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BASIC INFORMATION


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DESCRIPTION

diarrhea Diverticulitis is a condition in which the mucous membranes lining the colon become inflamed, resulting in the formation of small, pouch-like areas called diverticula usually in the intestines. The diverticula appear as sac-like, pea- or grape-sized protrusion in the intestinal wall that are perforated and become infected and inflamed. The pouches can develop anywhere on the digestive tract, but they most commonly form at the end of the descending and sigmoid colons, and the also occur frequently on the first section of the small intestine (although they rarely cause problems there). Once diverticula develop, they do not go away. The diverticula themselves cause no symptoms, but if waste matter becomes trapped in them, they can become infected or inflamed, causing fever, chills, and pain.




CAUSES

  • Diverticulitis typically forms when an individual is constipated. Eating a low-fiber diet, as is typical in industrialized countries such as the United States, may contribute to the development of diverticulitis. Without sufficient fiber to soften and add bulk, stools are harder to pass. Greatly increased pressure is required to force small portions of hard, dry stool through the bowel. This rise in pressure can cause pouches to form at weak points in the wall of the colon. Once diverticula develop, they do not go away.


  • Because the walls of the large intestine often weaken as a person ages, this is a condition affecting older rather than younger people. It usually strikes people between the ages of 50 and 90. It affects millions of American, but many people do not even know they have the condition because they either experience no symptoms or accept their symptoms as simple indigestion.


  • Exactly why is not known, but it is known that smoking and stress make symptoms worse. This is a classic example of a stress-related disorder.


  • Poor eating habits compound the problem. A poor diet, a family history of the disease, gallbladder disease, obesity, and coronary artery disease all increase the chances of developing diverticulitis.





  • FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    It usually strikes people between the ages of 50 and 90 years. It affects millions of Americans, but many people do not even know they have the condition because they either experience no symptoms or accept their symptoms as simple indigestion.

    Diverticulitis may be acute or chronic. The acute form can manifest itself with one or more severe attacks of infection and inflammation. In chronic diverticulitis, inflammation and infection may subside, but they may never clear up completely.

    The inflammation of diverticulitis can eventually result in a bowel obstruction, which is indicated by constipation, thin stools, diarrhea, abdominal distension (bloating), and abdominal pain cramping and tenderness on the left side of the abdomen that is relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement). If the obstruction persists, abdominal pain and tenderness will increase, and you may experience nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea and an almost continual need to eliminate.

    It may involve anything from a small abscess in one or more of the pouches to abscesses forming around the infected diverticula. If these abscesses go through the intestinal wall, a massive infection in the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis) which can develop. If diverticulum ruptures with perforation of the bowel, the intestinal contents flow into the abdomen. Developing peritonitis is a potentially fatal infection that requires immediate treatment.

    The symptoms are similar to those of appendicitis, except the location of the pain may differ. If left untreated, diverticulitis can lead to serious complications requiring extensive surgery. Sometimes scarring can occur, leading to a stricture or blockage of the intestine from the infection. An infected diverticulum can also reach an adjoining organ and form a connection, or fistula, between them. This most frequently occurs between the neighboring kidneys. Another potential complication of diverticulitis is severe internal and colonic bleeding.
    • Cramping, sometimes severe abdominal pain that is usually worse on the left side.
    • Tenderness on the left side of the abdomen that is relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement. Pain in the lower left quadrant of the abdomen that increases when the area is touched.
    • Bloating.
    • Constipation, thin stools, or diarrhea.
    • Nausea.
    • An almost constant need to eliminate.
    • Chills or fever.

    Symptoms that may accompany diverticulitis include:
    • Rectal bleeding, blood in the stool. Diverticula on rare occasions bleed bright red blood and may appear in your stool.




    TREATMENT


    Aging and heredity are primary factors in the development of diverticulitis and diverticulosis, but diet also plays a role. Eating a lot of low-fiber, refined foods can greatly increase the risk. Indeed, in Western societies, an estimated 10% of people over 50 eventually develop diverticulosis, the figure reaches 50% in people over 60.

