Diverticulosis is the presence of small bulges or pockets at weak points in the large intestine. When these pockets become inflamed they are known as diverticulitis. Symptoms include vague abdominal pain (usually on the left side of the abdomen), bloating and occasional rectal bleeding, which can be confirmed by X-rays or an sigmoidoscopy. They can proceed into more serious conditions but are usually benign and very common due to our refined modern diets devoid in fibre and rich in trans-fatty acids.
Any fibrous or indigestible pieces of food should be avoided, particularly raw skins of fruits and vegetables or their seeds. They can easily set off intense pain and although the problem has usually started through a lack of raw fibrous and unrefined food in the diet, this is not the time to introduce it.
Nutritious baby food must be adopted - cooking apples stewed in spring water with their skins, seeds and core, with cinnamon, vanilla or nutmeg to flavour. Sieve the pulp and eat daily with arrowroot, and/or slippery elm bark powder stirred in. Add a teaspoon of each to a bowl of apple puree, with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Honey may be added for taste. Continue until the inflammation, bleeding and pain subside.
Buy a juicer - juicing fruits and vegetables will give first class nutrition and aid easy digestion. ‘The Green Stuff’ vitamin & mineral food concentrate’ is another option and is perhaps the easiest method of providing an instant, nutritious 'meal'. Please ask for a sample.
When the colon has started to heal itself, try steaming your vegetables, and try very small amounts of finely grated de-skinned carrots and beetroots as an effort to approach raw foods. Make vegetable purees in the liquidizer, but leave the skin on. After a few weeks quinoa and eventually rice can be introduced and all the other wholegrains, but chewing very well is a must, so that all food arrives well mashed and changed beyond recognition of earlier fibre content!
For acute pain - use sitz baths and castor oil packs.
After the initial apple puree and slippery elm/arrowroot, then continue with the following herbal formula as the new diet unfolds. Use Digest-eze Herbal Powder consisting of slippery elm, marshmallow, meadowsweet, chamomile, peppermint and liquorice powders, made into a smooth paste with water or mashed into a banana. Taken daily this will help soothe, heal and re-grow the damaged tissue.
Drink nettle & raspberry leaf tea and ‘The Green Stuff’ vitamin & mineral food concentrate’, daily in order to support and replace vital vitamins and minerals. Five Spice Digestive Teawill also benefit in balancing the digestive system.
Drink Aloe vera gel daily to soothe and heal
Take Immune Support Formula for immune support (viral and fungal build up).
Herbal Formulae Suggestions
Digest-eze Herbal Powder to soothe the stomach and bowel
Immune Support Formula for immune support
Nettle & Raspberry leaf herb tea to help support and build the body, and/or Five Spice Digestive Tea for the digestive system
‘The Green Stuff’ vitamin & mineral food concentrate
On an emotional/mental level, Intestines represent ‘Assimilation. Absorption. Elimination with ease.’ Inflammation is ‘Anger and frustration about conditions you are looking at in your life.’
Affirmation – ‘I easily assimilate and absorb all I need to know and release the past with joy. I am willing to change all patterns of criticism. I love and approve of myself.’