Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis

Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis)
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - DIGESTIVE SYSTEM - DIVERTICULAR DISEASE (diverticulitis)

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

General description and overview of Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

In today’s times, diet primarily based on processed foods, especially in the West, which is extremely fiber deficient, has led to many a diseases including diverticular ones. For this reason, it is known as a disease which is acquired.

Diverticular disease is pretty common among people in the late middle age and the elderly, particularly women.

There are basically two conditions. Diverticulosis refers to the condition characterized by tiny, grapelike pouches or sacs (diverticula) along the outer wall (lower section) of the colon. Diverticula may also occur in the stomach or small intestine, albeit it is quite rare. It is generally symptom less and the sacs though show up in an x-ray, their existence might not be known by most of the people who have diverticulosis. It is understood that over 35-40% of the elderly population (over 60 years) suffer from diverticulosis in the Western world and the Australian subcontinent.

If these diverticula or sacs become infected and inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis. The condition is generally very painful and not more than 10% of the people with diverticulosis ever develop diverticulitis. Acute cases of diverticulitis have to be treated in a hospital; therefore it is better to take an active part in treating yourself before you reach the stage of hospitalization. Fortunately, you may help yourself to a very large extent in diverticular disease.

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Symptoms of Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

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Pain, usually on the lower left side in the abdomen. It is intermittent at first, then becomes continuous and severe

Symptoms & herbal supplements for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis). If the symptoms are not frequent, or if they vanish temporarily by defecation of passing wind, then you just have divertculosis and not diverticulitis.

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Fever and chills also accompany the pain

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Nausea and vomiting

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Bloating

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Weight fluctuation, e.g. significant weight loss or gain when not dieting (e.g., more than 5% of body weight in a month)

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Rarely, diverticula may bleed due to rupturing. Bleeding usually stops on its own but further complications that require immediate medical attention, may occur. Remember, diverticulitis is known to a potentially life threatening disease

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Either constipation or diarrhea are normally faced by the sufferer

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If not treated properly and in time, diverticulitis may ultimately lead to widespread infection due to perforations and abscess, which in all probability will require painful surgery.

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Causes of Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

Diverticula come up basically because of a build-up of pressure in the large intestine which causes weakened areas of the colon wall to balloon outwards. These take the shape of sacs or diverticula.

The basic cause of the disease is a life long diet of processed and refined foods with very less percentage of fiber. Fiber should be considered an extremely important constituent of our diet as it helps in reducing tension in the colon and helps it in expanding while passing stools.

Causes & homeopathic medicines for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis). This disease has also been linked to obesity, especially the worsening of the symptoms.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies helpful in Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). A heating pad placed low on your abdomen will also help to relieve pain and discomfort.

For more severe cases of diverticulitis, you may require hospitalization where fluids and antibiotics are given intravenously. Surgery may be required if a fistula, long-lasting chronic pain, bowel obstruction, abscess or recurring diverticulitis develops. Two types of surgical procedures such as primary bowel resection and bowel resection with colostomy are performed to remove the affected area of the colon.

A healthier, more effective approach to treating and preventing diverticular disorders is by using natural remedies. While many over-the-counter and prescription medications bring symptomatic relief, they also have harsh side effects.

Natural remedies such as herbal and homeopathic remedies, on the other hand maximizes heath and reduces imbalance in the body’s system. Herbs such as Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) and Filipendula ulmaria, (Meadowsweet) contain anti-inflammatory and soothing properties effective for digestion problems. Ulmus fulva (Slippery Elm) and Sutherlandia frutescens (Cancer Bush) are excellent herbs used to treat digestive pain and irritation.

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Mentha piperita is one of the most effective of the mint herbs, has been used for centuries to relieve indigestion, nausea and heartburn. Modern research has demonstrated its effectiveness in soothing the symptoms of diverticulosis, IBS and other digestive disorders. Mentha piperita is widely cultivated for medicinal uses and also has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of natural digestive juices and bile, thereby assisting healthy digestion.

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Sutherlandia frutescens ('Cancer Bush' or 'Kankerbossie') is a medicinal herb exclusively found in Southern Africa and has been used by indigenous people for thousands of years to treat chronic and acute digestive complaints, internal cancers and as a powerful tonic. Recent research has confirmed its adaptogenic properties. Sutherlandia contains a number of highly active compounds, including pinitol, L-canavanine and the amino acid, GABA. L-canavanine is a strong L-argine antagonist that has documented anti-cancer and anti-viral activity.

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Pelargoneum graveolens ('maagpyn bossie' or stomach pain bush) is a traditional medicinal herb used by indigenous people of South Africa. It has a wide variety of uses and is an effective calmative and anti-spasmodic herb, reducing stomach cramps and pain.

