Bile reflux is a condition in which bile backs up into the stomach and the esophagus (the tube connecting stomach and mouth). Bile is an important agent that aids in digestion. It is produced by the liver. Bile reflux may accompany acid reflux, but the two are separate conditions.
Unlike acid reflux, bile reflux cannot be solely controlled by natural remedies, but they do help. The primary course of treatment in bile reflux is medication or, in severe cases, surgery.
Bile is released after you eat a meal that contains any amount of fat. Bile travels from the gallbladder through two tubes, cystic duct and common bile duct, into the small intestine to aid in digestion. The flow of partially digested food from the stomach to the small intestine is controlled by the pyloric sphincter. When this sphincter doesn’t close properly, bile backs up into the stomach. Common causes of bile reflux include complications of surgery of the gastrointestinal system, peptic ulcers, or gallbladder surgery.
Although natural remedies cannot cure bile reflux, they can go a long way in improving the condition as a complement to your prescribed treatment. Here’s what you can do:
Symptoms of bile reflux include upper abdominal pain, which may be severe, frequent heartburn, nausea, vomiting a greenish-yellow fluid, occasional cough or hoarseness, and unintended weight loss.
You should see your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms of bile reflux or if you notice unexplained weight loss.