Last Modified on Jul 22, 2014
What is Diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is a digestive tract condition involving the presence of little pouches called diverticula anywhere between your esophagus and large intestine in a process called diverticulosis. Diverticula are common and do not normally cause trouble, but when one of these pouches becomes inflamed or infected it can cause severe pain and intestinal trouble. Diverticula usually develop in weaker parts of the colon under a lot of pressure, but how they become infected or inflamed is still an area under a lot of medical scrutiny; some theories involved trapped fecal matter causing infections, obstructions causing reduced blood-supply and leading to inflammation, and increased pressure weakening diverticula walls.
Symptoms of diverticulitis are sudden and severe pain on the lower left side of the abdomen, changes in bowel habits, abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and rectal bleeding. It was once believed that diets high in nuts, seeds, and corn were associated with diverticulitis risk, but research has shown no association.
Find a Natural Diverticulitis Treatment on Earth Clinic
On this page you can find a number of natural and home remedies for diverticulitis submitted by Earth Clinic readers. Some of our popular treatments include grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and even an acid/alkaline diet for diverticulitis. Let us know what you use from Earth Clinic to cure diverticulitis. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share it with us!
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Table of Contents
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acid Alkaline Diet
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya
- Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric
- Aloe Vera, Papaya, Carrot Juice
- Aloe, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Papaya Enzymes
- Aloe, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract, Probiotics
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper
- DGL Licorice
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano Oil
- Lemon Water Enema, Activated Charcoal
- Magnetic Belt
- Multiple Remedies
- Noni Juice
- Oregano Oil
- Psyllium, Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Remedies Needed
- Salt Water Cleanse
- Sea Salt
- Warning About Colon Cleanse
[YEA] 09/15/2011: Erica from Edinburgh, United Kingdom: "My mum has been following an acid alkaline diet which has really helped heal not only her diverticulitis but ulcers too. She no longer takes any medicine and is can even eat foods that she couldn't tolerate before - though in moderation!"
[YEA] 09/02/2013: Mdepaul from Philadelphia, PA: "Diverticulitis: Fourteen years ago I had terrible pain in my intestinal tract. I could not go to the hospital because of no insurance and I praise the Lord to this day that he sent me to the computer where I discovered a site, do not remember which one but they all had serious problems with their intestines, ulcerative colitis, bleeding etc. One of the common things that was working for many of them was an aloe product which was a fortune but supposedly was better because they had elilminated things which could be harmful to you. I could not afford the two hundred they were charging and decided to go and buy regular aloe. I had been suffering for about a week or more with horrible pain. I went and purchased the aloe capsule in herb form not gel, the gel did not work for me. Within a day my pain had gone. I stayed on this everyday and have not stopped. It has been fifteen years and I still take it and will not stop. I praise the Lord for showing me the way to healing."Replies
10/14/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "What brand of aloe did you use? Dosage?"
[YEA] 05/23/2013: Prioris from Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa: "Remedy: Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide (AMP). I am surprised AMP isn't mentioned. The best Aloe Vera is a very highly concentrated and purified form of the active ingredient called Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide. This not only does not contain any toxins and side effects but solves a large number of intestinal and bowel disease problems. Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide is a natural antibiotic. It is kind of expensive but after it works, you can taper down. There is a chart which compares the Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide products on the internet somewhere.
Also Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide will heal the little sacs in the intestine. Doctors say they won't heal. That is baloney. With the right nutrients, your body will heal.
The regular Aloe Vera would not work on my diverticulitis. It was too weak. Plus it caused nausea. It took 2 months for it to work. You will also figure out which foods are causing it after a while. They may not be the ones that get listed either. I do take a small amount of fiber to clean my intestine a little also."Replies
[YEA] 10/04/2013: Wholly Holistic from Little Rock, Ar replies: "AMP-ed up aloe vera likely saved my life. Physician had me on two strong antibiotics to cure diverticulitis leaving me with strict instructions to take ALL doses. Within two days, I was having what I call rigors (muscle rigidity) and felt close to death! When by the grace of God, I awakened that next morning I told my husband I would NEVER take another antibiotic in my life. After researching on earthclinic.com, I dispatched my husband to the health food store to buy several items! But the one that made the most immediate impact was ALOE Vera juice with AMP. Within 1 hour I was better and by the afternoon I was 2000% better!!!!! It is now a part of my daily regime, although it does taste like drinking hydrogen peroxide."
