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Suffered With Diverticulitis Flare-ups For 3 Years


Author: Kate M.
Date: 12-14-2013
Views: 7,762
Word Count: 263
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 9186-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I have suffered with several bouts of diverticulitis for over three years, having been hospitalized and placed on intravenous antibiotics for 4-5 days. I have become good at noticing a flare-up and have been able to control the infection by taking oral antibiotics within 12 hours.

If I don't, I end up in hospital for days. Taking antibiotics does not sit comfortably with me, but the other option of having the infection turn into an abscess and burst in my abdomen isn't a healthy alternative.

Last week I had another flare up. I used the Raindrop oils on my belly 3 times daily, and was rubbing Oregano on my belly and feet as well. After 12 hours my temperature began to rise, and I was thinking that this problem was too great for the oils.

I was so close to going to the doctor, but then I thought about swallowing the Oregano in a capsule. Oregano of course being a powerful antibiotic.

Within two hours my temperature started coming down. I continued taking 5 drops of Oregano in a capsule every 2 -3 hours.

The next morning I had a remarkable turnaround. I went shopping, in the afternoon I went to our staff Christmas party and in the evening I went to an engagement party! This is truly amazing, because in my previous experiences with diverticulitis, at least a dozen episodes, I would have been laid out for days.

I have never overcome a flare-up without the use of antibiotics. These oils are remarkable and I am so thankful that I don't have to rely on antibiotics any more!


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: bowel, colitis, colon, crohns, digestive, diverticular, diverticulosis, gut, intestines.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: colitis — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
2.Associated topics: colon,irritable-bowel-syndrome-(IBS) — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
3.Associated topics: inflammatory-bowel-disease-(IBD),colon — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammatory-bowel-disease-(IBD),colon,irritable-bowel-syndrome-(IBS),colitis,crohns — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammatory-bowel-disease-(IBD),colon,irritable-bowel-syndrome-(IBS),colitis,crohns — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
6.Associated topics: colon — "In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammatory-bowel-disease-(IBD),colon,colitis,crohns — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammatory-bowel-disease-(IBD),colon,colitis,crohns — "Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link

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