Esophagitis (Amlapitta) – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment


Esophagitis in children is the inflammation of the squamous esophageal epithelium. It may result from various causes, including acid and nonacid gastroesophageal reflux (GER), food allergies, dysmotility due to various causes, infections, trauma, and iatrogenic causes. In the pediatric population, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), infection, eosinophilic esophagitis, and corrosive ingestions account for most cases.

In Ayurveda, Esophagitis can be correlated to Amlapitta which is one of the commonest vyadhi (disease) of annavahasrotas (Gastrointestinal tract disorder), caused by vitiated agni (Appetite).

Causes of Esophagitis

  • A backflow of acid fluid from the stomach to the esophagus (GERD)
  • Vomiting
  • Medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatories
  • Viruses, fungi, bacteria, or diseases that weaken the immune system

Also Read:- Eosinophilic Esophagitis Treatment – Natural and Ayurvedic

Symptoms of Esophagitis

The following are the most common symptoms for ulcerative esophagitis. However, symptoms differ in each children. They include,

  • Epigastric and / or substernal burning pain, especially when lying down or straining; and can make swallowing difficult (dysphagia)
  • Regurgitation
  • Heart burn
  • Pain while swallowing food
  • Water brash
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Belching
  • Head ache

Ayurvedic Reference of Esophagitis (Amlapitta)

Ayurvedic Reference of Esophagitis (Amlapitta)
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Ayurvedic Treatment for Esophagitis

Line of Treatment

  • Avoid causative factors
  • Palliative treatment – As the disease is of Pitta origin, all measures are undertaken to pacify pitta.
  • Panchakarma treatment – When a patient cannot be well managed with oral medications ‘Panchakarma procedures’ like Vamana (emesis) or virechana (purgation) whichever is needed should be administered. In chronic cases, Asthapanavasti (medicated enema) is indicated.

Internal Medicines for Esophagitis

  • Narikela Lavan
  • Dashang Kwath
  • Bhoonimbadi kwatha
  • Patoladi Kwatha
  • Gulucyadi Kashaya
  • Amalakyadi Churna
  • Avipattikar Churna
  • Amalaki Rasayan
  • Shatavari Ghrit
  • Aahar Amrutham Bindu
  • Pitpapra Swaras
  • Yashti Ghrit
  • Sukumaara Ghritam
  • Shishu Laxoherb
  • Dadimadi Ghrita
  • Sutashekhar Rasa
  • Prawal Pishti
  • Prawal Panchamrit
  • Shankh Bhasma

Purificatory Therapies for Esophagitis

  • Vamana (Emesis) 
  • Virechana (Purgation) 
  • Asthapanavasti (Medicated Enema) 

Single Herbs Used in Esophagitis

  • Ardraka ( Zingiber officinale) ( After proper assessment of dosha)
  • Vacha ( Acorus calamus) and
  • Musta ( Cyperus rotundus)
  • Parpata ( Fumaria indica)
  • Yashtimadhu ( Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
  • Sauf ( Foeniculum Vulgare)
  • Anjeer ( Ficus Carica)
  • Shrifal ( Aegle marmelos)
  • Bhumi Amla ( Phyllanthus niruri)
  • Dadima ( Punica Granatum)
  • Sariva ( Hemidesmus Indicus)
  • Amalaki ( Phyllanthus emblica)
  • Hrivera ( Valeriana wallichii)

Also Read:- How to Treat Eosinophilic Esophagitis Naturally?

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Diet in Esophagitis

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Take meals in a relaxed atmosphere at regular intervals.
  • Do exercise regularly.
  • Instead of taking three big meals, take 4-6 smaller portions
  • Raise the head end of your bed or sleep on extra pillows so that head is higher than your feet

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Avoid tea, coffee, and carbonated or alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid processed and fermented foods, curd
  • Avoid using garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and vinegar in cooking
  • Avoid rich gravies, sour, salty, and spicy foods
  • Avoid physical activities just after eating
  • Avoid mental stress & worries

Yoga Therapy for Esophagitis

Specific Asanas (Yoga), Pranayama, meditation, deep relaxation techniques, help to arrest the progression of the disease.

Postures include,

  • Vajrasana, 
  • Bhujangasana
  • Salabhasana

Pranayama include,

  • Bhastrika
  • Shitali
  • Shitkari

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Esophagitis?

Answer: Esophagitis is a diffuse non-specific inflammatory disease of unknown origin that continuously affects the colonic mucosa starts from the rectum and often forms erosion and or/ ulcers.

Question: What are the causes of Esophagitis?

Answer: Common causes of Esophagitis include acid reflux, side effects of certain medications, and bacterial or viral infections.

Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment for Esophagitis?

Answer: Aim of treatment is to minimize symptoms and remissions, to avoid complications and complete cure without recurrence. So Ayurvedic management in the form of diet (Ahara) which improves digestive fire, drugs (Chikitsa – Shamana and Shodhana], exercise (Vihara) and change in lifestyle can be adopted.

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA offers fruitful Ayurvedic Management for Esophagitis. IAFA is committed towards providing outstanding service for all the health problems of your children through Ayurveda.

If you are looking for your child’s better health, Think about Dr. Gupta’s IAFA!!!

Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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