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The substance, ecabet sodium, is derived from pine resin.
A research team from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne found that the white power reduces the activity of pepsin, the chemical blamed for causing some ulcers.
When added to gastric juices in the lab, the extract caused a thickening of the mucus that lines the stomach and protects it from acid attack.
Scientists also discovered the powder reduced the survival time of another type of bacteria that causes ulcers, acting much like an antibiotic.
People with stomach ulcers are prone to esophageal reflux — when gastric juices pass the valve at the top of the stomach and irritate the lining of the gullet.
It's believed acid reflux is caused by a variety of factors, mostly dietary. Too much alcohol, fried or fatty foods, coffee and spicy foods can contribute to the problem.
Ecabet sodium has been prescribed by some therapists as an alternative to acid-control drugs for the treatment of reflux. This study may help patients who may want a more natural solution to their problem.
"Doctors often prescribe drugs which stop acid production...but some medical experts are worried there may be side effects on patients who take the drug daily for many years," says lead researcher Dr. Jeff Pearson.
Doctors say long-term use of antacids can result in diarrhea and a buildup of magnesium in the body. Too much magnesium can be serious for people with kidney disease.
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I haven't found anything else on Ecabet Sodium, however I'm always on the hunt for anything that may have been over looked.
Here's my post on barretts, I haven't really noticed much differnece in symptoms with ot without barretts. Like my post explains, some days are better than others and I now struggle with lpr as well.
Manuka honey (higher the active + the better) and aloe vera gel (no citric acid), I believe is what healed the barretts. They may not cure gerd but they both are healers.
I have barretts, gerd, gastritis, hiatial hernia, IBS, and poor LES valve. All of which have gotten worst over the years ( about 16yrs ). In June I was told I had short segment barretts and my LES valve was wide open, now the barretts are gone and my LES valve is partially open. I do still struggle with reflux daily, some days more than others. However I wanted to share what I feel has helped me make progress. I agree you will not cure gerd if you can not heal your LES valve (some say this can not be done but I disagree). I have gone thru all the same test as all of you have. Instead of writing a book on myself, it may be easier for people to just ask me questions that they may need. This is what I have done to try and heal the damage.1.diet changes; all the normal.....eat 90% chicken and turkey for meat (fish if I could choke it down). Sweet potatoes, raw carrots, broccoli, spinach, blackberries, whole grains, . I stay away from soda, coffee, choc, chips, dairy, pizza, beer etc.2. spirulina (loaded with chlorophyll)3. sleep inclined on left side4. manuka honey 5.aloe vera gel (lakewood brand has NO citric acid)6. carafate (coats and protects from more damage)7. Tums or gaviscon as needed8.dexilant (ppi)9. zantac in the evening (h2 blocker)10. dgl (when i can't time the carafate)PS: I know the honey and aloe will not stop the gerd, however they are proven healers so I believe they played a huge part in my progress of starting to heal my LES.
What did they do at your osteopath treatment? Do you go to a standard clinic or is it a private doctor office?
https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2053117===================================================================Anyone else using an osteopath?I had my first visit yesterday and my 'lump in throat' symptom feels much better today. Could just be a coincidence of course, but I felt a definate internal change during the diaphragm-stretching technique. I have another session in a few weeks and will report back here.The reason I went to see an osteopath was the recent report below. This is an extract, click on the link for the full article. "Diaphragm muscles show osteopathic training potentialPublished on July 10, 2012By Lucy PiperOsteopathic manipulative intervention to obtain functional equilibrium of the diaphragm increases lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), researchers have found.This positive influence on the LES suggests that inspiratory muscles, including the diaphragm, could be trained in the same way that gait muscles are, thereby strengthening them and improving their performance, the team explains."Our results demonstrated that there was an increase of 9-27% of the LES pressure in patients who performed the osteopathic maneuvers, while in the group of patients who did not perform the maneuvers, a reduction of that pressure was observed," Tomas Navarro-Rodriguez (University of São Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil) and colleagues report.A total of 38 patients with GERD participated in the study, 22 of whom received osteopathic manipulation, involving a diaphragm-stretching technique commonly used by osteopathic physicians to obtain functional equilibrium of the muscles. The remaining participants received a sham technique..."read more,http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120710/Diaphragm-muscles-show-osteopathic-training-potential.aspx====================================================================I have another private treatment booked for next tuesday and I will update then. My symptoms are still better than before.
edited to add link again!
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