The home remedies found below should be helpful when dealing with an obstacle in your digestive system. You can find these home remedies in your kitchen, and relief will be swift in coming.
Warning! The following are to help prevent the development of diverticulitis or to ease the mildest of symptoms. For all other symptoms, see a doctor!
From the Home Remedies Cupboard
Barley. This grain is a digestive anti-inflammatory. Add some to vegetable soup or stew. Or buy some barley flour, flakes, and grits.
Brown rice. It's easy on the digestive system, rich in fiber, and calms inflammation and spasms in the colon. Eat it plain or as a dessert with a little honey, mix it with vegetables for a stir-fry, try it in the morning as a breakfast food instead of oatmeal, or boil it for a tea and drink the liquid in addition to eating the rice. There are no limits to the ways you can serve up brown rice.
Garlic. This can help prevent infection. Eat 1 clove, three times a day. Chop it into a salad, or add it to soup or stew. (To retain its effectiveness, add the raw garlic after food is cooked, because heat can destroy the medicinal benefits.) Pasta sauce, however, is not a good choice for adding garlic, as tomato-based, spicy, and acidic foods can exacerbate symptoms.
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Papaya. This soothes diverticulitis. Find a nice, ripe, red-tinged papaya, cut it open, toss away the seeds, and eat. Use it in a fruit salad; it's especially good with melons. Or put it in the blender and make juice. Add a little honey to sweeten it up, if necessary. Papaya has an unusual but enjoyable flavor.
Pear. Another fruit that can soothe inflammation, pears don't need any doctoring to eat. Simply find one that's ripe and enjoy.
Potatoes. They're tasty and nourishing, and they have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that are especially good for digestive woes. Because grease can aggravate diverticulitis, avoid fried potatoes of any sort. But any other cooking method will do: baking, broiling, or boiling.
- Exercise. Everything in your body works better, including your digestive tract, when you exercise.
- Skip the caffeine. It can cause digestive upset.
- DON'T rush things. It takes time for your bowels to move, so allow sufficient time.
- Cut back on red meats. They weaken the wall of the colon, which is where the pouches in diverticulosis start.
For more information about diseases similiar to diverticular disease and diverticulosis, try the following links:
- To see all of our home remedies and the conditions they treat, go to our main Home Remedies page.
- Learn more about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and how to care for it in Home Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Crohn's Disease is another uncomfortable disease of the colon. Read about it in Crohn's Disease.
- Did you eat too much, or is a sign of something more serious? Learn more in Home Remedies for Constipation.
David J. Hufford, Ph.D., is university professor and chair of the Medical Humanities Department at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. He also is a professor in the departments of Neural and Behavioral Sciences and Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hufford serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine and Explore.
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