Last Modified on Jul 21, 2015
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.
Please help. Does anyone know of any natural cures for Achalasia. My husband was just diagnosed in May. Here is brief info on Achalasia.
- Achalasia is a rare disease of the muscle of the lower esophageal body and the lower esophageal sphincter.
- The cause of achalasia is unknown; however, there is degeneration of the esophageal muscles and, more importantly, the nerves that control the muscles.
- Common symptoms of achalasia include difficulty in swallowing, chest pain, and regurgitation of food and liquids.
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I have a friend that has been diagnosed with a corkscrew esophagus..She cannot eat vegetables, fruit, meat, or bread products..the only thing she can eat is dairy (pudding, plain yogurt, plain chocolate or vanilla ice cream, milk), chocolate (no nuts or color..such as in M&M's...Hershey bars mostly), smooth peanut butter, graham crackers..in small amounts..certain brands of applesauce. She can drink water, tea and coffee and only grape juice. She also uses root beer to make floats. When she eats anything else, she becomes sick, can feel her esophagus twisting and then vomits. This has been going on for over 2 years. She has been to countless Drs., she is now going to a naturalist and still no results..I am so worried for her. We have heard of maybe surgery or botox treatments..Does anyone else have this problem or know of someone else that does? Please reply..thank you.
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.
[YEA] 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:(