10/07/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "I took the AMP capsules so the taste was irrelevant. Most AMP products come with 270 capsules although slightly different strengths but I did find one with 90 capsules and good strengths so lower cost for less severe condition. I had to take AMP capsules for a month and half before I found relief but many people find immediate relief within days or weeks. It depends upon the severity of the problem. Here are comparisons of some products: aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx"
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "What brand of Aloe with the high levels of AMP did you use to heal your diverticulitis? I'm using Lily of the Desert aloe gel, but I'm still having pain in my lower left abdomen. Before I make an expensive purchase, I'd like to learn what is working for other diverticulitis patients."
10/23/2013: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "I used Aloe MP PLus. The capsules are pure AMP. I'm sure other brands will work.The chart on reviews will point out things to look for in an AMP product. It probably comes down to getting the most bang for your money."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/07/2014: Alyson Linville from Leesburg, Va replies: "I have been taking Aloe Vera juice (from Amazon) - two or three "shots" a day, with papaya tablets after every meal. I also take L-glutamin 500 mg a day. Since May I have been off the Flagyll and Cirpro. So far it's working and I thank this website. No more popcorn or fried chicken:( But for me - better than the antibiotics! ) and I still can have my wine:)"
01/07/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "Noticed you had "Better but not cured" label. You may need a stronger version of aloe vera. Try the AMP tablet version."
[YEA] 03/30/2013: Cc from Fort Worth, Tx: "I have not been "officially" diagnosed by a doctor as to whether I have diverticulitus or not - it could be IBS but my symptoms for diverticulitus are nearly exactly what others have suffered, so I tried aloe vera juice and grapefruit seed extract and probiotics (kefir). I was completely amazed at my relief after just a couple of days. I am fairly convinced it was the aloe vera juice for the most part because kefir and other probiotics have been part of my daily life for 10 years and I was still suffering. I will be consuming 8oz or so of the aloe vera juice daily for a while to see if I can avoid flare ups. I may add papaya enzyme as well. I was totally thrilled when my symptoms completely disappeared and felt normal for the first time in nearly a decade!"Replies
03/30/2013: Jeanine from West Hollywood, California replies: "Hi CC, Gary used Grape seed extract, not Grapefruit seed extract. Perhaps that will help you too! People often confuse the two."
[YEA] 02/17/2013: Gary from Stuart, Florida: "After a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms, I am convinced the aloe vera juice was the greatest factor in significantly reducing my symptoms within 24 hrs. I also took papaya enzyme, grape seed extract, and probiotic complex. Was hospitalized 2 years ago, and do not want to go that route again. Will start doing the fiber again as prescribed. There is a " gummy bear" like chewable on the market now that does not require that you have to drink water with it."
[YEA] 04/10/2012: Brenda from Fort Worth, Texas: "Well I am on my third bout of diverticulitis and my friend found this site. We went out immediately and bought aloe Vera juice. Today I was totally miserable for hours then remembered. I have the aloe Vera juice. I drank down an ounce and I am telling you in seconds I started to feel better. That was at 10 :33. It is 10 50 and for the last 10 minutes I have felt so much better!!! Lord I hope this is real."
[YEA] 08/06/2011: Johanna from Colorado Springs, Colorado: "Diverticulitis: Been doing the Aloe Vera juice, but never thought about adding papaya. My first bout with diverticulitis happened after I gorged on raspberries from my back yard. After waiting all summer, they seemed to ripen overnight, and I indulged a little too much. After 7 weeks of anti-biotics and still in pain, the Dr. suggested surgery. I went straight to the internet for alternative remedies and found Aloe Vera juice listed. That was 6 years ago. Now, when I feel a twinge, I hit the juice!"Replies
08/07/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Johanna, can one really get diverticulitis because of eating too many raspberries? I thought that were terribly healthy and the only thing you could get from eating too many was diarrhea? But diverticulitis, if I understand well, comes from constipation. I am interested in this subject because we are intending to grow raspberries in our new house so I might be tempted to eat a lot more of them but I don't want to get health problems!"
08/10/2011: Mary from San Carlos, California, Usa replies: "I believe it is the seeds from the berries that get caught in the pockets of the diverticulitous in the colon that cause the problem, along with nuts and seeds like sesame seeds and so forth. This is what a Dr. told my friend who had a severe case of diverticulitis."
[YEA] 11/07/2011: Pmc from Clarkston, Washington, Us: "We had very excellent results after just the first dose of AV juice and papaya pills for my husband's diverticulosis/diverticulitis. Much quicker than antibiotics. He looks and feels good as new and has added this to his prevention regimen. Love finding this website!"Replies
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "how much apple cider vinegar did y'all take to get such great relief?"
