What is Diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is a digestive tract condition involving the presence of little pouches called diverticula anywhere between your esophagus and large intestine in a process called diverticulosis. Diverticula are common and do not normally cause trouble, but when one of these pouches becomes inflamed or infected it can cause severe pain and intestinal trouble. Diverticula usually develop in weaker parts of the colon under a lot of pressure, but how they become infected or inflamed is still an area under a lot of medical scrutiny; some theories involved trapped fecal matter causing infections, obstructions causing reduced blood-supply and leading to inflammation, and increased pressure weakening diverticula walls.
Symptoms of diverticulitis are sudden and severe pain on the lower left side of the abdomen, changes in bowel habits, abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and rectal bleeding. It was once believed that diets high in nuts, seeds, and corn were associated with diverticulitis risk, but research has shown no association.
On this page you can find a number of natural and home remedies for diverticulitis submitted by Earth Clinic readers. Some of our popular treatments include grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and even an acid/alkaline diet for diverticulitis. Let us know what you use from Earth Clinic to cure diverticulitis. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share it with us!