Last Modified on Dec 04, 2013
Bilary Reflux happens when bile is backed up into the stomach and esophagus. Bile is a digestive liquid produced by the liver. Acid reflux, caused by stomach acids backing into the esophagus, may accompany bile reflux. Bile reflux normally isn't completely controlled by dietary or lifestyle changes, but by medications or surgery. Symptoms are: upper abdominal pain, heartburn and nausea, vomiting a greenish-yellow fluid, hoarseness or a cough or weight loss. Bile digests fats, so when fats are eaten, this signals bile to be released from the gallbladder. The most common causes of bile reflux are: complications from gastric surgery, peptic ulcers or gallbladder surgery. Bilary reflux is often associated with GERD (acid reflux) but the connection has not been proven. Barrett's Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition, and Esophageal Cancer may go undiagnosed until it's advanced; the link to bile is unproven but suspected. Surgery or medications that may help are: Bile acid sequestrants, ursodeoxycholic acid, prokinetic agents and proton pump inhibitors.
Home Remedies for Bilary Reflux
- Take one orange peel extract capsule either every day or every other day.
- Psyllium husks (Metamucil).
- 2 capsules of Rhodiola Rosea in the morning.
- Stop smoking.
- Eat smaller, frequent meals.
- Avoid fatty foods and alcohol.
- Try to find any 'trigger' foods and eliminate them.
- Sleep with your upper body raised.
- Use relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing.
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[NAY] 09/05/2009: Jdawg from Fredericton, Nb, canada: "I've had this before and since having my gallbladder removed and don't see anything on here about making it better. I had some help from H2 blockers but I wanted to see if something natural was out there.
I've tried calcium, magnesium, ACV, turmeric, dietary changes, activated charcoal and other things and still have this terrible snot at the back of my throat and hoarseness, bloating, terrible digestion. Any help would be great.
09/13/2009: Liz V from Ojai, Ca Usa replies: "I too, have severe bile reflux due to my gallbladder being removed in Jan 09. Nothing is helping. Any suggestions? I"m thinking it's probably a motility issue.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/25/2010: Vanya from Frankfort, In replies: "I have this problem as well. I am taking orange peel extract capsule every other day (sometimes every day), I have tried a lot of different remedies through the years, they all helped somehow, but this is the only one that gives me 24 hours relief. Good Luck to All..."
07/26/2010: Liz from Ojai, Ca replies: "Hi, can you give me more info on this to why adrenal support would help with the bile reflux? I've tried some things but not for any length of time. Why would this help the bile from refluxing into my stomach and then into my throat? It's been going on now for 18 months. Thanks! Liz"
12/30/2011: Amy from Las Vegas, Nv Usa replies: "I have used psyllium husks (metamucil) when I felt an attack may be coming with great success. I also found that magnesium helps a lot. I hope this helps as it took me 2 years to discover what worked for me."
02/20/2013: Stephanie from Brooklyn, Ny Usa replies: "Amy, I'd like to try the Metamucil for bile reflux. Would you mind telling me how you take it? Thanks. Stephanie"
07/20/2012: Ed from Yucca Valley, California, United States: "Number one a big thank you to ted for all the time and information. looking at the website there is not much info on bile reflux. i am 62 male and started to have bad bile reflux 50 percent of the day. along with the bile reflux i have a mild gastritis and developed a peptic ulcer. everything i eat gives heartburn and most of the time a stomachache. i cannot digest meat protiens. the doctor has placed me on carafete 4 times a day to reduce bile in stomach. there was a esophagogastroduodenoscopy done to confirm information.
I saw on the website that ginger tea is good for digestive purposes, but my doctor tells me it is bad for ulcers. ed"
[YEA] 03/23/2011: Marguerite from Wrightwood, Ca: "I've been having a tough time with bile reflux for many years. The doctors could never find out what was wrong and I ended up in emergency many times, thinking I might die. I started taking 2 capsules of Rhodiola Rosea every morning for another problem, and found this to have completely cured my bile reflux! Wow!"Replies
06/30/2012: Angela from La Habra, Ca replies: "I also had my gallbladder removed. since then I have gotton GERD, and in the last 2 years I have sporadic "attacks" of bile reflux. I don't know what brings it on. I will now keep a journal of what I eat when I do have an attack. The doctors don't know or say what it is. How often do you get bile reflux. Is is weekly, monthly? Mine is ocassionally, do you know what brings it on, certain trigger foods? Any info would be appreciated."