Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some experts suspect that people who develop diverticulitis may not have enough good bacteria in their colons. Probiotics — foods or supplements that contain beneficial bacteria — may help restore the body's natural balance, which may help prevent diverticulitis from occurring. However, this hasn't yet been proved in clinical studies. Probiotics are generally considered safe, but it's always a good idea to check with your doctor before taking any type of supplements to be sure that they won't affect any treatment you're currently receiving.

May. 21, 2011