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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 treatment for dysphagia is possible. In cases with severe symptoms, homeopathy provides supportive help.  homeopathic treatment for dysphagia

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 Treatment for Dysphagia

1. Lachesis and Hyoscyamus – When Swallowing Liquids is Difficult

Lachesis and Hyoscyamus are effective 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 – When Swallowing Solids is Difficult

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 – When There is Inability to Swallow Solids

Baptisia and Baryta Carb are some of the best 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 – When the Patient Has To Drink to Swallow

Belladonna and Cactus are both significant 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 – For Dysphagia with Choking

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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  1. Dr. Sharma… My daughter is 31 years old… and has been having trouble feeling like she has a lump in her throuat by her adams apple on right side. sometimes hears clicking sound, and swallows air and burps. It is getting worse. Had MRI and only said she has slight C-shape cervical neck. Which homeopathic remedy do you think works best? She is anxious now about eating or drinking and she is in pain much of the time. Relief when she lays down.

  2. Hi Dr. Sharma, I’m searching for some answers and I’m hoping you can help. A friend of mine has inhaled a piece of hair and it has been stuck in her throat for a few days. She had a scope done but the doctors couldn’t see anything and she is now being told that it’s in her head. She has no appetite, but her throat feels like it’s closing when she drinks. She gags up bile and repeatedly vomits.

  3. Hi Dr Sharma I have a feeling of something stuck in my oesophagus just behind the sternum area.feels like you want to burp out but cannot. Any homeopathic medicine that you can recommend

  4. Anish Naik says:

    Dr. Sharma

    My mother is suffering from desphagia for a year now. She has difficulty in swallowing water too. She has pain while doing so. We have to crush the food in a mixer and keep it as honey consistency, so that she can eat.
    Could you please prescribe medication so that at least she can take liquids asap? Because of the pain, she avoids drinking water too. We have to force her to drink water and eat all the food I give her.
    Your help will be highly appreciated.

    Thanking you

    Anish Naik

  5. Mehar chand bithar says:

    Dr sharma,my husband has right side vocal cord paralysis so is on a food tube.cannot ear or drink.he had a huge tumor which has just been removed.can you please name is ravina bithar.

  6. M. T. William says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma,
    My name is William, Male and I am 79 and a Heart patient (CAD) for past 11 years without any difficulty, but I used to feel weak so but just one week back I started taking Adel’s Golden drops for heart health and feel better now, and I have faith in Homeopathic medication.

    Since 1 year I have difficulty in swallowing and when I drink liquids, I FEEL a small portion going to Larynx and I cough for some time and get relief for that sip. I have also difficulty in pushing down solid foods, and for some time I feel the food still in the food pipe.
    I have difficulty in speaking and need to take strain to talk, and it is very difficult to talk on Phone as my words are not clear to listener. This has developed slowly to this stage. I haven’t consulted any Doctor nor gone to Hospital yet due to Covid-19. Please prescribe Homeo medicine suitable for this difficulty.

  7. SIR
    MY FATHER IS 86 YEAR OLD.He suffered mild brain stroke 25 days back. Though he is not suffering from any paralysis in leg and hands ,but unable to swallow solid food.Even takes long time to take liquid food.He is also affected by pnemonia.
    AFTER CT SCAN OF BRAIN N CHEST DOCTOR PRESCRIBED SOME MEDICATION FOR STROKE N PNEMONIA. There is minor improvement in his condition but his swallowing difficulty still persists.
    I have great faith in homeopathic medication.

  8. Chitralekha Gogoi says:

    Sir , I don’t have difficulty in swallowing,but I have a feeling as if something is stuck in my oesophagus specially after having my food. Please help

  9. Sir my name is sk ISRAFIL. My chail age 2yrs 3month he faces very difficulty in chewing and Swallowing Solids food .and take very long time to finished his food. And after finish his food most of the time he vomiting. .he is suffering it from upto 9 month above. . His symptoms match with dysphagea please help

