Esophageal Stricture Treatment

Sep 02, 2016

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.

Achalasia Remedies  

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.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

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.

Replied by Alison

Dave, I tried to look up the journal you suggested from 2004 but can find nothing on Google. Please can you give me some more information on that. My mother is 93 and has had achaliasia now for about 5 years. It makes life very difficult for her and it would be wonderful to find something that helped.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Allison,

Sorry you couldn't find the Pub Med article I referenced. My point was the condition might be virus related. Then in my article I suggest what I'd do to try getting rid of the virus. Please re read my post. I explain what to least if me.

Corkscrew Esophagus  

Posted by Catherine (Nebraska, US) on 02/08/2015

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 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.

Replied by Kim
Hot Springs, AR

I have achalasia. Actually I have had it for years but didn't know what it was. In 2010 it got really bad and rather than just throwing up my food- which I did-- it progressed till nothing went down including water. The progression went through 2011. When water stopped going down my husband( a MD) was giving me several bags of Iv fluid a week. Meanwhile I was getting all sorts of tests from specialists. I am 5'11" and was always about a size 18. I reduced to a loose size 6 and looked like what I was---starving to death, and was loosing my hair. I ended up getting surgery in Monroe Louisiana by Dr Daryl Marx. He got me fixed up and now I am healthy again. Do not do the Botox it causes scar tissue in the LES. What my Dr did was cut the bands -laparoscopic - in my lower esophigal sphincter it was not a bad surgery and was out patient surgery. I still have to watch what and how I eat but I look just like my old self. Yes I am back to a size 18 and happy about it. I can eat I can drink. I am healthy. I cannot eat much meat. I cannot eat heavy raw cabbage. Or apples. If I eat meat I eat small amount of rare steak. Chew chew chew. Drink h20 with it. Get the surgery. It's so worth it. Don't stay miserable. Ki


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.

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

Replied by Dave
Western Nebraska

Thanks for the mint tip, will try. Ice water can help as well especially if a swallow or 2 is taken before complete lock occurs. After that spitting out all mouth contents in the nearest private location and walking and or hopping (jarring) helps break loose. Usually once it releases that is usually the end of the episode. I tend to go through spells when esophagus is very sensitive, often rushed eating, high emotional s, spicy, hot, gritty, dry roast beef, brown gritty baked potatoes. and other unknown irritants can be problematic. I had thought that some wine 5 minutes before eating helps a little but crunching 1/2 tabs of homeopathic tabs from Swanson's line (1each of fibromyalgia, leg pain, back pain helps more. I use those for some other issues and Homeopathic seems to affect on the neural level even though I haven't found a Homeopath specifically suited to this area yet, I'm very sure there is one since ANY poisonous or other compound or elements can be used without toxicity (yes really! ) leaving literally millions of possibilities! (homeo preps are often very specific to body areas but have bleed over in less strong ways to other areas).

Blessings! Dave

Replied by Wendy
London, England

My husband has been suffering some time. When he eats porridge for breakfast - no problem. Lunch is generally a sandwich, crisps and salad. He eats the crisps and salad first and no problem.

Dinner, this is the problem he can start eating then starts coughing and ends with pain in his chest. No with every meal, but if it is dry like meat with no sauce.

He takes a glass of water beforehand with alkaline drops and has a digestive enzyme this works sometimes, but not others.

Any ideas please?

Replied by Looziana

Try mixing unsweetened organic applesauce with his dinner.