Natural remedies for treating a hernia include wearing a corset, truss or binder, and for sliding hiatal hernias, losing weight and changing one's diet and lifestyle to reduce stomach acid, according to MedicineNet. The force of the garment against the skin and wall of the abdomen maintains the hernia's position.
Wearing a binding garment is a temporary measure, as it can rub, chafe and damage the skin. Taking a wait-and-see attitude with periodic examinations is appropriate for small, asymptomatic umbilical or inguinal hernias, notes MedicineNet. When a child has an umbilical hernia, the condition typically disappears on its own by the child's first birthday. Surgery may be needed for any type of hernia that is large, growing or has a possibility of becoming incarcerated.