  10. Dr r c minocha says:

    Read ur articles and impressed about ur knowledge about treament and true knowledge of materi medica of homeopathic medcn. Always look for dr sharma for d help. Thanks and stay blessed
    May i drop my question? My brother age 80 years pt of parkinson, got fracture of trochantur of femur, tookhim to hospital for sugery, oneday before surgery his oxygen level , bp, got low, fever, shivering admitted in icu, all parameter got normal. Hehad devolped aspiration pneumonia, UTI and now coming under control. Nowd problem is his cocious level is less and screation try to go in wind pipe and due to secrition he is unable to speak words. Previously solid used to engulf easily but liquid caused gurgullind and dyspagia. Icould get from ur article hyocyamus and lachesis. Kindly suggest potency and should i give both . Or any other medcn. Thanksa lot

  11. Tony vedanth suresh says:

    Sir my 20yr old child is suffering from swallowing problem for past two yrs formerly he used water for eating this started when food choked in throat and later now he can’t swallow a single food now and then he tries for small balls can you prescribe a medicine and exercise for this place help us sir thank you sir

    • Got any relief from anything?? If yes then please tell me my daughter suffering from this problem from 2 months! Feels like something is stuck in throat with a feeling of fullness and when burp comes I feel okay…My daughter is just 17 years old and she is finding difficulty in swallowing food!! Please help and suggest homeopathic treatment that worked!

    • Dr. Sharma… are a GOD SEND if you can help me, I have a diagnosis of Dysphaia over a year ago and then covid hit so I don’t know what to do with my symptoms of chocking even with liquid and cutting my food into tiny pieces I am so afraid i’m going to chock to death because it feels like my throat closes up and I get anxiety which I think makes it get worse…..can you recommend something homopathic to help me??
      I will be so great full I live alone to I get really nervous when this happens I am 72 years old….THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

  12. Shyam Kumar Karna says:

    Good morning doctor
    I feel something is sticking at the upper part of throat. When I eat, I feel something is trapped at that part. There is slight pain when I swallow solids.. Please advise me what to do at the earliest. I will be thankful to you.

    • Got any relief from anything?? If yes then please tell me I’m suffering from this problem from 2 months! Feels like something is stuck in throat with a feeling of fullness and when burp comes I feel okay

  13. Shyam Kumar Karna says:

    Good morning sir

    I am feeling slight pain while swallowing solids. Throat seems to dry all the time. I feel something is sticking at the upper part of throat. Please advise me what to do at the earliest. I will be thankful to you.

  14. Noor Rahman says:

    hello sir
    My mother aged 90 years a facing dysphasia as she is getting difficulty in swallowing food and some time liquids too .
    Please advise the medicine

  15. K P Singh says:

    My mother aged 83 years appears to be facing dysphasia as she is getting difficulty in swallowing liquids when takes her pill for sugar.
    Please advise the medicine and the steps to be taken to cure it. We are strong believer of homeopathy. She also takes twice Diacard homeopathic medicine for heart.

  16. Atiqa Khan says:

    Hi doctor
    My husband has very slight Haitus Hernia and schatzki ring problem. Anything he ears feels like stuck in thevfoid pipe not going down. Some times even liquid foid doesnt go down. He feels lot if congestion in chest and difficulty breathings. He also sometimes wakes up from sleep because of blocked breathing. He us 35, 5.7″ hieght and his wieght has reducex to 60 from 72 kg coz he cant properly eat. He has a very lean body dark and thick hair… He has suffered from acid reflux for years before the haitus hernia and schtazki ring was diagnosed. Can u plz u plz u plz help?

  17. Sir,my mother,who is 83 yrs old,is unable to swallow solids and liquids.She is having severe pain while swallowing.Kindly suggest her suitable medicine.

    With regards,

  18. Satya prakash Sharma says:

    Sir,my 23yrs old son have fragmented parastalysis 53% like achalasia cardia from last 10monts prblem in swallowing the food hard and liquid both.please suggest best medicine for this.thanks S P Sharma, email- (8527433867)

    • Sir,my mother,who is 83 yrs old,is unable to swallow solids and liquids.She is having severe pain while swallowing.Kindly suggest her suitable medicine.

      With regards,

  19. Adnan farooq says:

    Sir i m 42 years old having diffuculty swolling food & liquid here in canada doctor ran test & they are keen to do surgery according to them it will only be corrected by surgery i dont want to go through surgery as according to reports i dont have any cyst or lump or any other abnormal growth someone suggested that homeopathy has a solution & treatment i had never used homeopatic medicine
    Kindly suggest or advice a treatment.

