Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Oct 27, 2014


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Aloe, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract, Probiotics   2  0   

Posted by Gary (Stuart, Florida) on 02/17/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Peteremond
Mobile, Al
10/23/2013
12 Posts
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!

Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Maisha (San Francisco Bay Area, California) on 04/01/2007

[YEA]  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....

Posted by Bill
Phila, Pa
09/12/2011
2 Posts
What about grapefruit seed extract WITH ACV? Anyone ever experiment with that combination?
Posted by Nikki
Fairview, Nc
04/30/2012
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!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper   1  0   

Posted by Stanley (Huntingdon, Pa/usa) on 11/09/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Betty
Oakville, Ontario/canada
11/10/2010
Thank you so much Stanley. How many times a day did you take the ACV/Cayenne pepper
Posted by Joey
Mosselbay, South Africa
05/31/2012
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
Posted by Michael
North Augusta, Sc
09/22/2013
Did you get an answer to question about frequency?

DGL Licorice   1  0   

Posted by Michele (Alachua, Fl) on 10/01/2012

[YEA]  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   2  0   

Posted by Tammy (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 02/19/2012

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Steve (Pike County, PA, USA) on 12/07/2007

[YEA]  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   2  0   

Posted by Michele (Reno, Nevada) on 05/18/2012

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Night Bird (Powell, Ohio) on 12/12/2011

[YEA]  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   0  0   

Posted by Wendy (Halethorpe) on 05/09/2013

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.

Posted by Joy
Battleground, Wash
05/09/2013
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

Posted by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
05/09/2013
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.

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, USA
05/10/2013
1302 Posts
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.

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
05/10/2013
Wendy, first look at what you are eating.
Posted by Kathy
the USA
05/10/2013
336 Posts
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.
Posted by Anon
Anon
05/10/2013
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   9  0   

Posted by Fra-fra (Mineral Wells, Texas) on 03/26/2012

[YEA]  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

Posted by Peteremond
Mobile, Al
10/23/2013
12 Posts
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?

Posted by Cligie (Marietta, Ga, United States) on 02/29/2012

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Believer (Franklin, Tn) on 10/09/2011

[YEA]  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! ".

Posted by Richard (Omaha, Nebraska) on 09/30/2011

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Janet (Alexandria, La, United States) on 10/21/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Monica
San Diego, Ca
03/21/2011
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.
Posted by Jayne
Seattle, Wa
03/22/2011
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.
Posted by Janet
Alexandria, La
10/12/2013
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.

Posted by Stibbs (Skipton, North Yorkshire) on 06/18/2010

[YEA]  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.


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