Last Modified on Sep 18, 2014
While you may have heard of acid reflux or even gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may have never heard of Barrett’s esophagus. While it is slightly less well-known, Barrett’s esophagus is just as common a condition as other gastrointestinal issues and is often diagnosed in conjunction with acid reflux. Just like many other digestive issues, Barrett’s esophagus can be effectively treated using natural remedies such as aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne.
What Is Barrett’s Esophagus?
Barrett’s esophagus or Barrett’s syndrome is a condition that is characterized by damage to the cells of your lower esophagus. The damage often causes a change in the color and even in the composition of the cells.
The condition is typically cause by repeated exposure to stomach acid. This exposure is commonly caused by comorbid gastro issues, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux. However, only a small percentage of individuals with GERD actually develop Barrett’s esophagus.
What Are the Conventional Treatments for Esophagus Damage?
Effective treatment for the condition is vital because damage in the esophagus can lead to esophageal cancer. As such, we suggest consulting a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to determine the severity of your condition. Effective treatment plans typically consist of regular monitoring of the cells in the esophagus and prescribed treatment for managing chronic heartburn and acid reflux. If the condition progresses treatment may involve surgery or removal of cells in your esophagus.
Can Natural Remedies Help Barrett’s Syndrome?
With appropriate medical supervision, natural remedies, however, can help. Aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne are three of the best natural remedies for the condition.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe helps calm and soothe the esophagus. It also helps reduce the effects of acid reflux and damage to your esophagus.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the issues that causes damaging reflux is the pH of the stomach. ACV helps reestablish an appropriate pH and reduces damage to your body.
Cayenne is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps relieve inflammation associated with the condition. It also helps to neutralize acid in the stomach.
Proactively treating Barrett’s esophagus is crucial to prevent more severe health conditions. Try one of our suggestions or add one of your own to our list of remedies contributed by our readers below!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Hello all,
I just wanted to let you know that taking 2 oz. (or so) of Aloe Vera before meals really helps coat one's esophagus and throat. If you have esophagitis or Barrett's esophagus caused by GERD, this is for you.
Before Thanksgiving, my esophagus was getting worse by the day. My chest was sensitive to touch, and I was getting a tickling cough. After only a week of taking aloe vera gel, my cough is gone and the burning in my esophagus is going down. My chest still feels sensitive, but not like before.
I also think aloe vera helps acid reflux, but I'm not sure. Any thoughts on this or any other GERD/esophagitis treatment? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if anyone knows how to get FRESH aloe vera gel, PLEASE e-mail me as it would be very helpful.