Herbal remedies have been used for coping with various diseases for hundreds of years. They are used as teas, tinctures and dried extracts .
The following herbs are used to treat diverticulitis and other intestinal diseases
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum): Commission E, an expert body of the German government that confirms the safety, efficacy and dosage of medicinal plants, has approved taking one to three tablespoons of crushed flaxseed two to three times a day, along with large amounts of water, for the treatment of diverticulitis.
Wheat (riticum aestivum): A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that a diet rich in plant fiber can treat diverticulitis. It found that wheat bran contain five times more dietary fiber than whole wheat bread, making them the most popular source of fiber for fans of this food. Another study from the University of Ottawa says that bran are the safest, cheapest and most effective method for the physiological treatment and prevention of obstipation.
Almond (Prunus dulcis): Sweet almond contains a perfect combination of dietary fiber and micronutrients. It has been used as a traditional remedy for obstipation for centuries.
Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra): Many experts propose using slippery elm powder. This plant, rich in fiber, contains large amounts of mild laxatives that calm digestive system and promote digestion. The US Food and Drug Administration declared the slippery elm a safe and effective mean for better digestion. Prepare it in the same way as you prepare oatmeal, by adding the powder to hot milk or water, until it becomes mushy.
Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa): According to the Californian herbalist Kathi Keville, wild yam relieves pain and inflammation caused by diverticulitis.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) David Hoffmann, author of The Herbal Handbook, suggests sipping chamomile tea throughout the day. He claims that this herb is especially valuable in the treatment of diverticulitis, because its anti-inflammatory actions calm the entire digestive system. We suggest you prepare your tee by putting 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile per cup of boiling water. Allow it to infuse for 5 minutes.
Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa): This herb possesses an anti-inflammatory effect. Be cautious and consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have an autoimmune disease or have leukemia.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): It is known to reduce spasms and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Be careful if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease and heart failure. Only take it for a short period of time.
Be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any herbal treatments or remedies. Some of them may conflict with medication, or may affect other symptoms of your condition.