Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 22, 2014


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Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper

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[YEA]  11/09/2010: Stanley from Huntingdon, Pa/usa: "Several years ago I had diverticulitis to the extent that I just wanted to die. Somewhere I read about Apple Cider Vinegar and cayenne pepper.

This is the formula I used - 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 10 oz of water. In two hours I was feeling better. Using this formula for 3 days totally eliminated this problem. I have been using the Apple Cider Vinegar and cp for at least 10 years and it has fixed many other problems. Wishing you well."

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11/10/2010: Betty from Oakville, Ontario/canada replies: "Thank you so much Stanley. How many times a day did you take the ACV/Cayenne pepper"
05/31/2012: Joey from Mosselbay, South Africa replies: "Hi stan, read your post. Are cayenne pepper good for diverticulosis? As they say a person should stay away from spices if you have diverticulosis. Would really like to have some feedback on this. thank you"
09/22/2013: Michael from North Augusta, Sc replies: "Did you get an answer to question about frequency?"

DGL Licorice

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[YEA]  10/01/2012: Michele from Alachua, Fl: "I'm back again, but this time I have it! I have a cure for diverticultus pain! At least it has been for me. I've probably had it all my life (that I can remember). I'm 60 now, female, have been vegetarian and "health conscious" for 40 years, but always had digestive issues. After searching this site and trying a few things, I finally ran across DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice). It was prescribed for my husband for "leaky gut". While in the throws of my increasingly common "pain in my left side" I thought, "Why don't I try it"? Wish I'd tried it a long time ago! Practically instantly (at least within a day or two) my symptoms had vanished! Completely gone, and they've stayed gone for several months now (they were almost constant! ). All that from just chewing 2 of these yummy tasting licorice chews before each meal! How hard is that? Please try these out if you're having problems with diverticulitus. I think it's a definite winner... And I hope others will write in with the same experience I've had!"

Dietary Changes

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[YEA]  02/19/2012: Tammy from Pittsburgh, Pa: "I have had 3 cases of diverticulitis in 3 months. Dr wanted to do surgery, but I decided to go the natural route. What has worked for me is combination of only very healthy (organic) food, the most easily digestible. I made soup stock with organic free range chicken, added veggies and let simmer with bone in for 12 hours. There are alot of vitamins in the soup and it's easy to digest. I also took supplements of digestive enzymes, probiotics (chewable and goat yogurt and goat kefir), aloe vera juice, and this all seemed to help. I also want to mention the importance of exercise as long as you are past the pain. I walk, lift light weights, ride stationary bike 5 days a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours each time, but any exercise is good. I have lost 21 pounds since aug of '11 and I feel healthier than I have in years. I have been blessed to share my illness to health journey with several people and encourage them. I just started a couple days ago with adding raw veggies into my diet and it's going well. I still take the probiotics and the digestive enzymes to keep my body on track. Best wishes to all of you. Thank you for allowing me to share."

[YEA]  12/07/2007: Steve from Pike County, PA, USA: "I was diagnosed with diverticulosis a number of years ago. I tried a natural product called AMP Molocure which is suppose to be very concentrated and made from Aloe Vera. I followed the directions for an entire year. It was quite expensive and I don't feel that it did much of any good for me. I think the key is to change your eating habits and cleanse your colon. Last year [2006] I used a colon cleansing product available at herbdoc.com and while it seemed to help I still had periods where I would pass blood with bowel movements for 10 days after eating corn or a lot of peanut butter or strawberries, etc. Not giving up, a year later I did a second bowel cleanse and also a liver/gall bladder and kidney cleanse. I switched to a healthier diet which was vegetarian on weekdays and only ate meat on week-ends and then only natural or organic meats with no hormones or antibiotics. I also added oat bran to my diet twice a day and I drink fruit juice with green superfood [spirulina, chorella etc.]with frozen grapes (including the seeds) in a blender every morning. This seems to have worked! For the past 3 months I can eat corn and popcorn & all those other foods that caused me to bleed before with no problems. I feel no need of going for another colonoscopy - I know I'm better but I also know if I go back to eating processed foods and the rest of the typical American diet I can expect the diverticulosis to return. I'll be 61 in February 2008."

