Difficulty in swallowing is that what defines DYSPHAGIA, means extra time and efforts are needed to move food or liquid from mouth to stomach which may be associated with pain or swallowing or may be very difficult in certain cases. There are Ayurvedic Remedies for Dysphagia that can bring relief from symptoms.
Intensity of Dysphagia can vary. As in mild form, giving a feeling as if food is just taking longer to pass through the oesophagus which can be painless and liquids may cause no problem. In severity, both solids and liquids do not pass at all down the oesophagus and may cause to vomit back the food and drink. While moderate, can be between these extremes.
Dysphagia can happen at any age, but mostly affected are older adults, babies, and people with problems of the brain or nervous system.
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF DYSPHAGIA
Oropharyngeal dysphagia (High dysphagia): The problem is in the mouth and/or throat. There is generally something wrong with the nerves (and muscles).
Esophageal dysphagia (Low dysphagia): The problem is in the esophagus that is some blockage or irritation.
SYMPTOMS FOR DYSPHAGIA
The difficulty in swallowing can be mild or severe depending upon the cause of the dysphagia.
- Having pain while swallowing (odynophagia)
- Not able to swallow
- Feeling of food getting stuck in throat or chest or behind your breastbone (sternum)
- Unable to control Saliva in mouth.
- Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
- Repeated heartburn.
- Having food or stomach acid back up into your throat
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Coughing or gagging while swallowing.
- Inhaling food can lead to lung infections, like pneumonia
CAUSES FOR DYSPHAGIA
- Ageing- Weakening of natural swallowing muscles can cause swallowing problems in very old age.
- Cerebrovascular stroke- death of brain cells due to impaired blood flow.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (motor neuron disease)
- Bell's palsy-weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face.
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) - When gastric acid goes up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing esophagitis
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Multiple sclerosis and Scleroderma
- Myasthenia gravis
- Parkinson's disease Parkinsonism syndromes
- Radiotherapy of the neck and head area may cause swallowing difficulties.
- Cleft lip and palate
- Snake venom and other neurotoxins
- Some cancers
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)- not adequate saliva to keep the mouth wet.
- Alzheimer disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Dysphagia can be as secondary myopathy in Cushing syndrome, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- Various medications, can cause dysphagia
- Certain Surgeries like Laryngectomy, Pharyngectomy, esophagectomy reconstructed by gastric pull-up.
- Head and neck surgery (oral cavity cancer)
AYURVEDIC VIEW OF DYSPHAGIA
According to Ayurveda dysphagia takes place as a result of blockage in microscopic channels (obstruction of strota) of the body. Low metabolism can cause improper digestion resulting into accumulation of toxins (Ama). These toxins pile up in various body channels causing blockages and impaired functioning. Aggravated vata is also responsible for dysphagia.
AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR DYSPHAGIA
This is an herbal formulation available in the form of powder, which is a useful Ayurvedic Remedy for Dysphagia. This formulation is prepared using standard extracts of the herb, Licorice.
Herb Used: Glycyrrhiza glabra
This herb in Ayurveda known by the name Yashtimadhu whose dried roots are used for the preparation of the herbal formulations. These roots have glycyrrhizin that provide sweet taste. It is has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb has many uses like it can give relief from the throat soreness, indigestion, gastric ulcers and heartburn as well. Even good to use in dry cough, oral inflammation, asthma and bronchitis.
Along with theses it is also beneficial in arthritis and in conditions as canker sores, eczema and herpes.
This herb can strengthen the Immune system and can even prevent the abnormal multiplication of the cancer cells.
Dose: 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after the meals.
This Herbal preparation is available in the form of Capsules and is prepared using various useful herbs that act together to balance 3 energies of the human body - Vata, Kapha and Pitta. This formulation helps in proper digestion of food by maintain the pH of the stomach. This is a beneficial Ayurvedic remedy for Dysphagia bringing relief from symptoms.
- Amla (Emblica officinalis): Amla is a versatile herb which can be considered as hub of benefits due to its healthy properties. It is an anti-oxidant, rich source of Vitamin C, anti-ageing that makes it a good rejuvenator and as well act as coolant, providing soothing effects. It reduces the hot potency, relieving the heat within the body. Helps in stimulating the release of digestive juices by being sour in taste.
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Haritaki is an effective herb with so many uses as it can be a gentle laxative, digestive tonic, expectorant, anti-dysentery, carminative, astringent, anti-bilious and anti-oxidant natural agent and used against inflammation of mucous membrane of mouth. It can even relieve flatulence and gas by suppressing the formation of gas because of its warm potency. It can pacify all the three doshas. It also provide relief in heartburn.
- Bahera (Terminalia bellerica): Bahera is an herb good in nourishing dhatus of body and pacification of tridoshas. It can excrete excessive ‘kapha' from intestines and benefits in the right excretion of juices. Supports the digestion process and maintain the pH of the stomach.
- Sounf (Foeniculum vulgare): A very common herb having fine use in alleviating gaseous distension of abdomen, abdominal pain due to gas ,acidity and constipation.
- Dhania (Coriander sativum) Coriander is another useful and very common herb used commonly in Indian kitchens for cooking. It improves appetite, relieves constipation and gas.
- Pippali (Piper longum): It is capable to strengthen the complete digestive system. It stimulates liver, pancreas and intestines to secrete digestive juices.
- Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum): It is so common among people for its use in relieving abdominal pain due to gas and flatulence. The decoction of Cumin, Fennel, and Coriander is useful in relieving abdominal gas problem and heartburn.
Synergistic work of all these herbs in this formulation is found to be effective to provide relief from the pain and other symptoms of the disorder.
Dose: 2 Capsules two times daily after meals with plain water
This Ayurvedic herbal remedy formed by the combination of some of great natural constituents. This formulation provides relief from heartburn resulting from the Acid reflux or GERD by neutralizing the excess of acid within few minutes. It has the ability to balance the intensified pitta in the human body. It has cooling effect and rejuvenating power and it is also an anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and an excellent blood purifier natural agent
- Parval Pishti (Coral): Parval Pishti formed of coral, rich in the calcium that can improve the digestion. It balances the vata, pitta and kapha providing relief in digestion problems.
- Akik Pishti (Agate): It can balance the vata and pitta dosha.
- Jawar Mohra Pishti: This natural element having cooling properties that supports to balance the vata, pitta and kapha making it capable to provide relief in digestion problems.
- Kamdudha ras: Suitable compound for digestive system that provides relief in heart burn. Natural elements in it can maintain the balance of the pitta dosha in the body.
- Mukta pishti (Pearl): Mukta pisthi is prepared from the pearls. It helps to provide relief in gastritis and burning sensation.
- Guduchi (Giloy): This natural herb is effective to get rid of burping, heartburn and vomiting.
All these work together to fight away the signs and symptoms of the Dysphagia.
Dose: 2 Capsules 2 times daily after meals with plain water.
All these herbal preparations along with the modifications in the lifestyle and diet can effectively manage various symptoms of Dysphagia.
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