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Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 29, 2016

Oregano Oil  

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Posted by Janet (La, United States) on 11/16/2013
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Oil of Oregano is now my "go-to" cure when I start to have a Diverticulitis attack. Recently I had another severe flare-up. Called my doctor and he called in Cipro and Flagyl, but I held off taking them while I tried to cure the attack with Oil of Oregano. It worked. I did not have to take the antibiotics. I took it several times a day for a few weeks, and I am now pain-free.

Replied by Jessica T
Do you take internally in droppers or capsules?

Psyllium, Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract  

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Posted by Max (Coolum Beach , Queensland) on 11/14/2007
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I recommend psyllium husk I take 5 teaspoons a day with plenty of water for preventing Diviticulitus, it works. Just get the powder from the supermarket.

Replied by Max
Coolum Beach, Queensland
Update - Have found that raw virgin coconut oil taken each day helps with diverticular disease. It has Lauric acid in it.
Replied by Coolumax
Coolum Beach, Queensland Australia
Update October 2011

I now have a routine that I sticking to Coconut oil each day. 2 table spoons. Psyllium husk 5 teaspoons after evening meal with plenty of water. 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract a day.

Replied by Coolumax
Coolum Beach, Queensland
No attack for 6 months now, I take 3 tablespoons of Coconut oil a day. Changed from psyllium husk to GROUND Chia seeds.

Salt Water Cleanse  

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Posted by Misty (Indiana, Usa) on 02/07/2014
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Salt Water Cleanse for Diverticulitis: Dissolve 2 tsp non-iodized, natural salt (such as Himalayan pink salt or sea salt) in 1 liter warm water. Drink in the morning on an empty stomach. When you first feel the urge to go, just resist the urge and let the solution "brew" in your intestines for about 30 minutes (or more if you can stand it). When you feel you can't stand it any longer, visit the toilet. This will likely result in one semi-solid defecation and 3 or more liquid ones. Avoid eating anything until you can go one hour without evacuating your bowels (which takes about 5 hours for me), then have light meals for the rest of the day. Repeat in 2 days, increasing the salt to up to 3 tsp, if you are not feeling any better. Once you are feeling better, it is important to eat a high-fiber diet and drink plenty of water to prevent flare-ups.

I first decided to try this remedy after having a flare-up due to taking calcium/magnesium/zinc tablets (calcium can cause constipation). After suffering for a few days with pretty severe pain, I figured I would try this remedy. I believe this remedy works by dissolving the contents of diverticula while reducing swelling and inhibiting bacterial growth. The next morning, I woke up pain-free!

Note that using iodized salt in this remedy probably will work but is dangerous because it may result in iodine poisoning. For best results, use filtered water or boiled tap water. I would advise doing this on a day when you are going to be home all day because you'll feel the urge to run to the bathroom throughout the day. Avoid passing gas when not on the toilet because it will probably not just be gas!

Replied by Sanjay
Portland, Or
Hi Misty, is it 1 tsp or 1 Tbs? I just wanted to reconfirm. Thanks, Sanjay

Sea Salt  

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Posted by Planky (Ronkonkoma, New York, United States) on 06/11/2013
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I have had good luck with taking sea salt in hot water at the first sign of diverticulitis. If it doesn't help the first time I take it again. I started with it one night and took the sea salt and had to take it a second time and woke up in the morning with no pain. I usually take about 1/2 t of sea salt to a cup of water.

Slippery Elm  

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Posted by Jb (Nsw, Australia) on 01/04/2016
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I have had occasional bouts of diverticulitis and have found slippery elm to be very soothing and beneficial. I generally make about 250 ml of warm water in a glass, place in a teaspoon of honey and stir. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of slippery elm powder and stir to a smooth consistency. It's quite pleasant to drink. I take this first thing in the morning and just before I go to bed.

I have also found grapefruit seed extract to be very helpful and works quickly.

Warning About Colon Cleanse  

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Posted by Joyce (Glasgow, Scotland) on 03/29/2008
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I digested Psyllium and Bentonite clay for a colon cleanse. This was to ruin my whole life and caused immediate gastritis and triggered rosacea/rhinophyma. The onset of syptoms were abrum, immediate and extremely severe. I now have blepharitis and meibominaitis as a result. I was very stupid and digesting this product has ruined my whole life. DO NOT TAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Replied by Drjohnathon
Helsinki, Finland
It is more likely that Psyllium & Bentonite clay stired up your current condition of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or even Demodex mites (parasites) both of which have been shown to cause Rosacea & Rhinophyma! Taking those 2 herbs WITHOUT combining them with an anti-parasite program or herbal "peristalsis" tonics will agravate diverticulitis in many people. Some people do have an allergy to these herbs but the allergy will subside after taking them. In your case it did not! As you claim they ruined your life? Did you self prescribe or did you consult a trained health professional? A Chinese herbal doctor can help with this problem! Both Rosacea & Rhinophyma are treatable with Diet changes & Chinese herbal medicine!
Replied by Lauren
New York, Ny
You could also have had a mold allergy. People with mold allergies aren't supposed to use clay products as they can grow mold when wet.
Replied by Misty
Indiana, Usa
Psyllium and clay can cause constipation if sufficient water is not consumed while taking them, and some people cannot use this remedy at all without experiencing constipation and gastric inflammation. I would advise a moderately strict diet with regular salt water cleanses to clear up your condition and avoiding ingestion of psyllium and clay in the future.