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.
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.
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:
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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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- 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.
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
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
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
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
judith hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.