Esophagitis (Amlapitta)

    विरुद्धदुष्टाम्लविदाहिपित्तप्रकोपिपानान्नभुजोविदग्धम्।
    पित्तंस्वहेतूपचितंपुरायत्तदम्लपित्तंप्रवदन्तिसन्तः॥

    Esophagitis/ Amlapitta

    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).

     

    Dr.Gupta’s IAFAhas a separate pediatric wing with dedicated facility for comprehensive management of diseases, disorders and other medical conditions in  children.

    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

    Ayurvedic reference of Esophagitis-Amlapitta

    Symptomsof 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

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    Master’s in Health Administration

    Diet in Esophagitis

    Do’s (Pathya) in Esophagitis

    • 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

    Don’ts (Apathya) in Esophagitis

    • 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 , helps to arrest the progression of the disease.

    Postures include,

    • Vajrasana, 
    • Bhujangasana
    • Salabhasana

    Pranayama include,

    • Bhastrika
    • Shitali
    • Shitkari

    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 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

    • NarikelaLavan
    • DashangKwath
    • Bhoonimbadikwatha
    • Patoladikwatha
    • Gulucyadikashaya
    • AmalakyadiChurna
    • AvipattikarChurna
    • AmalakiRasayan
    • Shatavarighrit

    • Yashtighrit
    • Sukumaaraghritam
    • Dadimadighrta
    • Sutashekhar Rasa
    • PrawalPishti
    • PrawalPanchamrit
    • ShankhBhasma

    Purificatory Therapies for Esophagitis

    • Vamana (emesis) 
    • Virechana (purgation) 

    • Asthapanavasti (medicated enema) 

    Single herbs used inEsophagitis

    • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
    • Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhizaglabra)

    • Amalaki(Phyllanthusemblica)

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What isEsophagitis?

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

    Question: What are the causes ofEsophagitis?

    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 life style can be adopted.

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