[YEA] 03/30/2014: Momto2 from Mn replies: "I was diagnosed in 2010 with diverticulitis. In 2011 I had a flare up and was told (by a separate doctor that had diagnosed me) that flare ups should not be happening, and if I had another it meant surgery. Well, that scared the life out of me so in 2013 when I had another flare up I saw yet another doctor. She also mentioned surgery. All 3 times I had the Cipro/Flagyl combo and hated the way they made me feel and the metallic taste. I had my 4th flare start last week and was adamant not to see a doctor nor hear the word "surgery". I started to research to see what my alternatives were and came upon this site. After reading about Aloe and Papaya I decided I would try that and if it didn't work I would (reluctantly) make an appointment to go in.
I bought Aloe Vera caps and Papaya with Mint; within one day I was already seeing improvement and now I am on my third day and although I know I am not 100% feeling better, I am 100% certain I will not be going to see a doctor to get antibiotics. I am thrilled beyond belief and so thankful to have found the feedback I found on this site.
I am going to stay on a daily regimen of Aloe Vera to see if I can remain free of attacks, but glad to know I have alternatives to antibiotics."
[YEA] 06/01/2011: Rilo B. from Crescent City, Ca : "I got diverticulitis after I introduced elk meat into my diet ( elk meat is very lean) while living in Montana one spring 10 yrs ago. That summer went I on a camping trip(to oregon) and took elk jerky, a 5 pound bag of almonds and in the mornings would pick wild blackberries and eat almonds and jerky thru the day, within a week started getting pains and ended up in the ER , ( no help @ ER- gave me maalox).
Desperate for relief I visited a healthfood store in Brookings, OR and the kind store owner, (after asking me what I had been eating) quickly told me that the combination of elk, berries &almonds was causing diverticulitis. She then brought a tall bottle of Aloe Vera juice, some papaya juice & papaya tablets and told me to just start drinking the Aloe and to eat papaya tablets before each meal from now on - was cured within a few days. Free advice that saved me from more useless Dr. appts. and a lifetime of recurring problems.
I was really saddened when I met people who had had sometimes 5 surgeries for diverticulitis in Montana where elk is plentiful after that.... Once again -another example of medical community failing to help with something as simple as Aloe Vera juice & papaya for this awful, painful & sometimes life threatening condition. Even though I would tell people about this simple solution... They opted for believing their Dr.s advice that they needed surgery - after all Dr.s being a gift from God and all, win some, lose some "wisdom never lies" -Homer... Now I always check earthclinic before making a Dr. appt. to see if I can heal myself."Replies
08/06/2011: Mike from Nyc, Ny replies: "Thanks WILD BLACKBERRY GUY
Ate them in a field for days and started to get left side pain... Diverticulitis pains: going to try ALOE JUICE, Papaya Tablets, etc. tomorrow! THANKS for sharing."
10/07/2011: Wildbilll62 from Holland, Pa, United States replies: "My first comment is that people die from divriticulitis - particularly if the condition has progressed and has resulted in a perforation of the colon. If your pain is so significant and just seems to be getting worse - head to the ER. Once your condition is stabilized then perhaps these alternate therapies may alleviate the condition. My colon had a small perforation and so I was admitted immediately and put on antibiotics and restricted diet for four days. Someone very close to me had a complete perforation, was admitted to the ER and had surgery (sigmoidectomy) the same day. In order to heal from that surgery, he had to wear a colostomy bag for weeks. He was very lucky and could have died.
There are many other side effects from divriticulitis. The colon becomes inflamed and excreting waste becomes very difficult. A consequence of this, in my case, was that my bladder also became inflamed and anytime the bladder had fluid, it was very painful.
I'm back at home now and revisiting this site to see if there is a way to avoid surgery. I had tried some of the remedies here prior to my hospital stay but I think the colon had already perf'ed and so anything I tried was ineffective. Now that things seem to have settled a bit I will try this alternative remedy and see how it goes.
As for whether eating seeds or nuts or what have you is the cause of divriticulitis, as one surgeon told me in all of the sigmoidectomies he has done, he has never seen a seed or nut lodged into the infected divriticulum. Be well."
12/30/2011: Cindy from Whitehorse, Yukon replies: "Wondering how many ounces a day I need to take of the aloe Vera juice ? Thoughts ???"
