dreamstime_xs_53470487Esophageal achalasia is a disorder which inihibits food from passing through the esophagus and also causes the lower esophageal sphincter from relaxing. The most common result of this disorder is difficulty swallowing but it can also cause regurgitation or chest pain.

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. It is often cited as a symptom of some other condition or disorder (such as esophageal achalasia) but it can also be a condition by itself.
If you have occasional trouble swallowing then you aren’t likely to have dysphagia but if you frequently have difficulties then you may want to seek a diagnosis by a professional – or try some of the remedies below!

Any of the conditions or syndromes that involve difficulty swallowing may be relieved or even healed by using the protocols below. In addition to all the causes listed above, difficulty swallowing can also be caused by a chronic iron deficiency; which can cause webs or little “shelfs” of tissue to develop in your esophagus, where the food gets stuck – this is something that I personally have experienced.

So in addition to utilizing all of the treatments below, I have also experimented with my throat when in a choking/stuck food situation and found that if I dropped my jaw, tilted my head down, and with my intention got the muscles in my throat to open the passage in an oval shape, the food slipped off the ‘shelf’ and down my esophagus. When food was stuck there, I could breathe, and could say a few words with difficulty, but my throat would spasm and go through the choking motions, so it was still pretty traumatic each time it happened.

1. Experiment with related structures: I encourage you to experiment with your own throat – use water during experiments – to see if there’s a position you can hold your head, neck, or jaw in that makes swallowing easier. This will not only be helpful during a choking episode, but it will also give you valuable information about where/how your impediment is occurring. For the solution I discovered above, it does not make swallowing easier with water, it only works when there is food actually stuck there! However, I did discover head and neck positions that made general drinking and eating easier.

2. Start taking Magnesium: If money is tight for you, or if you tend towards constipation, then use Magnesium Citrate – which alone could relax the esophagus enough to make swallowing a whole lot easier. 40% of the population is deficient in magnesium. You can take 250 mg – 1000 mg (to bowel tolerance) of magnesium citrate per day. Stop the dosage at whatever level loosens your stool. You can get it in capsule form and empty the contents into a shake, or add to liquid foods.

If you tend towards diarrhea, or have normal bowel movements then use nano-sized magnesium; which does not require digestion and therefore does not loosen the bowels. This is the nano-sized liquid magnesium that I use (it tastes like water); Mini-Minerals Magnesium

3. Start taking Potassium: Potassium is the other mineral that can result in cramping/spasming if you’re not getting enough. Either eat a banana or 1 cup of raw coconut water per day, or take 100 mg Potassium Citrate. Again, get it in capsule form, so you can empty the contents into your shakes or liquid food.

4. Make sure you’re getting enough cold-pressed fat: Flax or Udo’s oil is ideal and is also anti-inflammatory, but needs to be refrigerated. So you can also use raw coconut oil instead (can be stored at room temperature); which is also fantastic for connective tissues and mucosa and will help to kill yeast/fungus. Or you can alternate both! You can eat or drink 2 tablespoons per day and that too will change your life – especially if you are deficient in good fats, either due to food choices or lack of knowledge.

5. Receive bodywork treatment: Find a craniosacral therapist (Level II or higher), or myofascial release therapist, to work on freeing up your esophageal valve and any adhesions, restrictions etc. in surrounding tissues/structures. If you can’t afford bodywork, then at least do a hot castor oil pack on your throat and sternum.

6. Drink high quality nutrients: When you have difficulty swallowing, the stress of not knowing what to eat, or being afraid to eat can also cause psychological stress that is likely to make you feel worse and trigger your throat even more! The easy way to get a complete, highly nutritious healing shake is to use Absorb Plus with 1 tablespoon of Udo’s oil or flax oil added. Also, here are links to several blog posts where I give you recipes and ideas for liquid foods that are easily tolerated, but also super high in nutrients – that may even improve your overall health:

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/use-common-foods-to-heal-inflammatory-bowel-disease/

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/jinis-favorite-raw-juice-recipes-juicing-or-blending/

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/raw-grass-fed-whey-protein/

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/whole-food-healing-super-delish-smoothies/

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/how-to-make-a-vegan-elemental-shake/

