Diverticulitis is a chronic gastrointestinal tract condition.
When little pockets in the colon swell outward and become infected, these pockets are called diverticula, and the state of the formation of diverticula is known as Diverticulitis or Diverticulosis.
As per Ayurveda, the reason for Diverticulitis is inappropriate eating and the absence of a fiber-rich diet.
Because of this, the Vata and Pitta dosha aggravate, bringing about a hindrance to digestion.
Improper digestion prompts blockage, which brings about muscle strain while passing hard stool.
Also, the increased strain in the colon makes its walls swell out, leading to Diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis can prompt infections, tears, blockages, and sometimes bleeding.
Causes of Diverticulitis
The root cause of Diverticulitis is the development of high strain on the walls of the colon from the inside.
When an individual consumes a low fiber diet, the colon needs to apply more pressure than the standard to move a little, hard stool.
The effort of more strain on the walls eventually prompts the formation of diverticula and the condition of diverticulitis.
Other causes might include:
- Consumption of Alcohol and Smoking
- Lack of Physical activity
- Certain drugs like Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
- Low fiber diet
- Chronic Constipation
Symptoms of Diverticulitis
- Abdominal pain(especially on the left side)
- Loss of appetite
- High-grade fever
- Rectal bleeding
- Difficulty excretion
- Cramps in the abdomen
However, we should not surrender trust yet! Ayurveda brings herbs to the table! We should glance through a couple of them:
Treatment of Diverticulitis in Ayurveda
Treatment in Ayurveda mainly revolves around increasing Agni (assimilation power) that advances the sound working of the stomach.
Ayurvedic Herbs Beneficial on Diverticulitis are:
Brimming with great nourishing advantages, Amalaki holds its place at the highest point of Ayurvedic herbs. This super herb helps restore your colon and appease aggravated Vata and Pitta.
Grind 1 amla and strain the juice from the grated juice. Drink this juice on an empty stomach.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb blend made using three herbs- Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. This phenomenal herb has been utilized for a long time to facilitate a wide range of medical problems. It is superb for Diverticulitis as it improves absorption, decreases blockage, and clears the gastrointestinal system easily.
How to prepare it?:
Have Triphala churana with a tsp of honey consistently for effective results.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has antiseptic properties and a reputable position in home remedies. Aloe works amazingly on Diverticulitis. One can consume it as juice or in pill form. For the best outcome, you can drink herbal aloe vera tea. It will help to flush out toxins and keep your gut healthy.
Aniseed works amazingly to subsidize acidity and improves digestion. It appeases Kapha and removes the toxins(ama) from the body. Aniseed has a carminative action, making it an ideal medicinal herb for Diverticulitis sufferers.
How to prepare it?:
- Boil the water
- Add one teaspoon of aniseed
- Add some honey
- Drink it warm
5 . Raspberry Leaves
Raspberry leaves are considered one of the best remedies for gastrointestinal tract conditions. Also good for relieving nausea and vomiting sensation. Raspberry leaves work great for cleaning stomach ulcers.
How to prepare it?:
- Boil the water.
- Add one teaspoon of the leaves to a boiling water
- Give it a good boil
- Drink this tea at least twice or thrice a day for effective results.
Diet for Diverticulitis:
Have these foods:
Add fiber-rich food to your diet.
Have- Pulses, lentils, Mung, Vegetables, Millets, Ghee
Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains such as barley and cereals.
Consume enough water. Drink 8-9 glasses of water in a day.
Chew food properly and slowly.
Avoid these foods:
Avoid- Yogurt, Cheese, and Oily fried food.
Avoid sour food. Avoid Milk and Milk products
Avoid red meat and hard-to-digest foods.
Strictly avoid Gluten like wheat, Maida(All purpose flour), etc
Avoid straining during excretion.
Lifestyle Changes for treating Diverticulitis:
Take a 10-minute walk every day.
Practice Yoga and Exercises. Yoga Asanas such as Suryanamaskara, Udarshaktivikasakayogasanas (Pawanmuktasana, also known as Wind-relieving pose, and Shavasana, also known as Corpse pose)
Eating papaya is good for digestion.
Avoid Alcohol and Smoking.
Avoid staying up late at night as it causes improper digestion.
Ayurveda Therapies for Diverticulitis:
Ayushakti follows the 3 R Steps to treat Diverticulitis:
- 1) Remove:
Eliminate blockages, and inflammation and remove toxins from the gut and intracellular cells through the right type of detox so that proper blood supply reaches the damaged organs and intracellular toxins are cleared.
- 2) Restore:
Repair & restore the normal functioning of all the organs and especially the ones that are affected by the illness through the usage of powerful home remedies, diet, lifestyle changes, and marma pressure points.
- 3) Renew:
Rebuild & renew in step by step manner using herbal formulas and therapies on damaged or weak tissues, thus creating vibrant youthful health and long-lasting relief from chronic health problems.
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Author of the Blog: Dr.Ronak Naik
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd
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