Herbal Remedies for Achalasia Cardia

Abstract

Achalasia cardia is a disorder of the esophagus where a person is unable to swallow food or even liquids due to the contraction of lower esophageal sphincters. In this article, we will discuss the root cause, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, management strategy, and treatment aspect as per Ayurveda which is a safe method and resolves the disease from its root and even averts the chance of its recurrence.

Introduction

Achalasia cardia is a condition that affects the esophagus. It is a disorder where the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter get affected and unable to relax during deglutition. It is very difficult to swallow anything because the peristaltic movement got affected. And the main reason is not the muscle contraction but it is the nerve affection that got damaged or impaired. So, it’s difficult to pass food and fluid from the mouth into the stomach. The incidence ratio of this disease is high in old aged and middle-aged people and in those who are suffering from any Autoimmune disorder.

Achalasia Cardia

As per Ayurveda, it is an Annavaha Srotas Vyadhi which affects Anna Nalika. Here, it is a Vata Pradhan Tridoshaj Vyadhi where especially Vata dosha is a prime culprit. Vata is responsible for all kinds of movements in our body so this peristalsis of the esophagus also depends on it. Also, the nerve signals which are impaired are mainly dependent on Vata. So, if we can establish the equilibrium in between all three doshas we can get over this disease.

Causes of Achalasia Cardia

The main cause of this disease is our affected immune system. Due to autoimmune conditions, our own body’s immune system starts attacking the healthy cells and develops this condition.
Any damage to our nerves which supplies the lower sphincter of the esophagus is the cause of this disease.

Excessive indulgence in activities that aggravate Vata dosha in our body is responsible for this condition such as excessive consumption of dry, hard, and cold foodstuffs,  excessive exposure to cold environments. Any associated disease history of the esophagus is responsible for this condition. And the presence of any autoimmune disease may be responsible for this disease.
Long term use of any steroids may affect any organ, so it could be a reason for this disease.

Triggering factors of this disease

Alcohol consumption in excess weakens our nerves is a triggering factor in this condition, Cold weather is also a triggering factor.

Signs and Symptoms of Achalasia Cardia

The various signs and symptoms of this disease are -

  1. Difficulty in swallowing i.e nothing but dysphagia, usually the person who is suffering is having achalasia hardly engulf anything even feels difficulty in drinking water.
  2. Vomiting because food is unable to reach the stomach, our body as reflux vomits it out as a foreign material.
  3. Irritation, pain, and discomfort in the chest region as food stuck in the esophagus itself.
  4. Heartburn, sometimes there is a burning sensation in the chest region.
  5. Weakness, due to lack of nutrition, the person becomes weak and feels tired.

Diagnosis

Usually, by symptoms, we can suspect this disease but confirmation is required as the symptoms are quite similar to some other problems of the upper GI tract, so diagnosis can be made based on the following tests.

  • Barium swallow
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Treatment

Till now modern science tackles this disease by dilating the lower sphincter or by esophagomyotomy. These both surgical interventions may lead to post complications like a tear of sphincter while dilatation and GERD after esophagomyotomy. Even Botox injections are used for this treatment. Which are not safe. Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine has an effective treatment for this condition, which is now in practice and people are getting good relief from them. Let’s go through the treatment aspect as per Ayurveda.

Management Strategy as per Ayurveda

  • Nidana parivarjana Avoid the root cause of the disease.
  • Dilates the lower sphincter with shodhan therapy such as Snehana, Swedana, and Vamana.
  • With the help of herbs relax the lower sphincter.
  • Strengthens the nerves.

Herbal remedies for Achalasia cardia by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda, which only practices the herbal formulations that too which are prepared as per the fundamental guidelines of classical ancient texts. They are formulating the medicines by using the pure and standardized herbal extracts of herbs and are free from any kind of additives such as fillers, starch, substitutes, etc. The internal medicines which are effective in this condition are -

  • Mahashankh Vati
  • Pitta balance
  • Curcumin Capsules
  • Acidoplan Syrup
  • Kamdudha Ras

Herbal Remedies for Achalasia cardia

Herbal Remedies for Achalasia cardia

1. Mahashankh Vati

These are the classical herbal tablets that are prepared from Shankha bhasma, Hingu, Maricha, Pippali, Chitraka, Shunthi, etc that helps in balancing Vata and Pitta dosha in our body. It helps to subside the burning sensation in the chest region along with acidity.

Dosage – 2 tablets twice daily, after meals with normal water.

2. Pitta balance

It is an effective formulation that is composed of calcium compounds such as Prawal pishti, Mukta pishti, Akik pishti, Jahar mohra pishti, etc. It is an effective medicine that helps to restore the functions and stimulates the nerves that supply to the Lower esophageal sphincter. It also helps to strengthen the immune system which is also the main cause of this disease.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water.

3. Curcumin Capsules

These capsules are prepared from the pure and standardized extract of the herb Curcuma longa. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, so it helps to counter the inflammation and infection of the oesophagus. It also helps to relieve pain in this condition.

Dosage – 1 capsule, twice daily after meals with normal water.

4. Acidoplan syrup

This syrup is prepared by using herbs such as Saunf, Ghrit kumari, Patola, Shatavari, etc. This herbal syrup is effective to relieve acidity, burning sensation, and discomfort in the chest region. It also helps to improve digestion and avoid the chances of regurgitation.

Dosage – 2 Teaspoonful twice daily, after meals with normal water.

5. Kamdudha Ras Plain

This tablet is a herbal – mineral combination, prepared from the Abhrak bhasma, Giloy satva, etc. They help to manage Pitta and Vata dosha in our body and provide a cooling effect in the chest region and ease the heartburn. And also helps to stimulate the peristalsis.

Dosage – 2 tablets twice daily, after meals

Contact Planet Ayurveda Support Team to provide you the costing/ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or Call at 0172-521-4030 (India), +91-172-521-4030 (Outside India) or Whatsapp at (+91) 9915-593-604.

Conclusion

Achalasia Cardia is a rare disease of the esophagus or an upper GI tract problem that usually affects those who have weak nerves and immune systems. With the help of the above pure herbal medicines, this disease can be treated and managed successfully. Even it will not cause any complications and gives a better recovery with time.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.