Herbs can provide another option for improving symptoms of diverticulitis. Herbs can be useful for diverticulitis to improve healing, decrease pain symptoms and provide additional dietary choices for an already limited diet. Herbs have been recommended for diverticulitis, but research has been slim on proven efficacy, according to the book "Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related" Care. Herbs and supplements should not be used unless first discussed with a physician.
Medline Plus explains that flaxseed is being used for inflammation of the lining of the large intestine during diverticulitis. Flaxseed comes from the seed of the plant Linum usitatissimum. Flaxseed is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. The research supporting the use of flaxseed is insufficient at this point, but might be helpful in healing the colon as flaxseed seems to play a role in decreasing inflammation.
Wild yam, or Dioscorea villosa, is an herb that herbalists used in the 18th and 19th centuries for stomach upset, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Native Americans used wild yams as a remedy for intestinal spasm and a variety of other health conditions. Today, it is still used by some for inflammation and spasm related to diverticulitis. Wild yam contains diosgenin which has structure similar to cholesterol and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Chamomile is an herb that comes from the flowering tops of the chamomile plant and is used in teas, liquid extracts, capsules or tablets, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Chamomile is used for a variety of conditions, but is frequently used for stomach upset related to diverticulitis. A diverticulitis tea is available with chamomile and wild yam to help relieve painful symptoms. Research supporting the use of chamomile remains insufficient, according to Medline Plus, and should be used only under a physician's supervision.