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Diverticular Disorders

Diverticular disorders are divided into two main types of disorders: the more serious diverticulitis and the milder form called diverticulosis. The disorder of diverticulosis starts off when the inner lining of the large bowel protrudes and pushes through the muscular layer that normally envelopes it, this leads to the formation of pouches called diverticula, these pouches range in sizes from minute, pea-sized pouches to more those that are more than an inch in across. Food particles can become entangled and trapped in these pouches, even through there are no symptoms of diverticulosis as such, the pouches become inflamed from having the food particles stuck in them which then become inflamed, this inflammation leads to infection, and soon diverticulitis results, the pain and the symptoms now become inescapable.

A low-fiber diet is the typical cause of many types of diverticulosis, the deficiency of fiber in the diet can mean passing stool becomes harder as the colon must now work harder, and there is a lot of straining involved during bowel movements this can complicate and aggravate the symptoms of the condition. The chances of diverticulitis increases in people who have very little fiber in the diet, because waste moves slowly within the body without fiber, this gives more time to food particles to become trapped and causes an inflammation or infection in the pouches. The colon may also perform sluggishly due to the lack of physical exercises in certain people. This condition can strike across all members of a family and tends to run in families, as members are more likely to have similar food habits.

Supplements and herbs

Supplements that are suggested cannot cure or therapeutically heal the pouches (diverticula) formed in the body, their main role is in preventing a relapse of diverticulosis and to help in the prevention and minimization of flare-ups or recurring diverticulosis. The herb psyllium is active in relief from and in the prevention of constipation, as it supplies a lot of fiber that provides some bulk to the stools that are passed. Intestinal pouches or diverticula's can be cleared with the help of ground flaxseeds, which are also rich in fiber and ward off infection. For long term supplementation, both these high fiber supplements may be taken in combination, as the two, taken together can assist with the initial bowel movement in the mornings, the supplements can also be combined with probiotics like acidophilus. The body is enabled and bolstered in its ability to fight off intestinal infections because the fiber helps protect the acidophilus from the stomach acids and transports it to the intestine, where it acts in altering the bacterial balance in the digestive tract. If antibiotics are being used during a flare up, the acidophilus becomes extremely important as a supplement.

Since the fiber rich herb, or psyllium has a potential of interfering with the absorption of additional supplements, especially those that have the particularly usefulness in the treatment of flare-ups, these supplements are best taken best taken at least two hours after taking psyllium has been used as a supplement. The healing of inflamed areas is promoted by the aloe vera juice; cells that line the intestinal tract can be regenerated using the amino acid glutamine. This two can be taken in a combination formula along with one or more of the herbs as a combination supplement. Infected diverticula can be soothed when using the slippery elm which is also a mild natural laxative. The other herbs that can work against inflammation are the herbs like chamomile and wild yam. Digestive spasms can be relaxed using peppermint leaves, and the valerian and melissa (lemon balm) herbs help soothe the digestive tract when flare ups occur.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is considered to be among the most well accepted complete medicine systems. Homeopathic remedies are selected depending on the individual who requires them as well as the similarity of the symptoms by means of a holistic approach. In fact, this is the sole manner in which one can regain his/ her complete health by getting rid of the entire signs as well as symptoms from which they may be suffering. The objective of homeopathic treatment is to treat diverticular disease and also to deal with the fundamental causes as well as individual vulnerability. There are many homeopathic remedies that can be used for treating diverticular disease and they may be chosen depending on the reason/ origin, feeling as well as the modalities of the complaints.

In order to avail personalized selection of homeopathic remedies and treatment, it is necessary for a patient to check with a competent homeopathic physician personally. Some of the homeopathic remedies that are effective for treating diverticular disease are mentioned below.

Homeopathic remedies useful for treating diverticular diseases include:

Additional things you may do

To boost your fiber eat plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. At least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids should be drunk each day.

So far, scientists are yet to determine what precisely is responsible for diverticular disease. Most commonly, it is believed that this condition is attributable to diet disorders. It is said that people whose diet contains very less amount of fiber are vulnerable to diverticular disease.

Fiber is responsible for facilitating the movement of foods through our digestive tract. Hence, when any person has a diet that is low in fiber content, the movement of ingested food in his/ her digestive system is slower compared to what is normal. In fact, this may result in pressure build-up inside the intestines, because there is a need for more aggressive muscular movements to thrust the food through the digestive tract. Such pressure is also exerted against the colon lining and when this occurs, it may result in diverticular disease.

However, it is possible to avoid diverticular disease by means of taking a fiber rich diet. Diets loaded with fiber are also useful in regulating weight, because they enable the quick movement of ingested foods through the digestive tract. As a result of this, excessive foods are not allowed to be absorbed by the body and foods are also passed out of the body easily in the form of waste products. Treating constipation as soon as it occurs also helps to avoid diverticular disease. You may suffer from constipation at some time or other in your life and when this occurs you need to treat the condition naturally - through exercises and using natural laxatives that facilitate disposal of feces. In addition, diverticular disease may be avoided by not putting excessive pressure while you are passing stools.

In addition, you may do few other things, like drinking lots of fluids, undertake regular exercises and responding to bowel urges to avoid diverticular disease.

Drink fluids: When you have fiber rich diets, the fiber helps to absorb water and enhance the amount of soft, large waste products in the colon. However, if you are not drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, to replenish the liquid that is being absorbed, fiber may cause constipation.

Regular exercises: When you undertake exercises on a regular basis, it helps to promote the normal functioning of the bowel and, at the same time, lowers the pressure in the colon. It is advisable that you should exercise for no less than 30 minutes most of the days.

Responding to bowel urges: If you have an urge to use the toilet, donít hesitate, but go for it immediately. If you delay the bowel movements, it may result in the formation of harder stools that may need additional force to excrete it. Moreover, it may also augment the pressure inside the colon.

Usual dosage

  • Aloe vera juice, half a cup of aloe vera juice two times daily. Should contain 98% aloe vera. No aloe-emodin or aloin.
  • Chamomile, as a tea, one cup three times daily. Use two tsp dried chamomile herb per cup of hot water; steep for 10 minutes, and strain.
  • Flaxseeds, two tbsp ground flaxseeds in glass of water two times daily. Remember to drink extra fluid throughout the day.
  • Peppermint / Valerian / Wild yam, one cup tea three or four times daily. Use one part peppermint, one part valerian, two parts wild yam per cup of hot water; steep 10 minutes, and strain. Sweeten to taste.
  • Psyllium, one tbsp. of psyllium powder dissolved in juice or water two times daily. Remember to drink extra fluid throughout the day.
  • Slippery elm, one cup of slippery elm bark powder; prepared like hot cereal every morning. Or use tea (one tsp per cup) three times daily.
  • Acidophilus, two pills two times daily between meals. Get one-two billion live (viable) organisms per pill.
  • Glutamine, 500 mg L-glutamine two times daily on an empty stomach. Add a mixed amino acid complex, when using for longer than one month.

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Comments

From Mary - May-07-2011
Cat's claw is another valuable anti-inflammatory herb. The Lactobacillus Casei probiotic strains are particularly helpful in maintaining remission of flare ups, according to something I've read. Thanks for the tip regarding addition of mixed amino acids with any continued use of glutamine, which I take on a fairly regular basis at about 3-5 grams.
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