Natural Treatments for Diverticulitis
Time for a gut check. Does something feel off? Nausea, Fever, bloating, an aching pain in the abdomen?
This is the everyday reality for someone suffering from diverticulitis. These symptoms can be debilitating, stopping you in your tracks and keeping you from going about your everyday life with ease and comfort. For those concerned about invasive procedures there are natural diverticulitis treatment options that are both safe and effective.
What is Diverticulitis?
Diverticula are small pockets in the digestive tract, most commonly the colon. These little pouches form when weak points in your intestinal wall balloon outward. Many people who have diverticula don’t experience any symptoms, but when symptoms are present doctors call this diverticula disease, or diverticulitis. These symptoms are brought on by inflammation and subsequently infection. Diverticulitis can present in about 10% to 25% of patients with diverticulosis.
What are the Symptoms?
Each person who experiences diverticulitis has a different set of symptoms but the most common are:
- Constant and severe pain in the abdomen
- Blood in stool
How Common is Diverticulitis?
Diverticulosis—the precursor to diverticulitis—is quite common, especially as you age. Research has shown that about 35 percent of adults in the U.S. under the age of 50 and roughly 58 percent of those older than age 60 have diverticulosis. As you can see, a significant percentage of the population is at risk of forming complications.
Complications of Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis can come on suddenly due to inflammation, causing a host of problems like:
- Abscess- a swollen, infected and puss-filled area outside the colon wall.
- Intestinal obstruction
- Fistula- also known as an abnormal passage between two organs.
- Perforation of the colon
- Distension of the lower abdomen
Inflammation: the Catalyst for Diverticulitis Symptoms
Inflammation in the intestinal tract causes diverticulitis to become symptomatic and present severe health issues. When waste gathers in the diverticula, or small pockets in the colon, inflammation begins, triggering infection. Outside of inflammation, multiple genetic and environmental factors are also known to trigger this condition.
According to Mayo Clinic there are multiple health and lifestyle factors that can make you more susceptible to developing diverticulitis.
- Lack of exercise
- A diet low in fiber
- A diet high in animal fats
- Certain prescription medications like steroids, opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Conventional Diverticulitis Treatment Options
Several conventional treatment options for diverticulitis are available depending on severity. Most of these procedures are highly invasive and require long recovery periods. They include:
Amoxicillin-Antibiotic drugs like amoxicillin have widespread use in the industrialized world, sometimes to the point of overuse. This can contribute to the proliferation of disease resistant bacteria, and decreased effectiveness. Antibiotics can be a life saver and have contributed to longer lifespans, but many people experience bowel problems for weeks to years after taking them. This is because antibiotics not only kill bad bacteria in your body, they also kill the important good bacteria in your gut, throwing everything out of whack. Patients often report side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as a result of taking antibiotics.
Needle Drainage- In some cases of diverticulitis, abscesses may form that need to be drained. This procedure is performed by inserting a needle into the abdomen to drain pus from the abscess. While complications are rare, there is a slight risk of infection, organ damage, and/or allergic reaction.
Surgery-Surgery for diverticulitis involves opening the abdominal cavity and requires general anesthesia. Surgery is a highly invasive option that always carries the risk of serious complications (surgeries also create scars which carry their own negative health implications); it is also very expensive. Surgeries routinely used to treat diverticulitis include:
- Bowel resection with anastomosis– This is when a surgeon removes infected segments of the bowel then reattaches the healthy parts.
- Bowel resection with colostomy– This is when a surgeon removes infected segments of the bowel and attaches the healthy end to an opening in your abdomen, known as a stoma.
Natural Diverticulitis Treatment and Prevention: Yes, There Are Viable Options!
Fortunately, you have natural treatment options for diverticulitis to treat this condition before it becomes dire. It starts with one of the pillars of The Hache Protocol for Pain Resolution™, healthy eating.
4 Effective Ways to Treat and Prevent Diverticulitis Naturally
- Diet– Studies have shown better outcomes for those who eat higher fiber diets, rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as opposed to those who eat diets comprised of high fat dairy, meat products, and processed grains.
- Probiotics– Preliminary research has shown promising results that suggest that probiotics can stave off symptoms of diverticulitis. You can purchase probiotic powders, capsules, and tablets or find these beneficial bacteria in fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
- Herbs and Supplements– Garlic, ginger, turmeric, and green tea have provided relief for some when attempting at home treatment. Most of the relief provided comes from the anti-inflammatory properties of these foods.
- Increased Fluid Intake– This can be used as more of a preventative measure. A significant portion of the population is moving through life at a state of near dehydration. The popularity of sugary drinks in the western diet has contributed to this dilemma. Drinking amble amounts of water will prevent the backup of waste in your digestive tract, minimizing the risk of forming diverticulosis, or pockets in the colon.
Treating Diverticulitis with Microcurrent
As we previously discussed, diverticulitis is brought on due to inflammation in the bowel. Microcurrent therapy has been proven to effectively treat inflammation in the entire body. This type of treatment is pain free, effective, and is a viable option when wanting to treat diverticulitis the natural way.
In addition to being a highly effective natural treatment for diverticulitis, Microcurrent can also be used as a preventative measure when you are concerned about developing this or other bowel issues.
Harness the Tools to Eliminate Inflammation.
You have many resources available to you when it comes to fighting conditions generated by inflammation—including diverticulitis and related diseases. To make it easy for you, we have compiled a report to highlight reliable treatment options and protocols that will fight inflammation through microcurrent therapy and other natural methods.