If you are like me, you probably just about lost your mind when I read about Dr. David D. Meckel’s new book called “Diverticulosis: Symptoms, Causes, and an Effective Guide.” This is the second of a two part series on the topic of digestive disorders. In this particular book, Dr. Meckel shares his experience treating diverticulosis with an exclusive blend of natural herbal medicine and naturopathic medicine. In previous articles, I reviewed several of the foods to avoid with diverticulitis and some of the herbal remedies that can treat and relieve it. In this second article, I will review the herbal remedies he recommends.
According to Diversatech, Inc., Dioscorea equityis an Asian herb that is used by many Asian healers to reduce water retention. It was first shown to be beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure and other circulatory problems in Japan. According to Meckel, Dioscorea equity works well for people with high levels of salt in their system. While increasing the patient’s fluid intake does not usually have a significant effect on their salt levels, it can help them to reduce the formation of crystals on the intestinal walls.
Another herb called Oyster, also from Asia, has similar qualities. It is similar to Dioscorea but Oyster is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect that may help reduce the pain of diverticulitis. Another plant that is often used in Ayurvedic medicine is Agnitundi mate. It is said to work as an anti-inflammatory agent, but no studies have been performed to support this claim. Agnitundi mate is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat gallstones, so you may want to avoid this herb if you already have gallstones or liver disease.
The last recommended herbal remedy in this book is Xudachi. It is a Chinese herb that is most commonly used to treat diarrhea. There are many different theories on what causes diarrhea, ranging from simple food poisoning to an underlying chemical or biological abnormality in the colon. Xudachi may help to treat both of these conditions.
Meckel’s Diverticulum contains information about seven different herbs that are claimed to help treat diverticulosis. They include Angelica, Nux Vomica, Artemisia Vulgaris, Polygonum multiflorum, Attacco aromatica, Aspalathus linearis, and Scutellaria lateriflora. All of these are said to work against the formation of diverticula. Some of these herbs are available in capsule form. Meckel’s Diverticulum shows that doctors may use a combination of several of these herbs in order to treat diverticulitis.
Many people suffer from this condition and are forced to take strong medications. Doctors may recommend a colonoscopy to determine the extent of the problem. A CT scan will show pictures of the affected area. A final exam will be necessary to determine the best course of treatment.
If the biopsy indicates that Meckel’s Diverticulum may be the cause of diverticulitis, doctors will remove small pieces of the intestine to determine which part of the digestive system has been affected. The pieces are then sent to a laboratory for analysis. A treatment option will be determined. Most people can resume their regular activities within a few days.
If Meckel’s Diverticulum is caused by cancer, doctors will do everything possible to stop the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. Radiation may be used. Surgery may be used to cut portions of the diverticulum. Meckel’s Diverticulum may be required in the long term. For some people, however, it will cure itself in time.
Treatments of Meckel’s Diverticulum include physical therapy and surgery. Physical therapy can help with muscle strength and range of motion. Surgical removal may be needed to remove scar tissue. Treatment options will depend on the extent of the injury.
Meckel’s Diverticulum is not the only Diverticulosis treatment available. There are plenty of treatments used to alleviate this common digestive complaint. Diverticulosis surgery is used to remove segments or all of the diverticulum. Medications may also be prescribed.
The treatment of Meckel’s diverticulum depends on the severity of the disorder. The best way to find out is to have a thorough examination by a doctor. You can learn more about diverticulosis, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments by registering for a free online class. There is no obligation to take the class and there are no costs associated with registration. Go to Diving Info to register for the free online class.