    Though it has not been proven, it is though that if you are often constipated and usually strain at bowel movements, you may create enough pressure in the intestinal walls to begin the development of diverticular pouches. If the diverticula then become filled with fecal material of with undigested food, they are vulnerable to bacterial infection, leading to the inflammation of diverticulitis.

    DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

    If you think you have either diverticulosis or diverticulitis, your health care provider will probably have tests done on both your blood and stool to help diagnose possible infection. Because cancer, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and diverticulitis can share the same symptoms, your health care provider will need to thoroughly examine your intestines.

    Barium Enema: A barium enema is a procedure in which the colon is filled with liquid barium and allows an X-ray to reveal an outline of the inside of the intestines and pouches in the colon wall, narrowing of the colon, or other abnormalities.

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Barium Enema

    Sigmoidoscopy: To help confirm a diagnosis of diverticulosis, you may also have the insides of your intestines examined with a flexible lighted tube in a procedure called sigmoidoscopy. This procedure if performed by inserting a lighted tube into the rectum to give a health care provider a closer look at the lower colon.

    Biopsy: Sometimes, if necessary, a bit of a tissue sample may also be removed for a biopsy, to test for cancerous growth.

    Colonoscopy: To see into other parts of the colon, a colonoscopy must be performed. This is similar to a sigmoidoscopy, but allows a view of the entire colon.

    CT Scan; If you have an acute case of diverticulitis, both barium enemas and sigmoidoscopies can injure your intestine, so your health care provider may choose instead a CT scan, which can help confirm the diagnosis.

    TREATMENT

    Diverticulosis can be treated at home, but if you have diverticulitis, you need to see your health care provider to make sure you recover completely and to avoid possible life-threatening complications. Conventional medicine treats diverticulitis using diet modifications, antibiotics, and possibly surgery.

    If you have a mild case of diverticulosis, your health care provider may have you eat a high-fiber diet to make sure your bowels move regularly and to reduce your odds of getting diverticulitis. If you do go on to develop diverticulitis but have only a mild infection, you may need just bed rest, stool softeners, a liquid diet, antibiotics to fight the inflammation, and possibly antispasmodic drugs.

    If you have had a perforation or develop a more severe infection, however, you will probably be hospitalized so you can receive intravenous antibiotics. You may also be fed intravenously to give your colon time to recuperate. In some cases, your health care provider may want to drain infected abscesses and give your intestinal tract a rest by performing a temporary colostomy. A colostomy creates an opening (called a stoma) so your intestine will empty into a bag that is attached to the front of your abdomen. Depending on the success of your recovery, this procedure may be reversed during a second operation.

    If you have several attacks of acute diverticulitis, your health care provider may want to remove the affected section of the intestine when you are free of symptoms. You may also need surgery if intravenous therapy does not effectively treat your acute attack of diverticulitis. Whatever your treatment, your chances for a full recovery are very good if you receive prompt medical attention.





    PREVENTION

    The best preventive action you can take against diverticulitis, of course, is to keep from developing the small sacs called diverticula. You have a good chance of doing that simply by modifying your diet and lifestyle. Eat whole-grain breads, oatmeal, bran cereals, fibrous fresh fruits and vegetables, or try an over-the-counter preparation containing psyllium (Plantago psyllium) to increase the bulk in your diet. You can also try ground psyllium seed: Once a day, add 1 teaspoon over any cold liquid and drink within a few minutes of preparing, before the mixture gels. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids (at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day) if you increase your intake of fiber, and take care to add fiber gradually; a sudden switch to a high-fiber diet can cause your abdomen to become distended and create an uncomfortable amount of intestinal gas. Adjust your diet to remove foods that are difficult for you to digest.

