What is Gastroparesis?
Normally, food is moved through the digestive tract by muscular contractions of the stomach and other walls lining the system. When these muscles don't function correctly, your stomach cannot empty properly and can disrupt different phases of digestion. This is known as gastroparesis. This can cause nausea, and make it difficult to absorb nutrients properly and trouble blood sugar levels. Gastroparesis causes are still unclear, but nerve damage to the stomach muscles are believed to play a factor as damaged nerves cannot send or receive the signal to contract the stomach muscles. Nerve damage can be caused by diabetes, or even result from stomach surgeries.
Symptoms of gastroparesis include nausea, feeling full after eating very little, heartburn, low appetite, malnutrition, weight loss, and abdominal bloating. Pain medications and antidepressants can increase the risk of gastroparesis, as well as diabetes, anorexia, bulimia, and cancer treatments.
Find a Home Cure for Gastroparesis
On this page you can find user submitted natural treatments for gastroparesis. While we are still actively interested in obtaining more remedies for gastroparesis, some of our Earth Clinic readers have reported success with apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, exercise, and use of coconut oil and digestive enzymes. Let us know what you try!
01/26/2013: Stomachissues from Ashburn, Virginia: "I have not been officially diagnosised with gastroparesis but the gi believes it could be. The gi is having me document my diet for 2 months. I just finished using the aloe juice. The directions on the bottle says 1-2 oz and up to 8 oz per day. I put 2 oz in my breakfast smoothie and in the evening 2 oz in what ever I drinking. Alie juice by itself is gross. I bought a larger bottle thinking it was aloe juice but its actually aloe gel inber fillet. I' m still using it the same way I used the aloe juice. Both bottles said you can mix in your drink. Per the dr's order I also take a probiotic , citrucel, and metamucil multigrain wafers to help with digestion and bowl regulation. I also have been trying to eat more organic and low or no fat. Also switch regular sugar to coconut sugar which you can find in the glutin free section. I only have the uncomfortable bloating sympton and my food doesnt digest till the next morning. I do notice when I do zumba my stomach the rest of the day doesnt as bloatly after I eat."Replies
05/13/2013: Joybug from Lwr, Fl replies: "If gastroparesis, you are suppose to stay away from fiber."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 07/25/2011: David Hayhurst from Pleasant Hill, Missouir: "I find it very interesting to learn that most people who have GP have different symptoms. I have had GP for four years now and used Reglan for four years and it stopped working. I then went on Donperidone for a year and it stopped working. In the last two weeks I have had bad stomach pain (like there was a huge cut in my stomach) and nothing I did relieved the pain. My sister (RN) said that I should try a teaspoon of ACV and I did and not more than 15 minutes later my stomach pain left. At this point I can not promise this works but I can promise you that I will be using ACV daily until it proves to me it doesn't work. My heart goes out to those that have a bad case of GP because this is a bear to live with. God Bless."Replies
[YEA] 11/01/2012: Happy Camper from Cleveland, Oh, Usa replies: "I ate some roasted nuts and cottage cheese as a snack late the other night, and it all just sat like an uncomfortable lump in my stomach, causing pain and aggravation throughout the night. In the morning my stomach had calmed somewhat but the lump still wasn't going anywhere. I got on Earth Clinic and poured a little organic apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and sipped about half the cup, even though I had just read that all types of vinegar are wrong for my blood type (don't know if I believe this as regards ACV). At first I thought it was just upsetting my stomach more, but I stepped into a hot shower at the same time, smeared epsom salts all over myself, turned on the bath water and hoped for the best. Laying in the warm water about 15 minutes after taking the ACV, I heard a loud gurgle from my stomach as it suddenly cleared. I consider it a temporary case that was easily resolved. I rarely suffer from this problem, but if I eat too much of one type of protein it will sometimes sit in my stomach uncomfortably for hours on end, around 12 hours in this case. At least I don't feel hungry during these times. Now I finally know how to take care of it easily. It's not the first time that ACV has saved me from some discomfort within minutes of trying it. Thanks again!"
11/28/2009: Mary from Mukilteo, Wa: "Some time ago I emailed I would give the diet I was given for my gastroparesis. I just found it and find it is quite old information. The search I did I used carol rees parrish rd, ms which had a lot of information. I am not sure how much of it will be useful to you but you never know.
Her paper with the information I used was Diet Intervention For Gastroparesis. It can be found on the net too."
01/22/2010: Mary from Mukilteo, Wa replies: "Gastroparesis: I wrote previously that when more printed information rose to the top I would send more. Last nite I found a food list with the address of the Gastroparesis Dysmotility Association www.gpda.net. They have a forwarding process to their new site which you can use which I just glimpsed at that seems to have a lot of information on links.
Also this medical magazine http://www.practicalgastro.com/
06/02/2010: M from Mukilteo, Wa replies: "Just reread gastroparesis thread and saw that you thought that I thought :) that you had taken out part of my email. Didn't cross my mind. My computer is so peculiar it does that sometimes and that is what I was referring to. Sorry"
EC: No worries there.Thanks for clarifying!