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/raw-nutrient-shake/

7. Experimental scar tissue treatment: If you think your difficulty swallowing is caused by scar tissue or adhesions in your esophagus, then you may want to try this experimental treatment I have used to dissolve scar tissue in my rectum. For external throat application, you would use the protocol here, but instead of a 50% DMSO solution, you would prepare a 40% solution (so 40 percent DMSO, 60 percent aloe vera). If you are a blonde or redhead, then use a 30% DMSO solution (30 percent DMSO and 70 percent aloe vera). Then you would follow the DMSO treatment with the hot castor oil pack as shown.

http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/how-to-release-and-dissolve-scar-tissue/

Natural Remedies for Achalasia and Dysphagia
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36 thoughts on “Natural Remedies for Achalasia and Dysphagia

  • Dysphagia may be a presenting symptom of a more serious underlying condition. Although this is rare, patients experiencing any dysphagia for longer than a few weeks should consult with their medical practitioner to rule out an underlying condition. This may necessitate a swallow assessment by a Speech Pathologist/ Speech & Language Therapist.

    1. Too many SLPs are poorly trained and leap to conclusions instead of exploring alternative reasons or solutions. Dysphagia is an individual problem and should be approached accordingly.

  • Yes, I have difficulty in swallowing …Often , have to regirutate to relieve.
    but even then, throat hurting , and dont’ know what to eat…Many times problem arises at first bite… ..Right now, I’m trying to relax so that I can take some food..Have been on soups and yogurts past 2 days.
    How can I keep from having to vomit?

  • My fiancé has a gal Achalasia and is waiting operation but is currently 33 weeks pregnant and consultant won’t touch her till pregnancy is over , just wondering if she could have magnesium citrate whilst pregnant or raw coconut water thank you

  • I just started having these symptoms three weeks ago. Came out of nowhere. No warning signs. Osteopath found tightness in my chest and did myofascial release and gave me stretching exercises to do. Later that day I started salivating to the point of spitting in the sink. Next day I was coughing up phlegm from the spot where the lump in my throat occurs — which happens to be where phlegm sits when my allergies flare up. I had great relief by the end of Saturday and most of Sunday — until I ate scrambled eggs then everything came back. I even had a cup of hot tea with lemon and honey and it actually made my tongue numb and felt like I could not swallow.

    I’ve been taking potassium citrate and magnesium oxide before any of this began.

    It makes me nervous when even the osteopath says if things don’t improve that I should go to a GI and get a barium swallow.

      1. My mother. It is GERD. She also has a hiatus hernia. You may need a reflux workup and dietary supplements.

  • Hi Rick, Funnily enough, your symptoms sound very similar to those of a friend of mine. The cause turned out to be a combination of food intolerance/allergy, swollen/inflamed tonsils, and anxiety. So I definitely urge you to look at all 3 of those.

    He used a food diary to track reactivity (along with his gut intuition), salt gargle 3-4x/day, and wild oregano dropped directly onto the tonsils 2x/day, and hypnotherapy to discover the root of the anxiety.

    Let us know how it goes for you… I’ll be interested to hear what you discover. Oh and also see this post:

    http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/i-get-the-message-and-the-symptom-disappears/

    😉

    1. I was in a car accident five weeks ago. Minor fender bender but the stress of the situation was crazy as it took three weeks to get the car repaired & the accident report! I am also out the $500 deductible so all that had me upset. But the choking thing happened 2X prior the accident. I think right now that is a psychological thing.

      I don’t know about any food allergies. My diet doesn’t vary much. I’ve been doing salt gargles 1X day after I do a sinus flush. I am getting Lung Flush to see what that can do. I also though tonsils and picked up oregano oil 2 days ago, but it doesn’t make it to the tonsils…it hits the tongue LOL.

      My chiropractor is seeing inflammation in the C3 area and did an adjustment this morning that was pretty potent. My osteopath discovered tightness in the pec minor that she loosened up a week ago — she tripped a flow of saliva and mucus! The nasal flushes help with that.

      I have considered hypnosis — I’ve done self-hypnosis in the past but I am out of practice but know of a few good practitioners in the area.

      I will keep you up to date.

      Thank you for your help!

    2. EENT dx’d “silent acid reflux” or LPR. He wrote a script for Protonix (which I do NOT want to take) and is following up in 6 weeks to see how that works. If there is no improvement he will look for stuff further down the GI tract.

