarkets and health food stores, and is an excellent digestive aid and carminative (anti-flatulence) herb.
Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, chilli pepper, cayenne
There is more than one reason for the use of these spices in Indian cookery! They help to control the bacteria which produce flatulence, so use them in your cookery as often as you can. You can also buy teabags containing various combinations of these spices. The best-known brand is the “Yogi” brand available from health-food stores.
Psyllium husks
These are available from some health-food stores, and also online from outlets such as If you are in the UK, a good economical brand is the “Phytopharmaceutical” brand, but any brand of whole (unpowdered) husks will do. Whisk a level tablespoon of psyllium husks into a large glass of water, and drink immediately. Once in your stomach, the husks swell to 100 times their size, and become very slippery. They should help you to have a good bowel movement in the morning.
Epsom Salts
When dissolved in water and drunk, these make your stools retain water and so make them easy to expel. If you do feel the need to take a laxative, they are the safest form for people with inguinal hernia, and can of course be combined with prunes, figs, or psyllium husks.
Some people find wheat bran a good anti-constipation remedy, but nutritionists point out that it can be a bit irritating. It can occasionally cause bloating, especially if you have a wheat intolerance.

2. Herbiabible Booklet

We have produced a booklet about hernia self-help methods. This is now available free as an E-book in pdf format from It contains all our recommendations, including Pilates instructions with illustrations.

3. The Boxer Support

Our designers are still working on the best way to incorporate our support into a pair of boxer shorts so that you can undress without anyone knowing you are wearing a hernia support. We will keep you posted.

4. Herniabible Training Day in Hastings, UK

We are very nearly ready to organise this day. As well as Yoga, Pilates and nutrition, we will offer our participants a second medical opinion on their need for hernia repair surgery.

5. Surgery – case of mesh causing damage to bladder

Before you make a final decision regarding hernia repair surgery, read the Adverse Event reports submitted to the US FDA by patients, doctors and lawyers. Here is an example:
In 2007, a female patient in the US had mesh implanted during a right inguinal hernia repair operation. The patient began to have multiple urinary tract infections, and was referred to a urologist. The urologist opened her up to look for cysts, and found instead that she had hernia repair mesh protruding into her bladder. In 2008, the patient had further surgery to remove the area of mesh that had protruded into her bladder, along with one third of her bladder. Adhesions were also found and had to be removed. As part of her post-operative recovery process, the patient was required to have an indwelling urinary catheter in place for about a month.

6. Trusses

We regularly warn men with inguinal hernias to beware of trusses with pads that protrude into the hernia opening. Here is what the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (USA) says about them: “Hernia belts or trusses should be discouraged, and should be limited to patients who are not candidates for an elective operation. Chronic scarring from their use can lead to a more difficult repair and higher risks of complications.”
We would like to remind you that the Flat Pad Support [] does not have pads which intrude into the hernia, and is a much safer option for reducible hernias.

Questions, comments or feedback about these topics are welcome by clicking on the comments link or going to our forum at

All good wishes


Welcome to our first Herniabible Newsletter. We have five interesting topics for you:

1. Research paper: Testicular atrophy following hernia repair – a case report.

Please do take a look at this paper as all men should be warned. This is one of the rarer complications of hernia repair surgery, but nevertheless affects 0.5 per cent of cases after the first operation and 5 per cent if the hernia recurs and requires further surgery. One research study suggests that 16 in every 100 men have a hernia recurrence after repair surgery. If you are one of these you then have a one in twenty risk of developing testicular atrophy.
The medical articles page of the Herniabible website was recently updated and if you have not been there for a while you may wish to re-visit.

2. Herniabible Training Day in Hastings, UK

In 2009 we plan to offer some Herniabible Training Days. These are a brand-new concept. They will offer special Pilates and/or Yoga sessions, hernia-oriented physiotherapy, nutrition advice and (for those who have been recommended surgery) a medical second opinion. It is not widely known that physiotherapy is important in helping to heal a hernia or prevent it from deteriorating. Our physiotherapist will explain the concepts of core strength and how you can use different muscle groups to take the strain away from the groin area when performing sport or manual work.
Hastings is on the South Coast, about 2 hours from London by train. If you would like to go on a separate mailing list to receive further information about this and a booking form (when available) please visit this link to leave your details.

3. Flat Pad Supports: Discreet new version available soon

The Support Company is planning to offer the option to order a Flat Pad Support sewn into a pair of soft cotton boxer shorts. So in future when undressing in front of others, no-one need know you are wearing a Support. Please email if you are interested in learning more.

4. New herbal formulas available soon

By popular request we will soon be offering two herbal formulas:

  • One based on Hawthorn and Herniaria. Hawthorn has been reported as beneficial by several of our customers, and Herniaria for hundreds of years has been a traditional treatment for hernia in the West;
  • One based on ancient Chinese herbal recipes. We are currently consulting with herbal specialists on the most appropriate formula. Some of our customers have asked us about He Shou Wu, which is a Chinese herb normally used like Ginseng, for longevity. We are currently considering whether it is appropriate to add this to our Chinese hernia formula or to sell it separately. If you have experience with the use of He Shou Wu we would like to know if you found it helpful for your hernia.

5. Don’t forget that we already offer Baume Phoenicienne, a massage balm based on a recipe found in very old traditional writings, which make reference to therapeutic oils and ointments originating back to the Phoenicians. It consists of a penetrating oil containing extracts of specific plants, resins of plants and natural substances, which help to maintain the good health of the abdominal wall and its muscle fibres, tonicity and tightness of structure.
Visit this link for more information and to order the balm:

All good wishes


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