    Try over-the-counter stool softeners to fight constipation. If you have the urge to move your bowels, don't delay or ignore it. Regular exercise can help the muscles in your intestine retain their tone, which encourages regular bowel movements. Do not use suppositories for constipation, because your system may become addicted to them. Prunes, prune juice, and psyllium seed are all good natural laxatives. Specially formulated teas to fight constipation are available in health food stores, but some may be very strong, so use them only as directed; also avoid products containing senna (Cassia senna), which is an especially strong herbal laxative and can be addicting.





    HOLISTIC CONSIDERATIONS

  • Food allergies are often a cause of intestinal disorders. Allergy testing is advised.


  • MoonDragon's Health Disorders: Allergies

  • If the diverticula are infected, your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics. Be sure to consume plenty of soured products (Yogurt and kefir) and take some form of non-dairy acidophilus supplement if you are taking antibiotics.


  • Do not overuse laxatives. They can irritate the colon wall. Prunes or prune juice may serve as natural laxatives.


  • Fasting is beneficial.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting

    MoonDragon's Health Disorders: Crohn's Disease

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Ulcerative Colitis





    HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Alfalfa is a good natural source of vitamin K and valuable minerals, which are often deficient in people with intestinal disorders. It also contains chlorophyll, which aids healing. Take 2,000 mg daily in capsule or extract form.


  • Herbal Remedies: Alfa Max, Alfalfa Extract, Nature's Way, 525 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Alfalfa, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 500 Tabs.

    Herbal Remedies: Alfalfa Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Alfalfa Leaf Root (Medicago Sativa) Powder, Kosher, 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Alfalfa Leaves, Nature's Way, 405 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint Flavor, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint Flavor, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorofresh, Chlorophyll Supplement, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 90 Softgels

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorophyll With Alfalfa Powder, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 90 Caps

  • Aloe Vera promotes the healing of inflamed areas. It also prevents constipation. Drink 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice three times daily. George's Aloe Vera Juice from Warren Laboratories is good. It can be mixed with a cup of herbal tea if you wish.


  • Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Gel, NOW Foods, 32 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Gel, NOW Foods, 1 Gallon

    Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Concentrate, NOW Foods, 100% Organic, 4 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: AloeMaxLax (Aloe Laxative), All Natural Remedy For Constipation, Nature's Way, 445 mg, 100 VCaps



  • Bio Rizin from American Biologics is a licorice extract that improves glandular function and helps relieve allergy symptoms. Take 10 to 20 drops twice daily.




  • Pau D'Arco has an antibacterial, cleansing, and healing effect. Drink 2 cups of pau d'arco tea daily.


  • Herbal Remedies: Pau D'Arco Tea, Incan Purple Lapacho, 48 Tea Bags

    Herbal Remedies: Pau D'Arco Extract, Incan Lapacho, 100% Natural Herbal, 4 fl. oz.

    HerbalRemedies: Pau D'Arco Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Pau D'Arco Bark Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Pau D'Arco Inner Bark, Nature's Way, 545 mg, 180 Caps

  • Other herbs beneficial for diverticulitis include Cayenne (capsicum), Chamomile, Goldenseal, Papaya, Slippery Elm, Red Clover, and Yarrow extract or tea. The fibrous inner bark of slippery elm contains large quantities of a gentle laxative that soothes the digestive tract while keeping things moving. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has declared Slippery Elm to be a safe and effective digestive soother. Prepare it like oatmeal, adding hot water or milk to the powdered park to make a cereal. Capsules are also available. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, as ragweed allergy may result. Avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not take goldenseal for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.


  • Herbal Remedies: Slippery Elm Bark Powder (Ulmus Rubra), 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Slippery Elm Bark, Nature's Way, 370 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Cayenne Pepper Supplement, Nature's Way, 450 mg, 180 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Cayenne & Goldenseal Supplement, Nature's Way, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Chamomile Flowers Herb, German Chamomile, Nature's Way, 350 mg, 100 Caps

    HerbalRemedies: Chamomile Tea, Caffeine Free, Yogi Tea, Certified Organic, 16 Tea Bags

    Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Root, Nature's Way, 570 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Red Clover Herb, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Yarrow Flowers Herb, Nature's Way, 325 mg, 100 Caps





    DIETARY & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Follow a low-fat diet since fat slows down the passage of food through the intestine.


