Gastroparesis, Symptoms, Causes and Herbal Treatment

A gastrointestinal diet helps to keep nausea, abdominal pain, and reflux to a minimum. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the emptying of the stomach does not occur at the appropriate time and is delayed. Therefore, a full stomach causes vomiting to reduce pressure from the stomach. To deal with the disease, it is advisable to eat six small meals throughout the day instead of eating three large quantities. This method of ‘grazing’ never allows the stomach to fully satiate. Foods that are easy to digest such as yogurt, well-cooked vegetables or any type of puree are recommended for a gastro paresis diet. Chewing well before swallowing food is also helpful. Fiber intake should be kept to a minimum. Cereals, whole grains and lentils are to be eaten in small quantities. Fatty food in solid form is the most difficult to digest. Smoothies, burgers or fries are good choices to meet the body’s daily need for fat. In the poultry department, eggs are the easiest to digest and can be cooked in a variety of ways to provide a variety. Cheese and curd can also be included in the diet. Any type of fluid, be it water or juice, reduces the strain on the stomach. A gradual shift from a fluid-centered diet to a more nutritious diet is most beneficial for dealing with gastrointestinal problems.

Use these food items in the limit

Coffee and / or tea – the amount of caffeine that leads to GERD.

Spicy food– Spices always prove to be an irritating source and sometimes cause gastric irritation.

Alcohol – This not only adds empty calories to the body, but also makes the condition worse by excessive fermentation of the sugars present in it, resulting in the production of excess acid in the stomach, which can cause gastric ulcers in a mixture of other conditions.

Acidic foods, such as citrus and tomatoes – the higher the acidic content of foods, the more likely the excess acid is inside the stomach and hence the gastric ulcer.

Raw vegetables / salads– to be avoided as they can cause irritation of mucosa and h. There are chances of pylori infection.

High Fiber Diet – It can eliminate / stimulate mucosa due to its rough texture.

Symptoms of gastroparesis

The following symptoms indicate gastroparesis:

  • Abdominal distention
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Premature stomach fullness after meals
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache

Common causes of gastroparesis

The following are the most common causes of gastroparesis:

  • Disruption of the nervous signals in the stomach
  • diabetes
  • Unusual food patterns
  • Autonomic neuropathy
  • Scleroderma
  • Ehlers-danlos syndrome

Other causes of gastroparesis

The following are the less common causes of gastroparesis:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Heavy cigarette smoking
  • Enteritis
  • Mononucleosis

Risk factors of gastroparesis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of gastroparesis:

  • diabetes
  • Stomach or esophageal surgery
  • viral infection
  • Narcotic pain medications
  • Scleroderma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Hypothyroidism

Prevention of gastroparesis

Yes, it is possible to prevent gastroparesis and prevention can be done by doing the following:

  • Eat and drink slowly
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and beer
  • Discard gum and hard candy
  • Do not smoke
  • Check teeth
  • Treat heartburn
  • Eat less fatty foods
  • Temporarily cut back on high fiber foods

Ayurvedic medicines for gastroparesis

1. Liver Care Tablet:

These tablets are 100% safe and purely ayurvedic formulation. It maintains the proper functioning of the liver and stimulates the growth of new liver cells. Liver Care Tablets contains Ingredients like Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kutaki(Picrorhiza kurroa), Bhumi amla( phyllanthus niruri), Giloy(Tinopora Cordifolia), Yavakshar( Hordeum vulgare), Imli Kshar( Tamarindus indica), Mukta Shukta pisti etc. These herbs balances excess Pitta Dosha and helps in problems like abdominal bloating,flatulence, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and indigestion.

Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.

2. Detox Standard Powder:

This is an herbal ayurvedic preparation that contains ingredients like parwal pishti, shukta pishti, giloy satv, kamdudha ras, shwet parpati, etc. As the name suggests it helps in overall detoxification of the body. This herbal powder supports the digestive system of an individual.

Recommended Dosage: Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water.

3. Sheet Dhara Syrup:

As the name suggests sheet dhara, it provides a cooling effect to the body. This herbal syrup is prepared from ingredients like Ajwain satv, Mushk Kapoor, Peppermint. These all in combination reduce hyperacidity problem & maintains healthy digestion.

