Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Grapefruit Seed Extract

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Posted by Believer (Franklin, Tn) on 10/09/2011
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Diverticulitis and Grapefruit Seed Extract... Thank you Earth Clinic! My husband was about to have surgery and I found this information. He started taking the grapefruit seed extract and NAG (natural pills that help to heal the mucus membrane). He hasn't had any pain or flairups since then!!!! At his follow-up colonoscopy they only found a few MILD diverticulum and the doctor said, "you loook great! ".

Replied by Jfrankbadasz
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i just joined this site to say how helpful this thread has been and specifically the mention of NAG, which I hadnt heard of....the other things helped with the probable infection, but it is NAG that has stopped most of my abdominal discomfort in the matter of days...also my sinuses unclogged and my skin is soft as can be as well...highly recommended


What is NAG?


N-Acetyl Glucosamine

I have varied between 3-6 grams a day.

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Posted by Richard (Omaha, Nebraska) on 09/30/2011
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I found this site very helpful. Had divert a year ago and did the standard antibiotics. Now I make sure I use GSE if any first signs appear, also heaping tbsp of psyllium every day, if I remember! Regardng the theory of small seeds affecting the bowel, at least two good doctors in omaha tell me its an old, unproven idea, searching I found comfirmation on webmd and the mayo clinic site that there is no proof that seeds affect.. However, one should keep track of what you eat and determine what affects you. Maybe you will or are bothered by seeds of some sort. you know best how your body reacts to food.

Replied by Taylor

Seeds DO seem to bother me, but I am curious to know if you had any stomach troubles when taking the grapefruit seed extract? I also have a VERY tender stomach and ulcers as well as diverticulosis. I would love to try anything that might help with the pain, but I'm afraid it might cause pain somewhere else. I would appreciate any experience you may have had in that regard.

Thank you.


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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.

Replied by Monica
(San Diego, Ca)

Hi, I am extremely interested in finding out where can somebody buy the GSE oil? I live in San Diego and I've tried different places. I found the pills but I've been told that the oil is for cooking, so is there a specific place where I can get it, or is it really the cooking oil the one you mention? Also, If I got the pills can I start taking them daily and how many instead of the oil? Please reply, I am desperate trying to help my boyfriend with his diverticulitis problem. Thank you.

Replied by Jayne
(Seattle, Wa)

Monica... You're getting GSE (grapefruit seed extract) mixed up with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is for cooking. Grapefruit seed extract can be purchased at any health food store or natural foods market in either capsules or in liquid drop form. The common brand I use is Nutrabiotic.

Replied by Janet
(Alexandria, La)

Where to buy GSE (GRAPEFRUIT Seed Extract): 1) You can purchase it on the Internet. 2) Whole Foods carries it. 3) Some non-chain Health Food Stores carry it. I have never found it at a chain health food store. If your hometown healthfood store does not carry it, just order it off the internet.

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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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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).

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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.

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)


I'm so encouraged by your mom's experience with Grapefruit Seed Extract. Did y'all use the capsules or drops? How is your mom doing these days?

Replied by Margaret
(Barrie, On)

Did your mom continue to take GSE everyday or just when she had a attack?

Replied by Sherri
(Hutchinson, Mn)

I have had three severe attacks of Diverticulitis, in two months. I ran across testimonies of people about using GSE to cure (or treat) this disease without antibiotics. Can anyone give me any updated information, as all the posts are from 2009?

Replied by Patricia
(Waco, Texas)

Thank you for posting! I too was thinking there is no other solution. I'm 52 years old / 135 lbs / clean eating / vitamin taking person and the desciption of your mother is exactly like me. Multiple attacks in a short period of time and prognosis is possible full removal of my colon. What was the dosage/frequency that you gave your mom?

Replied by Eileen
(Sumter, Sc)

I would advise you to research the safety of GSE. I have had numerous attacks of diverticulitis and used GSE. Not that effective for me. After reading a lot of research on it I won't use it anymore. But some people I am sure benefit

Replied by Kristin
(Kamuela, Hi)

Aloha. Omg I'm 34 And had to go to ER for tummy pains, come to find out I have diverticulitis, 😬 I did not want to take antibiotics given, due to that fact one: I don't even take Tylenol or anything for minor cold or even flu, which I rarely ever get and, two: I have a baby and breast feed only. So with being told I was gonna have to pump and dump and old turkey my son, um not thanks. I'm now taking colloidal silver and garlic and sipping ginger tea and taking probiotic, but this GSE seem to be A need to add. Anything safe for my baby as well as me. So breastfeeding ok while taking you think or know of???

Replied by Patrick T.
(Redding, California)

I would love to know how your mother is doing with her diverticulitis now that it's been some time. Is the GSE still working for her? I'm having a light bout of it now. I've had to take the antibiotics 6 times since 2009. They are rough and I'm wondering if the GSE is a longer term way to beat diverticulitis flare ups. Wishing your mother well, Patrick T.

Replied by Shawn

Is it still working. What brand do you use and please let me know the daily regimen. I have had an attack in feb and now one in June. Female 53. Thanks

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Posted by M F (Mineral Wells, Texas) on 09/18/2007
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In the past I've been troubled with Diverticulitis to the point I had to take anitbiotics. This would happen about every 3 to 4 months. I started taking Grapefruit Seed Extract when I'd feel an attack coming on. I would take 12 drops in a glass of water 4 times a day. After about 4 days the pain would subside. Then after several months I would have another attack and do the same. I finally got smart, I take 12 drops (GSE) in a glass of water each and every night with out fail. I am now free from the attacks and when I do feel like an attack is coming on I do the 12 drops (GSE) twice a day and soon go back to just once a day. I hope this helps others that are bothered with this condition, it has made a big difference in my life. I don't like to take antibotics. I have just found this web site and am really interested in reading about all the different cures and remedies. I'm going to try several of those mentioned.

