Esophageal Stricture Treatment

Last Modified on Aug 26, 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.

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Achalasia Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Gosia (Chicago Il.) on 08/26/2014

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.

Thank you.

Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
08/26/2014
472 Posts
Hello Gosia,

Re your husband's Achalasia;

The Cause....

See a PubMed Double Blind study, January 8, 2004 that shows Herpes Simplex Virus effects the neurons in the sphincter and causes the motor impairment. Read especially the concluding last sentence to be convinced.

To kill viruses I take Colloidal Silver; If I had such a condition as Achalasia I'd not only orally consume but I'd use a "steam inhaler" with mask and using CS in the pan would deeply breathe in the CS as a steam for three minutes three times daily. In three days I'd expect to see some relief in symptoms; and if so would continue oral and steam usage. I'd drink two tablespoons three times daily and let drain down throat. If improved as described above I'd stay on program for three months. Virus may be systemic, so I'd consider staying on CS orally for six months and maintenance steamer use twice weekly.

Herbs   0  0   

Posted by Tracy (San Augustine, Tx, Usa) on 09/06/2010

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.

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Zahid (Pakistan) on 03/18/2014

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.

Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
03/19/2014
472 Posts
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?

Posted by Oscar
Syracuse, New York
03/19/2014
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
Posted by Jan
London, Ontario
03/20/2014
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.

Strong Peppermints   1  0   

Posted by Jody (Fredericton, Canada) on 07/25/2014

[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:(







 



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