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Complementary Medicine

Diverticulitis Supplemental Treatment

09/28/2005

Question:

Can you please tell me what complementary medicine is available for the treatment of diverticulitis?

Answer:

We use orthomolecular medicines or nutritional therapeutics to control the frequency of the bowel movements and the intra colon pressures.

Here is some information about nutritional therapeutics:

Definition: An assortment of nutrients and non-nutrients, bioactive food components that are used as chemo-preventive agents, and the use of specific foods or diets as cancer prevention or treatment strategies.

Examples: dietary regimens such as macrobiotics, vegetarian, Gerson diet, Kelley/Gonzalez regimen, vitamins, dietary macronutrients, dietary supplements, soy phytoestrogens, nutrient minerals and elements (amino acids), antioxidants, glutamine, selenium, coenzyme Q10, orthomolecular medicine.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Formerly:
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University