Fiber

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[YEA]  05/18/2012: Michele from Reno, Nevada: "I have had two flare ups of diverticulitis. After the second one, I was so afraid I was going to get cancer. I started taking Metamucil. The directions say to take it three times a day. I have been doing this and have had no problems like before."

[YEA]  12/12/2011: Night Bird from Powell, Ohio: "I had an acute diverticulitis in 2004 and was admitted to ICU for 3 days while teaching at Baldwin Wallace College in a Summer music camp 2 hours away from home. I could have died if a colleague didn't find me fainted with shock from losing so much blood (5 bags of blood transfusion) in ladies restroom.

I was lucky the doctor only cut many polyps along my colon and didn't perform surgery on me, but seriously warned me if this happens again, he would cut my colon out!! Fearfully I came home and watch my fiber intake on a daily basis. Make sure we all take sufficient fiber everyday, but watch the liquid intake as well to prevent the fiber from getting stuck in your intestines! Fiber, fiber, tasteless fiber, you are my lifesaver!!"

General Feedback

05/09/2013: Wendy from Halethorpe: "Hi l have just returned home from the hospital where I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and an enlarged uterus. OBGYN said my only option is a hysterectomy. I don't believe this for one second. Please help me find a remedy."

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05/09/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Hi Wendy, so sorry you are feeling un well. I know what that feels like. I read books. It is almost like I have had an anointing to read books. Not that my memory is so great or my intelligence. I am on a quest to find answers. I have found some amazing things.... Lately I have three favorites as my go to if I have an issue. Here are two of them in the right order for you.

(histamine is a signal of dehydration> signalling imbalance in fluid or electrolytes) causes allergies, autoimmune disease, lymph problems, circulation problems, hormonal problems, sinus problems, sugar problems, digestion problems, elimination problems, I urge you read this one today - Dr. Batmanghelidj watercure.com Your body's many cries for water.

John Lee Ob/gyn lovely man.... What your doctor may not tell you about menopause, answers in here how and why to avoid a hysterectomy and how to correct female imbalances.... Read this one... You will need to write all over this book and bend page corners.... take notes.

Love much ....JOY"

05/09/2013: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Drink Noni Juice 15ml - 30ml two times day, Blood vessels around rectum and anus gets strengthened. Strengthen the colon as well. Also, normalizes the bowel movement by digestion and excretion.

It is a wonderful natural food. Noni Juice."

05/10/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "Wendy: I would begin treatment on the diverticuli and you might also see improvements on the uterus as there may be a correlation here. One thing that both have in common is inflammation. Here is the E. C. page for http://earthclinic.com/CURES/diverticulitis.html.

Turmeric, Aloe Vera, and Fish or Flax Oil seems most beneficial as you will find reading others cases.

Let us know how your doing."

05/10/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Wendy, first look at what you are eating."
05/10/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Wendy--I would just like to add that ginger also reduces inflammation and I have read that it kills salmonella. I use both of these along with my sea salt on vegetables and eggs. It is also reported that ginger contains an antidepressant ingredient."
05/10/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, You need to take vitamin a for both- best to use cod liver oil. I would take iodine tablets or drops too."

Grapefruit Seed Extract

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Grapefruit Seed Extract for Diverticulitis

Home Remedy Ingredients

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract - 12 Drops
  • Water or OJ

Twelve (12) drops of grapefruit seed extract in a glass of water or orange juice twice a day can be an effective remedy for diverticulitis. After getting relief, you can begin to cut back on the dosage and frequency according to what your body tells you it needs.

