Diverticulitis is the more serious form of diverticular disease. It is already a full-blown inflammation caused by infection from microbes feasting on the semi-digested food and feces trapped in the ‘pouches.’ To treat it, conventional medicine relies mostly on pharmaceutical drugs to fight off the infection and inflammation. But it is important to remember that diverticular disease can not be totally cured. The inflammation and infection may be stopped, but the “pouches” will still be there. It is like the scar which remains after a deep wound heals. The best that can be done then is to manage the condition. This will help prevent the diverticulitis attack from happening again. It will also help the patient to live a more comfortable and stress-free life.
Conventional “Western” treatment commonly uses pharmaceutical drugs. Pharma drugs, however, can cause undesired side-effects mostly to the liver and kidneys. These organs are mainly used by the body to process and eliminate chemicals (as drugs are), and are usually affected. Drugs can also upset your stomach and increase the danger of internal bleeding.
Furthermore, using antibiotics will eradicate certain bacteria while allowing other bacteria to flourish. This can lead to a serious problem. The good bacteria in the intestines could be killed off while the bad ones remain and take control. This will upset the delicate balance of bowel health and cause further illness.
Alternative home remedies for “natural” healing.
In contrast, alternative natural therapy has a different principle. It aims to tackle the root cause/s by strengthening the body so it too can fight to cure the illness. This strategy uses herbs which have been used through the ages. It also utilizes other natural ingredients like activated charcoal to prevent the disease from getting worse. A protocol developed by Dr. Daniel Cobb can also be adapted to treat diverticulitis. The protocol is based on healing “diseased” arteries through daily doses of multivitamins and other natural health supplements which are the raw building block of collagen tissues. Collagen is an essential component of body repair.
For sudden diverticulitis attacks, the following recipes could be quickly prepared and given while medical attention is not yet possible or available.
- Activated charcoal mixed in very warm water can help reduce the pain and swelling especially if acid from the stomach complicates the
- Anti-inflammatory herbal teas made from ginger and turmeric are strong anti-inflammatory preparations.
- Aloe vera gel and blended purselane plant can also help to soothe irritated and inflamed bowels. For an emergency, the patient should be brought to the nearest medical care facility as soon as possible.