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Dark chocolate in achalasia

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Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here...MD with probable achalasia. Was surprised to see a category on this site called "dark chocolate in achalasia" because I'd noticed that chocolate seemed to make food stay down better - can't find the references or reasons that this item appeared on the site.
Posted Tue, 15 May 2012 in Natural and Home Remedies
 
 
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 1 hour later
Hi,

Achalasia is a disease of unknown cause in which there is a loss of peristalsis in the distal esophagus (whose musculature is comprised predominantly of smooth muscle) and a failure of XXXXXXX (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) relaxation. The symptoms of achalasia like painful swallowing and reflux are due primarily to the defect in XXXXXXX relaxation.

It is observed that dark chocolate contains flavanols which are found to relax smooth muscles. So clinical trials are being done to look for treatment of achalasia using this unique property of dark chocolate.

According to the WHO clinical trial registry platform, XXXXXXX 2010, there are inviting subjects with Achalasia (non pregnant) who wish to participate in this trial. Phase 1 and phase 2 trials are completed though.

Let us hope for the light at the end of the tunnel for achalasia sufferers.

You can try on your own by consuming dark chocolate and note its benefits, you can report to your doctor.

Regards.

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