Last Modified on May 22, 2015
Often called a “superbug,” C. diff is a bacterium that can range in severity from mild diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation in the colon. No matter the severity of the condition, however, finding an effective remedy can be difficult, which is why we have done our best to come up with a list of effective natural remedies. Probiotics, bentonite clay, and activated charcoal are among the most operative natural treatment options for C. diff.
The Problem with Antibiotics Alone
Many people think that they can simply take an antibiotic to kill off the bacterial cause of C. diff, but what they don’t realize is they could actually be doing more harm than good by doing so. At the onset of the condition, antibiotics are often to blame for the infection, as they kill off the good bacteria in the system. At later stages, however, antibiotics are often ineffective for treating C. diff because the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic; these treatments further damage the balance in the system, preventing healing.
How Can I Naturally Treat Clostridium Difficile?
That being said, natural treatment options are much more effective for treating C. diff or Clostridium Difficile. The condition can be extremely difficult to treat and often recurs, but these natural options function to rebalance the system. Probiotics, bentonite clay, and activated charcoal are the most common treatments; however, you could also use oregano, colloidal silver, and kimchi.
C. diff. spores are able to reinfect after being outside the body for up to 5 months. It's recommended that surfaces be wiped down with a mixture of 10 parts water and 1 part bleach. Don't forget phones, doorknobs, bedrails, computer and mouse, etc.
A number of probiotics can help treat C. diff, but S. Boulardii and L. Reuteriis are considered the most effective. Probiotics help restore the natural balance of bacteria in the body.
2. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is made from volcanic ash and is an effective detox agent. Bentonite clay draws the toxins out of the body and can even balance bacteria in the gut.
3. Activated Charcoal
Activated Charcoal functions in much the same way as bentonite clay. It helps draw out toxins and restores the natural balance of the body.
While C. diff is difficult to treat, these natural remedies will restore the natural balance of your gut in no time. You can also cycle these natural options with antibiotic remedies to get even better results.
Keep reading below to learn more natural treatments recommended by Earth Clinic contributors and let us know what you've tried!
[WARNING!] I filled a prescription for Clindamycin two months ago at Wal... And was not warned about this aggressive bacteria and came down with it. Very nasty, could eat only Kefir for a month. I filled another prescription for Clindamycin two days ago and finally another pharmacy warned about this bacteria and cautioned not to use pain medicine or anti-diarrheal medicine to treat it as both will make it worse. Unfortunately, this Patient Information Leaflet did not advise patients that to prevent the c. Diff. You need to take acidophilus along with your antibiotic. I tried successfully the acidophilus from the health food store. My dentist told me about acidophilus that is coated and will last a long time outside the frig. Big price difference. Health food store refrigerated acidophilus capsules cost $22 while the coated acidophilus pills only cost $4.79 for 100 captabs. The caplets contain much less acidophilus than the refrigerated capsules, but I think the capsules are overloaded because the acidophilus does not last well and a lot of the acidophilus is lost once the bottle is opened. I am just guessing on this. This is a very bad bacteria that actually can (and in my case did) come back a couple of times. I just went back on the acidophilus regimen and it cleared up promptly. The Patient Information Leaflet should have advised us how to prevent this nasty bacteria but it did NOT.
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