Diverticulosis is an illness because of a weakened digestive system. It happens when a person consumes too much unhealthy diet like fatty fast food or processed ingredients. Over many years, the walls of the bowels get very weak and start to form “pockets” or “pouches” (from which diverticulosis is named). There may be one or more pouches which form, mostly in the large intestine (where the stool or feces are temporarily stored until toilet time). Half-digested food or the waste products of digestion then gets trapped within these pouches; especially if these are the fatty, low-fiber kind which tends to stick to the walls. This slows down digestion and gives the opportunity for bad bacteria to grow quickly. The end-results are infections and inflammation among other complications.
The symptoms that diverticulosis patients experience depends on the stage of the illness. If it is still early on, then one of the first changes to be noticed is a toilet habit which becomes different from normal. It becomes irregular and there could be difficulty passing out stools. There are bloated feeling and some pain in the lower abdomen which starts and stops many times. These may go away after the stool is successfully relieved. Diverticulosis is a long-term disease and may leave patients feeling exhausted and frustrated.
If the diverticulosis sufferer can alter his or her lifestyle in time, then the illness could be managed with the patient having a relatively comfortable quality of life. Lifestyle change includes regular meals of healthy, natural, fiber-rich food supplemented with multivitamins, minerals and other anti-oxidants. But if the patient continues with business as usual then there is a high chance of diverticulosis getting much worse. Infection and inflammation of the “pouches” lead to diverticulitis.
To provide relief, “Western” medicine usually turns to pharmaceutical drugs. The two main types generally act through the following:
- Drugs which reduce the swelling and inflammation of the affected parts from which the pain comes from.
- Painkilling drugs numb the nerves which detect the pain.
These are numerous drugs under the above categories. These may act through different means, but all have either or both of the desired results.
However, pharma drugs can cause unintentional damage to other organs like the liver and kidneys. These drugs can also upset your stomach and increase the danger of internal bleeding.
In contrast, alternative natural therapy has a different principle. It aims to address the root cause/s. It helps the body to strengthen itself, so it too can help to cure the disease. It uses traditionally used herbs and other natural ingredients like activated charcoal to prevent the disease from getting worse. In the long run, preventing the disease from getting worse will also prevent the pain which comes with it.
Some ingredients can also have a direct effect to reduce inflammation and pain. Activated charcoal absorbs harmful microbes and the toxins they produce which can cause inflammation. This reduces the pain. Herbs like turmeric and ginger, when made into teas, can strongly stop inflammation. Purselane and aloe vera, meanwhile, soothes irritated, inflamed areas as well as ulcers. These can be blended and mixed with juices and/or salads.
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