  • The key to controlling this disorder is to consume an adequate amount of fiber and lots of quality water. You need at least 30 grams of fiber each day. You may prefer to supplement your diet with a bulk product and/or a stool softener that contains methylcellulose or psyllium, since these do not promote as much gas formation in the colon as other sources of fiber, especially wheat bran. Drink at least ten 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Herbal teas, broth, and live juices can account for some of the liquid needed. Liquid aids in keeping the pouchlike areas clean of toxic wastes, preventing inflammation.


  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy: Juicing Information

    MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet: Enhanced Fiber Diet

  • Eat a low carbohydrate diet with high levels of protein from vegetable sources and fish. Do not eat grains, seeds, or nuts, except for well-cooked brown rice. These foods are hard to digest and tend to get caught in the crevices of the colon wall, resulting in bloating and gas. Also eliminate from the diet dairy products, red meat, sugar products, fried foods, spices, and processed foods.


  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables. These are good sources of vitamin K. Obtaining this vitamin through diet is especially important for people with intestinal disorders.


  • Eat garlic for its healing and detoxifying properties.


  • During an acute attack of diverticulitis, your health care provider may recommend low-fiber diet temporarily. Once the inflammation clears you may slowly switch back to a high-fiber diet. Eat low-bulk foods (broths and low-fiber breads) while diverticula are still inflamed and sensitive, and make the following foods a significant part of your diet: cooked vegetables, cooked fruits, and apples - all of which will be soothing to the inflamed intestine.


  • When an attack or pain begins, give yourself a cleansing enema using 2 quarts of lukewarm water and the juice of a fresh lemon. This helps to rid the colon of undigested and entrapped foods and to relieve pain.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Enemas

  • On the day of an acute attack, take 4 charcoal tablets or capsules with a large glass of water to absorb trapped gas. Charcoal tablets are available at health food stores. Always take charcoal separately from medications and other supplements, and do not take it for prolonged periods, as it will absorb beneficial nutrients as well as gas.


  • Herbal Remedies: Activated Charcoal Supplement, Nature's Way, 260 mg, 100 Caps

  • During severe attacks, use liquid vitamin supplements for better assimilation and put all vegetables and fruits through a blender. Eat steamed vegetables only. Baby foods are good until healing is complete. Earth's Best produces organically grown baby foods that are available in health food stores and some supermarkets. Making your own baby foods is easy to do and may be considered instead of buying prepared baby foods. Add supplemental fiber to the baby food. As healing progresses, gradually add raw fruits and vegetables to the diet. Drink carrot juice, cabbage juice, and "green drinks." Or take chlorophyll liquid or liquid alfalfa in juice.

  • To relieve pain, massage the left side of the abdomen. Stand up and do stretching exercises.


  • Clay tablets are beneficial. Take them as directed on the product label on an empty stomach upon rising.


  • Check stools daily for blood. If the stool is black, take a portion of it to your health care provider for an analysis.


  • Try to have a bowel movement at the same time each day. Take fiber and acidophilus first thing in the morning before breakfast to help the bowels move at this time. Note: Always take supplemental fiber separately from other supplements and medications.


  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Diarrhea

    MoonDragon's ObGyn Information: Constipation





    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
    Essential
    Acidophilus 1 teaspoon in distilled or quality water, twice daily, on an empty stomach. Replaces lost "friendly" bacteria. Use a non-dairy powder form.
    Acidophilus Supplement Powder, Non-Dairy, 3 oz. Bulk,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Kosher Liquid, All Natural, Vegetarian, Lactose Free, Strawberry Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.,
    Acidophilus Pearls, Enzymatic Therapy, 90 Pearls
    Bio Bifidus
    (American Biologics)
    And
    Kyo-Dophilus
    (Wakunaga)
    As directed on label.