08/07/2012: Sharon from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, United States replies: "freiderica pharmacy in little rock, ar. is where you can purchase domparidome. Phone# 501-374-2207. I have purchased it there.
God bless, sharon"
07/12/2009: Sallie from Albuquerque, NM: "I was just diagnosed with Gastroparesis, where my stomach is slow in emptying. The dr. thinks this is what is causing the lack of B12 absorption (and who knows what other nutrients). I am not diabetic and she thinks the cause was probably a virus years ago. She wants to put me on Reglan which has many side effects. Unfortunately, the alternative, Domperidone, is not available in the US. Any suggestions for a natural remedy would be most welcome. I already take ACV at least once a day. Thank you for your help."Replies
07/18/2009: Someone from Somewhere, Pa. replies: "To Sallie from NM.: Domperidone can be purchased from Jandrugs.Com in Canada. They require a prescription written by a doctor. Some U.S. doctors have permission from the FDA to prescribe Domperidone. Check with your gastroenterologist or a gastroenterologist at a hospital affiliated with a university."
09/21/2009: Allie from New Haven, Connecticut replies: "Digestive enzymes can help with Gastroparesis, i.e. Betaine HCL. You can buy domperidone from Canada or New Zealand or a US compounding pharmacy. Many people follow a liquid diet. Diets are very much individualized since each GP patient is unique."
10/15/2009: Sharon1981innj from Millville, Nj replies: "You can get domperidone without a prescription out of US by doing a search in google.Let me know if you can't find one you like I'll get the link.. I just ordered a new batch(1800) pills for 190 no shipping.. I had the study scan done years ago,was diagnosed & my doc put me on 10 mg 4 times a day-recently I left my job so I haven't had the exercise and think it made me worse,I vomit a lot..I had to up my dose to 20 mg, except I cut out the nightime pill to save some money. Seem to do ok w/ that. My big prob. is I developed GERD bad-went on Nexium which stopped working so now I'm looking into natural remidies. I understand the Gastroperesis causes the acid..Would love to know if there is natural treatments for this gastroperesis. I saw some pills on a few sites but not enough info. to back them up.
Try domperidone I have no side effects. My mom used reglan as she has it as well. We both got ours from ZOLOFT!!!"
11/09/2009: Dave from Western, Pennsylvania, Usa replies: "Sharon: I am interested in knowing how you determined that Zoloft caused your gastroparesis. I would also like the name of the web site where you purchase your Domperidone. Thank you."
11/09/2009: Mary from Mukilteo, Washington replies: "About 4 years ago I went thru every test they could think of to see why my stomach hurt. They ended with gastroparesis. I do not have all the paperwork they gave me to control it but I will look for it and put it on when I find it. What I finally came down to was not measured but just at the point that it did some good. I started out (and I still do) with a glass of warm water. Next I took enzyme pills that I can't name as the brandname thing but they were to soothe the acid. Then I cut into pieces and wrapped it in 2 tortillas that were heated. I also drank a glass of water which I poured the amount which covered the bottom of the lid a little bit and heated it in microwave. One I have right away and then another around lunch or in the afternoon. I then had quinoa flakes (like oatmeal) with soy milk. That took all am to eat. Sorry I never thought I would have to know the measurements.
I also took a fraction of my anxiety klonopin tablet. The thinking was that anxiety caused my stomach problems. And I agree. If I could stop the adrenalin things would be a whole lot easier.
EC: Mary, it would probably be very helpful for people to know the name of your enzyme pill. Please send and we'll add it. Thanks!
11/09/2009: Mary from Mukilteo, Washington replies: "Some of the text has been left out in the post. It doesn't make sense without it. The enzyme is is called Acid Soothe."
EC: Nothing was edited from your first post!
11/09/2009: Mary from Mukilteo, Wa replies: "Before the tortillas something got lost when I sent it as it should say --- I use a quarter of a delicious apple sliced and heated in the microwave for a minute. Then there is the part about putting it in the tortillas.
I left out this part as I forgot about it that I have added these one by one as I thought of them....cinnamon sprinkled, ginger sprinkled and finally pumpkin pie spice. When the tortilla is warmed it tastes to me like apple pie."
11/21/2011: Dombewell from London, Uk replies: "Probably best not to use a microwave in any case. Conventional methods of heating much safer."
04/21/2013: Laurie from Monroe Twp, Nj replies: "sharon1981innj.... What website do you order Motillium from? thanks so much."
[YEA] 12/19/2011: Anniebananie from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa: "Well I thaught I would post some positive news! The aloe vera gel by lily of the desert (inner fillet) taken every night on empty stomach around 2am for 2 weeks healed my daughter of vomiting after food, tummy pains, gastritis, gastroparesis you name it. The aloe vera really works. She eats everything now but it was several steps to get her to where she is now.