[YEA]  03/26/2012: Fra-fra from Mineral Wells, Texas: "I had diverticulitis problems for a long time, I found out several years ago that Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) taken regulary keeps the flair ups at bay. You can take 12 drops of GSE three times a day until you get it under control, then take 12 drops once a day. I used to just put it in a small amount of water and follow it with a full glass of water (really does taste bad). I now get empty capsules and put my 12 drops in them. Hope this helps you as it did me. Blessings"

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10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Fra-Fra,

How long does it take for the GSE drops to start working? Should I notice relief in the first 24 hours after using?"

[YEA]  02/29/2012: Cligie from Marietta, Ga, United States: "I use grapefruit seed extract only when I have a diverticulitis attack and I find it to be effective. However, researchers have found benzethonium chloride or triclosan in many samples of liquid and powdered grapefruit seed extracts so I would not use it except as necessary. I take 4 oz. of raw milk kefir each day (2 oz. In the morning 1/2-hour before breakfast and 2 oz. before going to bed). I have started using organic UNREFINED coconut oil in my cooking (no coconut taste) and I even spread it on my toast - delicious and still no real coconut taste. During my first attack a few years ago, the medicine was making me very ill so I researched on the internet to see if their was someway I could heal without those terrible meds.

I came upon a site called greattastenopain.com. It is all about how you combine your food. I can eat ANYTHING I want (well, almost anything) as long as I combine it the way the site tells me to combine it. I wish I could say that I stick to it all the time, but I don't. However, if I start to have pain, it will stop almost immediately if I go to that way of eating. There is a four-day free diet on the site and sometimes that is all you need. However, I have purchased her materials and found that they are worth every penny - not that expensive either."

[YEA]  10/09/2011: Believer from Franklin, Tn: "Diverticulitis and Grapefruit Seed Extract... Thank you Earth Clinic! My husband was about to have surgery and I found this information. He started taking the grapefruit seed extract and NAG (natural pills that help to heal the mucus membrane). He hasn't had any pain or flairups since then!!!! At his follow-up colonoscopy they only found a few MILD diverticulum and the doctor said, "you loook great! "."

[YEA]  09/30/2011: Richard from Omaha, Nebraska: "I found this site very helpful. Had divert a year ago and did the standard antibiotics. Now I make sure I use GSE if any first signs appear, also heaping tbsp of psyllium every day, if I remember! Regardng the theory of small seeds affecting the bowel, at least two good doctors in omaha tell me its an old, unproven idea, searching I found comfirmation on webmd and the mayo clinic site that there is no proof that seeds affect.. However, one should keep track of what you eat and determine what affects you. Maybe you will or are bothered by seeds of some sort. you know best how your body reacts to food."

[YEA]  10/21/2010: Janet from Alexandria, La, United States: "GSE has kept my Diverticulitis at bay for 2 years. At the first dull ache, I drink 2oz orange juice mixed with 15 drops of GSE. Stir well as you drink it, because the GSE settles to the bottom instantly. Repeat 2-3 times a day, then decrease the drops in the following days as you improve. If I take one dose daily or every-other-day, using 6 drops with 2 oz orange juice, I never have attacks. This has kept me free of attacks for 2 years now."

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03/21/2011: Monica from San Diego, Ca replies: "Hi, I am extremely interested in finding out where can somebody buy the GSE oil? I live in San Diego and I've tried different places. I found the pills but I've been told that the oil is for cooking, so is there a specific place where I can get it, or is it really the cooking oil the one you mention? Also, If I got the pills can I start taking them daily and how many instead of the oil? Please reply, I am desperate trying to help my boyfriend with his diverticulitis problem. Thank you."
03/22/2011: Jayne from Seattle, Wa replies: "Monica... You're getting GSE (grapefruit seed extract) mixed up with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is for cooking. Grapefruit seed extract can be purchased at any health food store or natural foods market in either capsules or in liquid drop form. The common brand I use is Nutrabiotic."
10/12/2013: Janet from Alexandria, La replies: "Where to buy GSE (GRAPEFRUIT Seed Extract): 1) You can purchase it on the Internet. 2) Whole Foods carries it. 3) Some non-chain Health Food Stores carry it. I have never found it at a chain health food store. If your hometown healthfood store does not carry it, just order it off the internet."

