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Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya

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Posted by Momto2 (Mn) on 03/30/2014

I was diagnosed in 2010 with diverticulitis. In 2011 I had a flare up and was told (by a separate doctor that had diagnosed me) that flare ups should not be happening, and if I had another it meant surgery. Well, that scared the life out of me so in 2013 when I had another flare up I saw yet another doctor. She also mentioned surgery. All 3 times I had the Cipro/Flagyl combo and hated the way they made me feel and the metallic taste. I had my 4th flare start last week and was adamant not to see a doctor nor hear the word "surgery". I started to research to see what my alternatives were and came upon this site. After reading about Aloe and Papaya I decided I would try that and if it didn't work I would (reluctantly) make an appointment to go in.

I bought Aloe Vera caps and Papaya with Mint; within one day I was already seeing improvement and now I am on my third day and although I know I am not 100% feeling better, I am 100% certain I will not be going to see a doctor to get antibiotics. I am thrilled beyond belief and so thankful to have found the feedback I found on this site.

I am going to stay on a daily regimen of Aloe Vera to see if I can remain free of attacks, but glad to know I have alternatives to antibiotics.

Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya
Posted by Pmc (Clarkston, Washington, Us) on 11/07/2011

We had very excellent results after just the first dose of Aloe era juice and papaya pills for my husband's diverticulosis/diverticulitis. Much quicker than antibiotics. He looks and feels good as new and has added this to his prevention regimen. Love finding this website!

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

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.

Replied by Mike
(Nyc, Ny)


Ate them in a field for days and started to get left side pain... Diverticulitis pains: going to try ALOE JUICE, Papaya Tablets, etc. tomorrow! THANKS for sharing.

Replied by Cindy
(Whitehorse, Yukon)

Wondering how many ounces a day I need to take of the aloe Vera juice ? Thoughts ???

Replied by Robert
(Atlanta, Ga.)

I use one-third cup aloevera gel, mixed with two-thirds buttermilk. Once or twice daily.

Replied by Stanley's Mom
(Boston, Ma)

Thank you for these posts. I'm on my second round of antibiotics and Drs are starting to mention surgery. Not going there. I know all Aloe Vera juices are not the same, are people buying any special types? Straight papaya juice? I switched to kagen water, lots of it, vegies brown rice, yogurt and raw honey. Im afraid of everything :) but completely determined to beat this.

Replied by Judy
(Chicago, Illinois, Usa)

Read some books. Try Serovera (dehydrated aloe plus l glutamine) also other glyconutrient aloe products.

Replied by Michele
(Alachua, Florida)

Have had diverticulitus for years... Just didn't know what it was! Often getting "that pain in the left side", etc. The last couple of year on and off, waking up around 2:30 am with the pain and not being able to sleep again till 6:00. Did several cleanses which would clear out the colon; that helped temporarily; of course stayed away from nuts, seeds, etc. Also took aloe gel (whole leaf, inner filet, organic). It really didn't seem to help. But after reading this post decided to try aloe capsules a friend had used with success. I've only used them for 2 days now but, Wow! I'm very happy with the results... My pain is entirely gone! V Vegetarain

Replied by Michele
(Alachua, Fl)

Reporting back after my 2nd day on the aloe capsules: read the label on the bottle; it says it's for relieving constipation (I'll vouch for that! ) which is also verified by other reading I've done. The bottle also says, "Not for long term use. " And I have to say, I think 1 pill 1 day was enough for me! So, back to the drawing board. I'm going to try the aloe juice and papaya pills; if that doesn't work, I'll try the Noni juice or maybe just have to cleanse regularly...

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)


What brand of aloe capsules did you use? Why did you stop using them? Did they make you go too the bathroom too much? It sounds like from your previous post that the capsules worked to clear up your diverticulitis pain, but something changed to make you go "back to the drawing board." Would you mind expounding? Thanks!

