Thursday, March 20, 2008

Healing Tea: Herbs that Naturally Heal & Treat Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a painful condition that occurs when small sacs form in the colon and become inflamed. Although diverticulitis is most common and most serious in the elderly, it can afflict anyone. Susceptibility is greater for people who take prescription drugs with side effects that affect the immune system and increase the chances of developing an infection.

The first indication of diverticulitis is usually pain in the lower left area of the abdomen. You may also develop a fever from the infection, but do not rely on these symptoms to diagnose the condition yourself. You must see a physician to rule out the possibility of several other disorders that have similar symptoms and, if you do have diverticulitis, to judge how serious it is, since bad cases can land you in the hospital.

Doctors believe that the primary cause of diverticulitis is a diet containing little fiber and lots of processed foods. The obvious way to prevent or treat diverticulitis is to improve your diet, although shifting too quickly to a high-roughage menu can irritate your colon even more. Once the problem has cleared up, you must slowly make dietary changes to prevent its return.

My Grandmother suffers from diverticulitis and I have found that wild yam can help decrease the pain and inflammation of diverticulitis and promote relaxation in the colon. Chamomile, cramp bark and peppermint are other good additions to your formula. Eating garlic or taking it as pills will directly attack the infection.

The best natural remedy or natural therapy for Diverticulitis:

Diverticulitis Tea

2 teaspoons wild yam root

1 teaspoon cramp bark

1 quart water

1 teaspoon each chamomile flower and peppermint leaf

Put wild yam and cramp bark in water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off heat, add chamomile and peppermint, cover and steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain. Drink 2 or 3 cups a day. You can use the same proportions of these herbs to make a tincture.


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