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Complementary therapies

Patients with gastroparesis may consider using complementary treatments alongside the medical approaches described above. In some patients, these treatments can provide valuable relief, often through mechanisms that are poorly understood by conventional medicine. There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on the symptoms of gastroparesis. Some therapies also appear to act via similar mechanisms to those that might be delivered by a psychologist (e.g. stress reduction due to meditation).

Doctors are aware that many patients use complementary therapies, and it is important that your doctor is informed of all the medications that you are taking, including those prescribed by complementary therapists. Your doctor will need to keep in mind that some complementary treatments (e.g. St John’s Wort) can interact with medications that your doctor may prescribe, and may also lead to side effects or toxicities, such as abnormal liver tests.


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBDclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease


This website and its content is not intended or recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any medical questions or conditions.

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