Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric
Posted by John (New Smyrna Beach, Fl) on 05/04/2017
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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.

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.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Lee (Calif) on 05/05/2018

Yes, anyone can have an allergic reaction to any herb or plant that will detox you. Aloe is a very strong detox - makes me sick * don't listen to what the masses out there say -most are wrong even the docs and super food guru's -- ask within for guidance --psyllium will heal the divertic but small amounts at once.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Lisad (Cirencester, Uk) on 10/15/2014
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I've suffered with Diverticulitis for a number of years now as it comes and goes in severity. About 18 months ago, I had a particularly bad bout and it was time to see the doctor. He gave a course of antibiotics which I admit did make me feel worse before I felt better. I'm certainly not a fan of antibiotics but occasionally they are needed.

Obviously, a good course of high quality probiotics are indicated after using antibiotics... and of course anything that is going to improve digestive health with this condition is a positive thing. I personally like the Odos Choice as there are 30 billion viable organisms per capsule, about 8 different strains and they have to be kept in the fridge which for some reason makes me feel more confident about it - but I digress.

I have always been a fan of Aloe and I spend alot of time in France. They have a drink there in most shops that is basically just water and aloe and everyone drinks it for their overall gut health (presumably because of a rich food diet). I found though that it works miracles if you just use it (well Aloe in general) all the time, rather than when you are feeling under the weather as it's also a powerful preventative measure rather than a treatment.

I get very few problems these days as a result (although Aloe isn't the only thing I use every day but it one of the main things).

Yay for Aloe Vera - which tastes nice and sounds nice. :)

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Timh (KY) on 10/16/2014 2081 posts

To help empower your probiotic and get more bang for your buck, it is recommended to take a natural antibiotic like Grapefruitseed, Olive Leaf, or Oregano Extract before retiring and take the probiotic first thing when awakening. FOS or Inulin is also recommended as a pre-probiotic as it helps the digestion environment for proper colonization.

Another critical nutrient for colon health is Butyric Acid. Butyric Acid is found most abundant in Butter and gives it the kinda rotten smell. B.A. is rarely available in supplement form but is effective and would be highly recommended during flare-ups. Also the body makes B.A. as a byproduct of incomplete digestion of Wheat or Oat Fiber.

Back to Aloe Vera. I have been using Aloe on-and-off for yrs. I currently take two soft gels once per wk as a maintenance dose.

Aloe, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract, Probiotics
Posted by Alyson (Leesburg, Va) on 06/09/2013

Hi Diane, I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and have had eight mild attacks since August. I'm tired of the antibiotics and want to start the regime with the Aloe Vera, Papaya and Grapefruit seed extract. Could you please tell me what amounts your husband takes that made such an amazing difference? I have Cipro because I feel the pain starting again, but am holding off taking it until I can try a natural approach first. Thanks for any advice!

General Feedback
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/09/2013

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Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Cc (Fort Worth, Tx) on 03/30/2013
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I have not been "officially" diagnosed by a doctor as to whether I have diverticulitus or not - it could be IBS but my symptoms for diverticulitus are nearly exactly what others have suffered, so I tried aloe vera juice and grapefruit seed extract and probiotics (kefir). I was completely amazed at my relief after just a couple of days. I am fairly convinced it was the aloe vera juice for the most part because kefir and other probiotics have been part of my daily life for 10 years and I was still suffering. I will be consuming 8oz or so of the aloe vera juice daily for a while to see if I can avoid flare ups. I may add papaya enzyme as well. I was totally thrilled when my symptoms completely disappeared and felt normal for the first time in nearly a decade!

Lemon Water Enema, Activated Charcoal
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!

Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric
Posted by Xia (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/15/2015

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!!!

Grapefruit Seed Extract
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.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Mary (San Carlos, California, Usa) on 08/10/2011

I believe it is the seeds from the berries that get caught in the pockets of the diverticulitous in the colon that cause the problem, along with nuts and seeds like sesame seeds and so forth. This is what a Dr. told my friend who had a severe case of diverticulitis.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Angela (Atlanta) on 01/07/2021

They say nuts, seeds, and high fiber don't cause diverticulitis but if you do have it, you shouldn't eat them because they can cause a flare up. They are small enough to get caught in the sacs and cause inflammation or infection.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn. ) on 06/24/2015

HI U JEAN, , , , , , , , , most of us have Diverticulosis. Not an expert, but I thought this was a physical thing. So what has shots and antibiotics have to do with the problem? Your doctor need some jack?

My tractor driver had a bowel problem and she did a long colon cleanse and is now much better. We also do a colonic once a month. My suggestion is to research until you are sleepy and then research some more. Your solution is on the internet somewhere, your chore is to find it.


Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 06/25/2015 2081 posts

J: A common cause of Coon disorders is some type parasites. I would begin treatment for those higher up the chain than what the meds you got treat. The standard herbals are a combination of Black Walnut Hulls, Wormwood Bark, and Clove. You can find these in one supplement at most health food stores. In addition to these herbs I personally recommend adding Garlic and Oregano plus a spoon of Milled Flaxseed (cleans the colon from the inside out).

More info on your condition here https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/diverticulosis-diverticulitis-treatment.html

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Jenjen (Usa) on 02/07/2016

Regarding seeds - if you are forming normal stools, there should not be loose seeds and nuts floating around separately in the colon to get stuck anywhere - it should all be bound safely in the stool, which should slide through the colon with the natural mucuses smoothly past any imperfections.... That is why fiber is recommended - it helps the stool to form and bind correctly.