Replied by Joan
(Endicott, NY)

Comments to Noni juice Honolulu, HI I am writing to ask if the sender will share her recipe for the homemade noni juice that seemingly helped her diverticulitis... I am 75 years old, had my first attack of diverticulitis yesterday, went to ER, was diagnosed, and today have been searching the web.....5feef3

Replied by Jeff
(Bath, UK)

Guess what, the tablets my wife takes for high blood pressure, stops her from ever using, grapefruit, in any form. So maybe Noni?

Replied by Kailani
(Lahaina, Hi)

I have been dealing with this painful affliction for 6 years. Terrible attacks of 3 to 4 a year. I recently tried the GSE a couple times a week but did not drink the 12 drops every evening. I am going to try the 12 drops every night and see if I have better luck. I want this debilitating madness to end. Has anyone else tried it recently?

Replied by Ti
(Houston, Tx)

Grapefruit seed extract works miracles when combined with high quality vitamin C.

Usana has an amazing product called proflavanol-C that has both these ingredients. Google usana and read about it. I have been taking 2 per day and it has done wonders for my overall health.

Replied by Hef
(Ontario, Canada)

While doing some research on Grapefruit Seed Extract.... I found something which is making me skeptical of using it:

Grapefruit seed extract may owe its antimicrobial action to toxic chemical additives.


Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano Oil

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Posted by Raymond (Matawan, Nj) on 02/24/2013
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I have been hospitalized once, and have had three severe attacks of diverticulitis. Now when I feel an attack coming on I start taking 12 drops of Grapefruit seed extract and 6 drops of oil of Oregano 3 times a day. This has been enough for me, to prevent any serious attacks.

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)


What brand of oil of oregano do you use?

Replied by Raymond
(New Jersey, US)

Hi Peter, Sorry it took so long to respond. I don't go on to the web site because I'm doing so well with no flair ups! Most brands work well, but find a brand with more "Carvacrol" Some brands use to much olive oil.. I happen to use "Swanson" oil of oregano which is much more affordable. Have faith in taking GSE and Oil of Oregano; these herbs work very well with NO side effects!

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Posted by Dave W (Connecticut) on 05/27/2019
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All these things most likely work. People are great about sharing things like this. For my Diverticulosis IMMEDIATE relief while waiting for these other things to work: a heating pad held firmly against your painful area works great. Sometimes it is all I need. I saw where someone wrote a warm bath helps. This is the same premise, only faster. Trust me, it feels great right away. HAPPY RELIEF.

Replied by Sara
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Thank you so much! I'll be trying other things to treat the underlying issue, but in the meantime, the heating pad worked to get me back on my feet. So glad you posted this.

Replied by Ellen
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A hot water bottle also works great!

Homeopathic Magnesium Phos. 6x

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Posted by Chelsea (AK) on 07/27/2020
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During an attack of diverticulitis, I tried a homeopathy remedy, Magnesia Phosphorica 6X. At first I took it every five minutes but it worked great, thank God! All the glory to God!

Horseradish, Garlic or Tummy Vibration

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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.

Lemon Water Enema, Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Cheryl (Bacliff, Texas) on 09/29/2012
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I have Diverticulitis and have had several attacks through the years. A few years ago, my first attack landed me in the hospital while visiting my niece in Denver. I was in the hospital for 9 days with just an IV pole for fluids. When I got back to Houston, I called my friend that manages a Nutrition center. I told her about my predicament. She asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 where my pain level was, I told her it was 50!! She told me to get two lemons, squeeze them into a hot water bottle, add warm water and do a lemon water enema and then call her back when I felt better. Well, 20 minutes later.... I was just shocked that that pain level was almost GONE. She told me that the lemon helped to eradicate the bacteria out of my system. She then said to get Activated Charcoal tablets, take 5 (but no other medications before or after for 4 hours since the charcoal would absorb them)... The next morning do the same thing, warm lemon water enema and 5 more Activated Charcoal Tablets. I'm telling you, this is the FIRST thing I do when I feel an attack coming on. Diverticulitis doesn't own me anymore. I hope this has been helpful information!

Replied by Ed2010
(Oakville, Canada)

Lemon water enema, means you just drink it or the otherway round? Explain that will be helpful for others. thanks

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)


That is amazing that you got relief sooo quickly! Do you think you would get the same relief with just a regular warm enema? Was the lemon irritating to your rectum or colon? How much water do you use with the juice from 2 lemons?

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Posted by Kiwidel (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand) on 12/12/2012

Hi, I have suffered from this disease for a few years now and it has got to the stage where I cannot eat any green vegetables (I may as well take a laxative). Does anyone have any ideas on how I can replace these, or better still, take something so that they dont have this affect ? Would be grateful for any information as it becomes very draining.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky)
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Kiwidel: along with many other recommendations for this condition I recommend Magnet Therapy as it can bring immediate anti-inflammatory action to the colon (thus improving healing conditions). Wear a Magnetic Belt over the colon area at least 2 hrs day.


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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.

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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.

Replied by Dawn
(United States)

Thank you Steve. I'm on the right track just need to get GSE and Olive Leaf Extract. Also looking for the book you recommended. Thanks again for your advise!

Replied by Carolyn
(Toney, AL)

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


Hi Carolyn (Toney, AL) -

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


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.


Hope this helps.

Take care,


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