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What is Gastroparesis?

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UNDERSTANDING gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a chronic digestive disorder that affects the normal movement of food through the stomach. It occurs when the muscles in the stomach fail to function properly, leading to delayed emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine. This condition can result in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms and complications.

Gastroparesis can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Nerve Damage: Damage to the vagus nerve, which controls the movement of food through the digestive tract, can disrupt the normal functioning of the stomach muscles.
  • Diabetes: High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can damage the nerves that control the stomach muscles, leading to gastroparesis.
  • Post-Surgical Complications: Some surgeries, particularly those involving the upper gastrointestinal tract, can cause injury or damage to the nerves or muscles in the stomach.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as opioids and some antidepressants, can affect the muscles in the digestive system and contribute to gastroparesis.

Symtpoms of gastroparesis

If you are experiencing gastroparesis, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea and Vomiting: Gastroparesis can cause persistent nausea and frequent vomiting, especially after eating.
  • Abdominal Pain and Discomfort: Many individuals with gastroparesis experience abdominal pain or discomfort, which may be described as a dull ache or a feeling of fullness.
  • Bloating and Distension: The delayed movement of food through the stomach can result in bloating and a visibly distended abdomen.
  • Early Satiety: Feeling full after consuming only a small amount of food is a common symptom of gastroparesis.
  • Heartburn and Acid Reflux: Gastroparesis can lead to the regurgitation of stomach acid into the esophagus, causing heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.
  • Fluctuations in Blood Sugar Levels: For individuals with diabetes, gastroparesis can make it challenging to control blood sugar levels due to delayed digestion and absorption of carbohydrates.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR gastroparesis

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing gastroparesis and improving digestive function. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to regulate the flow of energy, stimulate nerve function, and promote overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for gastroparesis include:

Acupuncture can help stimulate the digestive system, enhance gastric motility, and support the proper movement of food through the stomach.

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting, providing relief for individuals with gastroparesis.

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate abdominal pain and discomfort associated with gastroparesis.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can contribute to digestive disturbances.