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Peristalsis (Overview)

Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum.


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What is the function of peristalsis?

What is the function of peristalsis?

Movement: Peristalsis helps the food move through the digestive tract so it can be digested properly. It also aids in crushing the food as it is propelled forward. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Peristalsis (Overview)

Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum.


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What happens to peristalsis as you age?

It slows down: The generalized loss of muscle tone causes food to move more slowly along the digestive tract. ...Read more

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What is is meant by reverse peristalsis?

Vomit: It is a fancy medical term for vomiting. Peristalsis is the normal slow motion of the gastrointestinal tract that moves food along to be absorbed. When it is reversed it goes in the opposite direction and can lead to vomiting. ...Read more

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What exercises and herbs can increase peristalsis?

These can: Aerobic exercise is a great way of increasing peristalsis. Enough water and fiber in your diet has this effect too. Ginger works. For a spastic colon, camomile and rhubarb are also beneficial. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: peristalsis?

See below: Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum. ...Read more

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What happens to you if peristalsis is too fast or too slow?

What happens to you if peristalsis is too fast or too slow?

Peristalsis: Peristalsis refers to the natural movement of contents of the bowel due to contraction of the muscles of the intestines. If peristalsis is too fast, you have either diarrhea or very frequent bowel movements. If it is too slow, you have constipation. ...Read more

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What does inhibition of peristalsis mean?

What does inhibition of peristalsis mean?

Simplistically...: Movement of gut contents due to muscular activity of the GI tract is defined as "peristalsis." If your's is excessive, acutely increased, or interfering with function then seek evaluation. Inhibition of peristalsis slows the above gut process. ...Read more

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Feeling peristalsis in my womb what does this mean?

Feeling peristalsis in my womb what does this mean?

Movement in pelvis: Sensation of movement in pelvis can be due to many reason, for example: enlarged uterus due to fibroids, adenomyosis, constipation, bladder contractions causing urinary incontinence. Persitalsis can be felt due to bowel movement and being perceived as uterine contractions. ...Read more

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I have no peristalsis in my oesophagus. Can I take fossamax for osteoporosis?

I have no peristalsis in my oesophagus.  Can I take fossamax for osteoporosis?

Peristalsis/fosamax: Fosamax (alendronate) is given with a full glass water ,while standing not lying down, with instruction not to lay down for 30 minutes due to its potentional for ulceration. There are other products (Reclast, Forteo,Prolia, HRT) on the market for osteoporosis that can be given as injections or are alternative products and may be a better choice in an individual with no peristalsis. Discuss with you doctor ...Read more