Reflexology for Diverticulitis Diverticulitis is a condition in which diverticula are perforated, infected and inflamed. Diverticula are pea or grape sized protrusions in the intestinal wall. What causes this disease, like most others, is unknown. However, it is known that smoking, a poor diet and stress worsen symptoms. It is a condition that often goes undetected for many years, as most people pass the symptoms off as indigestion. It usually develops somewhere between the ages of fifty and eighty, after our body has been bombarded and weakened by toxins almost our whole lives. It is also important to note that once diverticula develop, they do not go away, nor do they cause problems by themselves. It is once they get infected or inflamed by something we have contributed, that we feel the symptoms such as fever, severe pain, nausea and chills. When the digestive system experiences imbalances, the whole body gets thrown for a loop. Many diseases and even common problems such as constipation and gas result from having digestive system malfunctions. So, what causes digestive malfunction and imbalance? There are many causes, however stress is the most common and most destructive. Stress targets the digestive system and if it gets a hold there, the rest of the body is in for a rough ride. Most diseases start from a digestive system problem, which is something that has been studied and proven true. To cure the diseases of today, we must dig into the digestive system and fix the problem at the source. One of the best alternative treatment options for colon health and many other problems is reflexology. If you are unfamiliar with reflexology, it is simply the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the reflexes of feet and hands as they correspond with specific body organs. Just like the teeth, the feet and hands are a map to the health of our entire body. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, we can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding areas of the body. Furthermore, reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system and encourages the release of endorphins, the natural feel good hormones that are well documented in relieving the effects of stress. Reflexology is meant to bring your body to a state of well-being. Only in this state is your body able to heal itself. When your body is full of toxins, your immune system is severely compromised, making you much more likely to succumb to sickness. Reflexology is a beneficial tool for improving circulation, relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator. In fact, many people with illnesses such as allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; fertility problems; fibromyalgia; depression and even arthritis report significantly improved conditions as a result of the treatment. In one case study, patients that had been depending on senakots and laxatives for years had normal bowel movements after only four reflexology sessions. Furthermore, patients with IBS experienced the total disappearance of pain and bloating. Now, if that isn’t proof, I don’t know what is.