  20. Purushottam Tripathi says:

    Sir, My wife aged about 65 years patient of fronto temporal dementia for the last 8 years, apart from so many sevear problems is having dysphagia she can sallow the solid foods easily but without chewing, and it is very difficult to sallow the liquid. It becomes very tough to feed a glass of water. She is 100% depending on others. Your kind expert guidance is highly solicited

  21. My sister is suffering from Multiple sclerosis since 10yr. From 15days she is suffering from swallowing problem.Difficulty in eating n drinking.Suggest medicines?

  22. Sir I hv taken radiation and kimotherophy for esophagus cancer 16 months back
    Now I go for endoscopy in that scarr narrowing observed. I hv any permanent treatment for my problem in homeopathy

    • About 15 days,ago my father of age73 felt shallowing problem,on endoscopy dysphagia has diagnosed, what suggestions that you will give however he does not feel problem on taking food.

  23. Mrs Chetna Kumar says:

    Dear Dr,
    My 4 yr old grandson has suddenly since the last 2 months started swallowing so slowly that it takes 2 and a half hours to feed him his meal. There is no pain in swallowing.
    I am a firm believer in homeopathy. Can you pl guide me.
    I also prescribe in a small way to my family and friends.

  24. Ajay kumar kar says:

    I am 33 year old impaired swallow since 9 month.

    • Food swallow problem,feeling some obstacle in throat n lower neck portin

    • Sushma binani says:

      Hello doctor.
      My name is sushma binani. I am 37 years old.for the past two months i have pain in throat . And i also i feel stucking of food in throat and choking and pain in swallowing saliva also.i have been suffering from acidity problem also. Evwry time i burping and belching. Sometime i feel pain in whole throat. .kindly suggest me. And cough problem is also

  25. balrajulaganathan says:

    Sir good evening iam balraj. from pondicherri [india] I have fast 6 month got dyspagia swalloving dificulty two time under went dilation through endoscopy procedur butt again same problem is ther if you have any medicine pls help me tku

    • Sushma binani says:

      Hello doctor.
      My name is sushma binani. I am 37 years old.for the past two months i have pain in throat . And i also i feel stucking of food in throat and choking and pain in swallowing saliva also.i have been suffering from acidity problem also. Evwry time i burping and belching. Sometime i feel pain in whole throat. .kindly suggest me

  26. Sudesh Seth says:

    I have two three problems if you can treat me.
    Sleepless ness ( Insomnia)
    Difficult swallowing
    Erruptions on my both hands only in summers ( last i took Ars.album 30 and it worked. now i have started taking for the last 3 to 4 days not much effect so far)
    My age is 84 and still i work the whole day.

  27. My mother diagnosed with eseophagus cancer in 2013 after radiation and chemotherapy doctors advised to take her home as the further treatment is not possible , since then she is taking diet in semi solid form and now in 2019 since fifteen days she is unable to take semi solid food, only liquid is going down, suggest any remedy so that she can atleast take semi solid food.

  28. my mother left hand midl finger effect to TRIGGER FINGER very slow pain effect morning times age 50y normal weight


    Ever since I underwent operation for cancer in the lateral left size of my tongue, I am unable to swallow liquid or solid and am being fed by tube. There is no pain in the throat while attempting to swallow. As soon as I try to take liquid or solid, cough comes and I have to take that out
    I am 67. Please suggest suitable treatment. Endoscopy shows every thing normal

    • Any relief?? My daughter is having problem from 2 months she is having difficulty swallowing food and burping! She feels as if something is stuck in throat and cough also comes sometimes ! Please tell me as my daughter is having problem and I can’t see her in such situation

  30. Happy Deepavali Dr

  31. Subramanian says:

    I underwent chemo radiation therapy for esophageal cancer. Treatment was over in 6jan 2018.
    From April onwards am continuously undergoing dilatation every 10to 12 days .
    Is there a way to get cured of this problem

  32. Hello, my husband is 80 and has recently had trouble eating and drinking without difficulty. It seems to be worse in the morning or on certain days. Sometimes he has no trouble at all, other days he coughs up the food. He does have petit mal seizures usually in clusters around the full moon, but is then fine the rest of the month. We are using cannabis oil to control the seizures, therefore he is not on any pharmaceuticals.

    I really do not want him on pharmaceuticals. He is due for an appointment with a Dr. who treats Dysphasia next week. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you so much for your time.

