Four Natural Remedies to Treat Esophagitis

21 January, 2020
Although these remedies can occasionally help to alleviate symptoms of esophagitis, if your symptoms persist, you must consult with a specialist to receive an expert diagnosis.

Esophagitis is an inflammatory condition that produces lesions in the tissues of the esophagus. The esophagus is the digestive tube which transports food from the mouth to the stomach. People who suffer from this condition experience pain in the upper abdomen, and many say it’s like burning sensation or a feeling of pressure.

This problem can vary from mild to severe. In any case, it’s always recommended to go to a professional to make sure you receive proper treatment. However, in mild cases, symptoms may be improved with home remedies. Want to know more?

Common causes of esophagitis

As pointed out in a publication in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, the majority of cases of esophagitis are caused by the effects of gastresophageal reflux. This acidic fluid rises from the stomach and travels up the esophagus, causing irritation of the tissue.

However, the esophageal mucus can also be affected by some infectious, systemic or chemical complaints. In this next section, we’ll show you some of the most common factors that lead to this problem:

  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Prolonged use of medication.
  • Large portions and irritating foods.
  • Being obese or overweight.
  • Frequent vomiting.

Symptoms of esophagitis

Woman suffering stomach pains on sofa

The symptoms of esophagitis can vary from person to person, depending on the damage done to the esophageal tissue and how quickly the person has received treatment. However, the most common symptoms usually include:

  • Pain at the opening of the stomach.
  • Chest pains.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Persistent cough.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Difficulty swallowing food.

Natural remedies to treat esophagitis

To successfully control esophagitis, it’s important to follow the recommendations given to you by your doctor or gastroenterologist. According to a publication in the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics, treatment may include:

  • Changes in lifestyle habits: including weight-loss, elevating the top of your bed, avoiding eating late at night and eliminating trigger foods such as chocolate, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Medication: including antacids, histamine receptor antagonists (ARH 2) or proton pump inhibitors (PPI).
  • Surgical therapy: if there’s no improvement after all other treatment options have been exhausted.

Alternatively, there are some natural remedies that appear to help calm symptoms. While they shouldn’t be used as a substitute for medical treatment, they can be used as a supplement. Want to give them a try?

1. Aloe vera juice

Aloe vera drink which can be used to treat esophagitis

Aloe vera gel contains vitamin B, mucilage, and essential amino acids. These help to reduce irritation of the esophagus and the digestive tract.

According to an investigation published in the Journal of traditional Chinese medicine, consuming it will help control the production of excess stomach acid and protect the gastric mucosa against irritation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects. In most cases, this can be an effective way to relieve symptoms of acid reflux.

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (75 g)
  •  ½ cup of water (125 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

Preparation

  • Put all the ingredients in a blender and process them until you get a smooth drink. If you want, you can also add another teaspoon of honey.

How to take it

  • Drink this remedy once a day, and within a few days, you should see a noticeable improvement.

2. Licorice Infusion

Like the other natural ingredients mentioned in this article, licorice is usually a great defense against the discomfort caused by esophagitis. An investigation published in The Journal Of Australian Traditional-Medicine Society recognizes this plant as an antacid.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of licorice root (5 g)
  • A cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

Preparation

  • Add the licorice root to a cup of boiling water and cover.
  • Leave it to steep for 10 minutes, then strain it and sweeten it with two tablespoons of honey.

How to take it

  • Drink this infusion when you feel heartburn or stomach pain.
  • Take twice a day.

3. Baking Soda

Wooden spoon filled with baking soda

Baking soda is one of the best products for treating esophagitis. According to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, baking soda is a temporary solution for acid reflux. However, it should only be used in mild cases.

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda (2 g)
  • ½ cup of water (125 ml)

Preparation

  • Dilute the baking soda in the half cup of water. Stir the contents with a spoon until the baking soda has dissolved. And it’s ready to drink!

How to Take it

  • Drink this remedy when you start feeling symptoms of esophagitis.
  • Drink it twice a day.

4. Marshmallow infusion

The best thing about marshmallow is its ability to protect the gastric mucosa against acid reflux. Another effect of this natural remedy is that it reduces irritation of the esophagus, alleviating pain and discomfort. Next, we’ll show you how to create a marshmallow infusion, and all the ingredients you’ll need to make it.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of marshmallow (5 g).
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml).

Preparation

  • Add a teaspoon of marshmallow to a cup of boiling water.
  • Leave it to steep for 10 minutes and strain it.

How to take it

  • Take twice a day until you feel better.

5. Chamomile Infusion

A cup of chamomile tea

Chamomile contains many properties which are good for your health. According to a publication in Molecular Medicine Reports, dried chamomile flowers contain many terpenoids and flavanoids that contribute to its medicinal properties.

It is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties, and is traditionally used to alleviate gastrointestinal disorders, including esophagitis, colic and upset stomachs.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of chamomile (5 g)
  • A cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Submerge the chamomile in a cup of boiling water and leave it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the infusion and let it cool slightly. And it’s ready to drink!

How to Take it

  • Take 2 or 3 times per day.

Conclusion

These natural remedies can be used as adjuvants against esophagitis, especially when combined with a good diet, daily exercise and by avoiding stress as far as possible. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms, it’s best to consult a specialist.

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