01/02/2012: Robert from Atlanta, Ga. replies: "I use one-third cup aloevera gel, mixed with two-thirds buttermilk. Once or twice daily."
03/25/2012: Stanley's Mom from Boston, Ma replies: "Thank you for these posts. I'm on my second round of antibiotics and Drs are starting to mention surgery. Not going there. I know all Aloe Vera juices are not the same, are people buying any special types? Straight papaya juice? I switched to kagen water, lots of it, vegies brown rice, yogurt and raw honey. Im afraid of everything :) but completely determined to beat this."
03/30/2012: Judy from Chicago, Illinois, Usa replies: "Read some books. Try Serovera (dehydrated aloe plus l glutamine) also other glyconutrient aloe products."
[YEA] 08/06/2012: Michele from Alachua, Florida replies: "Have had diverticulitus for years... Just didn't know what it was! Often getting "that pain in the left side", etc. The last couple of year on and off, waking up around 2:30 am with the pain and not being able to sleep again till 6:00. Did several cleanses which would clear out the colon; that helped temporarily; of course stayed away from nuts, seeds, etc. Also took aloe gel (whole leaf, inner filet, organic). It really didn't seem to help. But after reading this post decided to try aloe capsules a friend had used with success. I've only used them for 2 days now but, Wow! I'm very happy with the results... My pain is entirely gone! V Vegetarain"
08/07/2012: Michele from Alachua, Fl replies: "Reporting back after my 2nd day on the aloe capsules: read the label on the bottle; it says it's for relieving constipation (I'll vouch for that! ) which is also verified by other reading I've done. The bottle also says, "Not for long term use. " And I have to say, I think 1 pill 1 day was enough for me! So, back to the drawing board. I'm going to try the aloe juice and papaya pills; if that doesn't work, I'll try the Noni juice or maybe just have to cleanse regularly..."
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Michele,
What brand of aloe capsules did you use? Why did you stop using them? Did they make you go too the bathroom too much? It sounds like from your previous post that the capsules worked to clear up your diverticulitis pain, but something changed to make you go "back to the drawing board." Would you mind expounding? Thanks!"
[YEA] 09/04/2012: Xia from Los Angeles, Ca: "I had a severe case of diverticulitis and was hospitalized for several days. The surgeon told me I needed colon surgery. Once released from the hospital, I started drinking 3 glasses per day of aloe vera juice (I bought the gallon jugs from Trader Joes as they are the least expensive) and began taking Turmeric extract (800 mg. Capsules) -- I took 3 capsules morning, noon and night, washed down with aloe vera juice. I also increased my fiber intake (there is a psyllium husk and oat cereal that is loaded with fiber, but you could also just mix a tablespoon of psyllium husks in a Tall glass of water, stir and drink quickly). Long story short, I healed my diverticulitis, the fistula that appeared on CT scan disappeared and the surgeon informed me I no longer needed colon surgery. That was 2 and 1/2 years ago and I have never had another problem with my colon. I still drink aloe vera a few times a week and continue taking 3 capsules of Turmeric daily (the 800 mg ones) and eat the high fiber cereal a few times per week.
I told a friend of mine who had been suffering from ulcerative colitis for 6 months without relief despite a multitude of prescription meds and he tried the combination I described above (he said he also added Boswellian for inflammation) and within 4 weeks he was given a completely clean bill of health from his doctor.
Hope this helps anyone suffering from colon problems!!! I told my doctor and my surgeon and both were very impressed with the natural healing method and just wanted to know how I had thought of that combination. It did not surprise either that it actually worked!"Replies
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Xia, how have you been since you posted your message about treating diverticulitis back in 2012?"
[YEA] 03/07/2013: Rose Bud 3 from Ofallon, Il.: "Diverticulitis: First I want to say, Thank you, the aloe vera juice and papaya enzyme works for me. I also found out that fresh organic carrot juice 1/3 cup twice a day also works for me."Replies
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Rose Bud, what brand and dosage of aloe vera helps your diverticulitis pain?"
05/27/2014: Rosebud from Il. replies: "Fruit of the earth, sorry I didn't see your post earlier. It should have the dose on the jug or bottle, I think it said one third cup."
