Did you know that several home remedies can help you treat diverticulitis? This is a condition that originates when diverticula (reduced sacs or pouches) that form in the large intestine become inflamed or infected, resulting in various symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, blood in the stool, etc.
Natural remedies can alleviate some of these symptoms and improve digestive health, but it will always be advisable to first visit your doctor for proper treatment and to avoid possible complications such as peritonitis, abscesses, or fistulas in the colon.
Causes and Symptoms of Diverticulitis
When small sacs or pouches (diverticula) form in the inner wall of the large intestine, the condition is called diverticulosis. When these intestinal pouches become inflamed or infected, diverticulitis develops.
The exact cause of diverticulitis is unknown, but it has been pointed out that certain factors may favor its development, such as having an inadequate diet for a long time, in which there is a lack of fiber and an excess of processed and refined foods.
Likewise, continued and prolonged constipation can also increase the chances of diverticula forming in the large intestine.
Although many times patients with diverticulitis have no symptoms, when they do appear, diverticulitis symptoms may include:
- Pain and swelling in the lower abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Fever and chills
- Presence of blood in the stool
Infusions for Diverticulitis
There are certain infusions made from medicinal plants that are excellent home remedies for diverticulitis thanks to their antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, digestive and carminative properties. Here are the ones that can offer you the best results:
- Chamomile: it is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, so it helps reduce abdominal swelling and pain. In addition, it acts against microorganisms that may be in the diverticula thanks to its bactericidal effects.
- Peppermint: is useful for reducing abdominal swelling and combating discomfort, gas, and nausea.
- Marshmallow: protects the intestinal mucosa by containing mucilage, helps reduce inflammation, and prevents new episodes of this disease.
- Valerian: its anti-inflammatory and soothing action is of great help to reduce symptoms.
- Yarrow: it is astringent, antispasmodic, and bactericidal, so it is also beneficial in treating this condition.
Take 1 or 2 cups a day of any of the infusions mentioned and you will see how little by little the symptoms are reduced and you feel much better.
Other Natural Remedies:
One of the most effective diverticulitis home remedies is flaxseed. These contain high amounts of fiber and, therefore, are perfect for preventing constipation, improving the digestion process, and regenerating the intestinal flora.
It is best to mix 1 teaspoon of flax seeds with 1 cup of mineral water and let this preparation macerate for about 8 hours or a full night. The next day, the remedy will be ready to take. Ingest 1 small spoonful about 30 minutes before breakfast and another about 30 minutes before going to bed at night.
Aloe vera is a plant that can be of great help in treating diverticulitis and diverticulosis due to its beneficial properties for the digestive system.
On the one hand, it has mild laxative properties that prevent constipation and, on the other hand, it is anti-inflammatory, and analgesic and helps the nutrients of the food consumed to be assimilated correctly.
Take about 3 tablespoons of aloe vera juice a day, distributing them as follows: the first before breakfast, the second before lunch, and the third before dinner.
It is important that before taking this juice you make sure that it will not be counterproductive to your health, and is not indicated for pregnant or breastfeeding women, patients with irritable bowel, colitis, or Crohn’s disease, patients who are being treated with corticosteroids and patients with liver or gallbladder disease.
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