Eosinophilic esophagitis and its herbal treatment
by dr.deepakpaul13-Feb-2013

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Eosinophilic esophagitis is actually an allergic and inflammatory disorder related to the esophagus in which its wall is filled with large number of eosinophils. Eosinophils are basically a type of white blood cells, which are least common among all types of white blood cells. Normally, this disorder creates difficulty in swallowing, heart burn, food impaction, and chest pain. Usually, the disorder of Eosinophilic esophagitis occurs in the children, but the adults can also be affected by it.

Causes

The main causes of this disorder are:

1-      Acid reflux from the stomach that is commonly named as heartburn.

2-      Any kind of fungal infection

3-      Various viral infections

4-      Radiation therapy such as lung cancer

5-      Medications that get stuck in the esophagus like tetracycline

6-      Allergies

7-      Asthma and hay fever

Symptoms

The common symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis are as follows:

1-      Difficult and painful swallowing

2-      Nausea

3-      Vomiting

4-      Chest or abdominal pain

5-      Irritability and difficulty in sleeping

6-      Excessive weight loss and poor appetite

7-      Sticking of food in the esophagus

8-      Cough

9-      Muscle ache and flu

10-   Headache and failure to thrive

Herbal treatments

Some of the effective natural remedies for reducing the effects of eosinophilic esophagitis are mentioned below:

1 Astragalus

The roots of astragalus are one of the most popular herbal tonics used for treating the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, this herbal remedy has proved to be very effective in the treatment of a large number of diseases.

2 Ginseng

Another beneficial herb used for treating many disorders including eosinophilic esophagitis is of ginseng. Since long times, this amazing herb has been used in the preparation of various medicines and had yielded excellent results.

3 Licorice roots

This effective herb is very helpful in treating the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis disorder and is normally combined with some other herbs for better results.

4 Ginger

Ginger has been used since ancient times as an excellent home remedy for treating various diseases. This great herbal remedy is also very useful in providing relief in the disorder of eosinophilic esophagitis. The tea of ginger with some addition of honey is very effectual in treating this disorder. It should be used in less quantity as increased dose will have adverse effects in eosinophilic esophagitis. Herbalist recommends 100 mg of dry ginger after meal once o twice a day.

5 Skullcap

The herb of skullcap is very beneficial in reducing the negative effects of eosinophilic esophagitis. This herb is generally combined with other herbs in order to get maximum results.

6 Echinacea

The excellent herb of Echinacea is very effective in relieving the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis. This great herb is found excessively in the Midwest and is one of the most beneficial herbs for the treatment of a large number of diseases.

7 Prevention of acidic foods

One of the many important things to avoid in this disorder is to prevent the acidic foods as far as possible because these foods incline to fret the esophagus and increase inflammation. These types of foods normally include olives, tomatoes, lentils, citrus fruits, lemon, yogurt, cheese, red meats, and all other foods including high amount of acids. In addition, spicy foods should also be avoided in order to decrease the mordant esophagitis symptoms.

8 Antifungal and antibiotic medications

Various antibiotics and antifungal medications are quite essential for the proper and complete treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis.

 

Besides all kinds of herbal and medical treatments, a healthy and active lifestyle also plays a vital role in reducing the negative effects of this disorder. Soft and nutritious food should be used unless the symptoms are reduced.

References

http://www.seacoast.com/topic.php?health=chinese+herb+treat+eosinophilic+esophagitis

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/esophagitis-diet.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/eosinophilic_esophagitis/article.htm

http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site3093/mainpageS3093P1.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/esophagitis/DS01154/DSECTION=symptoms

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/treatment-of-eosinophilic-esophagitis

http://www.herbalfreak.com/medical-condition/ailments/eosinophilic-esophagitis/

http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/blog/symptoms-of-eosinophilic-esophagitis/

http://www.nutrition411.com/education-materials/allergies-intolerances-and-special-diets/item/1267-eosinophilic-esophagitis

http://ndnr.com/web-articles/pediatrics/eosinophilic-esophagitis/


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