Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Aloe, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Papaya Enzymes
Posted by Alyson (Leesburg, Va ) on 09/12/2013
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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!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Wholly Holistic (Little Rock, Ar) on 10/04/2013
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AMP-ed up aloe vera likely saved my life. Physician had me on two strong antibiotics to cure diverticulitis leaving me with strict instructions to take ALL doses. Within two days, I was having what I call rigors (muscle rigidity) and felt close to death! When by the grace of God, I awakened that next morning I told my husband I would NEVER take another antibiotic in my life. After researching on earthclinic.com, I dispatched my husband to the health food store to buy several items! But the one that made the most immediate impact was ALOE Vera juice with AMP. Within 1 hour I was better and by the afternoon I was 2000% better!!!!! It is now a part of my daily regime, although it does taste like drinking hydrogen peroxide.


Aloe, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract, Probiotics
Posted by Peteremond (Mobile, Al) on 10/23/2013

Gary, That is amazing that you got such great results. Since your posting back in February 2013, how have you been feeling? What brand and dosage of aloe vera juice helped your diverticulitis pain? Thanks!


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Carolyn (Thousand Oaks, California) on 02/27/2012
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Hi Everyone, I hope some of this info helps any of you dealing with diverticulitis. I have been taking papaya enzymes, aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar with blackstrap molasses, for a week and WOW what a difference. My tummy feels so calm and peaceful. Also, I am doing juicing with lots of veggies twice a day and eating or trying not to have any gluten. I feel amazing after just one week, it's truly a blessing, my tummy feels as though I have a heating pad inside, making it feel so peaceful and calm. Have been dealing with diverticulitis for 3 years and had a foot of my colon taken out, and finally I was just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!! I'm so happy! Thanks to my Aunt for telling me about this incredible website!! Thank you Earth Clinic!! =)


Acid Alkaline Diet
Posted by Erica (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) on 09/15/2011
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My mum has been following an acid alkaline diet which has really helped heal not only her diverticulitis but ulcers too. She no longer takes any medicine and is can even eat foods that she couldn't tolerate before - though in moderation!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Bridge (La) on 12/10/2017

Well I can't say that nuts and seeds actually “cause” diverticulitis; however, if you have an unknown flare up and consume these foods, the situation will be exacerbated. I can tell you my first flare up ever came after gorging on peanuts on a road trip and every other flare up I have had since then has been a result of eating cucumbers or popcorn, cashews, peanut m&m's, okra, corn, gumbo made with roux (oil and flour paste) tomatoes, raw broccoli, excessive roughage etc...I can also say this has been the same for my mother, oldest sister and only brother so this has been my experience and that of others. Also, I am a nurse and I have seen quite a few patients with flare ups caused by the same.


Warning About Colon Cleanse
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Juan (San Jose, Ca) on 11/08/2014

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


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Eileen (Lancashire) on 03/07/2021
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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?

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Peter (CO) on 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.


Horseradish, Garlic or Tummy Vibration
Posted by Don (Michigan) on 11/22/2018
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The treatment that helps to clear my diverticulitis is an old type wide belt tummy vibrator. I use it two or three times a day and in a 2 or 3 days the colon pockets empty out.

The treatment to clear the bacteria depends on the pathogen. Most times pure horseradish clears it in a day or two. One rounded teaspoon 3 times a day. This current time horseradish did not match the bacteria but raw garlic did. About 5 sliced raw garlic cloves per day. Eaten throughout the day as pain returned. Took 3 days to clear.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Shawn (Wv) on 12/12/2017
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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


Colloidal Silver
Posted by Kimberlee (Stockton) on 02/17/2016
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I am in the throes of healing my first bought of diverticulitis. No antibiotics for me but my this was my remedy:

Grapefruit Seed Extract (15 drops 3+ times per day), Triphala Herb (2 capsules 3x daily), Aloe Vera Juice (1/2 cup 4x daily), Restore4life (1 tsp. 3x daily), Collodial Silver (ACS200 - 10 sprays 3x daily), Probiotic (1 capsule, 1x daily), DGL (1 lozenge, 2x daily), daily vitamin & mineral supplement and clear liquid diet. Pain lessened within 24 hours; completely gone within 4 days. My bad - re-introduced a couple foods too quickly. Colonoscopy scheduled :-(


Oregano Oil
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.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Brenda (Fort Worth, Texas) on 04/10/2012
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Well I am on my third bout of diverticulitis and my friend found this site. We went out immediately and bought aloe Vera juice. Today I was totally miserable for hours then remembered. I have the aloe Vera juice. I drank down an ounce and I am telling you in seconds I started to feel better. That was at 10 :33. It is 10 50 and for the last 10 minutes I have felt so much better!!! Lord I hope this is real.