Replied by Nan

Having grown up on game meats, lots of elk, I want to point out that any lean meat especially dried, can constipate unless you get plenty of fat elsewhere, which is one reason native peoples like pemmican vs jerk. Add the large amounts of almonds certainly made matters worse. If liquids were low, that would make it worse still. I have done similar over the years and didn't realize the grip-gut I experienced was the start of diverticulitis. I now do the aloe vera juice, lots of mineral water, & slippery elm bark tablets to keep a healthy colon.

Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric

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Posted by John (New Smyrna Beach, Fl) on 05/04/2017

I have taken flagyl off and on for 5 years for diverticulitis. Early on took cipro along with the flagyl. Cipro caused tendonitis so I only took the flagel. After 4-5 days the pain would go away. Appx 1 1/2 months ago got sick and started amoxicillin. One week later got Diverticulitis. Took a round of flagel. 4-5 days later the pain went away. Last week started feeling the diverticulitis again. I did not want to take anymore antibiotics. After 3-4 days the pain was was about the same. Then I found this site. There is a post by someone talking about aloe vera and turmeric (publix fruit of earth).

Monday started 1/3 -1/2 cup aloe and 1 450 mg turmeric pill 3 X a day. Tuesday still pain. Wednesday it seemed the pain was going away. Thursday morning the pain was gone. (Knock on Wood) Don't know what I will do next. Most likely will stay on this level for the next several days and then cut back. If you have any recommendations please advise.

Thank god for this site. John

PS. Don't know how severe my diverticulitis is. But a year or so ago had a CT scan which they confirmed diverticulitis.

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

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!

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)

Xia, how have you been since you posted your message about treating diverticulitis back in 2012?

Replied by Tamara
(Auburn, Maine)

After reading your post just had a question concerning the Turmeric. Was that 3 - 800 mg three times per day or 1-800 mg Three times per day? Also just wondering which brand you used? Thanks, Tami

Replied by Xia
(Los Angeles, Ca)

I took 3 capsules, 800mg each, per day, I.e., total of 2400mgs. Sometimes I took all 3 in the morning, other days I spread them out over the course of the day. I got mine from Vitacost as they had the best deal (less than $20 for 200 capsules). After completely clearing up the condition, I stopped the daily regimen and did not have a flare up from 2010 until this month, when all of the symptoms of diverticulitis returned (I wasn't surprised because I had gone back to eating processed and fast foods fairly regularly - I know, I know, shame on me! ) So I started up with the turmeric, psyllium husks, aloe vera juice and within 5 days, I have no more pain or tenderness and am symptom free. I learned my lesson - no more processed junk food for me!!!

Replied by Laura
(Illinois, US)

i just got this problem for the first time after eating a lot of junk food since the holidays. I am not as young as when I went on binges before and I usually eat good unprocessed stuff so the diet change to junk did it I am sure

Will try turmeric as I know it is an anti inflammatory. Today I was starting aloe juice . Helped but not 100% so thanks for additional info and your update Xia

Replied by Vickie
(Hot Springs, Ar)

These symptoms all started up again, left side soreness and pain, also causes a headache. Early on I had a lot of doc visits. I hated the antibiotics. I didn't know what was wrong. I've been watching, had hardly any doc visits, sometimes I mess up, don't know what did it. Today I felt the Lord told me to try aloe vera again. Thanks for all the confirmation and other remedies as well. This really can be no fun at its worst. Also someone mentioned back pain, which I never thought it went together.

Aloe Vera, Papaya, Carrot Juice

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Posted by Rose Bud 3 (Ofallon, Il.) on 03/07/2013

Diverticulitis: First I want to say, Thank you, the aloe vera juice and papaya enzyme works for me. I also found out that fresh organic carrot juice 1/3 cup twice a day also works for me.

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)

Rose Bud, what brand and dosage of aloe vera helps your diverticulitis pain?

Replied by Rosebud

Fruit of the earth, sorry I didn't see your post earlier. It should have the dose on the jug or bottle, I think it said one third cup.


Jini at listentoyourgut.com suggests George's Aloe Vera, best refined aloe vera.

Replied by Panya

Try a coffee enema. It should help!

