Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach motility (spontaneous contraction of the muscles) does not function properly. When stomach muscles are strong and healthy, they push the food forward along the digestive tract, until it is ready to be released through the bowels. In gastroparesis, the motility is limited or does not work at all, so the stomach does not empty completely. This way, gastroparesis interferes with normal digestion, leading to nausea or vomiting.
Below you will find home remedies to help treat gastroparesis naturally.
Diet: Working closely with a nutritionist, doctor, or dietician can help you develop a few diet options based on foods that promote healing. Below are some tips to keep in mind when adjusting your eating style:
Aloe vera: Consuming aloe vera helps with digestion and bowel regularity.
Apple cider vinegar: Helps relieve abdominal pain, heartburn, and bloating, and improves digestion.
Acupressure and acupuncture: These ancient techniques can help relieve symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and bloating.
Deep breathing: Deep breathing helps stimulate the vagus nerve and increase blood flow to the digestive tract to help it work more efficiently.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil contains essential fatty chains that can aid in digestion.
Drugs for gastroparesis include medications to stimulate the stomach muscles and medications to control nausea and vomiting.
In some cases, surgery is required to treat gastroparesis if the patient is unable to tolerate food and liquids. Doctors may recommend a feeding tube to be placed in the small intestine, or a gastric venting tube to help relieve pressure from gastric contents.
Feeding tubes are temporary and are fed through the nose into the small intestine. They are used in severe cases of gastroparesis.
Your doctor will determine the best mode of treatment depending on the severity of your condition.