Eosinophilic Esophagitis aka EoE was recently recognized as an increasingly diagnosed medical condition. Anywhere from one to four of every ten thousand people have been diagnosed. If that happens to be you, it’s likely that you already know there is no cure. Fortunately, there are a variety of options for treating the symptoms, including those with a more naturopathic approach. Honey is a popular and effective option for both its ease of availability and versatility.
With all of the conventional options available, what are the benefits to using honey? For starters, there’s the obvious: it’s a natural treatment that won’t result in ill side effects, plus it’s safe for just about everyone. It’s also a powerhouse that offers more than just one medicinal benefit. What’s more is that it can be incorporated in a number of ways, so it’s easy to add to your treatment routine. Traditional means of ingesting honey revolve around adding it to beverages, like hot tea. If you’re following the 6 food elimination diet, food might get a bit boring and feel rather limiting; honey makes an excellent addition to add some flavor back into your meals. Tend to your sweet tooth by using honey to sweeten your morning oatmeal, make fruit smoothies, or whip up a dessert, like chia seed pudding. As an added bonus, using honey supports our bee population. Bees are declining in numbers, so they need all the help they can get.
It’s common knowledge that honey possesses antibacterial properties, but it’s also a good anti-inflammatory. In a study of wounds in animals, topical application showed positive results in treating serious burns. This benefit applies to internal use too, easing discomfort and improving function. Honey can also be combined with other anti-inflammatory agents, like turmeric, to aid efficacy. There’s no such thing as overdosing on honey, so feel free to play around with the quantity and frequency to find what works best for you.
Another surprising benefit of honey is its relaxation properties. Not only does it promote mental relaxation, but it can be used to help ease tense muscles, including those in the digestive tract. Honey contains notable amounts of tryptophan, which is the compound responsible for these relaxing effects. Honey also contains potassium, which aids other chemicals in the body that are responsible for relaxation. This can be a key component in reducing the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux that accompany EoE.
Honey is safe and effective for many individuals diagnosed with EoE. Even so, it’s a good idea to discuss using it with a qualified medical professional. You should never discontinue your current doctor-prescribed treatment regimen without consultation. Consider combining it with your existing treatment to maximize your results.