Diverticulitis is inflammation of diverticula, bulges or pockets that form in the intestines or colon. For some patients, diverticulitis may be asymptomatic, and some may experience symptoms like abdominal pain and bloating. In severe case of diverticulitis, a patient may have a high fever, severe abdominal pain, as well as diarrhea or frequent bowel movements.
Diverticulitis is common in aging population. With age, intestines become weaker. The pressure of hard stools against the intestinal walls is what is thought to cause the formation of diverticula. A low-fiber diet can trigger diverticulitis, too, as it slows down bowel mobility.
The good news is, diverticulitis can be effectively addressed with home remedies.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera helps maintain intestinal flora, stimulate and promote bowel movements, and remove waste. It may also boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.
Slippery elm: Slippery elm can protect irritated tissue, reduce inflammation and pain, and promote healing.
Marshmallow: Marshmallow can help soothe inflammation and promote healthy bowel movements.
Licorice: Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce spasms and inflammation.
Lemon: Thanks to its antioxidant properties, lemon can aid in digestion and flushing of the waste.
Potatoes: White potatoes contain anti-inflammatory agents and starch, and are easy to digest.
Papayas and pears: These fruits can boost digestive health because of their fiber content.
Barley: Barley offers good fiber and anti-inflammatory properties.
Brown rice: Brown rice contains compounds that can reduce spasms and inflammation.
Garlic: Garlic may help prevent infection, so it can reduce the risk of diverticular inflammation.
Oregano: Oregano can help eliminate bugs hiding in the digestive tract, as it is a powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial agent.
Yogurt: Yogurt provides healthy bacteria (though be aware that the use of antibiotics will kill them off).
Other home remedies to help ease and improve diverticulitis include getting plenty of rest, exercising regularly, taking a multivitamin, and eating probiotic-rich foods.
Coupling these home remedies with your treatment plan can help you improve your diverticulitis.