Diverticulitis is the more serious form of diverticular disease. It is already a full-blown inflammation and is most likely an emergency which requires hospitalization. To treat it, conventional medicine relies mostly on pharmacecobbtical 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 treatment commonly uses the following kinds of drugs:
- A broad-spectrum antibiotic to kill many different types of microorganisms. The doctor prefers an antibiotic that is poorly absorbed from the intestines into the blood. This is important so that the drug stays inside the bowels where it is needed and not affect the other organs of the body.
- An anti-inflammatory drug which can reduce the swelling and inflammation of the bowel.
- Painkillers – to reduce the pain experienced by the patient.
There are numerous drugs which fall under the groups classified above to serve the same purpose. These are chosen depending on the doctor’s preference and experience with the drugs.
These, however, can cause undesired side-effects mostly to the liver and kidneys. These drugs can also upset your stomach and increase the danger of internal bleeding.
Furthermore, using antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria in the intestines while the bad ones remain and take control. This will upset the delicate balance of bowel health and cause further illness.
The most serious cases of diverticulitis require hospitalization and possible surgery. Doctors would have to cut away parts of the affected bowel. The surgery itself is a big risk, especially for patients who are already weak or the elderly. This should be the least option and be avoided as much as possible.
In contrast, alternative natural therapy has a different principle. It aims to identify the root cause/s of an illness. Once the root cause is identified, we can cope with it one way or the other. If a needed vitamin is missing, we can supply the missing vitamin and strengthen the body so it too can cure the illness.
A strategy like using 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 condition.
- 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.
Patients recovering from serious diverticulitis should continue alternative natural therapies to keep it from coming back.