Last Modified on Jul 25, 2014
What Is Esophageal Stricture?
An esophageal stricture is one of the many conditions that affects the functioning of the esophagus and, in turn, the whole digestive system. Typically benign, an esophageal stricture results as the esophagus is narrowed by the buildup of scar tissue. Generally speaking, the esophagus is the tube that transports food and liquid from the mouth into the stomach, so even though a stricture is most often noncancerous, it can cause significant health issues.
The narrowing of the esophagus can cause difficulty swallowing and also increase an individual’s risk of choking; however, the condition involves several other symptoms as well. Dysphagia or the difficulty with swallowing or feeling food as it passes to the stomach is one of the most common symptoms of an esophageal stricture. Additional symptoms include pain when swallowing, unexpected and unintended weight loss, regurgitation of food and liquids, involuntary reversal of food and heartburn.
The root cause of an esophageal stricture involves damage to the esophagus that causes scar tissue to form, but several factors contribute to that damage. Chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease is the most common cause of scar tissue that causes esophageal stricture. Additional causes include prolonged use of a nasogastric tube, ingestion of an acidic or corrosive substance, treatment of esophageal varices and radiation therapy.
Natural Treatment Options for Esophageal Stricture
No matter the cause, esophageal stricture can be treated naturally to safely and effectively heal the issue. One of the main factors that needs to be treated when dealing with esophageal stricture is inflammation. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is considered especially effective for treating esophageal stricture. Additional supplements that may be of help include goldenseal root, Echinacea, geranium, marshmallow and slippery elm. These supplements ease throat pain and soothe the inflammation that contributes to esophageal stricture.
09/06/2010: Tracy from San Augustine, Tx, Usa: "You didn't disclose the origins of the Esophageal Stricture you have. If it's the result of tissue scarring, then you might want to try remedies that promote healing of scar tissue & use them internally in a tea or soft porridge that you sip. If the Stricture is from a hiatal hernia, then use a remedy for that. I healed a hiatal hernia once using Goldenseal Root with some other herbs. And if the Stricture is a result of Reflux or GERD problems, then you'd need to correct those problems with the appropriate remedies before you see any correction to the Esophageal Stricture you have."
03/18/2014: Zahid from Pakistan: "My father in big trouble even he cant drink water bcoz of asophagous striction from yesterday. Is there any home remedy to heal him for a while as we are already in discussion with doctors and they have suggested the surgery , presently instead of eating n drinkin he is on injectables."Replies
03/19/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Zahid,
Re: Father's Stricture
Obviously so serious; you said he had the issue "since yesterday"....could you explain what caused it? That information would be very important before making suggestions. Was it allergic reaction and if so do you know from what; or is it an ongoing problem unresolved by the Doctors treating him?
And, is this actually effecting his ability to breathe?"
03/19/2014: Oscar from Syracuse, New York replies: "There are times when surgery is the only answer. If your father has an Obstruction to his ability to breath, surgery is called for. This is NOT a time for playing around with some hoped for herbal cure. Oscar"
03/20/2014: Jan from London, Ontario replies: "I suffered the same thing for months. I found that eliminating all sugar helped immensely. Now, I am on a gluten free and low carb diet which also helps. I haven't had a dilatation since making these dietary changes. Good luck."
[YEA] 07/25/2014: Jody from Fredericton, Canada: "I've had esophagus issues most of my adult life and there are several things that work to help get through the rough ones. Milk helps a lot when I have pain. Soda water or club soda help a lot-gets rid of the acid without the sugar which can compound problems. Finally, if I'm in the throes of an esophagus spasm or other pain there I use fresh Altoids. Just let them dissolve like usual and the strong real peppermint loosens everything up. Now to cut back or quit the coffee, red wine and nice cigars:("