Diverticulitis is a disease of the digestive tract. There are small pouch like growths in the lining of the intestines, these pouches called diverticula get inflamed, resulting in unpleasant symptoms like abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.
Diverticulitis is more prevalent in elderly males and those who eat low-fiber diet. At times surgery may be required to treat diverticulitis. There are some herbs which can help to control the symptoms.
Effective Herbs To Control Diverticulitis
Flax seeds also contain fiber like psyllium does and improves removal of wastage form the body. Flax seeds, like all the stuff with fiber, also need a lot of water to derive maximum benefit from it as a herbal remedy, Water helps in ease of fecal matter, and thereby reduces inflammation due to diverticulitis. You need to take two doses of flax seeds in a day. Each dose should consist of 2 tbsp of powdered seeds to be taken twice a day.
Aloe vera has an excellent effect on digestive system. Its gel gives soothing treatment to the lining of gut. It gives relief from inflammation due to infection of diverticula. The organic compounds of aloe benefit the immune system.
Aloe works for diverticulitis at two levels. First it heals inflammation of digestive tract lining and secondly, aloe is a mild laxative. One possible cause of diverticulitis is the infection because of fecal matter getting stuck in diverticulae. With better bowel movement due to aloe this aspect is also looked after.
Slippery elm has been a popular remedy of the Native American population. When it comes in contact with water, it takes on the texture of gum and is mucilaginous in character.
The inner bark of slippery elm contains compounds like beta-carotine, tannin and mucilage. It is being used to treat diverticulitis due to its property of soothing the mucus membranes of the digestive tract. It is a safe herb to be ingested. You can take slippery elm tea thrice a day. For one cup you need one tsp of slippery elm powder.
Psyllium is a very well known herbal husk which adds fiber to your diet. This fiber being rough makes the bowel movement much better. You can take one tbsp of psyllium husk in one glass of water. You should take this much dose twice a day. Psyllium demands that you drink enough water, otherwise you will end up suffering from constipation.
German chamomile is considered beneficial to give relief from symptoms of diverticulitis. People know chamomile as a herb for gastrointestinal disorders.
You can drink a cup of chamomile tea thrice a day. To make tea you have to steep 2 tsp of dry chamomile in one cup of boiling water. Let it be there for about 5 to 10 minutes, strain and drink.
Wild yam works well in combination with valerian root and peppermint. They are best as an infusion in the ratio of one part of valerian, one part of peppermint and two parts wild yam. This infusion should be taken three or four times a day. Wild yam provides relief from symptoms of diverticulitis.