    As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach.
    To replace flora in the small intestine, primarily to improve assimilation.

    For bowel flora replacement to improve elimination and assimilation.
    Fiber
    Psyllium husks
    Or
    Aerobic Bulk Cleanse (ABC)
    (Aerobic Life Industries)
    Fiber: As directed on label. Take 1 hour before meals with a large glass of liquid. Take with a large glass of water. Take separately from other supplements and medications. Helps prevent constipation. Prevents infection by preventing accumulation of wastes in pouches in the colon walls.
    Psyllium Husk, Nature's Way, 525 mg, 180 Caps,
    Psyllium Husk Powder, NOW Foods, 100% Pure, vegetarian, 24 oz.,
    Vitamin B Complex 100 mg of each B vitamin daily, with meals 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Do not exceed 300 mg daily from all supplements. All B vitamins work best when taken together and are necessary for digestion and absorption of nutrients. Needed for all enzyme systems in the body and for proper digestion. Use a hypoallergenic formula. Sublingual forms are recommended for better absorption. Injections (under a health care provider's supervision) may be necessary.
    Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
    Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
    Very Important
    Multi-Enzyme Complex With Pancreatin Take with meals, as directed on label. Needed for normal digestion. Needed to break down proteins. Use a formula high in pancreatin.
    Plant Enzymes, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 120 VCaps,
    Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps,
    MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,
    Pancreatin 4X, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
    Pro-Flora Probiotic As directed on label. Essential for maintaining the proper pH of the colon flora. Helps prevent constipation and prevents infection.
    Ultimate Probiotic Supplement, 4 Billion, 45 Tabs,
    Probiotic Defense, NOW Foods, 90 Caps,
    Pro-Flora Concentrate Probiotic Pearls, Integrative Therapeutics, 30 Caps
    Proteolytic Enzymes As directed on label, 3 times daily. Take between meals, on an empty stomach. Aids in digestion and reduces inflammation of the colon.
    MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,
    Plant Enzymes, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 120 VCaps,
    Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps
    Important
    Bio Rizin
    (American Biologics)
    Take 10-20 drops twice daily. A liquid extract that improves glandular function and helps relieve allergy symptoms.
    Charcoal Tablets 4 tablets or capsules every hour with water until the diarrhea subsides. Take separately from other supplements and medications. Absorbs toxins from the colon and bloodstream.
    Activated Charcoal Supplement, Nature's Way, 260 mg, 100 Caps
    Dioxychlor
    (American Biologics)
    As directed on label. An important antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent.
    Essential Fatty Acid Complex
    (Flaxseed Oil, Primrose Oil, Salmon Oil)
    As directed on label 3 times daily, before meals. Improve lymphatic function and aids in protecting the cells lining the wall of the colon.
    Barlean's Flax Oil, 100% Highest Lignan Content, Organic, Pesticide & Herbicide Free, 16 fl. oz.,
    Salmon Oil Capsule, NOW Foods, 120 EPA/80 DHA, 2000 mg, 250 Softgels,
    Evening Primrose Oil With Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), Barlean's, 1300 mg, 120 Softgels,
    Ultimate Oil, Essential Fatty Acids Supplement, Nature's Secret, 90 Softgels
    Garlic (Kyolic) 2 capsules 3 times daily. Aids in digestion and Kills bacteria and parasites. Enhances immunity. Use a yeast-free formula.
    Garlic Oil Tincture, Alcohol Free, Nature's Way, 1 fl. oz.,
    Garlic Bulb Cloves, Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 580 mg, 100 Caps,
    Odorless Garlic Supplement, NOW Foods, 50 mg, 250 SoftGels,
    Garlic Supplement, Kwai, Triple Concentrated, 180 Tabs,
    Every Day Garlic Supplement, Kwai, 30 Tabs,
    Garlic Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
    Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular Formula 100, Wakunaga Kyolic Supplements, 300 Caps,
    Kyolic Liquid Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular, Vegetarian, Wakunaga Kyolic, 4 fl. oz.,
    Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, One-A-Day, Vegetarian, 1000 mg, Wakunaga Kyolic, 30 Caps,
    Aged Garlic Extract, Cholesterol Formula 104, Wakunaga Kyolic, 200 Caps
    L-Glutamine 500 mg twice daily or as directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Take with water. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B-6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. A major metabolic fuel for the intestinal cells; maintains the villi, the absorption surfaces of the gut.
    L-Glutamine, Amino Acid Supplement, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 120 Caps,
    L-Glutamine Powder, 100% Pure Free Form Amino Acid & GH Releaser, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 1 lb
    Vitamin K
    Or
    Alfalfa
    100 mcg daily. Deficiency has been linked to intestinal disorders.
    Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint Flavor, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.,
    Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.,
    Chlorofresh, Chlorophyll Supplement, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 90 Softgels,
    Chlorophyll With Alfalfa Powder, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 90 Caps
    Helpful
    Aloe Vera 1/2 cup juice 3 times daily. Promotes healing of inflamed areas and helps prevent constipation.
    Aloe Vera Gel, NOW Foods, 32 oz.,
    Aloe Vera Gel, NOW Foods, 1 Gallon,
    Aloe Vera Concentrate, NOW Foods, 100% Organic, 4 oz.,
    AloeMaxLax (Aloe Laxative), All Natural Remedy For Constipation, Nature's Way, 445 mg, 100 VCaps
    Free-Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach 1/2 hour before meals. To supply protein, needed for healing and repair of tissue.
    Amino 1000 Complete, NOW Foods, 120 Caps,
    Branched Chain Amino Acid Powder, NOW Foods, 12 oz.,
    Amino 1500, Chewable Blend of 20 Amino Acids, Predigested, NOW Foods, 150 Tabs,
    Branched Chain Amino Acids, Free Form, 120 Caps
    Raw Thymus Glandular As directed on label. See Glandular Therapy. Caution: Do not give this supplement to a child.
    Thymus Organic Glandular (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 75 Caps
    Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Protects and heals the lining of the colon.
    Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
    Natural Beta-Carotene
    Or
    Carotenoid Complex
    10,000 IU daily.

