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Home Remedies for Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

Slippery Elm

Mix the inner bark with water to form a gel. Take as lozenge or tea. Follow product instructions or consult a healthcare provider.


Consume 1 teaspoon directly or mix with a warm beverage. Do not exceed 3-4 teaspoons daily.

Aloe Vera Juice

Drink 1-2 ounces of the edible variety daily. Ensure it's free from aloin. Consult product label or doctor's advice.

Chamomile Tea

Drink 1-2 cups daily to relax throat muscles. Can be consumed warm or at room temperature.

Marshmallow Root

Consume as a tea or lozenge. 1-2 cups daily as tea. Consult a healthcare provider for dosing.

Licorice Root

1 cup daily if taken as tea. For direct chewing, a small piece no more than once daily. Monitor and limit prolonged use.

Thicker Liquids

Adjust consistency of beverages using thickening agents. Refer to product instructions and desired consistency.

Upright Position

Keep head elevated during meals and for at least 30 minutes afterward. Helps in reducing reflux.

Swallowing Exercises

Consult a therapist for exercises. Regular practice, preferably daily, can improve swallowing mechanism.

Soft or Pureed Foods

Incorporate soft foods like yogurt, puddings, etc. Ensure smooth textures that can be easily swallowed.


Aim for 8 cups (64 ounces) daily. Adjust based on individual needs and activity levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix 1 tablespoon in a glass of water. Drink before meals. Limit to once daily and monitor for reactions.

Warm Salt Gargle

Gargle with a salt solution (1/2 tsp in 8 oz. warm water) for 30 sec. Repeat 2-3 times daily.

Avoid Irritants

Identify irritants and avoid them. Maintain a food diary if unsure about triggers.

Ginger Tea

Drink 1-2 cups daily. Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties can soothe the throat.

Baking Soda

For acid reflux, mix 1/2 tsp in 8 oz. water. Not for frequent use. Consult a doctor if taken more than a few days in a row.

Coconut Oil

Consume 1 tsp directly or with foods. Virgin coconut oil is preferred. Limit to 2-3 teaspoons daily.

Small, Frequent Meals

Opt for 5-6 smaller meals. Helps in reducing reflux and aids in easier digestion.

Chin Tuck Technique

Tuck chin to chest while swallowing. Practice under therapist guidance to ensure the technique is correctly employed.

Herbal Teas

Drink teas like fennel or anise after meals. 1-2 cups post-meal. Helps in digestion and reduces the feeling of fullness.

The information on this site is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. Always consult a doctor before making health decisions. This content is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice.

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