Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition related to the diverticula. It occurs in the large intestines associated with the formation of small pockets that punch through the digestive tract walls causing inflammation.

Causes

While some relate it to genes, others hold medicines, obesity, lack of exercising and smoking responsible for this.

Symptoms

  • Abdominal pains with cramps
  • Constipation
  • Fever and chills
  • Vomiting and nausea

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda attributes it to consuming low-fiber high fat diet that results into enhancing vata and pitta dosha. This causes improper digestion and thus constipation. Constipation causes increased pressure and strain in the colon that makes it bulge out and become diverticula.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Include whole grain cereals, bran, honey, lentils, green leafy vegetables, celery, cabbage, pumpkin and squash into your diet. Consume fresh fruits like pears, papaya, grapes, figs, guava, grapefruit and gooseberries to avoid constipation.
  • Avoid hard digesting foods, milk products like butter, cheese, cream, chocolate, ice cream, fatty mea and fried food.
  • Also avoid high carbohydrate foods such as bread, candy, cookies, potatoes and sugar. Cut on your beverages consumption such as aerated drinks and alcohol.