Eosinophilic Esophagitis: What Causes It?
White blood cells are responsible for fighting disease-causing microorganisms in our bodies. These same white blood cells are, however, very sensitive to allergic reactions. When introduced to allergens, the body reacts by raising the eosinophil levels drastically to fight the microorganisms from the allergens. The resulting increase in the eosinophil level may lead to the inflammation of the esophagus, a condition known as eosinophilic esophagitis. This condition is mostly characterized by pain when swallowing and mild to extreme heartburn. People with food allergies are more likely to suffer from eosinophilic esophagitis than people without the same.
The most obvious sign of eosinophilic esophagitis is difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), especially solid foods, because of the inflamed food pipe. Other symptoms include heartburn that typically occurs after eating but may also happen on an empty stomach, and vomiting in some extreme cases. Nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains are also symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis, though they may also indicate other allergic disorders.
If you happen to suffer from these symptoms and can conclusively establish that you are indeed suffering from eosinophilic esophagitis, you can try out these natural remedies to effectively treat your condition.
Natural Treatment for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
1. Dietary Elimination
Most effective of all natural treatment techniques, dietary elimination involves removing from your diet the cause of the allergic reaction. This is mostly done by professional physicians who carry out a series of tests to determine the allergen. In case you able to see the physician, you can evaluate the allergy by either trial and error or a historical study of common allergens that may affect the family. This method has proven effective in treating eosinophilic esophagitis in children and has recently shown promising results in adults. Most allergens are usually protein in nature and may include peanuts, soy, dairy products and other foods rich in protein.
2. Turmeric and Honey Paste
Another natural treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis is a mixture of turmeric and honey. Though not the greatest tasting mixture, the paste will effectively mitigate the symptoms and ease the pain when swallowing. The mix takes advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of both ingredients to reduce the discomfort experienced during ingestion; honey will also help relax the esophagus naturally and prevent reverse peristalsis that causes vomiting. If you are not that queasy, consider adding flakes of fresh garlic to the paste for increased effectiveness. You should take the mixture two to three times a day for optimum results.
To create this mixture just add about half a tablespoon of turmeric to two tablespoons of honey and mix well. Add a quarter of a crushed garlic if you desire.
3. Relaxation Therapy
Another natural treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis involves doing a variety of stress releasing exercises. This exercises not only help reduce symptoms of heartburn and reflux but also help relax the body and decrease anxiety. Here are some effective relaxing exercises you could try out.
Though these natural treatments for eosinophilic esophagitis are pretty useful, they are not a substitute for medical treatments and procedures. Please consult your physician if your condition does not improve.