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Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) - With its daisy like flowers throwing aromatic scents everywhere, this wild herb is found throughout Europe. The essential oil of German chamomile flower contains bisabols, flavonoids and azulenes that give this herb its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and muscle relaxing properties. This makes it an excellent remedy for digestive disorders. Bisabol which gives German chamomile anti-inflammatory properties, helps relieve inflammation on the mucous membranes and promotes healing. It’s a good remedy for stomach pains and flatulence.

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Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) was a favorite herb in medieval times and was used to stop stomach rumbles and colic. It was commonly used after meals to prevent flatulence, indigestion, colic and other digestive problems. Fennel has strong calmative and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) is an anti-inflammatory, soothing digestive remedy which helps to protect the digestive tract and reduce stomach acid secretions. It is also effective in reducing the pain of digestive disorders and ulcers and is similar in structure to the synthetic drug called acetylsalicylate, or aspirin - without the side effects commonly associated with aspirin.

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Ulmus fulva (Slippery Elm) is one of the most effective herbs used in reducing digestive pain and irritation, and also protects and soothes the lining of the stomach and digestive tract due to its high mucilage content.

   

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DigestAssist for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis).

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Gastronic Dr. for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis).

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Dietary recommendations in Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

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Fiber-Fiber all the way! If you take a diet rich in fiber, you may actually half-kill the disease. Fiber will definitely prevent it from occurring in future if you feel you have been on a low-fiber diet till now and don’t intend to continue in the same fashion. Fiber does the excellent job of drawing water to the stool, making it move smoothly through the colon.

Helpful dietary habits & herbal/homeopathic remedies for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis). Always chew the seeds of any food (nuts, popcorn etc.) properly as their hard particles have the tendency to get stuck inside or on the diverticula causing inflammation.

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Actually, a diet composed of basically whole grain cereals and lots of vegetables is enough to take care of your problem (both are excellent source of natural fiber), unless incorporating this kind of diet itself is a problem for you! Just remember one thing-the incidence of diverticulosis is as low as 60% in vegetarians as compared to meat lovers.

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There are quite a few ways by which you can take an average fiber content of 30-35g in your diet daily. They are:

Whole meal bread (no white bread), brown rice, wholegrain cereals, barley in soups.

Bananas, peaches, strawberries instead of refined sweets.

Do not peel skin of fruits like peaches, apples and pears. Skin provides good quality fiber.

Dried fruits are as much relaxing as fresh fruits, so go for some like apricots and raisins.

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Fiber intake has to be increased, but do it slowly, over a period of 6-8 weeks. This will give ample time to your digestive system to adapt to your new diet. You should expect bloating and flatulence initially with the increase in fiber, but things should stabilize shortly.

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Fluids - To avoid strain during bowel movements, it is very necessary for the stool to be soft and bulky. Fiber alone is not capable of doing it, it needs a lot of fluid (water) to absorb or draw to the stool (depending upon whether the fiber is soluble or insoluble). Therefore, a minimum of 7-8 glasses of water is extremely important along with fiber rich diet.

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Avoid processed and refined foods as they have very little fiber content and are also very difficult to digest, specifically if your digestive system has 'derailed' of late.

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You can smartly substitute a few tasty vegetarian foods instead of non-vegetarian ones if you have the will power. Beans in place of beef in chili or casseroles will keep your taste buds guessing.

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If you have constipation as a symptom or if for some reason you cannot have enough fiber for some time, take fiber supplements like ispaghula.

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See for yourself if certain foods give you more trouble than others. Avoid them. Same holds true for foods that have given you relaxation. Incorporate them in your diet as mush as possible.

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Bran is although an excellent source of fiber, it is also notorious for creating other associated troubles. In effect, in the case of diverticular disease, it is supposed to aggravate the symptoms. So, it is better to extract fiber from natural resources named above.

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Prune juice and herbal teas, especially those of chamomile and peppermint, if taken after meals, help in soothing the irritation and inflammation. This they achieve by relaxing the intestinal muscles.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

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Exercise – Running and jogging not only tone up your body but also your gut and colon muscles. It helps in bowel movements as you strain a lot less. It also helps in obesity which is also considered a cause of this disease.

Precautionary measures & natural remedies for Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis). Consuming alcohol in moderation, one or two drinks a day, is actually beneficial in this disease. This is so because small quantity of alcohol relieves from colon muscular spasms.

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Quit smoking – Smoking is also supposed to aggravate diverticular disease symptoms, although the exact nature of effect is not known.

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All caffeine containing items such as coffee, tea, colas, chocolates irritate the colon lining. They are therefore best avoided.

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Toilet train yourself by answering to nature’s call at the earliest. Good fiber intake shall make your bowel movements more regular and at times you might feel the urge to defecate more often. Do this immediately, otherwise the very purpose of altering your diet will go in vain.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)

DigestAssist

Helps maintain digestive comfort and promotes healthy digestion.

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Gastronic Dr.

Promote healthy digestion and comfort after meals

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