Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

| Modified on Oct 21, 2021

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Stanley (Huntingdon, Pa/usa) on 11/09/2010
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Donna W (Buffalo, Ny) on 05/18/2017
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Apple cider vinegar is a life saver. I took it on my last bout of diverticulitis. It helped. It has digestive enzymes in it. Organic acv is about the only one you should consume to get the best benefits.

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

Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric
Posted by Xia (Los Angeles, Ca) on 09/04/2012
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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!

Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya
Posted by Rilo B. (Crescent City, Ca ) on 06/01/2011
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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.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Amaury (New York, New York) on 05/29/2009
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper
Posted by E (Wv) on 02/22/2017
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I have had diverticulitis for years. It flares up a couple times a year BAD. I go to Dr. I get cipro and flagyl. Last few times did not help. So I read about the apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper drink here.

2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 10 oz of water. (Stanley from Huntingdon, Pa)

It worked in an hour. I would have paid $100 the night before to sleep and not hurt. I just couldn't. Pepto, Advil nothing helped. Then I read this. It worked. I'm still sore from 5 days of hurting but this mix is real deal. I mean it was that noticeable that quick. It's awful tasting. But worth the $10 I spent on acv and pepper

Diverticulitis Shake Recipe
Posted by Territ (Va) on 05/16/2018
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WONDERFUL SHAKE RECIPE that WORKS! incorporates a lot of ingredients mentioned here.

My husband and parents have both suffered from diverticulitis and this has worked for all of them...

1 hour BEFORE you eat OR 1.5 hours AFTER you eat, drink the following shake once in morning and once at night.

Ingredients:

  • 1 dropper of papaya extract (note: if you only have the pill then continue on and I will address this at the bottom)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 TBS organic honey (for taste and soothing properties)
  • 12 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract)
  • 1 dropper of slippery elm
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera juice/gel
  • 1/2 cup ice

Put all in a blender, blend and drink.

After you drink your shake, take a probiotic and 800mg of turmeric gelcap. Also if you didn't have the papaya extract then take the papaya pill now.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Clare (Banbury, England) on 10/04/2017
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Grapefruit Seed Extract for Diverticulitis

I had my first attack of Diverticulitis just over a week ago. I saw a doctor to confirm my self diagnosis and he told me if the attack hadn't got better in two weeks to go back and I would have blood tests. I had no appetite or energy and had pretty much constant gut aches and pains. I lost seven pounds in one week because I didn't want to eat although I had a little fruit twice a day. I came on this site yesterday and saw that someone had had great success with GSE. It was said by someone else that GSE contains two nasty chemicals produced in the processing and thought it might be the two chemicals that stopped the attack. I had some GSE manufactured chemical free. I bought it online because I was also worried about the two chemicals. So I thought I would try the chemical free one made in France as I had had it in my cupboard for a few months and hadn't tried it. I took the recommended 15 drops in half a glass of water and in about two hours the Diverticulitis just went away. I had no pain at all through the night and this morning but thought it would come back as it had caught me out before. I took another dose this morning and the Diverticulitis has not come back. I had my usual fruit for breakfast and at around late lunchtime I felt a bit hungry so I had a small salad. Tonight I had soup and two small slices of Soda bread. First food I have had in the evening for just over a week. I wish I had known about GSE when my mother suffered with Diverticulitis but maybe it wasn't around then.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sophie (Victoria, Bc) on 12/24/2018
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I had always had bowel problems, since teenage, which I considered to be IBS, and then recently had a bout of diverticulitis (first time) that ended in a hospital stay and recommended surgery after my recuperation - until I realized that surgeons generally know and care about little but operating. I put surgery on hold, and through Earth Clinic and other sources developed a regimen that may be half placebo, but it works!

I begin the day with a small glass of plain organic kefir and a probiotic capsule (35 billion microorganisms, 15 strains - be sure to include B. infantis) sprinkled with baking soda. I end the day with a glass of warm water with 1 tsp ACV, 1 tsp lemon juice, sprinkled with cayenne. I make sure to have 6 to 8 glasses of liquid a day.

My most important discovery. Several medical sites mentioned that many developing world people have no such bowel problems (which, through straining, etc., lead to diverticulosis). Usually they attribute it to diet. One medical researcher attributes it instead to their use of the squat toilet, which places their bodies in a better position for bowel movements. My husband and I fashioned a sort of deck to surround my toilet so that I could use it in this way. It's actually quite beautiful, stained to match the woodwork - looks like something you'd see in an Indonesian hotel. Magic!!!! It's as if I never had a bowel problem. So regular and easy that others might say it's boring

I have great hope for the future. I don't know which change is the decisive one (I know I wouldn't give up the squat toilet for anything) but they are all easy to put into practice, so I will continue with the lot.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Kteachernc (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/22/2015
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Aloe with AMP (Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharides) works so far! It caused the cramping, burn and PAIN to leave within 1 and 1/2 hrs.....wow....taking Turmeric with it also. I was on two rounds antibiotics and desperate when I read this site.....thank you, thank you.....I want to tell EVERYONE it works.....Aloe Vera Juice with AMP "nasty taste" but worth it.....got overnight order for a different brand now because people posted it tastes better....Praise God for answers online....suffered for so many years, so grateful....thank you everyone!!


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Marc (New Jersey) on 11/27/2017
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I swear by Grapefruit Seed Extract for diverticulitis. I was getting a flare up every 4-6 months for 3 years. Haven't had a flare up in over a year since I started taking it. 10 drops 3x a day during flare ups and they disappear in 2 days.

Now I take 10 drops every morning in a glass of Concord grape juice and doing great. Vitamin Shoppe sells it. It worked better than antibiotics

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Soazburrolady (Arizona) on 12/02/2016
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Having been prone to diverticulitis flare-ups for over a decade, I almost immediately recognize the symptoms and reach for my "go - to's: aloe vera capsules (can't abide the taste of aloe vera), an increase in probiotics, grapefruit seed extract, and simethicone. Normally, within a few days, I am completely better.

Last week, I followed this protocol and was stymied when, though the diverticulitis was somewhat better, I was suddenly constipated and consequently developed a hemorrhoid. Enough, already! Obviously, I needed to augment or alter my regimen. So, I added a few more drops of 5% Lugols to my usual 6 drops, used a vitamin E suppository to relieve the hemorroid, added grape seed extract, and, most significantly, reread constipation cures in Earth Clinic.

I come to this site 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes more, and am so grateful to those who post and change my family's life for the better. This time I learned that a treatment for gallstones and kidney stones could also relieve constipation and therefore hemorrhoids. So.....I added olive oil (2T) mixed with lemon juice (2T). Including a pinch of sea salt makes the mixture taste like salad dressing and entirely palatable. Today, I woke symptom free.

So, one more time, thank you Earth Clinic. BTW, my husband uses the olive oil/lemon juice mixture for kidney stones - works every time!


Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Mdepaul (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/02/2013
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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.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Laurie (Atlanta, GA) on 10/24/2014

Seeds, nuts, etc do not cause diverticulitis. Look at the mayoclinic.com or clevelandclinic.com and you will see that although Dr's told people with diverticulitis not to eat popcorn, seeds or nuts for years, recent studies show no correlation. I've also been told that not enough fiber causes diverticulitis, but since I grew up eating from an organic garden, and still eat a lot of fiber and not a lot of processed foods, I don't think that is the cause either. My grandmother had it and never ate processed food in her life. Had raw veggies with every lunch and dinner. So in my opinion, we don't really know what causes diverticulitis.


Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya
Posted by Wildbilll62 (Holland, Pa, United States) on 10/07/2011

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.


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