    • My father aged 83 underwent prostet surgery 9 months back by laser. Thereafter he was diagnosed with multiple scerolisis . Right now he is not able to swallow liquid as well as solid through his throat. Whenever we try to feed him after few seconds it is automatically thrown out of his mouth. Suggestion is solicited

  33. sunil sharma says:

    my mother has had oral cancer. almost 3 years have passed when radition was done .She was on liquid diet from last 3 years but she is facing problem in swallowing even liquid.
    It is painful to see her in this condition.
    Please advise medicine


    Sir, My name is Indraneel Sengupta. Sometimes, my throat becomes completely dry and there is difficulty in swallowing. Can you suggest me what medications should I take?

  35. V K Sharma says:

    Dear Sir,

    Allopathy doctor has diagnosed that my esophgas is 50 % ineffective. Rest of other things are ok. I am experiencing problem of swallowing mostly when I eat some thing from out side. Problem is little bit lessor when i take little and highly digestive food at home withmore green vegitables. When i experiece this problem i feel severe heart burn also. This is in fact very miserable for me. Pl. Suggest remidy for this pronlem. Liquid creat little bit more problem. Regards . VK Sharma age 55 years.

  36. Hi i am unable to swallow food i have esophagus stricture. What can i do.? Cant evn swallow liquids.

  37. V Chandrashekar says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma,
    My mother 96 years old is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia for many years. She was taking tegritol and pregabalin. As she was having quite a problem with these drugs, like sleepiness, drooling she had to stp these medications. Of late she has a severe swallowing problem. It became gradually very bad she could not even swallow water. Now she is being fed through a Ryles tube. Please suggest some remedy for overcoming this problem.
    Thanks and Regards

  38. Bharat bhushan says:

    I am last 4-5year Exzcma problem ple give me treatment

  39. Ajay Sarkar says:

    I have been suffering from dysphagia since 1996 after consuming alcohol and Kali this 6x,3ox,glycerisa glabara 1x administered thereafter along with pranayam by baba Ramdev.Now I am feeling 80%o.k.Plese advise fully cure of 100 % cure.

    • My daughter is just 17 years old and from 2 months she is having difficulty swallowing food with slight itching in throat sometimes and wet cough also comes!! Please help me,I want to cure my daughter!

  40. Mary Ranganathan says:

    My mother was diagnosed with ALS in May 2014. Her doctor put her on riluzole, letting her know there was no cure but the medication might provide her a few more months of delayed symptoms. ALS progresses at different rates and affects different body parts first. My mother, being 80 at the time, fell into a category of what they call “fast progression” (older female). Her arms weakened first, then her hands, her mouth, and throat, and finally her lungs. Throughout her two-and-a-half-year ordeal, she was able to walk with assistance. All the while she continued to take the riluzole. If it bought my mother any time, we will never know. Her neurologist told us that if she couldn’t afford it, there was no real need to take it. She lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took her off the riluzole (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started her on the ALS natural herbal formula we ordered from GREEN HOUSE HERBAL CLINIC, We spoke to few people who used the treatment here in Canada and they all gave a positive response, her symptoms totally declined over a 7 weeks use of the Green House ALS disease natural herbal formula. She is now almost 83 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website) I am thankful to nature, herbs are truly gift from God. Share with friends!!

  41. Tariq Mahmood says:

    My friend has been doing Masturbation for the last 50 years; his age is 60 years; he stopped it for1 month & again fell in this habit; he hasn’t married but now his Prostate enlarged to 48 centimeters. Also suffering from Knee Arthritis; Bronchial Asthma & has trouble. Sometimes loose motion.

    Could you please prescribe.

    Thank you

  42. Jigna M Danani says:

    Dr. Sharma,
    My dad is suffering from Alzehmier. And from last one month he is facing problem in swalloing food. He faces the same problem while drinking water. He is unable to take his regular medicine. Can you suggest some homeopathy which may help

  43. 45 yr female finding difficulty swallowing solid food no pain no coughing last 1 year condition same . previously burning tongue problem was there. After using candid mouth paint nervigen tablet it stopped n this swallowing priblem started advice please

  44. Hello,
    I’m suffering from Achalasia type 2 and have started meds to relax my sphincter muscle. What can I take that is more natural to help me swallow? Will this problem ever get any better or a lifetime dx. ? Thank you

  45. 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.

  46. Lea Ann Jones says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

    Asim Zabihullah

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