Difficulties in swallowing, generally known as dysphagia, may come from a number of sources in the complex passageway from the mouth to the stomach. This includes the mouth, tongue, soft palate, pharynx, upper sphincter, esophagus, and finally the lower sphincter that connects to the stomach. Difficulties in the mouth and upper portion are known as oropharyngeal problems. The more common problems are related to the esophagus. Besides tumors and congenital irregularities some other problems are:
• GERD – Gastroesophageal reflux disease is not a swallowing difficulty per se. It is a condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly and allows food or liquid to leak back into the esophagus from the stomach. This is a source of heartburn and discomfort but beyond this the irritation may cause ulcerations in the esophagus that then heal and scar. This scarring then constricts the esophagus resulting in swallowing difficulties.
• Medications – Some medications are known to stick to the sides of the esophagus and also cause irritation that can result in scarring and narrowing of the esophagus.
• Eosinophilic Esophagitis – An overabundance of white blood cells know as eosinophils will line the walls of the esophagus causing constriction. Many believe this overabundance comes from a type on allergic reaction since it seems to be prominent among those suffering from hay fever, etc.
• Virus and Candida – Although less common, virus infections and Candida can cause esophagitis.
• Achalasia – This is a rare neural disorder wherein the muscles of the esophagus and sphincter do not receive the correct signals and do not operate correctly making if difficult to swallow.
For the general condition of dysphagia the healing properties of Frankincense have reported benefit. For more complete help the following blend was reported as very successful:
• 2 drops Basil (anti-inflammatory)
• 2 drops Myrrh (anti-inflammatory)
• 2 drops Frankincense (healing)
• 1-2 drops Cinnamon (taste)
Add to a small amount of water then using a straw let it ‘trinkle’ down the throat. The idea is to maximize the amount of the blend that coats and sooths the esophagus. Repeat at least daily till results are realized.
As added help also consider putting the same oil or blend topically on the throat and chest area.
Achalasia – since this is a neural disorder include Helichrysum topically in the protocol.
GERD – for the root cause of some dysphagia also see Acid Reflux.
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