    As directed on label.
    Powerful antioxidant that promote healing. Use a wheat- and yeast-free product only.
    Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
    Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
    Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 3,000-8,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Reduces inflammation and boosts immune response. Use a buffered form.
    Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
    The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    Vitamin E Up to 800 IU daily. A powerful antioxidant that protects the mucous membranes.
    Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
    Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels





    DIARRHEA SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS

    Supplements and products for diarrhea in adults, a condition occurs when bowel movements are more frequent and watery than normal.

    Acidophilus & Your Health By Frank Murray

    A "Good Health Guide" essential for digestion, acidophilus helps cure diarrhea and candida infections, lower cholesterol, prevent and heal cancer and restores healthy intestinal flora after antibiotic treatment.
    Barberry Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Barberry is used for treating gallbladder disease, heartburn and indigestion and diarrhea. This herb can also be used to treat infections, parasites, psoriasis, and vaginitis.
    Bentonite Clay, Pascalite, 100 Caps

    Pascalite is a form of calcium bentonite containing at least twenty elements including iron, magnesium, and silicon, better than sodium bentonite. Uses as skin cleanser, conditioner, internally for heartburn, ulcers and for a natural mineral dietary supplement.
    Broad Spectrum Formula Enzyme Active, Food Enzyme Supplement, Nature's Way, 275 mg, 90 Caps

    A Food Enzyme supplement supports the modern diet. It helps to restore food enzymes lost in processing and cooking.
    Cat's Claw Bark, Nature's Way, 485 mg, 100 Caps

    Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments.
    Cat's Claw Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 335 mg, 60 Caps

    Nature's Way Cat's Claw extract, also known as Una de Gato is derived from the bark of plants wild-harvested in Peru and Brazil.
    Cat's Claw Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Cat's Claw is a rain forest herb that grows in the Peruvian Amazon; it has been used by native healers for many years.
    Cayenne Pepper Oil, 100% Pure Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Cayenne Pepper is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster.
    Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.

    Chlorofresh is a special liquid chlorophyll complex, derived from premium alfalfa leaves.
    Colon & Liver Cleanser, Truman's CAC Tea, Loose Leaf, 1/2 lb.

    Use of this cleansing tea has many additional benefits: improves overall digestion; strengthens the immunity; helps to prevent cancer; makes the skin more emollient and flexible: clears the eyes; and provides an overall tonic effect on the body.
    Complete Cleansing & AntiToxin System, 2 Part System

    Cleanse your body and start feeling more healthy with this body cleansing system.
    Detoxify Formula Bowel & Liver Cleanser Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Use Bowel & Liver Cleanser for travel, especially when going to other countries.
    Digestion Essentials, Ultimate Digestion Formula, Peter Gillham's Natural Vitality, 120 Tabs

    Digestion Essentials is a superior formulation of digestive enzymes along with digestive acids. Digestion is a vital process necessary for the breakdown and absorption of nutrients needed for basic health.
    Eating for IBS; 175 Delicious, Nutritious, Low-Fat, Low-Residue Recipes to Stabilize the Touchiest Tummy By Heather Van Vorous

    Eating for IBS confirms what every IBS sufferer instinctively knows: that diet plays a direct role in gut function, and that the abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating from bowel disorders can be directly controlled through diet. This is true not just for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but also for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, plus diverticulosis and diverticulitis. The Eating for IBS diet can make the difference between living a normal, happy, outgoing life versus spending every day stuck in the bathroom enduring pain, bowel dysfunction, and misery.
    Garlic Oil Tincture, Alcohol Free, Nature's Way, 1 fl oz.

    Garlic oil is often used to soothe the ear and as an antibiotic but most often used as a food and herb and also to lower serum cholesterol and blood pressure and to improve circulation as well as possibly inhibiting the growth of ulcer causing bacteria.
    Haritaki, Detoxification & Rejuvenation, Banyan Botanicals, 90 Tabs

    As a natural laxative and purgative, Haritaki removes undigested food and accumulated toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. It strengthens and nourishes the tissues and supports proper function of the colon, lungs, liver and spleen.
    Heather's Tummy Fiber, Organic Acacia Powder, Heather's Tummy Care, 1 lb.

    Heather's Tummy Fiber Supplement Acacia is a natural, pure, certified organic, soluble dietary fiber produced from the gum of the Acacia tree (also known as gum arabic). Acacia is a natural plant water-soluble fiber that has been harvested for millenia in Africa; its recorded dietary use dates back to the Egyptian pharaohs.
    Heather's Tummy Tamers, Peppermint Oil, Heather's Tummy Care, 90 Caps

    Peppermint oil capsules, as part of the diet, have been clinically proven to help IBS symptoms, even in children. A recent survey of clinical trials declared peppermint oil capsules the drug of first choice for IBS patients with constipation or diarrhea, to alleviate general symptoms, and to improve quality of life.
    Heather's Tummy Tea, Organic Peppermint, Heather's Tummy Care, 36 Tea Bags

    Peppermint is a cooling, calming herb that, through dietary management, helps relieve the symptoms of IBS. Clinical studies have shown that peppermint is exceptionally beneficial for IBS abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and urgency (it will not cause or worsen constipation).
    Kombucha 2000, Concentrated Kombucha Capsule, 30 Caps

    Concentrated Kombucha Capsules are new to the market, but Kombucha 2000 is one of the very first successful kombucha tea producers in the United States.
    Kombucha Tea Extract Tincture, Certified 100% Organic, Case of 12, 1 fl. oz.

