Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Dietary Changes

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


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


Diverticulitis Shake Recipe

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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.


Fiber

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


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


Flax, Chia and Probiotics

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Posted by Beth (Florida) on 02/26/2020
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A product with 14 sprouted seeds, grains and legumes organic flax and chia seeds has been my lifesaver. I put a scoop on my oatmeal every morning along with blueberries and I have no more problems with diverticulitis. I also drink plenty of water.


General Feedback

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.

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)
05/09/2013

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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

Replied 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.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, USA)
05/10/2013
2105 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.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
05/10/2013

Wendy, first look at what you are eating.

Replied by Kathy
(the USA)
05/10/2013

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.

Replied 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

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Posted by Diane (MN) on 05/29/2019
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Has anyone had diverticulitis symptoms continue for more than a couple months? Mine have improved but are still there even though milder. Sometimes just moving causes discomfort sort of a soreness or just a very mild pain

. I've been using GSE drops for two weeks twice a day, was doing three and cut down because things had improved and then tried once a day but went back to two because I thought the symptoms might be increasing again, how long do you use the drops, and how long are they safe? I still haven't added many foods back in so mostly I'm still on a softer low fiber diet, it's hard to tell if a food I've tried to add back in is causing a problem since I still have mild symptoms? Anyone had this continue so long?

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
05/30/2019
194 posts

Hello Diane,

My brother suffers from diverticulitis and has been helped by drinking homemade kefir morning and night on empty stomach, and by eliminating all grains and flours from his diet. He has also eliminated sugars and the only sweet he eats is fruit. The kefir helps because it is full of diverse anti inflammatory good bacteria, probiotics. I know this is (particularly) helpful because I make the kefir, and due to my own illness was unable to make for a week. My brother, unable to drink the kefir, ended up in hospital for two weeks. Yes I felt absolutely terrible, but on the plus side we were all able to see how beneficial it was for him. I would aim for kefir, but other probiotic foods are organic (unpasteurised) miso paste, tempeh, sauerkraut, kombucha, natto.

Best to you.

Replied by Mia
(MN)
09/05/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Hi there,

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in 2012 and I had it 3x in first 3-4 years. It was awful experience...then I started my research ...got across GSE and ACV taking that religiously every day for 3 yrs now 1tbs of ACV and 5 drops of GSE every single day ...and no diverticulitis so far...I couldn't find anywhere for how long you can take GSE...I keep taking it and I feel wonderful...good luck dear...BTW I'm from MN to...;)

MariAnn
(IL)
09/25/2019

Hi there, I too suffer from this What is ACV and GSE? Thanks

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar and GSE = Grapefruit Extract

VICKIE
(British Columbia)
04/27/2020

Isn't it grape seed extract, not grapefruit seed?

Replied by Paula VanBeek
(United States)
04/04/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Check out the book 'Great Taste, No Pain'. It's a life saver!


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Laura (Va) on 02/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Have had about 4 or 5 diverticulitis flare ups. Each time, one table of Grapefruit Seed Extract cured the sharp pain in my left abdomen fast. It can be bought at health food store or online. I'm so thankful to know about this, because I'm terrible at handling pain!!! I take it most of the time to prevent further problems, and it is helps with inflammation as well.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Marc (New Jersey) on 11/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Shawn
(Wv)
12/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Was your grapefruit seed extract nutribiotic. In a white and tan squeeze bottle. I've been taking that since my last flare in June and haven't had another. I've had four total and the last two were feb and June. I take 12 drops daily and also I take oil of oregano capsules by gai. 2 a day. They are expensive but supposed to be best quality. I'm having twinges now so I will double up on both until they stop. Shawn female 54


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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.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Dondi (Malibu, Ca) on 09/10/2016
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GFSE is a miracle worker for diverticulitis. Had several attacks 2 years ago for which I took Dr's intense antibiotics which made me feel like my intestines we're ruined. Took a month to get back to my normal. I've done many things since then to prevent more attacks but for my last two (year and a half apart) GFSE worked as fast or faster (less than half a day) than the antibiotics to completely stop the pain and then another half day for a natural release of the infection and raised sweaty temperature.

I also used monolaurin (an antibacterial coconut extract) at the same time, so to play it safe I'd say use both.

One (and only one) good word for allopathic meds. Along w the antibiotic prescription, Dr's will usually prescribe an anti-spasmodic which really does help with the painful spasms until the GFSE kicks in.

I do keep the diverticulitis antibiotics on hand as a fallback but hopefully we'll never have to use them again. Also, Very Important, if u don't already know this : don't eat when ur having an attack, stick w water juices and Aloe. Just google what to do for a diverticulitis attack and you'll see Mayo Clinic or other reputable site telling u how to handle the acute phase. Just go very easy on food for a day or two after ur better so as not to damage ur still sensitive intestines.

Replied by J
(Vermont)
11/19/2016

How much gse did you take and for how long?


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Posted by Lt (Texas) on 08/06/2015
5 out of 5 stars

For Diverticulitis - Tried the GSE skeptically ... after 24 hours... I'm better... not totally over it... but able to get around and do some things... I will be incorporating this in a daily regime... but for now.. relief is good...


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Fra-fra (Mineral Wells, Texas) on 03/26/2012 11 posts
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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

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)
10/23/2013

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?


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



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