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what are the bach flower remedies for esophageal stricture

By April 19, 2010 - 8:41pm
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I would like to try some natural therapies to help with my esophagel stricture since it is now forming after having an object wedged in my throat being removed 5 weeks ago and I am having a few symptoms just starting and would like to lessen the chance of worsening complications. Any ideas for any natural remedies would be taken on board and appreciated. Not on any medication at the moment.

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Hi Noppy, Coming in here really late, but perhaps I would add my two bits. One thing that can cause and irrate the esophageal strictures is acid reflux. The acid being churned back up into the esophagus causes a narrowing of it. For natural relief, without the use of surgery, etc. I would suggest trying a raw foods diet. Either all raw food (vegetables, nuts, fruits, etc.) or at least a major percent of your diet being raw, and always starting your meal with the raw stuff. If you eat heat processed food only do it after you have raw salad, etc. There are tons of raw food recipes free online. Just do a google search for them.
And it is a diet that will cause your body to be more alkaline and less acid, which besides getting rid of the acid reflux will also help to heal other issues that maybe going on in your system.
Another hint would be to eat more slowly, leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy your food and chew it thoroughly before swallowing. After all you do not have teeth in your stomach. :) Try setting your fork down between each bite and talk to the people around the table between bites.
I find that when I eat this way I have no problems, with my digestion, and other health issues, such as skin and hair problems will become none existent for you.
Hope this helps. God bless.

December 5, 2011 - 12:04pm

Hi Noopy

It sounds like you have been through a bit. Have you been diagnosed with a stricture? There are not many good non-invasive treatments for this. Have you asked your doctor about prevention? You should run any herbal remedies you are considering by the doc because one of the things that will worsen a stricture is irritation. So if you eat or use things that cause increased acid or other types of irritation, you could make your situation worse.

We have a page on strictures: http://www.empowher.com/condition/esophageal-stricture as does the National Institutes of Health: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000207.htm The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a good place to look at alternative therapies that have been tested: http://nccam.nih.gov/

The thing about a stricture is most often it is treated by dilation or use of medications that are used for reflux, like omeprazole for example. The idea there is to keep irritation due to any stricture-related reflux to a minimum to avoid more damage. So I'm not really sure there is a specific herbal remedy that would help you. Whatever you try, definitely run it by your doctor first. Even if he/she is not someone who is into alternative therapies and might give you an eyeroll, at least you will know if something will be harmful.

I'm sorry I couldn't be more brilliant here. I suppose you could try accupuncture...that can help with many pain and stress issues, and it certainly couldn't make the stricture worse.

Good luck to you. If we can help further, please let us know.

April 21, 2010 - 6:11am
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