Aloe, Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Sharon (Wesley Chapel) on 05/09/2020

l have had diverticulitis for 4 years now, with one ER visit with a 2 centimeter perforation-icu for 10 days on a massive antibiotic cocktail. When l left, gastro doc said "see you in 5 or 10 years." Within 6 weeks, l was back to more pain and suffering, so l visited earth clinic for help. l loved that aloe vera was part of the solution, but l used the aloe growing in my garden. l cut off a large leaf, cut off half of it (about 3 inches long) and refrigerated the rest in a bag, then l blended it with some pineapple juice (real juice), no gse or anything else cause I was too sick to shop.

I took a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (acv) in some water, then drank the blended aloe. It only took a couple days to get right again. The acv in case you didn't know, neutralizes any bacteria or germs growing in the gut. The aloe heals. l am going to try the salt cure, as l am looking for a cure for the diverticula, and tired of the diets needed to prevent the inflammation.

Aloe, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Papaya Enzymes

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Posted by Alyson (Leesburg, Va ) on 09/12/2013

I want to thank everyone for their remedies on this site! I had diverticulus for years. I couldn't take the Flagyl and was on the Cipro constantly. I began the Aloe Vera juice, Grapefruit Seed extract, and Papya Tabs after eating. I have not been on Cirpo since May and it's now September! If I get a twinge (which, if I eat something I shouldn't, I do:), I up the Aloe and the extract, and I'm good to go. I wish I found this site years ago and I hope you all reading this have the same success that I have so far!

Replied by Donna
(Attalla, Alabama)

I have just found this site and wondered if someone can help me. I have had diverticulitis for years and am tired of the Flagyl and Cipro. What brands and amounts of each item do I use and how do I mix it?

Replied by Suzann

Donna, I started taking magnesium and no longer have any problem.

Aloe, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract, Probiotics

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Posted by Diana (Defiance, Oh) on 05/24/2013

I just want to thank everyone's post I read about aloe vera juice/grape seed extract/papaya juice combo. My man has suffered from diverticulitis for over a year and a half. After a final 3rd visit with no relief and a MD's confirmation to our suspicion we decided to take this into our own hands. With no insurance and no Dr willing to take on his case, in fact we were told that the Dr decides who he wants to see. So in a rage of desperation, I visited our local health food store and bought all the suggested ingredients. A day and a half later.... HOLY MOLY! He is back to normal. We even got to go out to breakfast and he actually enjoyed his food with no pain! So again thank you for all your input and we are most definately goin natural on the remedies from now on. -So grateful!

Aloe, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract, Probiotics
Posted by Gary (Stuart, Florida) on 02/17/2013

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Claudette (New York) on 02/03/2018

Well, I've had diverticulitis on and off for many years. It started acting up 2 weeks ago after a trip overnight and eating different foods. My friend came over today and told me to take Apple Cider Vineger. Which I did. At first felt the sharp pain in my lower GI worsening, so I started on my way to the ER. By the time I got there the symptoms were getting better. So I turned around and I'm now feeling about 40% better.

Hot bath, warm water drink and apple cider vineger....could be a cure.



Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Donna W (Buffalo, Ny) on 05/18/2017

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

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....

Replied by Juan
(San Jose, Ca)

I have diverticulitis for over a month and taking meds. Can I take the apple cider vinegar drink now and what else can I do to privent this from happening again? Pls help me

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Juan ( San Jose, CA) ---If you take SLIPPERY ELM powder from the health store, make a gruel with warm water and honey and have it daily. It repairs damage to the gut, removes or relieves pain and does a lot more if you look it up on the 'net'.

For instance, if someone has a bad belly ache, it can do wonders. Be well. Ditch those meds. (Just my opinion).

Namaste, Om

Replied by Kathy
(La, US)

Please look into essential oils for Diverticulitis. I just read something about cinnamon oil helping with that pain. But research it on your own first!!! I always go to "Essential oil testimonies"

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper

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Posted by E (Wv) on 02/22/2017

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

Replied by Chele
(Little Rock, Arkansas)

Advil can aggravate it. I avoid all NSAIDS. Will try this.

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

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.

Replied by Mysicqa
(Edmonds, Wa)

ACV and cayenne worked for me within 1 hour, but only if caught early and no constipation involved.

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