      1. Do not take Protonix for an extended period! Follow antireflux dietary protocols and add folate to your potassium and magnesium plus at least 1000 mcg of B12. Ptotonix taken long term impairs your body’s ability to process B12.

        1. I took one dose…my throat tightened and I had severe stomach cramps. I tried Tagamet and they caused ocular migraines. He put me on high dosages of Zantac. I got off that after one weekend. It seized up my throat, I was experiencing stomach aches and muscle pain.

          The ENT took me off that…since then I have had anxiety attacks with heart palpitations and constant nausea. I’ve upped my folate, B12 and am already on high levels of magnesium. Potassium I get naturally in food. I worry that the supplement could cause heart palpitations.

          My osteopath wants me to go to a GI to see if there is an infection or a hiatal hernia. Since this has happened, I have lost 14 lbs. and it is not bodyfat.

        2. PPI’s caused me to get thrush and it took several agonizing months to get rid of it. By reducing your stomach acid they create an environment where bad bacteria can take over. Doctor told me I was crazy, but I know what caused the thrush and it was his stupid meds.

  • Mine seems to be farther down than the throat. I have had a reaccurring issue getting food,vitamins stuck. Sometime overnight! I found chewing food more helps and when I have a clog organic cola unclogs it fast like drano.lol

    1. Organic cola as in Zevia?

      The EENT told me to avoid carbonation, including seltzer!

      I’m chewing more because I have found it becomes necessary. It is taking me almost 1/2 hour to eat a meal. Often times I find food that goes to the throat that is chewed well, my tongue pushes it back to the front for more chewing.

      How are you feeling with that?

  • My sister has Parkinson’s….she experiences pills getting stuck the way you describe food getting stuck. She describes it as a pouch. Have you heard of this?

    1. Hello Beth,

      Jini had the same similar problem with being unable to swallow pills. This is one of the reasons she has found excellent supplements and vitamins that come in liquid form. I am unsure what type of pills your sister takes, but maybe you can look into what liquid options she has with them. You can also see, if interested, the different supplements and vitamins Jini has found and recommends in liquid forms here: http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/
      Hope you can find something to help your sister, and please let us know if we can help with anything else.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • I was diagnoast with Dysphagia. It is a result of my Parkinson I can eat and swallow no problem in the morning but bye afternoon my esophagus stats to tighten and I can’t swallow I am looking for natural ways to cope with it

    1. Hello Debbie,

      Sorry to hear what you are going through. This article gives our best recommendations for treating this condition naturally. If you have any questions concerning the information please let us know.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • I’ve been dealing with achalasia for 2.5 years. Initially started with heartburn that I never had before. Then it progressed to what eventually was diagnosed as achalasia. I was given 2 similar (one stronger than the other) prescriptions- omeprazole which is OTC and another stronger version but neither worked. I was told the balloon option was an option but decided against it because I was told it would only work for 4-6 mos. Didn’t want to be constantly having to have that procedure. The only other option was the surgical procedure which is usually the last resort that would cut the sphincter that is causing the problem. However this procedure would have required antacids for the rest of my life. I’m only 55 so I wasn’t too motivated to do that either….. I was looking for a better alternative solution. Then my wife and her friend stumbled on a forum like this one and found they were all talking about the wonder drug—Coca Cola!! My wife said to give it a try. I’ve been drinking cokes daily ever since last June (9 mos) and it works!! I don’t do Diet Coke because of the aspertamane (known to cause Cancer) so I deal with the sugar in coke. I’ve since discovered any carbonated beverage will work for me. So for now I drink a lot of that and I pee a lot but it gets me through. The only positove side effect of all this was it helped me lose over 30 lbs which I have been trying to lose for a long time.

  • Omg this problem hit me at age 33 its so scary its even more scary when your doctor doesnt find a cure for it fast thats what ive dealt with lots of emergency visits it always gets stuck on the left side of my throat its weird cause i feel asperation only when i burp i get relief of the stuck item . when its stuck water doesnt even touch the item where ever its stuck my throat gets sore. I hate not being able to eat what i like .and always having to be causious when going to a restraunt with family or boyfriend. They gave me powder packets of omperzale to take twice a day i guess i have acid reflux diease Hopefully it work to heal my throat issue . ive lost alot of weight from 200lbs to 168 lbs.

  • I’ve been diagnosed with achalasia from a GI dr..also just finished antibiotics for Hpylori.. it started with heart burn..