However I suspect, since clearly some people can't tolerate seeds/nuts, the differences between people may be due to some people not forming good stools, or not having normal mucus secretion in the colon, so loose bits might drift around or get caught up. So I don't think this is a yes/no issue. Just try to figure out for yourself what your risk factors are. In theory you should not have loose raspberry seeds by the time the food reaches you colon, but perhaps a few people do!

So I have not given up seeds and nuts, and will continue to work on having healthy stools to avoid future episodes. Glad to read about Aloe, I will add to the preventives. Thanks all.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Rhonda (Mb) on 03/10/2017

It was determined from a colonoscopy that I have diverticulosis, and am experiencing a bout of diverticulitis right now, but I have rarely ever in my life been constipated, so I don't believe that constipation causes it.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Mysicqa (Edmonds, Wa) on 11/12/2014
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ACV and cayenne worked for me within 1 hour, but only if caught early and no constipation involved.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Jayne (Seattle, Wa) on 03/22/2011

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 11/08/2014

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

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Intanet (Bronx, N.Y.) on 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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Art (California) on 02/16/2021 1056 posts


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



Apple Cider Vinegar, Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Mia (MN) on 09/05/2019
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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...;)

Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 05/30/2019 236 posts
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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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Reyna (California) on 05/25/2017
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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

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Chele (Little Rock, Arkansas ) on 12/18/2017

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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Tc7 (Toronto) on 06/07/2016
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I had no idea what diverticulitis was until I googled "pain lower left stomach". I juice fruits & vegetables everyday, but this is NOT a good idea when you have diverticulitis apparently - avoid anything acidic IE strawberries can set it off.

Thanks to EC, I found several treatments and employed all 6:

  1. Whole leaf Aloe Vera gel (6 tablespoons in a glass of water)
  2. papaya enzymes (2 chewable tablets)
  3. grapefruit seed extract (1 capsule)
  4. probiotics (1 capsule of 150 billion active cells),
  5. apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons in a glass of water)
  6. colloidal silver (two tablespoons)

I bought all these, took them, and had no symptoms after 1 hour. For short term relief (the previous night) I found that lying down helped, as did taking a hot shower. Smoking (previous night) made it flare up, so I am abstaining today. I will continue to take the daily recommended amounts of these 6 remedies, but considering the first round stopped the pain and all other symptoms, I can say this works!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Laura (Va) on 02/15/2016
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I have found a "big gun" for my diverticulitis. When the grapefruit seed extract and slippery elm isn't enough, and I start feeling the aching stomach signal that an attack is imminent, I have had perfect success with Colloidal Silver. Take two teaspoons and relief is within minutes. Thank God for relief from pain, because I'm a wuss and want to crawl in a hole when I'm in pain. The directions warn not to take this for more than 10 days. Hope this will help others who have suffered as I have.

Slippery Elm
Posted by Jb (Nsw, Australia) on 01/04/2016
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I have had occasional bouts of diverticulitis and have found slippery elm to be very soothing and beneficial. I generally make about 250 ml of warm water in a glass, place in a teaspoon of honey and stir. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of slippery elm powder and stir to a smooth consistency. It's quite pleasant to drink. I take this first thing in the morning and just before I go to bed.

I have also found grapefruit seed extract to be very helpful and works quickly.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Rebecca (Houston) on 12/02/2016

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

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 09/19/2014
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When push comes to shove, one can try a more expensive option for ulcers when lower cost options don't work. It cured my diverticulitis within two months. I used Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharrides. It did cost me $126 at full dose per month at 9 capsules per day. I was able to cut down to 2 capsules per day after 2 months. How fast it works depends on severity of ulcers. Some people can have results in a week. Once you get better, you can cut down your dosage.

You should be on a high quality pro biotic. Probiotics has also cured this condition. I assume you have tried that.

Aloe, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Papaya Enzymes
Posted by Suzann (Midwest) on 05/01/2017

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

Sea Salt
Posted by Planky (Ronkonkoma, New York, United States) on 06/11/2013 8 posts
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I have had good luck with taking sea salt in hot water at the first sign of diverticulitis. If it doesn't help the first time I take it again. I started with it one night and took the sea salt and had to take it a second time and woke up in the morning with no pain. I usually take about 1/2 t of sea salt to a cup of water.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Prioris (Fl) on 10/07/2013

I took the AMP capsules so the taste was irrelevant. Most AMP products come with 270 capsules although slightly different strengths but I did find one with 90 capsules and good strengths so lower cost for less severe condition. I had to take AMP capsules for a month and half before I found relief but many people find immediate relief within days or weeks. It depends upon the severity of the problem. Here are comparisons of some products: aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 10/23/2013

I used Aloe MP PLus. The capsules are pure AMP. I'm sure other brands will work.The chart on reviews will point out things to look for in an AMP product. It probably comes down to getting the most bang for your money.

General Feedback
Posted by Ed2010 (Oakville, Canada) on 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.

General Feedback
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, USA) on 05/10/2013 2081 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.

Aloe Vera, Papaya, Carrot Juice
Posted by Nancy (Arizona) on 12/02/2020

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

Aloe Vera, Papaya, Carrot Juice
Posted by Panya (Toronto) on 12/03/2020

Try a coffee enema. It should help!

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano Oil
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.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano Oil
Posted by Raymond (New Jersey, US) on 10/27/2014

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!

Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric
Posted by Vickie (Hot Springs, Ar) on 02/04/2015

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.

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