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Homeopathic Treatment for Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a term used to describe the difficulty in swallowing. Sometimes the patient experiences pain while swallowing fluids, solid and semi foods.This painful swallowing is called odynophagia. Dysphagia usually arises from disorders of the esophagus. Another cause for dysphagia is the weakening of nerves and muscles involved in moving the food down the throat and esophagus. The causes of dysphagia also include esophageal stricture, esophageal tumor, and achalasia. Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, or injury to the brain and spinal cord also cause dysphagia. Homeopathic treatment for dysphagia follows a symptomatic approach to help such patients.An indicative picture of the individual is the first step towards selecting the most appropriate homeopathic medicine for dysphagia. The chances of recovery in dysphagia vary from case to case. In cases with mild symptoms, improvement with homeopathic medicines for dysphagia is possible. In cases with severe symptoms, homeopathic treatment for dysphagia provides supportive help.

Symptoms of Dysphagia

Symptoms of dysphagia vary from mild to severe. The symptoms of dysphagia include the feeling of food being stuck in the throat or behind the sternum; gagging, choking or pain while swallowing; heartburn; or regurgitation of food. Dysphagia may be noted while consuming liquids, solids or both. Dysphagia may lead to respiratory problems like aspiration pneumonia and also malnutrition.

Homeopathic Medicines for Dysphagia

1. Lachesis and Hyoscyamus – Homeopathic Medicines for Dysphagia When Swallowing Liquids is Difficult

Lachesis and Hyoscyamus are successful homeopathic medicines for dysphagia. They are effective when dysphagia for liquids is present. Lachesis is used when the patient has difficulty in swallowing liquids or even saliva. Pain and swelling in the throat are also present. There is choking when drinking liquids. Hyoscyamus is useful when there is a constricted sensation in the throat along with an inability to swallow liquids. Fluids may go the wrong way down the larynx. Other symptoms include a burning sensation and shooting pain in the throat.

2. Kali Carb and Alumina – Homeopathic Medicines for Dysphagia When Swallowing Solids is Difficult

Homeopathic treatment for dysphagia where dysphagia for solid food is present is Kali Carb and Alumina. Kali Carb works when there is difficulty in swallowing solids along with gagging and vomiting. Kali Carb may also work well in cases of dysphagia from the stricture of the esophagus. In such patients, food may also go into the windpipe. Alumina works well when swallowing of solid food is difficult, painful and there is extreme dryness in the throat. The throat feels plugged. A patient needing Alumina can consume warm drinks with ease.

3. Baptisia and Baryta Carb – Homeopathic Medicines for Dysphagia When There is Inability to Swallow Solids, and Only Liquids are Swallowed with Ease

Baptisia and Baryta Carb are some of the best homeopathic medicines for dysphagia. They are helpful in cases where a person can only consume liquids, and there is gagging at the introduction of solid food. A patient needing Baptisia cannot swallow any solid food because of a constrictive feeling in the throat. Consuming only liquids is easy. Constriction at the cardiac end of the esophagus may also be present. Baryta Carb helps in cases when the patient consumes only liquids. Not even a slight amount of solid seems to move down the esophagus. Stinging and burning in the throat may also be present. Empty swallowing leads to a smarting pain in the throat.

4. Belladonna and Cactus – Homeopathic Medicines for Dysphagia When the Patient Has To Drink to Swallow

Homeopathic medicines Belladonna and Cactus are both significant homeopathic treatment for dysphagia where the patient has to drink water to help swallow food. Belladonna works well when a person having dysphagia has to drink water to help swallow food. There is also a tendency to choke easily while swallowing. The food may go down the wrong way. Belladonna is a medicine for painless dysphagia. Cactus is highly indicated when a person has to drink a lot of water to make the food move down the esophagus. Heat and constriction in the throat may also be the symptoms indicating the use of the Homeopathic medicine Cactus . A feeling of suffocation may also arise from constriction in the throat.

5. Anacardium and Hyoscyamus – Homeopathic Medicines for Dysphagia with Choking

Homeopathic medicines that are most suitable for dysphagia with choking while swallowing are Anacardium and Hyoscyamus. The characteristic feature to use Anacardium is easy choking while eating or drinking anything. Scraping and rawness in the throat are also important symptoms for selecting this remedy. Hyoscyamus is effective when there is choking while drinking liquids as the liquid goes down the larynx instead of the esophagus. The fluid may also regurgitate and come out through the nose in some cases.

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Comments

  1. Mrs. Kapoor says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma
    My mother age-73 is suffering from dysphagia. She is an oncology patient-had cancer of the food pipe now post radiation and chemotherapy. Treatment ended last year 2016 -Feb. Post that she has had ulceration in that area, laryngeal swelling and more recently fungal infection in the food pipe. She has been treated for all this. Still the difficutly in eating solids is persisting. She has cough with phelm also, disturbed sleep and loss of weight. The last endoscopy was clear as far as any tumor etc is concerned. There is hoarseness of voice and she is able to eat solid food with lot of water -mostly unable to eat-feels like gagging. Any suggestion to help her would be gratefully accepted.

  2. Lea Ann Jones says:

    What would you recommended for the diagnosis of functional and sensory hypersensitivity of the esophagus?

  3. Praveen Keshari says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma,

    Sir, I have been suffering from narrowing my throat and feeling difficult in swallowing solid foods, some times food got chocked and start vomit after some time it after taking some water it becomes normal. I do feel burning in chest bit pain in heart. I am having acidity since long and acid seems coming up in throat with throat burning. I have small stone in my gal bladder, one of homeopathic doctor suggested me to take Nux Vomica 30. My age is 40 kindly suggest me.

    Thanks,
    Praveen Keshari
    Mob 9313274222

  4. Suman Srivastava says:

    My 22 year son has difficulty in swallowing solid food. He has no problem with liquid and semisolid food.
    Food like puri or sandwitch takes him long time he has to chew it real fine to swallow. No pain. But struggles to swallow.

  5. Binu Khanna says:

    My husband age 41 has difficulty in swallowing mainly in morning during breakfast.He requires any liquid to help swallow any solid food. This problem has not increased with time. He is having this problem since 2 years. Else he is healthy. He has No weight loss.

  6. Jadu Jena says:

    MY SOn is11yrs old. There was a operation due to Trachea esophagus fistula last 10 yrs. After operation a stricture developed. so only he can swallwed semi liquid. not solid. If he taka solid food forcefully it not swalloed .He soon spit out .vomitting occurs. A homeo dr adviced to take BAPTISIA , LACHESIS, ALUMINA, SILECIA ,FELTAURI ,RHUS TOX, PHOSPHEROUS SINCE Last 2yrs .But no result found. plz adviced me if any remedies possible to eat solid food.

  7. Asim Zabihullah says:

    Hello Dr.
    My aunt is suffering With ALS,a motor neuron disease.she is suffering from difficulty in swallowing solid food like bread etc,What best medication You will suggest.

    Regards
    Asim Zabihullah
    PharmD.

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