Diverticulitis is a condition that affects the large intestine, causing inflammation and potentially serious complications. Understanding its causes, symptoms, and management strategies, including natural remedies, is crucial for anyone seeking to prevent or manage this condition effectively.

What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis occurs when diverticula, small pouches that form in the walls of the large intestine, become inflamed or infected. These pouches develop when weak spots in the intestinal wall bulge outward, typically due to factors such as a lack of dietary fiber, high consumption of red meat, and certain medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Symptoms of Diverticulitis:

The primary symptom of diverticulitis is abdominal pain, particularly in the lower left side, along with tenderness and fever. Other symptoms may include changes in bowel habits, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes rectal bleeding.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

Diagnosis of diverticulitis is usually confirmed through a computed tomography (CT) scan, although colonoscopy may be performed after the acute episode resolves. Treatment typically involves bowel rest, antibiotics if there’s an infection, and in severe cases, surgery.


Complications of diverticulitis can include fistulas (abnormal connections between organs), abscesses, peritonitis,( Inflammation of peritonium, the membrane that lines the inner abdominal wall and encloses organs within the abdomen) and intestinal narrowing (stricture). These complications can be serious and may require emergency surgery.

Natural Management of Diverticulitis:

Prevention is key to managing diverticulitis effectively. This involves dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of flare-ups. Here are some natural strategies:

  1. High-Fiber Diet: Consuming a diet rich in fiber can help prevent constipation and reduce pressure in the colon, potentially preventing flare-ups. Gradually increase fiber intake to avoid discomfort, and ensure adequate fluid intake to aid digestion.
  2. Herbal Medicine: Certain herbs have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that may help manage symptoms of diverticulitis. Consult with a qualified healthcare provider or naturopath to explore herbal remedies that may be appropriate for you.
  3. Nutritional Supplements: Some nutritional supplements may support digestive health and reduce inflammation in the colon. Probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D are among the supplements that may offer benefits for individuals with diverticulitis.
  4. Lifestyle Changes: Quitting smoking, increasing fiber,  staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy weight can also help reduce the risk of diverticulitis flare-ups. Regular exercise and stress management techniques may also be beneficial.

    Natural medicine encompasses various approaches that aim to support the body’s natural healing processes and promote overall health and well-being. When it comes to managing diverticulitis, natural medicine can play a complementary role alongside conventional treatments. Here’s how natural medicine approaches can help:

  1. Anti-inflammatory Herbs: Many herbs possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the colon associated with diverticulitis. Examples include turmeric, ginger, boswellia, and licorice root. These herbs can be consumed as teas, supplements, or incorporated into meals for their therapeutic benefits.
  2. Antimicrobial Herbs: Certain herbs have antimicrobial properties, which means they can help fight off bacterial infections that may exacerbate diverticulitis symptoms. Garlic, oregano, berberine-containing herbs (like goldenseal), and grapefruit seed extract are examples of antimicrobial herbs that may be beneficial.
  3. Analgesic Herbs: Herbs with analgesic (pain-relieving) properties can help alleviate abdominal pain and discomfort associated with diverticulitis. Peppermint, chamomile, and fennel are herbs known for their soothing effects on the digestive system and may provide relief from cramping and pain.
  4. Antispasmodic Herbs: Antispasmodic herbs help relax smooth muscles in the digestive tract, reducing spasms and cramping. Examples include valerian root, lemon balm, and passionflower. These herbs can help ease symptoms such as abdominal cramps and bloating.
  5. Nutritional Supplements: Certain nutrients and supplements can support digestive health and reduce inflammation in the colon. Probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that support gut health, may help restore the balance of intestinal flora disrupted by antibiotics used to treat diverticulitis. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil supplements, have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation in the colon.
  6. Dietary Modifications: Natural medicine emphasizes the importance of diet in managing health conditions. In the case of diverticulitis, a high-fiber diet is often recommended to promote regular bowel movements and prevent constipation, which can exacerbate symptoms. Gradually increasing fiber intake from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can help prevent diverticulitis flare-ups.
  7. Hydration: Adequate hydration is essential for maintaining digestive health and preventing constipation. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help soften stools and promote regular bowel movements, reducing the risk of diverticulitis flare-ups.
  8. Once someone has diverticulitis the diet is getting complicated and restrictive. A liquid diet is recommended during flare up and Low fiber diet increase when flare up passes. Some patients may never be able to consume the full spect of fiber to prevent the progression of diverticulitis.


Diverticulitis is a condition that requires careful management to prevent complications and improve quality of life. By understanding the causes, symptoms, and natural management strategies outlined above, individuals with diverticulitis can take proactive steps to reduce their risk of flare-ups and promote overall digestive health.

If you would like to know more about how the DH-Natural Medicine Clinic can help you, please call us now on

(02) 4854 0205 

Danuta Hulajko is a Naturopath, international speaker and the founder & practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au in the Southern Highlands 

Danuta specialises in Allergies, Anti-Aging, Auto-Immune Conditions, Cardiovascular Conditions, Female Reproductive, Long Covid, Menopause, Mould Toxicity, Skin Conditions, Stress and Insomnia and Thyroid Dysfunction.


Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply