Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Alternative and complementary treatments may help prevent vomiting episodes, although none of these treatments has been well studied. These treatments include:

  • Biofeedback training to learn techniques for managing stress, which can trigger vomiting episodes.
  • L-carnitine, a natural substance that is made in the body and is available as a supplement. L-carnitine helps your body turn fat into energy.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), another natural substance made in the body that is available as a supplement. Coenzyme Q10 assists with the basic functions of cells.

L-carnitine and coenzyme Q10 may work by helping your body overcome difficulty in converting food into energy (mitochondrial dysfunction). Some researchers believe mitochondrial dysfunction may be a factor causing both cyclic vomiting syndrome and migraine.

Always check with your doctor before taking any supplements to be sure you or your child is taking a safe dose and that the supplement won't adversely interact with any medications you're taking. Some people may experience side effects from L-carnitine and Coenzyme Q10 that are similar to the symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome, including nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

April 19, 2013