Herbal treatment of diverticulosis
Phytotherapy: Medicinal plants remedies for the prevention and the treatment of diverticulosis
Phytotherapy in the treatment of the diverticulosis supposes the use of preparations elaborated with plants, always under the supervision of a doctor or specialist, with the following purposes:
- Antimicrobial plants that help to eliminate the pathogenic microorganisms.
- Antiinflammatory plants that reduce the inflammation and diminish the pain.
- Carminative plants that help to expel flatulence.
Herbal preparations for diverticulosis
Among all the possible plants we could mention the following:
- Chamomile: (Matricaria chamomilla): For its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, it can help decrease inflammation and intestinal spasms that may develop in these patients.
Also, its carminative properties help to expel excess gases by reducing swelling and decreasing the feeling of weight.
Chamomile contains antibacterial components that can help eliminate microorganisms in the diverticula preventing the onset of diverticulitis. (Infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day)
- Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) This plant is rich in mucilage which have soothing properties and can therefore protect the intestinal mucosa. Its use can prevent the onset of diverticulitis in people with diverticula. Used in a diverticulitis, it may help reduce inflammation of irritable bowel syndrome. (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers and leaves per cup of water for 10 minutes. Two cups a day)
- Tarragon: (Artemisia dracunculus) Indicated to treat poor digestion, bloating or flatulence treatment, to relieve stomach cramps and colic caused by gas (Use it as a condiment or infusion; 5g. Dried leaves in 250ml of water. Take a glass after every meal for its digestive and carminative properties)
- Mint: (Mentha rotundifolia, Mentha piperita) It is another carminative and tranquilizing plant that can be useful in this case. (Infusion of a teaspoon of dry plant by water glass. Take 2 glasses per day)
- Carrot: (Daucus carota): Its vitamin A wealth has a repairing power of the skin. On the other hand, its fiber content helps to solve constipation, preventing the development of diverticulosis or helping to prevent infection.
Containing vitamin C, carrots exerts antioxidant healing power on wounds. (Squeeze a couple of carrots and drink the juice)
- Cabbage: (Brassica oleracea) Cabbage is rich in arginine (Essential in repairing and building muscle tissue); it is also antiinflammatory and antacid. It has a high content of vitamin C. This can help prevent infection of the diverticula or decrease infection and related inflammation. (Pound 100 gr. and drink cabbage juice mixed with water) (Cabbage juice can be mixed with carrot to increase its healing power)
- Yarrow (Achilea millefolium) Because of its astringent, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties, it is interesting to use it in the treatment of this disease. (Infusion of this plant half a teaspoon per cup of water. 2 cups per day)
Vitamins and other supplements for the prevention of diverticulosis
- Vitamin E: It exerts a protective function of the bowel wall. The usual dose is around 100 IU per day during the first week are increasing at a dose of 100 IU more per week up to a maximum of 800 IU weekly.
- Vitamin A: It exerts similar properties to vitamin E. The habitual dose is placed in 25000 IU daily in the form of betacarotenes.
- Psyllium: Its use prevents or improves constipation, which is the main factor causing this problem. The dose is one teaspoon daily taken in a glass of juice or water. (Drink a couple of liters of water a day if you use this supplement)
Psyllium seed (P. psyllium)
- Flax seeds: Like the above remedy, they help to prevent constipation. The usual dose is four tablespoons daily of ground flax seeds, divided into two daily doses. (Drink a couple of liters of water daily when using this supplement)
Advice: Practicing exercise daily, adequate to the possibilities of each person, will help facilitate intestinal peristalsis by preventing the formation of diverticula or inflammation of them.
A daily walk is particularly recommended.
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