Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
As complex as the digestive system is, it is constantly at risk for malfunction. One issue that is relatively common among people of all ages is biliary reflux. If you are suffering with this condition, however, we have a few treatment suggestions for you, including orange peel extract, magnesium, and rhodiola rosea.
What Is Biliary Reflux?
Biliary reflux is a condition that occurs as bile, the digest juice produced in your liver, backs up into your stomach and esophagus. You may experience the condition in conjunction with acid reflex or without any other issues.
Biliary or bile reflux can be difficult to differentiate from acid reflux, especially because the conditions often occur together. Nevertheless, some of the symptoms help determine the condition. Common symptoms of the disorder include intense upper abdominal pain, frequent heartburn, nausea, vomiting a greenish-yellow fluid, cough or hoarseness, and unintended weight loss.
What Causes Bile Reflux?
Bile is produced in the liver and is used in the digestion of fats. However, the liquid must flow successfully into the intestines to aid in digestion. Reflux often occurs when there has been damage to the pyloric valve as the result of a surgery complication. Additional causes include a peptic ulcer that blocks the pyloric valve or gallbladder removal surgery.
How Is Reflux Typically Treated?
Medical supervision is important when it comes to treating biliary reflux because a doctor can identify more serious causes or even complications. Common medical treatment include medications that augment the flow of bile, block the production of stomach acid, or assist in emptying the stomach.
Can Natural Remedies Reduce Biliary Reflux?
In addition to these treatment options, natural remedies also help treat bile reflux issues. Orange peel extract, magnesium, and rhodiola rosea are three of our most common suggestions; however, there are other options.
1. Orange Peel Extract
Orange extract helps move food effectively and efficiently through the esophagus, reducing issues with bile reflux. It also reduces the surface tension of the liquid contents in the stomach, making reflux less likely.
Magnesium helps control the muscle function in your digestive tract and throughout your body. It also aids in digestion to alleviate reflux issues.
3. Rhodiola Rosea
This compound helps support the biochemical reactions in your body. With this capability, it helps expedite digestive processing and lessens the risk of reflux.
Relieving reflux can be complicated, but these treatments may help. Keep reading below for more natural remedies from our contributors!
[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."