Psychosomatics of Hernia

A hernia is a condition where a part of an internal organ protrudes beyond its normal boundaries. Depending on the location, there are different types of hernias like inguinal, intervertebral (spinal), umbilical, brain, and others.

Inguinal hernias are more common in men, which medicine attributes to anatomical features of the male body. Primary symptoms include lower back and abdominal pain, a sensation of pressure (especially before using the toilet), frequent urges to urinate, etc. Physical causes include heredity, heavy physical labor, constipation, chronic cough, age, difficult urination, etc.

Next, let’s consider the physiological picture of intervertebral hernia. Between the vertebrae are elastic pads – discs – that give the spine its flexibility and mobility. For various reasons, these intervertebral disc cushions rupture, and part of their core protrudes beyond its normal boundaries. Main symptoms include acute pain (in the lower back, neck, chest – depending on the hernia’s location), radiating to the head (if the hernia is in the cervical region), abdomen (if in the thoracic region), hips (if in the lumbar region), dizziness, hypertension, numbness in muscles and limbs, weakness, etc. It’s noted that this condition typically arises against the backdrop of other spinal diseases (like osteochondrosis) and physical causes include spinal trauma, osteochondrosis, sedentary lifestyle, heavy physical strain (lifting heavy weights), etc.

Psychosomatics of Hernia

When considering the psychosomatics of hernia, it’s important to note that a hernia is associated with a part of an organ protruding beyond its limits under pressure. These keywords hint at what happens in the inner world of a person suffering from hernia: under the pressure of negative thoughts and emotions, nervous tension accumulates and exceeds limits. Such a person, in order not to notice their internal conflict, crosses interpersonal boundaries and intrudes into the life (space) of another.

Here, psychological intrusion into another’s life also means that the person takes on too much: an unbearable burden, someone else’s responsibility (especially common in parents), excessive effort. Consequently, they exert themselves excessively to carry the load (of relationships, responsibility, etc.) and rupture.

Such a person perceives life as a heavy burden. But they forget that no one asked them to shoulder and carry everything. On the contrary, this only makes it worse for those around them.

Firstly, because they themselves complain to everyone that no one wants to see their efforts, sympathize, or help, and if someone helps, it’s not the way they want. This constant dissatisfaction and unclear demands (whether to sympathize or help) exacerbate tension in relationships and put others in a dilemma.

Secondly, when a person takes on someone else’s responsibility, this selfish act is costly for those from whom it is taken. For example, a parent doesn’t allow their child to make decisions, do things on their own (chooses clubs, friends, educational institutions for them). But then the same parent is dissatisfied with their grown-up but still infantile child.

Psychological Causes of Intervertebral Hernia

We know that the spine is the supporting organ, the framework, the axis of the human body, so transferring these characteristics to the metaphysical plane will suggest psychological causes for hernia in this organ. Therefore, the keywords here are: support, internal backbone, through which the energy of life circulates.

Recalling Louise Hay’s interpretation of the cause of intervertebral hernia: a person suffering from this ailment lives with the belief that “a hard life has left without support.”

A person with intervertebral hernia feels cornered by life’s problems, feeling trapped. They have a strong desire to get out of this, but their own negative experiences and fears overshadow them.

Thus, fears and other negative experiences “pressure” the soul of the person. They can’t withstand the internal tension and, to escape from it, become active externally, exceeding their personal space boundaries and interfering in the life of another.

Also note that the appearance of a hernia in a specific section of the spine speaks of specific negative thoughts and emotions, qualities, and habits of a person. Let’s recall these sections and their associated qualities, as well as negative experiences, fears, that destroy these sections.

  1. The cervical spine symbolizes flexibility, the ability to see the situation from all sides, and willpower. Hence, the absence of these positive qualities and the predominance of negatives: categoricity, stubbornness, dissatisfaction (when forced to submit) negatively affect the cervical spine.
  2. The upper thoracic spine is traditionally associated with love in a person’s life. Therefore, negative experiences such as fear of not being loved, or loss, departure of a loved one, accusations of not loving negatively affect this section. Problems with the lower thoracic spine signal to the person about resentment, feeling like they are “carrying too much” and wanting “to be let go.” The thoracic spine also suffers when a person lives with guilt over past mistakes. Having gone through a negative situation in the past, in the present, they sort of turn off emotions and the heart, living only by reason.
  3. It is known that the lumbar spine, in a literal and figurative sense, bears a large part of the physical load. Bent under the excessive weight of problems: but it’s an unnecessary burden that should be shed. Here we are talking about how people often burden themselves with an unnecessary load of problems, both actual and imagined. One of the main causes of lumbar hernia is constant worries about the financial side of life, a feeling of lack of material support, fear of money shortage.

