Natural Treatment for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
The sphincter of Oddi is a central gate for many liver, gallbladder, and pancreas problems. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) is believed by many scientists to be the culprit in diseases of the pancreas and is the common source of chronic pain after gallbladder removal.
Surrounding the common bile duct, pancreatic duct, and duodenal wall is a muscular valve called the sphincter of Oddi. The sphincter of Oddi, named for Ruggero Oddi, an Italian anatomist who discovered this structure in 1887. The sphincter of Oddi controls the movement of bile from the liver and gallbladder and pancreatic juice from the pancreas into the duodenum.
Normally, when semi-digestive food passes from the stomach to the duodenum, the sphincter of Oddi opens. A large amount of bile is released from the gallbladder and alkaline pancreatic juice to digest this food. When there is no food in the duodenum, the sphincter of Oddi closes so that bile from the liver collects in the gallbladder.
The regulation of this complicated work is under the control of the nervous system and special blood messengers – digestive hormones. Stress, fasting, “hard” liver cleansing, gallbladder removal, poor eating habits, alcohol, some medications and recreational drugs negatively influence the proper regulation and functioning of the sphincter of Oddi.
Spasm or blockage of this muscular valve can cause pancreatic juice to back up, increasing pressure within the pancreatic duct. Digestive enzymes lock themselves inside the pancreas, begin to digest your own pancreas, initiating inflammation, pain, and eventually death of pancreatic tissue. Therefore, chronic pancreatitis develops.
A tumor, gallbladder stone, or scar can cause an anatomical blockage of the sphincter of Oddi. It happens relatively rare. However, more often they may be functional temporary spasms of the sphincter of Oddi without any abnormalities on testing. The common reason for the sphincter to be spasmodic is its irritation by “aggressive” bile and pancreatic juice.
What could make the bile and pancreatic juice “aggressive”, corroded and irritated? Let’s explain that.
The most important functions of the liver are to produce and release bile and to remove toxins from our body by breaking them down into water-soluble and fat-soluble waste.
Water-soluble wastes pass into the blood and are removed from the body by the kidneys.
Bile serves to remove a variety of fat-soluble and toxic waste substances from the body. These substances include cholesterol, bile pigments, toxic chemicals, drugs, heavy metals, etc.
Hepatitis, fatty liver, Candida-yeast overgrowth, parasites, congestion, inflammation, gallbladder infection, high body acidity, poor eating habits, alcohol can make bile thick and acidic, thus making it difficult for your bile to pass. movement through the ducts
When the bile and pancreatic juice become acidic, they also become very “aggressive”, irritated and corroded by the ducts, the sphincter of Oddi and the small intestine, causing jerky movements; “reverse traffic” – refluxes of bile/pancreatic juice in the stomach, ulcers and even cancers.
Not surprisingly, it causes loss of appetite, nausea, gas, bloating, heartburn, pain attacks, especially after “bad” meals or poor food combinations. The pain can last from 30 minutes to several hours and even land the person in the emergency room.
Therefore, the goal of treatment should be focused on the root of the problems, such as biochemical and acidic changes in the bile and pancreatic juice. In normal situation, bile and pancreatic juice are highly alkaline fluids. However, if the whole body becomes acidic, the bile and pancreatic juice also become acidic and “aggressive.”
Checking the pH of saliva and urine with litmus paper at home can show an acidic condition of the body, especially if the pH of saliva and urine repeatedly is lower than 6.6.
What can naturally normalize the alkaline condition of bile and pancreatic juice?
Only minerals and bicarbonate from food and water can naturally neutralize acidity throughout the body.
For this purpose, European doctors have long used healing mineral water. Treatment with healing mineral water (balneology) is part of the education in some European medical schools. There are many healing mineral spas throughout Europe.
The most famous and researched mineral water is the hot spring water in the small Czech town of Karlovy Vary. Karlovy Vary healing mineral water attracted millions of visitors from all over the world. It was distributed by barrels and bottles many years ago. The demand for this water was so high that mineral salt had been made there by vaporizing the spring water in 1764. It was a good option for people who couldn’t visit Karlovy Vary or who wanted to follow the healing course at home.
Dissolving this salt in the water produces mineral water with the same healing value.
Karlovy Vary healing mineral water has been the subject of serious medical study for hundreds of years. The first medical book on the fact that water has a laxative effect dates back to 1522. Subsequently, a large number of medical articles confirmed the curative action of this water in many digestive disorders.
European doctors proved that drinking mineral water makes bile and pancreatic juice less acidic, liquid and less “aggressive”. It naturally improves digestion, relieves aches and cramps, and decreases gas and heartburn.
This water can dissolve gallbladder stones and expel them; It is also very beneficial for people with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, chronic pancreatitis and hepatitis.
What else can make bile and pancreatic juice less irritating to the sphincter of Oddi?
Herbal medicine is the oldest way to eliminate digestive problems. Chinese medicine, the Hindu system – Ayurveda, European herbology offer many healing herbs for digestive disorders. Some of them increase the amount of bile, favor its easy elimination, decrease spasms and pain. The simple example is mint tea. An expert physician can customize herbal remedies for any digestive problem.
There is no doubt, food is the important, safe and cheap medicine for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.
Foods should be alkaline and full of natural digestive enzymes. Some vegetable mixes or juices are good for these purposes. Hot vegetable soups are also helpful for many digestive problems. Some people with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction suffer from Candida yeast overgrowth, food sensitivities, and allergies. Appropriate diet changes are necessary to correct these conditions.
Stress can also cause spasm of the sphincter of Oddi. Worsening of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction after mental or physical stress can be seen very often. Counseling, relaxation, meditation, medical hypnosis, listening to personalized hypnosis CD at home, acupuncture, massage are some natural ways to relieve stress.
It would be wise to temporarily stop drinking alcohol for a few months to improve the condition because alcohol disrupts the normal function of this muscular valve. Upper abdominal pain after alcohol consumption is typical of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.
Unfortunately, there is no simple and safe test to diagnose the early stage of SOD now. Therefore, any type of pain in the upper stomach area after heavy meals can be the alarm signal of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.
In the author’s opinion, the strategic position of the sphincter of Oddi implicates it in many digestive diseases and disorders. On the other hand, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction alone leads to many digestive symptoms.
Early natural treatment can prevent serious problems in the future and improve quality of life.
It is important to work with a licensed and knowledgeable medical professional.
The information in this article is presented for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment and advice from a qualified licensed professional.