Barretts esophagus treatments that work. Simple, natural remedies from your health food store. Tested, effective conventional remedies for advanced conditions.
Barretts esophagus, also known as Barretts Disease or Barretts Syndrome, 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.
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In Barretts esophagus treatments, reducing the production of stomach acid is often recommended, but that method can cause other illnesses.
Those looking for info on how to heal Barretts esophagus naturally might want to try DGL licorice for Barretts esophagus treatment: On an empty stomach, chew and swallow deglycyrrhizinated licorice, 760 mg as chewable tablets before each meal. This is not the familiar licorice candy, which will do no good. You want DGL, which you can get at your health food store.
Licorice extracts have been shown to support the health of the stomach lining and combat H. pylori – bacterium that can cause ulcers. This may convey benefits to those suffering from GERD, since recent evidence indicates that H. pylori eradication appears to improve GERD symptoms.
Aloe vera for Barret's esophagus treatment: Take aloe vera gel (make sure it's preservative free) several times daily, also on an empty stomach.
Slippery Elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It is used to soothe mucous membranes, especially in the gastrointestinal tract.
Slippery Elm for Barretts esophagus treatment coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Slippery elm causes stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production may support and protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.
Drink as much chamomile tea as you can hold. It's a tasty Barretts esophagus natural treatment, 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.)
Melatonin inhibits stomach acid secretion and increases peristalsis, that is, the movement of food through the esophagus into the stomach.
A study of 351 patients with GERD compared a 6 mg melatonin/multi-nutrient combination to 20 mg omeprazole (like Prilosec, Nexium). (BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE SELF-MEDICATING WITH THAT MUCH MELATONIN.)
90% of the melatonin group and 66% of the omeprazole group experienced symptom relief after 7 days.
100% of melatonin group and 66% of the omeprazole group experienced symptom relief after 40 days.
Relief was reached faster in the melatonin group (7 days) vs. the omeprazole group (9 days), with a much lower incidence of side effects.
The only reported adverse effect was increased drowsiness/sleepiness, which occurred in 159 of the 176 patients taking melatonin.
A different study of 60 patients with GERD compared melatonin versus omeprazole, with melatonin AND omeprazole
Heartburn and abdominal pain was decreased after 4 weeks and completely resolved after 8 weeks in all three groups
Only the two melatonin groups experienced improvements in lower esophageal sphincter function.
Note that in this and the other study described above, there was no placebo group, so there is no way to know if part of the success rate was due to a placebo effect.
Raft-forming agents are combinations of gel-forming fiber (for example, alginate or pectin) with an antacid buffer (commonly sodium or potassium bicarbonate). When the combination reaches the stomach, it forms carbon dioxide bubbles, which become trapped in the gelled fiber, forming a foam that floats on the surface of the stomach contents, like a "raft."
Several studies have demonstrated that rafts reduce GERD symptoms by moving into the esophagus ahead of the stomach contents during reflux (protecting it from exposure) or by acting as a barrier to reflux itself. A recent study of patients with mild to moderate GERD symptoms showed that an alginate-based raft-forming agent was as effective as omeprazole at reaching a heartburn-free period and reducing reflux pain.
Stiffer gels can be formed through the addition of calcium salts to the raft-forming agent. Raft-formers are most effective when taken after the heaviest meal of the day.
One example of a raft-forming product is Life Extension's Esophageal Guardian, and there are other products available at your health food store or online.
Here's a very informative page on raft formers, from Life Extension magazine.
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 (lower esophagus sphincter) function" to produce an effective Barretts esophagus treatment.
This can be a serious condition,
with cumulative harm,
so be sure to consult your doctor.
If you are looking for a doctor skilled in alternative medicine to consult about how to heal Barretts esophagus naturally, try contacting the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or 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 wrightnewsletter.com. For more about Dr. Wright, see tahoma-clinic.com.
A study found that a healthy diet decreases risk of getting Barretts 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 high amounts of fruits, vegetables, and non-fried fish, which reduced the risk of contracting Barretts by 65% over those who ate a regular diet with a lot of meat and fast food. Source: Am J Epidemiol 08; Jan 23.
For more details on a good diet for Barrett's esophagus, see this article from Life Extension magazine. Scroll to the bottom of the page and read the yellow box.
Note: This condition is often misspelled: "barrets disease, barrets esophogus, barrets syndrome, barret esophagus." I'm adding this so that people who do misspell it can find this information.
Notice that I have NOT used the words "cure" or "reverse" in talking about Barretts. Once the esophageal cells are damaged enough to call your condition "Barretts," here is what is likely to happen, according to the Mayo Clinic:
If your condition is mild, you will be monitored by endoscopy to make sure it doesn't get worse. You will have the same Barretts esophagus treatments as for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), like those above.
If you have "high-grade dysplasia" (presence of abnormal cells), the goal is to remove the abnormal tissue. This can be done by:
You might also want to take a look at this book:
"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.
A number of studies have linked prayer to healing, and although the results have been inconclusive, what could it hurt to talk to the omnipotent creator of the universe? A prayer for healing might go something like this:
"Dear Lord, please hear me now as I pray for your help with (name your problem). I pray you’ll cleanse my body and heal me completely. In Jesus’ name I pray; Amen."
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