Natural Remedies for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

Modified on Apr 10, 2023

You may be completely unaware of the name or existence of an important body part until it isn’t working properly. This is commonly the case with the sphincter of Oddi. However, if you have sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD), you will know that something isn’t working properly! Unfortunately, a diagnosis of SOD often comes after months or more of suffering since SOD can be difficult to diagnose. Once you have an accurate diagnosis you can arm yourself with information and make decisions about how to treat this condition. While surgery and medication are typical treatments for SOD, natural remedies have been found to bring relief in many cases as well.

What is the Sphincter of Oddi?

The sphincter of Oddi is a muscular valve that opens and closes to allow bile and digestive fluids from the pancreas into the small intestines. If the muscle does not open, fluids can back up and can cause severe pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills. This back up of fluids can occur in the bile duct or the pancreas.

A diagnosis of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction is usually made after other conditions have been ruled out. A procedure (sphincter of Oddi manometry) can be done to confirm the diagnosis.

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