Herbal Treatments
Internal Applications
To relieve inflammation:
Slippery elm – this herb will coat the inside of the colon, soothing the inflammation. Take 1 teaspoon slippery elm powder in 1/4 cup water and drink 3 times a day before meals.

Chamomile – this herb soothes the inflammation and irritation of the colon. Drink 3 cups a tea before meals.

Marshmallow root – this herb is soothing to the bowels. Take a cup of marshmallow root tea three times a day for two weeks. To fight infection & promote healthy bowels

Caraway – the tincture or infusion can be used to treat diverticulitis and relieve cramping pain.

Echinacea – take this herb to fight infection and boost the immune system to help fight this disease. Garlic and ginger may also be useful.

Linden – take linden tea to sooth stress and ease the bowels. Alternate with oatstraw tea to support the bowel.

Goldenseal – this herb is antibacterial and helps in all cases of infection. Take 250 to 300 mg two or three times a day for a week.

Pau d'arco – this herb is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Take a whole extract in a dose of 500 mg three times a day for six weeks.

To regulate bowel movements:
Aloe vera – drink the juice to resolve constipation and help heal the mucous membranes of the colon. Take ¼ cup twice a day.

Schisandra – this Chinese herb is good for regulating the digestive system. Take 100 mg twice a day for a month to help regulate the bowels.

External Applications
Castor – packs of castor oil can be applied externally on the abdomen to ease the pain and discomfort.

Peppermint – apply chopped leaves externally as a poultice to ease the tenderness caused by diverticular disease.
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