[YEA] 09/12/2013: Alyson from Leesburg, Va : "I want to thank everyone for their remedies on this site! I had diverticulus for years. I couldn't take the Flagyl and was on the Cipro constantly. I began the Aloe Vera juice, Grapefruit Seed extract, and Papya Tabs after eating. I have not been on Cirpo since May and it's now September! If I get a twinge (which, if I eat something I shouldn't, I do:), I up the Aloe and the extract, and I'm good to go. I wish I found this site years ago and I hope you all reading this have the same success that I have so far!"Replies
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Alyson,
I'm so glad you have gotten relief from your diveritulitis. I've just finished a 10 day course of Augmentin for my diverticulitis. I'm still in pain. I'm curious what brand of aloe vera did you use and what was the dosage?
[YEA] 05/24/2013: Diana from Defiance, Oh: "I just want to thank everyone's post I read about aloe vera juice/grape seed extract/papaya juice combo. My man has suffered from diverticulitis for over a year and a half. After a final 3rd visit with no relief and a MD's confirmation to our suspicion we decided to take this into our own hands. With no insurance and no Dr willing to take on his case, in fact we were told that the Dr decides who he wants to see. So in a rage of desperation, I visited our local health food store and bought all the suggested ingredients. A day and a half later.... HOLY MOLY! He is back to normal. We even got to go out to breakfast and he actually enjoyed his food with no pain! So again thank you for all your input and we are most definately goin natural on the remedies from now on. -So grateful!"Replies
06/09/2013: Alyson from Leesburg, Va replies: "Hi Diane, I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and have had eight mild attacks since August. I'm tired of the antibiotics and want to start the regime with the Aloe Vera, Papaya and Grapefruit seed extract. Could you please tell me what amounts your husband takes that made such an amazing difference? I have Cipro because I feel the pain starting again, but am holding off taking it until I can try a natural approach first. Thanks for any advice!"
03/30/2014: Trishaann from Paulding, Ohio replies: "How often a day, and what are the amounts of each ingredient to make the drink? Would love to start this for relief!!"
03/30/2014: Trishaann from Paulding, Ohio replies: "How often a day, and what are the amounts of each ingredient to make the drink? Would love to start this for relief!!"
04/02/2014: Sam from Houston, Tx replies: "Amounts of ingredient. How often."
[YEA] 02/17/2013: Gary from Stuart, Florida: "After visiting this site after getting a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms 2 years after being hospitalized, I started a regime gleaned from the comments here. I used a combination of aloe Vera juice, papaya enzymes, grape seed extract, and probiotic complex. I'm sold, within 24 hrs all symptoms were markedly reduced. I am tempted to say completely, will keep this up , and definitely make the aloe Vera juice aan ongoing part of my diet."Replies
10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Gary, That is amazing that you got such great results. Since your posting back in February 2013, how have you been feeling? What brand and dosage of aloe vera juice helped your diverticulitis pain? Thanks!"
[YEA] 04/01/2007: Maisha from San Francisco Bay Area, California: "I hope yu have a few minutes to read thru this. I've tried to keep it brief, but that's just not possible when praising ACV! There are NUMEROUS instances where ACV came to the rescue!!
1) I discovered ACV when my stomach ulcer was SO bad, every breath hurt, smoking just burned my stomach and, after eating, pain was constant. I was drinking liquid antacid straight from the bottle every few minutes.
A vegan friend told me that stuff was WORSE for me than the ulcer. He fixed an 8 oz glass of water with equal parts of ACV and honey (2 Tbs each; more honey if needed). By the time I took the THIRD swallow, I could feel the pain and pressure lessening like bubbles bursting inside. I started making it by the gallon (1/2 Cup ACV, 1/2 Cup honey and fill jug with water). Keep it in the fridge and shake before serving. I drank a glassful 30 minutes after EACH meal. In LESS than a month, I was symptom free and have had no problem since. I still smoke, I eat any/everything I want and no problems. I've fixed it for many, many people with acid reflux, chronic indigestion and diverticulitis. Every one of them was able to get off prescription meds within 3-4 weeks. (There's an additional regimen for curing diverticulitis. I'll send it in another time).
I started reading about ACV and found it balances Ph: if you're too acidic, it makes yu more alkaline and vice-versa...."Replies
09/12/2011: Bill from Phila, Pa replies: "What about grapefruit seed extract WITH ACV? Anyone ever experiment with that combination?"
04/30/2012: Nikki from Fairview, Nc replies: "Yes please what is the additional regime for diverticulitis? Im 31 and have had this since I was 23, the first time in my life when I regularly ate strawberries. I can not eat them or popcorn. Lately I have back pain related to flare ups and I cant afford to go to a doctor. I am goiing to try the acv/honey but need all additional information possible. Thanks!"