Achalasia

Overview

In short, achalasia means that your gullet has lost its ability to move food along and the valve at the end of your gullet fails to open to allow food to pass into your stomach.  As a result, food gets stuck in your gullet and is often brought back up.

Primarily a disorder of motility of the lower oesophageal or cardiac sphincter, achalasia can be secondary to other conditions, such as oesophageal cancer. In achalasia, the smooth muscle layer of the oesophagus has impaired peristalsis and failure of the sphincter to relax causes a functional stenosis or functional oesophageal stricture.

Achalasia tends to present itself in adult life between the ages of about 25 and 40 years with less than 5% occurring in children.

Starting at any time of life and usually coming on gradually, symptoms of achalasia are varied.

Dysphagia – a condition where the patient finds it difficult and sometimes painful to swallow food can occur in people with achalasia. This tends to get worse over a couple of years. This may cause the patient to bring back up undigested food shortly after meals and some of the vomited food may have been held up in your gullet for some time.

Bringing up undigested food can lead to choking and coughing fits, chest pain and heartburn.

Vomit may occasionally dribble out of the mouth and stain the pillow during the night. If this trickles down the windpipe, it can cause repeated chest infections and even pneumonia. You may also experience gradual but significant weight loss.

Unfortunately for sufferers, the cause of achalasia is unknown. Theories on causation invoke infection, heredity or an abnormality of the immune system that causes the body itself to damage the esophagus (autoimmune disease).

The esophagus contains both muscles and nerves; the nerves coordinate the relaxation and opening of the sphincters as well as the peristaltic waves in the body of the esophagus.

Achalasia has effects on both the muscles and nerves of the esophagus, but the condition’s effects on the nerves are believed to be the most important.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Avoid foods that cause reflux, such as caffeine, chocolate and citrus juices.

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
  • Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more

Hydrotherapy:

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.

Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.

People suffering from achalasia may find that if they avoid foods that cause reflux – such as chocolate, caffeine, tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, and mint – their symptoms may be alleviated.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.

www.grasslandbeef.com.  The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

Many achalasia patients report that they notice improvements while taking vitamin B, so this may be worth a try.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

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  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.

Try this remedy to improve the digestion; stimulate the agni or digestive fire before you begin eating. Weak digestive agni may result in fatigue after eating so ayurveda recommends eating a one-inch piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt on it before a full meal. This will start to activate the salivary glands, producing the necessary enzymes so that the nutrients in the food are easily absorbed by the body.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Many people with achalasia find relief with acupuncture. The function of a specific organ is described in relation to qi (pronounced chee), according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine – the foundation on which acupuncture is based.

What is qi? It is the subtle energy that flows through the body and is responsible for controlling the organs, amongst other things.

The qi of the stomach, and its surrounding structures should flow downwards, carrying food and drink to be further digested. When the flow is blocked, however, it is referred to as rebellious stomach qi.

The principles of this therapy dictate that each patient be diagnosed individually to ascertain the underlying cause of a specific problem, with acupuncture ‘points’ being prescribed to meet the patient’s needs.

The goal of acupuncture is to restore the proper flow of qi by regulating the stomach qi and relaxing the muscles.

Despite the individual diagnosis, some basic acupuncture points may be prescribed for every patient; these include points along the midline of the body, close to the affected area of the esophagus, and points on the abdomen, as well as points on the leg that correspond to the stomach.

Published in the 1986 Digestive Surgery journal, a study reported that patients suffering from achalasia who received acupuncture had a significant reduction in sphincter tone in the esophagus when compared to patients who received sham acupuncture.

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Aromatherapy

Some patients of achalasia have reported some improvement in their symptoms after using the essential oil peppermint.

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopathhere.

One of the most popular holistic systems of medicine, homeopathy is the selection of a remedy which is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat achalasia cardia but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to cure achalasia cardia symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.

For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. The following remedies have been shown to be helpful in the treatment of achalasia cardia

Phosphorous, Arsenic, Nitric Acid, Digitalis, Sulphur, Sulphuric Acid, Natrum Mur, Hydrastis, Chamomilla, Drosera, Aesculus, Hyoscyamus, Ferrum Met, Podophyllum, and many other medicines.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

Glycyrrhiza is a hardy herb or under shrub, usually of 2m in height, which can be useful for treating Dysphagia – a common symptom of achalasia. It is tall, erect perennial plant with light, gracefully-spreading pinnate foliage and dark green lanceolate leaflets that hang down at night and violet to lavender color flower. The roots are brown, long and cylindrical.

Licorice can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of dysphagia. Gargling with an infusion of Licorice root is reputed to relieve oral inflammations and dry coughs, as well as bronchitis and asthma. It also soothes irritation caused by acids, and coats digestive and urinary tracts. Hence, Licorice may be prescribed for indigestion, heartburn, dysphagia and gastric ulcers.

Other

Exercise:

Yoga The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body  www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters http://naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) http://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Colloidal Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT  NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective http://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Acupuncture and achalasia www.livestrong.com/article/549294-acupuncture-and-achalasia

Try this home remedy for digestive disorders www.homeveda.com/digestive-disorders/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-digestive-disorders.html

This home remedy for nausea – a symptom of achalasia – may bring some relief www.homeveda.com/digestive-disorders/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-nausea.html

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Further Information (links and books)

How to reduce the symptoms of achalasia with yoga www.yogawiz.com/blog/preventive-therapy/yoga-and-achalasia-cardia.html

Eating right the ayurvedic way – tips for good digestion www.mapi.com/ayurveda_health_care/newsletters/ayurvedic_digestion.html

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

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Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

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Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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