Motility Disorders


Anywhere throughout your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, Motility disorders are caused by aberrant muscle and nerve impulses resulting in cramps or absence of motion. It’s possible that your esophagus, stomach, both large and small intestines, colon, and rectum won’t be able to carry out their respective roles in the digestion process.


Introduction to Motility Disorders:


The voluntary movement of the muscles which combine and propel substances in the digestive system (GI tract) is referred to as motility disorder. Sphincter muscles partition the gastrointestinal system into four discrete zones, each of which has a unique set of tasks to complete and a unique pattern of motility (contractions). They are the colon (which reabsorbs water and removes undigestible food residues), the small intestinal tract (which absorbs nutrients), the esophagus (which transports food to the stomach), and the stomach (which mixes meals with enzymes that break down food and grinds it down until it is in more-or-less liquid form). 

Typical symptoms might be brought on by abnormal sensitivity or Motility disorders in any section of the gastrointestinal tract. Numerous problems and ailments, such as the following, can be brought on by motility disorders:


Constipation is characterized by infrequent bowel movements (often less than three per week), the passage of firm stools, and occasionally difficulties passing stools. A decrease in the quantity of high-amplitude propagating contractions (slow transit) in the large intestine is one motility issue that can cause constipation.

Bacterial proliferation in the small intestine

Bloating, discomfort, and diarrhea are signs of an overgrowth of bacteria in the upper small intestine. Because the bacteria in the intestine start consuming the food in the small intestine before it can be digested, symptoms show up right away after eating. Abnormal small intestine motility leads to small bowel bacterial overgrowth.


Frequent, loose, or watery feces, as well as a feeling of urgency, are signs of diarrhea. Rapid transit, or too many high amplitude propagating contractions, can result in less food residue remaining in the large intestine for water to be reabsorbed, which can lead to diarrhea. It’s also possible for the small intestine’s motility to change, but there isn’t much information on this.

Continental feces

Incontinence of feces in adults above the age of four is referred to as fecal incontinence. The most frequent causes include (a) weak anal sphincter muscles, (b) loss of rectal fullness sensation, (c) constipation, which causes the rectum to fill up and overflow, and (d) stiff rectum, in which the fecal material is forced through the rectum too quickly for the sphincter muscles to have time to contract and prevent incontinence.


Esophageal motility disorders include achalasia. It is identified when there is no peristalsis at all within the esophageal body. In order for food to enter the stomach, the lower sphincter of the esophagus must not relax. The inability to swallow liquids as well as solids is one of the symptoms.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease

Heartburn and acid regurgitation, the two GERD symptoms that are most frequently experienced, are so typical that they may not be linked to a specific illness. Self-diagnosis can result in improper care. A doctor’s consultation is necessary for the correct diagnosis and management of GERD. Effective GERD treatment options include a variety of lifestyle changes, drug therapy, and surgical procedures.


Gastroparesis is a condition when specific symptoms manifest and the stomach empties its contents too slowly. There is no obvious impediment or obstruction. The idiopathic cause of gastroparesis is typically unclear in affected individuals. The most commonly recognized cause of gastroparesis is diabetes. The syndrome may develop as a side effect of some surgical treatments. Most people with gastroparesis feel sick to their stomachs.


Causes and Symptoms:


It is believed that motility disorders come from an injury to the esophageal nerves, which affects how well the esophageal muscle and sphincter function. Although the exact cause of the nerve injury is yet unknown, it is believed that an autoimmune condition or an illness caused by viruses may be to blame. It has been shown that older folks are more likely than people in other age groups to suffer motility issues. Rarely, this disorder may be inherited and have a propensity for passing down through generations.


Homeopathic Treatment for Motility Disorders:


  • A homeopathic drug When a person has swallowing issues due to motility issues, Lachesis can be helpful. While liquids are challenging to swallow, solid food is simple to consume. The tendency of liquids to back up and exit through the nose. In the vast majority of instances requiring lachesis, there is a persistent feeling of a lump in the throat.
  • When there is food regurgitation due to motility, phosphorus is an efficient homeopathic treatment. The esophagus’ lower end appears to be constricted. Again, the meal is brought up in mouthfuls. This occurs shortly after the food has been swallowed. Nighttime nausea is also typical.
  • When food becomes stuck in the food pipe, the natural homeopathic medicine Kali Carb can help with motility problems. The individual who needs Kali Carb frequently laments that the meal lodges midway down the food pipe and moves very slowly. Swallowing could cause a stinging sensation in the throat. After eating, vomiting might occur.
  • When heartburn is most problematic, the homeopathic drug Robinia is highly useful for treating motility disorders. Heartburn is typically worst at night while you’re lying down, and it often comes with highly acidic fluid vomiting.
  • In situations involving motility issues, Carbo Veg, a homeopathic drug, is beneficial in treating heartburn. Belching that tastes bad also comes along with heartburn. Water brash might also be present in some instances. Food vomiting is another sign that you should use Carbo Veg.
  • Alumina is a natural homeopathic remedy for treating dysphagia in patients with motility issues. Solid foods are quite challenging for those who require alumina to swallow. The food has a very tough time getting through the food pipe and into the stomach. 

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