[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.
Problems with blood sugar levels
Feeling full after a few bites
Damage to the Vagus Nerve may be caused by:
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: