Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Diatomaceous Earth

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Posted by Karin (Wilmington, Nc) on 08/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Diatomaceous earth prevents my diverticulitis attacks. After trying a number of alternative treatments for this recurring problem, none of which helped, I discovered diatomaceous earth. I had eliminated many foods, but the problem kept getting worse until this discovery in March, 2014. Since then, I've only had one minor episode when I skipped my dosage for two weeks, and stopped the attack from getting worse by taking two doses spread a few hours apart. I can now eat anything I want with no problem!

Initially, I took one tablespoon in half a glass of water -on an empty stomach- twice a day, but after a month, it began to hurt my stomach, and I began spreading out dosages. I now take it once a week and feel cured!

It is extremely important to only use Food Grade diatomaceous earth. There is a version of this used for swimming pool filters which can be fatal! The food grade is quite safe to ingest, but be careful not to inhale the dust which can damage lungs.

The attacks, which had been worsening for years, are now history.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn.)
08/11/2015

HI U KARIN, , , , , , , , as all know, I's smart, jus slow. Here is my understanding of food grade DE. This is a mined product, so I buy it at our agri co-op in 50 # bags and it is all food grade. We also buy horse MSM from the co-op instead of the pharmacy and at the same quality and 1/3 the price.

Folks get hung up on this quality crap. H202 is classic. Bill Munro used the brown bottle stuff for over 25 years and cured two cancers with it.

What I get nervous about is using DMSO. There I am cautious because this solvent will take garbage and all into your body. My wife does my back where I have crushed vertebrae and she washes her hands before using the lineament and then the DMSO.

To me it's a common sense thing. I wash my hands after a bowel movement, but not when I take a pee. Your fresh urine is sterile. Why should I wash my hands? In a public restroom, all want to be PC and I get looks when I don't wash. It's an ignorance thing. Read and when you get tired, read some more.

ATS ======ORH==============

Replied by Art
(California)
08/12/2015
1335 posts

RH,

Urine may be sterile, but people can have a UTI and not be aware of it, in which case the urine can carry the bacteria and the person not be aware of it. So with a healthy urinary tract, the urine could be sterile, however the penis and scrotum including the surrounding area can be a bacterial breeding ground, both good and bad. A good exposure to a wide variety of bacteria can be good for helping to maintain an effective immune system, but over exposure to a lot of bad bacteria can definitely have a downside.

I don't normally get urine on my hands when I urinate, but I definitely handle my penis and surrounding area at that time and I do wash my hands under those circumstances. I'm not a totally PC person, but I do wash my hands after taking care of business.

Art

Replied by Rebecca
(Houston)
12/02/2016

Then why not wash before you handle your penis, seems to make sense to wash before instead of after.

Replied by Geoff
(PA)
06/28/2021

Karin - please give us an update on whether you feel DE is still keeping your diverticulitis attacks at bay?


Dietary Changes

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Posted by gdeal (Indiana) on 08/02/2019
4 out of 5 stars

I have been thru the ringer on GI issues top to bottom. I literally hit the floor one day and couldn't walk. I had five abscesses, Peritonitis, sepsis etc. lived on antibiotics before five surgeries in a row. I had 18 inches of my colon removed and an iliostomy for awhile. I am alive but the antibiotics caused permanent tendon damage. No more surgeries or antibiotics for me!!! Some things I do for my digestion instead of scripts... drink lemon water before eating it alkalizes the stomach, great for acid reflux. I only drink distilled or reverse osmosis water. For inflammation, I make fresh ginger juice and add a bit to a 'lemon shake-up'. The lemon masks the ginger taste and has lots of vit. C.... Add more ginger for constipation, it will work better and faster than any medicine. I also take magnesium daily. My surgeon said eat nuts and such just do not get constipated ever. The ginger/lemon shake up is the best I have found. You could probably add the other remedies I read on here to the shake up. Especially the ones that do not taste good like aloe, grapefruitSE, Noni. For the shake-up honey is recommended, I use agave because i do not like honey and lemon & it mixes easily. Fresh lemon juice, water & for the ginger juice-I grind up the root with water, strain the ginger back out, freeze into ice cubes. I use one cube in a drink or more if constipated. They do sell lemon/ginger juice at the store but it is potent tasting.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Reyna (California) on 05/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Guys I found a cure but I stopped it because everyone's different. it's called the keto diet but I started seeing blurry n I freak out alot so I stopped but I had lasik surgery about 3 or 2 years ago so if something changes in my body I don't understand I freak out. my worst fear is to go blind so I stopped it but I had no symptoms.

75% fat 20% protein &5% carbs but u have to eat alot of vegetables so I add like 70 % veggies and alot of animal fat only with protein about 10% I know the percentage is not correct but that's what worked for me but I swear it helped. Now to find out whats going on with my eyes I'll see. Good luck guys


Dietary Changes
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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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 Carolyn (Toney, AL) on 02/16/2021

Please help, my Diverticulitis is so severe I'm in pain and my bowels are slow to move.

Replied by Tessa
(Okanagan)
02/16/2021

Hi Carolyn (Toney, AL) -

On the diverticulitis page here on Earth Clinic, aloe vera juice seems to be one of the more popular remedies:

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/diverticulosis-diverticulitis-treatment.html

My cousin uses the low FODMAP diet for her diverticulitis (the diet is also for IBS, etc.). As long as she stays on it, she doesn't have too many problems.

https://www.medicinenet.com/low_fodmap_diet_list_of_foods_to_eat_and_avoid/article.htm

Hope this helps.

Take care,

Tessa

Replied by Art
(California)
02/16/2021
1335 posts

Carolyn,

Talk to your doctor about using a high quality probiotic as discussed in the following article for diverticulitis:

https://www.europeanreview.org/article/19316

Art


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

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

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
2077 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 https://www.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 hessy (atlanta) on 06/15/2022 3 posts
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Came back from vacation- eating too much BBQ and got hit with an acute case of Diverticulitis/pain in abdomen, upper left Quadrant, right below my ribs/under my ribs a bit. Read some posts and the editors pick post was very helpful and followed it and my pains were all gone in 2-3 days with now maintaining if I feel anything.

I took 200-300 mg of the Grapefruit seed extract 2 x a day - about 500 mg thruought the day total-

I got it quickest in a capsule form - so I opened up the capsules and poured the content into water with some electrolyte flavored power (I use Ultima powder)

Also I used Jarrow NAG - 2 x a day

Drank Aloe Vera Juice as recommended - about 2 ounces, 3-4 x a day

1-2 Dropperful of Slippery Elm Bark liquid

Almost immediately after using the 1st round of GFSE, I felt relief a bit - within 48/60 hours of starting this regimen I am pain free and eating again. Was doing mainly liquids, fruits and cooked veggies. Now after 4-5 days of no pain, I'm back to fairly normal with chicken and other foods. Haven't had any Beef, Brisket or BBQ yet! Def feel like the GFSE was the main component that helped but all 4 things played a part. I also take digestive enzymes daily as a routine and a variety of supplements Wow! Gotta thank this thread and EarthClinic - My go to place anytime I have health related issues!


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Rick W. (Munster, IN) on 02/10/2022
5 out of 5 stars

I found out about GSE after stumbling upon this site. I was originally diagnosed with acute Diverticulitis at the beginning of January, and was placed on a 10-day regimen of Levaquin and Flagyl- of which I completed. It took a good 7 days on both antibiotics for the pain to go away. After the cycle, I switched to a high-fiber diet, per recommendations from the Dr. I thought I was free and clear, and finally in "maintenance mode."

Fast-forward almost a month after my first flare up, I had a second- and more severe, flare up the first week of February. Since I had just completed a cycle of two strong antibiotic/antifungal, I did not want to go through a second cycle, at the risk of developing C-Diff. So I purchased some GSE, Slipper Elm extract, and Aloe Vera juice to try instead.

I've been taking 12 drops of GSE mixed with 1 full dropper of slippery elm into 8oz water- 3 times daily. In addition, I am drinking 5 oz. of aloe vera juice once in the morning. Just as the antibiotics, it took a good 7 days for the pain to completely resolve. But as I already mentioned, this flare-up was MUCH worse than the first one. As far as I can tell, the natural combo of GSE, Slippery Elm, and Aloe Vera juice works AT LEAST as well as the antibiotics; and they won't mess up my gut like antibiotics will.

I'm planning to stick with the aforementioned dosage until I've completed 10 days; then I will decrease to just one dose of GSE and aloe vera juice per day for maintenance. I think I've found a winner to keep this under control moving forward!


