Can aloe vera cure diverticulitis?
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Diverticulitis --Sigmoid colon - Diverticulum - Rectum - Anus
- About two years or so ago I had my first bout of diverticulitis ...
... and even though I avoid the foods I was told to, I have had recurring episodes. This last one had me in the hospital due to an abscess. I am researching the causes of this aweful disease and have heard quite a bit about aloe vera lately. How long has aloe vera been used? Is it really safe? Has anyone you know of been cured of diverticulitis/diverticulosis issues by aloe vera? Thank you, Kathy.
Hi Kathy, thank you for the question and hope for a quick recovery of your health. Well, let's see if I can help you.
The lower part of the digestive tract called the large intestine or colon absorbs water from food and converts undigested food residues in feces. Colon leads to the rectum, where faeces remain temporarily up to be expelled from the body through the anus. The part of the colon that ends in rectum is called "sigmoid" because it looks like the letter final sigma of the greek alphabet (s) and diverticular usually appear on weak spots of the - common throughout the gastrointestinal system - mucosal tissue, which is lining the wall of sigmoid part of the colon.
Diverticular look like little balloons, or pouches, ie spherical projections on the walls of mucosal tissue and causes of their appearance is the reduce of resistance of the walls due to age, combined with the contractions of gut and pressure that developed in the gut during the passage of stool. Sometimes it may be due to an overreaction of our immune system to a virus or bacterium.
The appearance of diverticular is called Diverticulosis and although usually occurs in older people, in the recent years also appears in younger. This is probably due to the modern lifestyle, eating habits and diet with almost nonexistent fiber content, indigestible, fat unhealthy food.
The diverticular impede the smooth passage of stool and trap part of them and thereby bacteria develop. Bacteria then cause diverticular inflammation and this inflammation called diverticulitis. It belongs to a group of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that affect the mucous tissue lining the gastrointestinal system.
These are mild colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Recommendation given for this group of diseases is that we should focus on eliminating the conditions that led to inflammation, seeking to reduce inflammation and thus giving to the digestive tract the chance for a full recovery.
Aloe Vera - Historical Review
Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years. References of aloe are in the Bible.
- Hippocrates, the father of medicine, noted the therapeutic properties of aloe and emphasized the stomach pain and dysentery relieve.
- Dioscorides, an ancient Greek botanist was the first who described in detail the aloe vera plant and noted the power of synergistic action of the components of aloe. He also noted that aloe cleans the stomach and relaxes the abdomen.
- Alexander the Great on the advice of his mentor Aristotle, conquered the island of Socotra, as a resource for the care of his soldiers wounds, due to the existence in this island many aloe plants.
Aloe vera components to treat diverticulitis
Aloe vera contains many substances, helpful for cells, tissues and organs of our body. However, aloe is well known for the care and rehabilitation of problems of epithelium and mucosal tissue.
We can say, that epithelial tissue is the skin that covers the outside of our body and mucosal tissue is the skin that covers the inside of our body, ie. the inner of our nose, mouth, throat, gullet, stomach, digestive tract, rectum and anus. Well, aloe vera will build a protective coating on epithelium and mucosal tissue, and therefore also around digestive system and will restore the damaged tissue in the colon.
Aloe vera gel contains small quantities of about 200 beneficial ingredients for our body and among them Anthraquinones. These act as natural antibiotics, protecting our body against viruses, bacteria and fungi and they have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Anthraquinones that contained in aloe vera is aloin, barbaloin, isobarbaloin, aloe emodin, chrysophanol etc. Researches results showed that the antibacterial activity of aloe depends on the content of anthraquinones. The most important anthraquinone is aloin, which has a mild laxative action and helps clean up the digestive system, resulting in better digestion.
Acemannan or acetylated mannan - Polysaccharides
Polysaccharides are also components of aloe and the most important polysaccharide is Acemannan or acetylated mannan, which stored in the membranes of cells, strengthens immune system and acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
So, we see that aloe vera helps digestion, treats mucous tissue, prevents inflammation and provides our organism the needed substances to fight viruses, fungi, bacteria and germs, eliminating the circumstances diverticular appears and restoring body back to normal function.
Use of aloe vera to treat diverticulitis
As far as I know, people who use aloe vera for treatment of colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis and the irritable bowel syndrome, have had very satisfactory results. Of course, results to appear requires a continuous daily use of aloe vera.
Aloe is not a direct active --isolated from its original environment, or prepared in the laboratory and with many side effects-- substance. Aloe is a natural combination of substances who neutralize one the other's undesirable side effects and act synergistically to benefit our body.
That is why aloe vera is classified as food and not as medicine and is completely safe for humans --and animals-- to consume aloe vera gel every day and enjoy the many health benefits of aloe vera. There have been reported some rare cases of allergy or intolerance which probably caused due to excessive drinking of aloe vera drink or other rare factors.
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Aloe vera drink every day consumption combined with high consumption of herbs, salads, fruits and vegetables and high consumption of fluids --6 to 10 glasses a day-- is the most appropriate physical way to improve function of the digestive system and help the treat of diverticulitis.
Joy and Health,
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