Barretts Esophagus Treatments
Alternative Barretts esophagus treatments, for this serious erosion of the lining of the lower esophagus. Simple remedies for Barrett's esophagus from alternative medicine.
Barrett's esophagus is a severe erosion of the lining of the lower esophagus. Most doctors will say that an excess of stomach acid is the culprit, but others believe that the problem is caused by the lower esophageal sphincter not functioning properly. If there is a reflux of even small amounts of stomach acid into the esophagus, there is trauma, since the esophagus is not built to handle acid. If the reflux is continual, there can be accumulated injury to the esophagus, which is Barretts esophagus.
This can be a serious condition, with cumulative harm,
so be sure to consult your doctor.
For Barretts esophagus treatments, reducing the production of stomach acid is often recommended, but that method can cause other illnesses. Here are some other Barretts esophagus treatments from alternative medicine:
- On an empty stomach, chew and swallow deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) several times a day. This is not the familiar licorice candy, which will do no good here. You want DGL, which you can get at your health food store.
- Take aloe vera gel (make sure it's preservative free) several times daily, also on an empty stomach.
- Drink as much chamomile tea as you can hold. It's tasty, so it's not hard to take. If you like it sweetened, it's delicious with a drop or two of stevia. (Note: I like SweetLeaf brand whole leaf stevia concentrate, a brown liquid in a dropper bottle, which is unrefined and minimally processed.)
Jonathan Wright, M.D., says that "sometimes, a combination of choline, 1 gram three times daily; pantothenic acid, 1 gram daily; thiamine, 250 milligrams daily; and manganese, 25 to 50 milligrams daily, will induce enough acetylcholine production to restore LES function" to relieve Barretts esophagus.
If you are looking for a doctor skilled in alternative medicine to consult about Barrett's esophagus treatments, try contacting the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or www.acam.org, or the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at (703)610-9037 for a referral to an alternative physician near you.
Source: Nutrition and Healing E-Tips from Dr. Jonathan Wright. To subscribe, go to www.wrightnewsletter.com. For more about Dr. Wright, see www.tahoma-clinic.com.
A 2007 study including 12 patients with Barrett's esophagus received a Barrett's esophagus treatment using concentrated radio waves. This radiofrequency ablation burns away the abnormal cells in the lining of the esophagus. After three months, half of the patients showed healthier esophageal tissues. For more information, call the Duke University Gastroenterology Clinic at 919-668-1248. Source: Darren Pavey, MD, gastroenterologist, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, as seen in BottomLine Health Newsletter, 11/07.
Barrett's Esophagus Diet
A study found that a healthy diet decreases risk of getting Barrett's esophagus. If that's true, perhaps the same healthy diet would limit the progression of the disease, and maybe more. The healthy diet consisted of hight amounts of fruits, vegetables, and non-fried fish, which reduced the risk of contracting Barrett's by 65% ober those who ate a regular diet with lost of meat and fast food. (Am J Epidemiol 08; Jan 23).
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