Diverticular Disease

Diverticular Disease Overview:

Diverticulosis involves the development of pockets (diverticula) forming in the wall of the large bowel. When these pockets become inflamed and infected, the condition is termed "diverticulitis". This condition can be serious if left unchecked, leading to systemic infection. 

 

Aetiology:

Diverticular disease is generally caused by poor intestinal motility and constipation. When diverticulosis occurs, faecal matter can become lodged in the out pockets, resulting in infection, inflammation, and abdominal pain. [1].

Other factors involve age-related weakness and stiffness of the colon. [1].

 

Symptoms:

Abdominal pain (Left Sided)

Diarrhea

Fever

Nausea/Vomiting

Chills

Rectal Bleeding

Shivering

Heart Palpitations

 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Reduce Bowel Stagnation

Increase fiber and water intake, and use mucilaginous herbs to tone the bowel wall.

  • Demulcents (Althaea officinalis, Ulmus fulva)
  • High Fiber Diet

2. Improve Connective Tissue Strength

  • Astringents (Calendula officinalis)

3. Treat Any Constipation

It is important to be gentle during the treatment of constipation with this condition. use gentle laxitives only.

  • Laxitives (Rhamnus purshiana)

4. Improve The Immune System To Prevent Infection Of Diverticula

  • Gastrointestinal Antiseptics (Calendula officinalis, Hydrastis canadensis, Berberis vulgaris)
  • Immunomodulators (Ganoderma lucidum, Andrographis paniculata)
  • Antinflammatories (Curcuma longa, Boswellia serrata, Calendula officinalis)
 

Differential Diagnosis:

  • Giardia
  • Dysbiosis
 

Herbs For Diverticular Disease

 

Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: June 2018


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