Diverticulitis, is a condition in which divercula are perforated and become infected and inflamed. Diverticula are saclike, pea- or grape-sized protrusions in the intestinal wall. They typically form if an individual suffers from frequent constipation. Eating a low-fiber diet, as is typical in USA may contribute to the development of diverticulitis. Without sufficient fiber to soften and add bulk, stools are harder to pass. Greatly increased pressure is required to force small portions or hard, dry stool through the bowel. This rise in pressure can cause pouches to form. Also because the wall of the large intestine often weakens as person ages, this is a condition affecting older rather than younger people. Smoking and stress make symptoms worse; In fact this is a classic example of a stress-related disorder.
Alfalfa is a good natural source of vitamin K and valuable minerals. Which are often deficient in people with intestinal disorders. It also contains chlorophyll, which aids healing. Take 2,000 milligrams daily in capsule form.
Aloe Vera promotes the healing of inflames areas. It also helps to prevent constipation. Drink ½ cup of Aloe Vera juice three times a daily.
Pau D’arco has antibacterial, cleansing, and healing effects. Drink two cups of Pau D’arco tea daily.
Other herbs beneficial for diverticulitis include cayenne (capsicum) chamomile, goldenseal, papaya, red clover, slippery elm bark, and yellow extract or tea. The fibrous inner bark of slippery elm contains large quantities of a gentle laxative that soothes the digestive tract while keeping things moving. The key to controlling this disorder is to consume an adequate amount of fiber and lots of water. Consume at least 30 grams of fiber each day and at least of ten 8-once of glasses of water daily (1).
1. NIH. Treatment for Diverticular Disease. How to treat diverticulosis? Website. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/diverticulosis-diverticulitis/treatment Accessed on March 28th, 2018.
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