    People from all over the world claim drinking Kombucha Tea provides relief from many physical ailments.
    Lymphatic Glands Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Helps the lymphatic Glands cleanse the body of its wastes. May be used as a preventative and for acute conditions.
    Multi-Herb With 29 Internal Cleansing Herbs, Nature's Secret, 275 Tabs

    Multi-Herb combines 29 powerful cleansing herbs chosen to stimulate and facilitate the release of toxins in one easy-to-take tablet.
    Myrrh Gum Supplement, Nature's Way, 550 mg, 100 Caps

    Myrrh Gum Supplements may be used for skin disorders, asthma, colds, flu, sinusitis, herpes simplex and ulcers.
    Myrrh Goldenseal Supplement Plus W/ Cayenne, Nature's Way, 515 mg, 100 Caps

    Myrrh-Goldenseal Plus Formula, goldenseal supplement, combines herbs traditionally used for ulcerations of the mucous membrane and general health maintenance.
    Natural Calm Magnesium Supplement, Peter Gillham's Natural Vitality, 8 oz.

    What makes Natural Calm Magnesium Supplement so special over other forms of magnesium supplements is that it is water soluble and assimilates instantly and thoroughly, and works even in cases of highly impaired digestion.
    Natural Fiber Supplement, Truman's, 12 oz.

    Truman's Natural Fiber Supplement formula helps to give bulk to the stool and to check diarrhea; thus, creating balance in the bowel movements.
    Pau D'Arco (Purple Lapacho), Inner Bark, Nature's Way, 545 mg, 180 Caps

    Pau d'arco is a South American herb which helps strengthen and nourish the body's defense system. A healthy immune system is a key in fighting diseases and infections.
    Pipli, 100% Natural, 360 mg, 50 Caps

    Pipli, an Ayurvedic, is good for digestion, inflammations of the nose, throat, larynx. Helpful in constipation, diarrhea, as well as toothaches.
    Primadophilus Bifidus, Nature's Way, 71 mg, 180 VCaps

    Primadophilus Bifidus is designed to deliver helpful Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria to the gut. These microorganism strains are essential to maintaining healthy intestinal flora.
    Rhubarb Root (Turkey Rhubarb, Rheum Palmatum) Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum) is an essential ingredient in many old homemade ciders, wines and root beers. A strong decoction of Rhubarb root has a purgative action for use in the treatment of constipation, but also has an astringent effect following this. It therefore has a cleansing action upon the gut, removing debris and then astringing with antiseptic properties as well.
    Rhubarb Root (Turkey Rhubarb, Rheum Palmatum) Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Rhubarb is used as a natural laxative, also helps with diarrhea. Acts as a blood builder and cleanser. Helps disorders of the colon and liver.
    Samento (Uncaria Tomentosa), Extra Strength (100 Times More Effective Than Regular Cat's Claw), 0.5% POA, 600 mg, 30 Caps

    Samento is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Samento Liquid Extract (Uncaria Tomentosa), 0.5% POA, 1 fl. oz.

    Beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    SeaGest Intestinal Care, 60 Caps

    SeaGest Is No Ordinary Digestive Aid! SeaGest is an extraordinary nutritional breakthrough for intestinal health made from pure white fish found in the depths of the North Pacific Ocean.
    Slippery Elm Bark Powder (Ulmus Rubra), 4 oz. Bulk

    Slippery Elm Bark is a soothing nutritive demulcent which is perfectly suited for sensitive or inflamed mucous membrane linings in the digestive system.
    Super Cleanse For Your Colon, Economy Size, Nature's Secret, 200 Tabs

    Super Cleanse is an extra-strength bowel formula colon cleansing product composed of 13 powerful cleansing and nutritive herbs.
    Swedish Bitters Herbal Elixir, NatureWorks, 8.45 fl. oz.

    NatureWorks Swedish Bitters Herbal Elixir cleanses and soothes the system, promotes regularity, improves digestion, tones the liver and increases energy.
    Swedish Bitters NatureWorks, 50 Caps

    NatureWorks Swedish Bitters cleanses and soothes the system, promotes regularity, improves digestion, tones the liver and increases energy.


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