[YEA]  06/18/2010: Stibbs from Skipton, North Yorkshire: "Just to let you know that, after the great reply that a forum member gave about his mother who suffers from Diverticulitis, mine is now non existent.I cannot believe I am writing this after suffering for so long with this terrible disease. It will stop the pain within an hour, believe you me.Grapefruit Seed Extract tastes horrible, but I have found a way of hiding it, tonic water, you can't taste it. If you fancy a tipple after your hard days work you can also add it with the tonic.

I cannot thank you guys enough and the chances of stumbling on this site to finally stop all the pain I have had.Get some Grapefruit Seed Extract NOW, amazing stuff. If you need any more info I would be more than elated to help.Thank you."

[YEA]  05/15/2010: Gabrielle from Schuylkill, Pennsylvania: "I found out I have diverticulosis the hard way... when it became a serious case of diverticulitis with a perforated intestine and peritonitis. I had to have a foot of my large intestine removed during emergency surgery and spent a week in the hospital.

Since then I've only had a couple minor bouts with pain, as I'm very careful what I eat now. However, this past week it became a daily problem - both pain and occasional nausea were really dragging me down, making me feel miserable.

I finally checked earthclinic and read the post about grapefruit seed extract. Lucky for me, I have some. I tried the 12 drops / glassful of water and within the first hour my symptoms were diminishing quite noticeably. After four hours they had completely disappeared. I did take one more "dose" six hours after the first one and, so far, I'm feeling great!

Now I know what to take - not sure if I'll do the daily regimen, as the stuff tastes rather unpleasant, and I rarely have any problems - but having it on hand certainly makes me feel better.

Thank you SO much for this info! You've saved me a trip to the doctor and taking antibiotics (which I hate to do)."

[YEA]  05/29/2009: Amaury from New York, New York: "My elderly mother had an acute case of diverticulitis. From July 2007 to July 2008 she was taken to the emergency room six times. Just around the 5th day of every other month (a two-month frequency) she would get an attack: First starting with a minor discomfort on the lower left side of her abdomen and gradually gaining intensity as the days went by up to the point she couldn't walk or do just about anything. Repeated tests, hospitalization and antibiotics were taking a toll on my mother, who otherwise is an energetic and enthusiastic 75 year-old person. Two meetings with a team of surgeons at her hospital, and the consensus was the removal of her entire colon. My mother though there was no other option. I though otherwise, since I educated myself about the disease and knew there could be other venues. I placed the surgeons on-hold while I experiment with different diets for my mother (none of them worked). I knew that the overgrowth of bad bacteria on her colon was a mayor factor. Now, if I only could kill them all.

Until I found this site. The testimony of "M F" (from Mineral Wells, Texas) was the key. I spent so much time reading about Grapefruit Seed Extract that I became convinced, this was worth a try. To all of you suffering from this condition read this with all your hope because I am not making this up: MY MOTHER STARTED TAKING THIS REMEDY LATE JULY OF 2008 AND AS OF THIS WRITING (MAY 29, 2009) SHE HAS NOT HAD ANY ATTACK (I myself am getting goosebumps as I say this), and she has been the person I'm always accustomed to see: energetic, active and in good humor.

Thanks to MF, thanks to this website, thanks to the Internet, thanks to the Supreme Being I believe in for giving me the opportunity to find this wonderful, natural medicine called Grapefruit Seed Extract. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information. I'm willing to share as much as possible."

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10/23/2013: Peteremond from Mobile, Al replies: "Amaury,

I'm so encouraged by your mom's experience with Grapefruit Seed Extract. Did y'all use the capsules or drops? How is your mom doing these days?"


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