    I vomit a lot all day and night about 5 days a week..I’ve lost over 50lbs.

    I’ve had an endoscopy, Barium x-ray, and will have an acid test in 2 days..

    This is one of the worst experiences of my life.

    I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

  • My father is 89 years old and has dementia and dysphagia. Do you think the dysphagia is treatable? Does the the dementia have to be treated first (such as with coconut oil)?

    1. Hello Kevin,

      Thank you for reaching out. We are not medical professionals so it’s best to consult your fathers doctor about this condition. For dysphagia, the article above gives you our best recommendations for treating it naturally.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

      1. May I recommend an osteopathic physician who performs manipulative therapy (OMT)? Mine did wonders for me. I also employed the services of a chiropractor. They did for me what an ENT and a GI could not. They did a manometry and gastroscopy and found nothing wrong.

  • I had this for about 15 years, trying all sorts of medication.

    It was so embarrassing, in restaurants, I would have to plan in advance taking Gaviscon or some other anti-acid – this usually eased it. But I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life having to take something that was countering my body.

    My food would seem to block due to a build up of saliva down my throat. Luckily it always happened past my windpipe – so never choked. It was always awkward getting up from the dinner table to clear the blockage.

    I’m saying this will work for everyone, but for me, it was life changing – simple cod liver oil. I don’t know why. I found it out completely by accident. Taking the capsules is a little difficult, but even this has improved, I just don’t get problems now. I can now sit at dinner tables and eat along with everyone else.

  • Almost 2 years ago my husband had a tooth extracted. That evening, as we started to eat, he told me he was having trouble swallowing. Well, he’s still having trouble swallowing; every meal is a struggle. He has been seen by many medical professionals–from ENTs to neurologists to therapists, tests, an upper endoscopy, scans, and he was ultimately referred to ENTs at the Cleveland Clinic. Yes, they can all see that he has trouble swallowing (tests with water, pudding, crackers, etc.), yet no one can tell what the cause is. Parkinson’s, ALS, cancer, etc. have all thankfully been ruled out. We’re at a complete loss, so we’re taking matters into our own hands. I believe there is a natural cure, so we are ready to try essential oils, supplements, whatever safe option is likely to help. Any suggestions/guidance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  • hello…my husband has problem in food swallowing from last 6 months….he also loosing weight….please advice, what treatment we should take.
    thanks

    1. Hi Uma,

      Thanks for contacting us here. Going on elemental diet is probably the thing that would help the most at this point if he cant swallow food and loosing weight. Absorb Plus is pre-digested so it is absorbed into the bloodstream within 20 minutes of ingestion. Jini also mentioned in this blog post that other option aside from Absorb Pus is to drink high quality nutrients. Here are the links to several blog posts where you can find Jinis recipes and ideas for liquid foods that are easily tolerated

      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/use-common-foods-to-heal-inflammatory-bowel-disease/
      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/jinis-favorite-raw-juice-recipes-juicing-or-blending/
      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/raw-grass-fed-whey-protein/
      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/whole-food-healing-super-delish-smoothies/
      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/how-to-make-a-vegan-elemental-shake/
      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/raw-nutrient-shake/

      Jini also recommend doing bodywork treatment or experiment using Jini’s scar tissue treatment. For external throat application, you would use the protocol here, but instead of a 50% DMSO solution, you would prepare a 40% solution (so 40 percent DMSO, 60 percent aloe vera). If you are a blonde or redhead, then use a 30% DMSO solution (30 percent DMSO and 70 percent aloe vera). Then you would follow the DMSO treatment with the hot castor oil pack as shown.

      http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/how-to-release-and-dissolve-scar-tissue/

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Hay

    Thanks for the article, my friends husbands Esophagus is closed he has achalasia and cant get anything into his stomach, how can it reopen? can he use some of the remedies you mentioned to relax his muscles in order for it to reopen so food can enter the stomach

    thanks for your help

    1. Hello Nur,

      Thank you for reaching out! We would recommend to look for a craniosacral therapist, or myofascial release therapist or follow all 7 treatments that Jini posted above, like using water to experiment with throat, taking magnesium citrate or Mine Minerals Magnesium.

      It is also very important that he is getting the nutrition that his body requires while going through this, so check the links above to several blog posts where Jini give recipes and ideas for liquid foods that are easily tolerated like Absorb Plus.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

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