Psychosomatic Causes of Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernia is usually found in newborns. It is said to occur due to prolonged intense crying of the baby. This increases intra-abdominal pressure, which is the physical cause of the hernia. What makes a baby cry incessantly? Fear. Fear of the surrounding world, fear of inability to adapt in it, and other fears. But where does such fear in a newborn come from? This fear (like others) can appear in a child at a subconscious level, namely, from neurotic parents. How? Recall that we wrote about how children up to 12 years are very closely connected with their parents on an energetic level. This means that, if something is wrong with the parents (referring to negativity: quarrels, aggression, fears, etc.), even if it is not shown to the child, the negative information is unconsciously read by them through the common energy field. Then the child’s mental health begins to deteriorate (tantrums, whims, stubbornness, disobedience, crying, fears). If the negativity continues for a long time, the child becomes physically ill. This is how the psychosomatics of hernia and other children’s diseases manifest. If we talk about umbilical hernia in an adult, then we recall that “the navel ruptures” in people who have taken on too much.

Metaphysical Causes of Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernia in men typically reflects a psychological and emotional deadlock with their gender role. Usually, this occurs when someone close (a parent, spouse) intrudes into a person’s life, violates personal boundaries, exerts pressure. For example, a wife is dissatisfied and constantly reproaches her husband for not being able to solve a problem (protect, provide, etc.). The same wrong position in relationships can be taken by a mother towards her son, but in a different key: suppressing him with her hyper-care, not giving him a chance to express himself as a boy.

Considering that the energetic area of the groin (the second energy center or chakra) is associated with relationships with the opposite sex, all psycho-emotional problems in this sphere are reflected in the organs located here. These are such problems as a difficult breakup, psychological or physical dissatisfaction with a partner, resentment against the opposite sex, etc.

Some authors rightly point out such a cause of inguinal hernia as problems with self-expression in creativity (referring to unrecognized talents of people in creative professions). It is known that the sexual energy of the second center is the basis of creativity, hence the connection of the problem with the disease. Another metaphysical cause of inguinal hernia in men is pride, self-aggrandizement due to wealth, and its flip side – fear of material problems, as material issues are also connected to the second energy center of a person.

Paths to Healing

It turns out (and this is psychologically explainable) that somehow it is easier for a person to notice others’ mistakes than to see and analyze their own. And instead of sitting down and calmly identifying and examining their internal problems, they begin to search for others’ problems, interfering in someone else’s life, and in a negative way.

This creates a vicious cycle: internal problems pressure the person – they pressure another with their reproaches and excessive demands. If this other is their child, then the child will develop a hernia, because the child cannot bear the excessive load of remarks and demands presented by the parent.

For illustration, here’s a real example. An elderly couple (retired spouses). She is demanding, emotional, too responsible, burdening herself with all sorts of obligations, living in constant psycho-emotional dissatisfaction in relationships with her husband. He is reserved, withdrawn, stubborn, rationally approaching life. Both have hernias: hers – intervertebral (lumbar region), his – inguinal.

In this case, both suffer. We will not analyze how it happened and who is to blame (although, it seems that, if we’re talking about a couple, both are involved).

What interests us is a different question: What to do?

  1. These unpleasant consequences can be avoided if one only takes care of their inner world, asking themselves: What is troubling me? What am I afraid of?
  2. By sorting out the internal mess, organizing thoughts and emotions, discarding all unnecessary and negative things from the mind and heart, you will suddenly feel inner peace. Being in a state of emotional comfort, you are unlikely to want to delve into others’ mistakes or cause emotional discomfort to another. The problem is that many of us (especially the previous generation) were not taught how to live in harmony with ourselves, how to maintain inner peace. Therefore, most do not even notice their emotional discomfort: they hustle from morning to night, busy with something, but not their soul. Hence, internally: chronic dissatisfaction, irritability, aggression, various fears, and other negatives. All this affects not only the closest ones but also spouses, children, neighbors, passersby, and the whole world.
  3. Let’s remember that the world is arranged in such a way that if you send something into the world, it returns to you: send negativity to others – receive it back through completely different people. Send Joy and Love – receive Joy and Love. The world simply returns your own package to you. The question arises: What do you want to receive? I choose Joy, Love, and Health.

I wish the same for you.


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