Recommended Dosage: Mix 1 teaspoonful of this syrup in 30ml water & drink early in the morning on an empty stomach.

4. Panchsakar Churna:

This is classical herbal churna prepared from ingredients such as Saindhavan Lavana (Rock Salt), Swarnapatri (Cassia angustifolia), Shatapushpa (Anethum sowa), Shunti (Zingiber officinale), Balaharitaki (Terminalia chebula). These all in combination deal with problems like loss of appetite, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation, weak digestion, etc.

Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful at bedtime with lukewarm water.

5. Trikatu Tablet:

As the name suggests three ingredients are used for its preparation like Shunthi, Pippali, & Maricha. These herbs in combination deal with the loss of appetite, gas, flatulence, bloating, abdominal distension, weak digestion, constipation, abdominal pain, etc.

Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.

6. Triphala Tablet:

Triphala tablet is an ancient herbal remedy, contains ingredients like Terminalia Chebula, Terminalia bellirica, Emblica officinalis. Triphala tablet is tridosha hara. It helps in maintaining the overall digestive issues, improves weak digestion, abdominal pain, & cramps problem.

Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily.

7. Digestion Support Tablet:

This tablet is unique blend of best digestive herbs like kutaz chal, bilav, dhania, mustak, shankh bhasm, piper mint, and dadim that maintain natural Ph balance in the stomach and aid digestion of all types of food. The herbs present in this control acidity, gas, flatulence and constipation.

Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily.


Do’s and don’ts

What to do

  • Excessive labor and excessive stress are like increasing the direct invitation to gastric problems. The body loses its ability to perform normal digestive functions and is often associated with increased stomach acid production.
  • Eating 5 small easily digested meals in a day at proper intervals is the key to good digestive health. Eating slowly without talking and chewing food properly also improves digestion. This reduces intestinal gas as less air is swallowed during the eating process.
  • Emotional eating also causes such disorders. It is therefore very important to correct any so-called underlying causes, to be fully psychological or emotional in order to fully recover from the said condition.
  • A prerequisite for achieving a healthy digestive process is a efficiently hydrated body. To prevent any gastric problems, drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day is mandatory. Drinking 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water first in the morning is said to help regular bowel movements and relieve indigestion and flatulence.
  • There are a lot of foods that go a long way in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are gut-friendly bacteria. They help to break down food and make it easier for the body to digest it. Fermented milk products such as yogurt contain the bacterium Lactobacillus which is known to promote digestion. Non gluten grains, non citric fruits and vegetables, high fiber and lean protein meat are the best choices.

What not to do

  • It is difficult to avoid foods like complex carbohydrates and proteins after a gastric attack.
  • Avoiding alcohol and smoking is absolutely essential to recover from a stomach attack. Prolonged intake can cause irreparable damage to the intestine.
  • Staying away from certain medications such as acetaminophen, analgesics, ibuprofen, non-steroidal non-sterile medications is important in preventing gastritis.
  • Caffeine-rich beverages such as soda, tea, and coffee should be taken in a controlled portion. It is necessary to stay away from wheat, tomatoes, lemon, red meat etc.
  • It is also advised to stay away from dairy in gastritis. Anything hot and spicy such as chili, black pepper or red chili powder should be kept away from. It has a history of irritation in the gastric layer. Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, beans are hard on the intestine and should be avoided.

Food items that you can easily consume

  • Cereals and pulses: Cereals (rice, oats, jowar, millet and ragi) and pulses (red gram, green gram, Bengali gram and black gram) (properly cooked).
  • Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits (stew, apple, banana, papaya, pomegranate, pear, melon (water melon, musk melon) and vegetables (all kinds of gourd, okra, tinda, green leafy vegetables (Indian spinach, fenugreek leaves, coriander leaves) )).
  • Meat, fish and poultry: meat without fat, skin less chicken, fish (mackerel, trout, sardines, salmon, tuna).
  • Milk and milk products: Yogurt, other fermented milk products. Nuts and Oils: Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Saif Flower Oil, Rice Ground