Diverticular Disease

Overview:

Diverticulosis involves the development of pockets (diverticula) forming in the wall of the large bowel. When these pockets become inflammed 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, fecal matter can become lodged in the outpockets, resulting in infection, inflammation, and abdominal pain. [1].

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


Special Considerations:

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Therapeutic Aims:

1. Reduce Bowel Stagnation

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

  • Demulcents
  • High Fiber Diet

2. Improve Connective Tissue Strength

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  • Astringents (Gentle)
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3. Treat Any Constipation

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

  • Laxitives (Gentle)
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4. Improve The Immune System To Prevent Infection Of Diverticula

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  • Gastrointestinal Antiseptics
  • Immune Enhancers
  • Antinflammatories

Herbs For Diverticular Disease:


Diverticular Disease Sample Formula:


Dietary Considerations:


Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: May 2017


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References:

  1. Bone, K. (2013). Principles and practice of phytotherapy : Modern herbal medicine (2nd ed. ed.). London: Elsevier Health Sciences UK.
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