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Rebecca P. (Georgia) on 08/07/2021
5 out of 5 stars

GSE totally and completely healed diverticulitis by using it 2-3 days straight 8 drops 3 X day .. I suffered for years and found this on EC and started that night then for 2 days. That was in 2012 and I have never had another attack since and today is 8-7-21 .. no one believes me but that is the truth.

Replied by Kari
(Colorado)
09/13/2021

Do you use it everyday for preventative measures? I had a diverticulitis attack about 3 years ago, and I think I'm having another one. I used to use the grape seed extract everyday but I haven't for about a year, I think it really did keep the diverticulitis at bay. I just went and bought some more, hopefully I can get through this without going to the ER.

Hidee
(USA)
02/19/2022

It's NOT grape seed extract. It's grapefruit seed extract that you want for the infection.

i noticed people are getting this confused.

Replied by Intanet
(Bronx, Ny)
10/21/2021

Hi,

Were you using the maximum strength or the regular strength?

Thanks for your help.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Eileen (Lancashire) on 03/07/2021
4 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone.

I have had pain in my left side on and off for a year and sometimes felt like I had a fever, shaking, nausea, bowel problems, and now affecting my bladder. etc. My G.P had only ever done urine tests but they have been normal. I think I have diverticulitis and I'm waiting for a scan to be done to confirm or not.

After reading the comments here, I have been taking Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) @10 drops x 3 times a day plus aloe vera high strength and slippery elm for 3 weeks, which I feel is just keeping me stable until I get a diagnosis. I'm now just taking the GSE and each time I reduce it to twice a day I start to feel not well again. ( infection symptoms)

I have changed my diet. I am eating porridge, some fruits and lots of veg. I can tolerate fish if not oily, but not meat. I only drink water or herbal tea. I take probiotics

How long is it ok to take the GSE for at full dose and is there anything else I need to do, please?

Replied by Peter
(CO)
08/05/2021

As someone that has struggled with this for over 10 years, I sympathize with you. I have have every symptom you listed. All at the same time, when it is at its worst. The bladder part is the one that tells me that I am in trouble. I wonder what your MG dosage of GSE is in liquid form? All I can say is that it should do more for you than just hold you over. Within a day or 2, you should note a pretty positive change. After a week or so, you should be mending quite well. I actually just posted my dosage today, but for simplification purposes, when I am in your condition, I take 2 - 250mg dry capsules twice a day. This brings me out of the woods quite quickly. All I can say is that when the pain gets to my bladder, I am one poor choice from ending up in the hospital. I cut ALL solid foods and cut right to broth for at least 24 hours, and if you can make it longer, do so. Fruits, vegetables and fiber are TERRIBLE for you at the state that you are in. You are actually aggravating your intestines with the vey things that are supposed to help you in the first place. Fiber is the enemy during infections. It causes your bowels to inflame and irritate more. Putting stress on already weak areas.

Once you are out of the woods, then you can cut back to porridge and eventually solids.

I know that I did not answer your question on GSE, because I think that you will find many subjective answers. What I can tell you is that the state that you say you are in is very close to the state that puts me in the hospital and at very high risk of sepsis. IMO, you cannot worry about how long you can take GSE (albeit, I feel that low doses daily is totally fine for me. Something like 125mg GSE.). You are trying to avoid permanent damage as well as toxic shock.

Probiotics are fine for the most part. Just know that some people, including myself sometimes get constipated from certain types. Find the one that works for you. I find that Visbiome and culturelle work best with my body.

One more thing to try: N-A-G. When I am in the woods, I add N-A-G to the mix. While I know that most of my issues alleviated from GSE alone. I've read quite a bit on N-A-G and it should definitely help. I find it more effective than slippery elm and agrees with my body more.

Good luck.

Replied by Intanet
(Bronx, N.Y.)
10/20/2021

I have read many posts of people finding relief from diverticulitis by using Grapefruit Seed Extract and, I am grateful to learn of their experiences with it but, it's the Type of GSE that needs to be clarified when posting dosage. Example: Nutribiotoic makes a Maximum GSE Liquid concentrate and also, a regular strength one. I have the Max strength one. The Max strength bottle says only one drop, but, the Regular strength bottle says 10 drops so, very different potency.

If someone who had had diverticulitis and found relief from GSE, would be kind enough to mention the dosage but ALSO, whether it was Maximum strength or the Regular strength version that they used, that would be great. Thanks.



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