[A friend of my daughter has been an example and a light as she has shown her courage and strength through this condition. This is dedicated to you, Faith. May you and your family find comfort and healing throughout your experiences.]

Gastroparesis [paresis (partial paralysis) of the stomach (gastro-)] is a condition which inhibits the muscles in your stomach from functioning normally, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for longer periods of time than normal.

In a typical person, strong muscular contractions controlled by the vagus nerve propel food through your digestive tract. In the case of gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach either work poorly or have stopped working altogether  This prevents the stomach from emptying properly, and has many side effects.

gastroparesis 2Side effects, or symptoms include:

Poor digestion
Problems with blood sugar levels
Poor nutrition
Weight loss
Abdominal Pain
Feeling full after a few bites

Damage to the Vagus Nerve may be caused by:

Certain medications
Internal infection
Cancer treatments
Parkinson’s disease

There is no cure for gastroparesis. Making changes to your diet may help you cope with gastroparesis signs and symptoms, but commonly this is not enough. Consult with your healthcare provider if you are concerned about any of these symptoms.

Essential oils that may assist with Gastroparesis:

Peppermint This oil can help to reduce abdominal pain and fight bacterial infection.Lavender- Improves digestion and reduces nerve irritation
Ginger- This is helpful for reducing nausea and discomfort
Cinnamon Helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels, and prevent continued nerve damage. This should be used daily.
Frankincense- To reduce and even eliminate inflammation. Inflammation and infection is the root cause for most pain.

The herb, Turmeric is also helpful in preventing the formation of bacteria and the build up of microbes in the stomach which lead to infection and inflammation.

Other oils and products:

DigestZen blend
Balance blend
LifeLong Vitality supplements


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

4 thoughts on “Gastroparesis

  1. melissagpfight May 25, 2013 / 8:53 PM

    Great blog. I have Gastroparesis and live by ginger and mint. I have my own blog dedicated to GP, if you want to share it. Thanks for spreading awareness.

  2. bjsissel April 16, 2015 / 8:33 AM

    Thank you so much. I was just diagnosed with Gastroparesis also. I have been using Ginger, Digestzen and LLV and yesterday, I decided to try Juniper berry and Black Pepper (every doctor) keeps telling me I need more acid. Thanks for all you do.

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