1) When you are really sick with not being able to tolerate food from ulcers or gastritis or gastroparesis in the beginning stages you have to go on food combining, and keep everything really simple. Fruit in mornings until 12 noon watermelon worked really well, proper combining of types of fruit is very importants. No bananas yet! After noon, bland properly combined vegan food no protein other than vegan protein. Keep it simple for atleast 2-3 weeks. Stay away from all nuts. Oily food is lethal. The old food combining book "fit for life" by harvey diamond is the way to go. Its not what I would recommend for normal people but great for people with digestive enzymes. Don't stress!
2) Take digestive enzymes with every meal.
3) Take a tb of raw coconut oil in 1/4 cup of warm water melted before every meal, it coats whatever irritation is on the tummy walls, especially if you accidently eat a bad combination of food the acid will form and the coconut oil will protect your tummy. Many times gastroparesis and acid reflux is a result of the stomach not wanting food in there because it is irritated and it cannot tolerate its own acid so it will come back up or not digest and sit there in the tummy. You also have to figure out if it is a low hcl problem too, which there are tests for this. I knew it wasn't a low hcl in my daughter case because apple cider did not help her digest her food. The stomach was just irritated and she had all the symptoms of gastroparesis.
4) Look up digestacure. The digestacure supplement worked for my friends daughter they have a website but they are realllllyy expensive. So I asked the guy working there, if digestacure heals all these things from within at a cellular level should she continue to take the coconut oil with her meals. He said yes but most important use the aloe vera gel I mentioned above. It works well. So anyway I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on digestacure just yet so I tried the aloe vera gel. It healed her. Now worse people might need both. My friends daughter had chrons disease and she is now fine after having surgery and recovered with the digestacure very fast after the surgery. She eats everything.
5) We are still giving aloe vera gel now twice a week, 1/2 cup at night and she is healed. There is hope. You can get better. When you are better stay away from oil sugary stuff, healthy homemade sweets are ok when you need it. My 16 year old who vomited when she ate and had the worst 6 months of her life, I thought she would never get better is now better and eating tacos, and chili cheese fries and milk, steak etc.... Normal. I hope this helps you. You can email me with any questions. Good luck"Replies
05/29/2012: Peggy from San Jose, Ca replies: "Hello Annie, My daughter was diagnosed with gastroparesis 2 months ago and nothing seems to be helping. ACV, Aloe Vera, naturalpath, conventional medicine. I'm wondering how much Aloe Vera you gave your daughter at 2am. I was giving 1 Tbs. before meals, but I'd like to try what you did."
07/04/2012: Person from Topeka, Kansas, Usa replies: "When my gastroparesis was so bad I could barely eat, I would put fresh raw fruits and veggies in a blender. For example, I might put spinach, kale, cucumber, pineapple, and peaches in a blender. At least I was getting some nutrition. Sometimes I added protein powder, because I eating meat or nuts hurt too much. I also found that avoiding gluten helped a lot. Others have told me that avoiding gluten helped them too, even though none of us have celiac disease. I gradually began to improve and never took domperidone."
10/17/2012: Anna from Canyon Country, California replies: "Hello peggy I gave her half of a basic white small dollar store styrofoam cup full every night. Good luck..."
01/24/2013: Anjannette from Winder, Georgia replies: "Hello, Annie you said aloe Vera gel or aloe Vera juice... if gel, do you mix with water or just take the jelly like stuff just as it is? Thank you."
02/26/2013: Cora from Providence, Ri replies: "Annie, I'm so relieved and excited to read your post about your daughter's success, particularly that she is now able to eat what she wants and live a normal life. That's all I want for myself.
I recently started with reflux and dyspepsia. I will try your dietary recommendations, and I am already taking aloe. I've been dealing with indigestion, pain, and reflux for about 4 months, on and off. Now I have a bitter taste in my mouth from the acid coming up.
I will continue with a simple diet and the aloe and hope that things will improve. Doctors want me to take high doses of PPI (40mg 2x/day). I do not want to do this!
Any other suggestions or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!"
05/07/2013: Diana from Upland, California replies: "I have just been diagnosed with gastroparsis, what is shocking is I am sure my husband has it to. Therefore, my kids must have it, I have has to ask for them to be tested, 3 of the 5 of us have diabetes probably caused by this it has takes me years to figure this out. As you can tell I need help, my daughters and husbands blood sugars have terrible swings. Any suggestions?"
05/07/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I feel like a broken record here, but I bought a coconut oil book after reading the alzheimer's book by Dr. Mary Newport who treated her spouse alzheimers with coconut oil because they believe the brain has a type 111 diabetes and dose not use the glucose but the coconut oil make the brain open up the glucose ports. Anyway.... Coconut oil helps regulate blood sugar... I don't gain weight using it, but I do gain weight using the meat.
You may also like the watercure website of the works of Dr. Batmanghelidj.
If you do not ingest a LOT of magnesium products but eat a lot of calcium, you may like to visit the site on magnesium deficiency illnesses, discoverd by Dr. Carolyn Dean."
11/17/2013: Darren from Uk replies: "Does coconut help? Gastroparesis as well. If so what coconut drink, and Etc?"