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


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.


MMS
Posted by Michel (Montreal, Quebec) on 02/18/2012
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Hi all, I worked as a mechanic on a septic tank vacuum truck. Few months later I got diverticulitis cure by conventional medicine but within a month symptoms came back. I did not feel like going back through the medical stuff again. I put 15 drop mms with citric acid and drank. 2 hours later my colon drained itself and my toilet bowl looked and smelled like my septic tank. I was fine after. I don't think 1 drop would have cure me and gradually increasing the dose may have given the germs a chance to adapt to mms plus a heavy dose cause my colon to go into. Flush mode to rid itself of the irritating chemicals and drastically reducing the germs count. It worked.


Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya
Posted by Momto2 (Mn) on 03/30/2014
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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
Posted by Lynn (Douglas, Ga) on 01/19/2017

You can't fill the pockets, that is what causes the problem, when something gets caught in there, it causes an infection to start. I read a lot on this, I have it and all things point to a low fiber diet.When you get an attack, stop eating solid foods and go liquid all day, let your intestines clear out. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, aloe tabs, help immensely .


Aloe Vera Juice, Papaya
Posted by Jobie (Minnesota) on 01/21/2017

Wildbill62 is correct. This is a serious conditon and not always apparent how bad the infection is, but it does progress until you need surgery or you get a perforation that kills you. Make sure you get a proper diagnosis, and initially you should be taking flagyl as this is an anaerobic bacteria and there are not many things that can reach that kind of infection once you have it. I HATE antibiotics but after researching for alternatives (which I have yet to find) for this horrid drug, I will bite the big bullet. Aloe will make your gut feel better but beware of claims that it will heal this kind of infection. Also, make sure you are on a liquid diet. Juice your vegys, make bone broth, Dr. Mercola has a good basic recipe on his web site for that, and take a good probiotic as well because any antibiotic will destroy the good bacteria as well as the bad. Eating wisely for this condition will help keep it in check after you are better.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Janet (Alexandria, La, United States) on 10/21/2010
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GSE has kept my Diverticulitis at bay for 2 years. At the first dull ache, I drink 2oz orange juice mixed with 15 drops of GSE. Stir well as you drink it, because the GSE settles to the bottom instantly. Repeat 2-3 times a day, then decrease the drops in the following days as you improve. If I take one dose daily or every-other-day, using 6 drops with 2 oz orange juice, I never have attacks. This has kept me free of attacks for 2 years now.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Gabrielle (Schuylkill, Pennsylvania) on 05/15/2010
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I found out I have diverticulosis the hard way... when it became a serious case of diverticulitis with a perforated intestine and peritonitis. I had to have a foot of my large intestine removed during emergency surgery and spent a week in the hospital.

Since then I've only had a couple minor bouts with pain, as I'm very careful what I eat now. However, this past week it became a daily problem - both pain and occasional nausea were really dragging me down, making me feel miserable.

I finally checked earthclinic and read the post about grapefruit seed extract. Lucky for me, I have some. I tried the 12 drops / glassful of water and within the first hour my symptoms were diminishing quite noticeably. After four hours they had completely disappeared. I did take one more "dose" six hours after the first one and, so far, I'm feeling great!

Now I know what to take - not sure if I'll do the daily regimen, as the stuff tastes rather unpleasant, and I rarely have any problems - but having it on hand certainly makes me feel better.

Thank you SO much for this info! You've saved me a trip to the doctor and taking antibiotics (which I hate to do).


Pink Himalayan Salt
Posted by Ellen M. (NY) on 07/09/2021
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I have been using Aloe AMP by Serovera it's helped quite a bit. I have had gut pain about every 5 to 6 days now for months. My last test showed I had diverticulitis. I also used grapefruit seed extract drops about 7drops into George's Aloe liquid. It all helps the symptoms but I was still having pain. I cut out nuts and high fiber foods for now because it would seem to bring on pain. I know the Aloe AMP can take a few months to heal my diverticulitis so I will continue with that, it's expensive but I found the brand mentioned for under $90. on Amazon. There's a book called Bible Salt by Saifon Ching that Really is making a Big difference, I didn't buy the book but she explained that pink Himalayan salt can heal the gut if you add water to a a few chunks of the salt in a jar, filled with water. I used a mason jar 8 to 10 oz. of filtered water do not use a metal lid top. I take a sip 3xs a day followed by a gulp of water. WOW what a difference it has made it's about two and a half weeks now and the pain is very slight almost gone and happening less frequently. You can find her video on u_tube, she explains how to and how much. I just had to tell you all the good finds I made guided by prayers for help from the Lord. I believe our body can heal itself given the correct natural remedies.

Pink Himalayan Salt
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 07/09/2021

I was reading aloe could be harmful to diverticulosis on long term basis.....in the diverticulitis section in here. So strange you have this pattern. Patterns like this would have a root cause along the same pattern occurring. You might like, Eric Berg link below. I use desiccated beef liver to keep my body calm, while my body attacks the supplement my liver can heal. Also I feel led to add that msm the sulphur our body uses and has less as we age, need vitamin c to repair our tissues and the gut is one long muscle and magnesium is the mineral for muscles. Plus your collagen may be under attack and it would make the gut sluggish in flexibility. GSE is a good choice, might try some coconut water and Himalayan salt to hold water in the gut to keep it from congestion. Blessings to you, charity

Aloe Vera Juice

Posted by Alyson (Leesburg, Va) on 02/15/2016

Better But With Side Effects

I have been taking Aloe Vera Juice (Whole Leaf) for over two years for diverticulitis. I was just in the ER twice in one week with heart issues, low potassium and electrolyte imbalances. The cardiologist suggested it could be the Aloe Vera juice and had me read a few articles, including one from the Mayo clinic, that have severe warnings about internally taking it which described almost all of my symptoms. I'm wondering if anyone has heard any dangers about it? I was happy taking it and really thought it worked; now I'm not so sure.

Reply 6 Replied by Robert H.
(Mount Pleasant, Sc)
07/05/2016

Look for Aloe that is made from the fillet and NOT "Whole Leaf" The latex lining of the green outer skin contains laxative ingredients and the side effects listed by the Mayo Clinic. Almost all Aloe on the market is processed with activated charcoal to remove the latex component.

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Multiple Remedies
Posted by Steve (MN) on 04/19/2020
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I am an otherwise extremely healthy 40 year old man who has had 7 cases of confirmed diverticulitis over a 10 year period. I'm otherwise incredibly healthy, not over weight, exercise daily, and on the SCD diet. I've maniacally researched natural cures for an acute flare up after tiring from the Cipro and Flygyl routine offered by my doctors. I've also read countless books, scoured many articles and blog posts, and have met with three naturopathic doctors who specialize in diverticulitis/osis.

Here is what works for me. I share this in hopes you can pull any info and apply to your healing journey that may work for you.

At first awareness of onset, I rotate doses of 15 drops GSE [Grapefruit Seed Extract], 10 drops oil of oregano, 1 dropper of olive leaf extract. One of those supplements taken per hour. It's important to dose aggressively for the first 1-2 days while on a liquid diet. If you can get ahead of the infection early, you should be able to prevent complications. Once symptoms subside, the schedule changes from hourly doses to 5/6 rotating doses per day until symptoms are gone. This timeframe varies by individual, but 1-2 weeks is typical for me. I also incorporate castor oil packs placed on the inflamed area 1-2 times per day until symptoms are gone. It is important to supplement with a high quality probiotic following this treatment because your good gut bacteria will be destroyed along with the bad bacteria you are trying to get rid of. And remember that diet and food intolerances causes low grade inflammation which is a contributing factor in most attacks. The book “breaking the vicious cycle” has helped tens of thousands of people heal over the course of a few decades. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone suffering with diverticulitis like I have. Remember you can easily heal, but it takes time, planning, commitment, and dedication. It's not easy or fun, but it beats the alternatives of hospitals, prescriptions, and surgeries. Best of luck in your own healing journey.


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