Diverticulitis Treatment: Natural Remedies

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 Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)
10/23/2013

Cheryl,

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?


MMS

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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.


Multiple Remedies

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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)
04/22/2020

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)
02/16/2021

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

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

Art
(California)
02/16/2021
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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


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Posted by Sophie (Victoria, Bc) on 12/24/2018
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I had always had bowel problems, since teenage, which I considered to be IBS, and then recently had a bout of diverticulitis (first time) that ended in a hospital stay and recommended surgery after my recuperation - until I realized that surgeons generally know and care about little but operating. I put surgery on hold, and through Earth Clinic and other sources developed a regimen that may be half placebo, but it works!

I begin the day with a small glass of plain organic kefir and a probiotic capsule (35 billion microorganisms, 15 strains - be sure to include B. infantis) sprinkled with baking soda. I end the day with a glass of warm water with 1 tsp ACV, 1 tsp lemon juice, sprinkled with cayenne. I make sure to have 6 to 8 glasses of liquid a day.

My most important discovery. Several medical sites mentioned that many developing world people have no such bowel problems (which, through straining, etc., lead to diverticulosis). Usually they attribute it to diet. One medical researcher attributes it instead to their use of the squat toilet, which places their bodies in a better position for bowel movements. My husband and I fashioned a sort of deck to surround my toilet so that I could use it in this way. It's actually quite beautiful, stained to match the woodwork - looks like something you'd see in an Indonesian hotel. Magic!!!! It's as if I never had a bowel problem. So regular and easy that others might say it's boring

I have great hope for the future. I don't know which change is the decisive one (I know I wouldn't give up the squat toilet for anything) but they are all easy to put into practice, so I will continue with the lot.

Replied by Gtcharlie
(Los Angeles, California)
12/25/2018

Re the Asian squat, the simplest way is to take the stepping stool out from the closet, place it in front of the toilet bowl, after you sit down, rest your feet on it and bend your upper body as forward as possible. Lift your heels as much as you can so your belly touches the thighs. Then do your business.

This position will gentle the pressure on the anus, thus helping those who suffer from hemorrhoid, or those who love to sit on the toilet bowl playing their cellphones for hours!

Bon Voyage!


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Posted by Soazburrolady (Arizona) on 12/02/2016
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Having been prone to diverticulitis flare-ups for over a decade, I almost immediately recognize the symptoms and reach for my "go - to's: aloe vera capsules (can't abide the taste of aloe vera), an increase in probiotics, grapefruit seed extract, and simethicone. Normally, within a few days, I am completely better.

Last week, I followed this protocol and was stymied when, though the diverticulitis was somewhat better, I was suddenly constipated and consequently developed a hemorrhoid. Enough, already! Obviously, I needed to augment or alter my regimen. So, I added a few more drops of 5% Lugols to my usual 6 drops, used a vitamin E suppository to relieve the hemorroid, added grape seed extract, and, most significantly, reread constipation cures in Earth Clinic.

I come to this site 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes more, and am so grateful to those who post and change my family's life for the better. This time I learned that a treatment for gallstones and kidney stones could also relieve constipation and therefore hemorrhoids. So.....I added olive oil (2T) mixed with lemon juice (2T). Including a pinch of sea salt makes the mixture taste like salad dressing and entirely palatable. Today, I woke symptom free.

So, one more time, thank you Earth Clinic. BTW, my husband uses the olive oil/lemon juice mixture for kidney stones - works every time!


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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!

Replied by Tc7
(Toronto)
06/15/2016

I am responding to myself as an addendum. This cure I described works, but the cause of my diverticulitis is worth mentioning - now that I know the cause, the cure will not be required again. I would have symptoms (bloating, pain) of diverticulitis concurrent with a toothache. I noticed that symptoms arose when I sat at my desk. On my desk is a wireless modem. The tooth that ached was the only one with a filling. As cell phones will make earrings hot, so the modem was heating my tooth AND the colloidal silver in my gut (which did ease symptoms of diverticulitis when I was not near the modem).

As soon as I killed the modem, symptoms were GONE and have not returned. My house is now wired, no more wireless. I have fewer floaters and sleep better now also (after a week of no wireless). I had to share this info so I made a video called "WI-FRIED", you can find it on YouTube.


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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!! =)


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Posted by Jessaka (Tahlequah, Ok, U.s.a.) on 10/24/2011
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I tried a lot of these remedies. As for the Grapeseed Extract, I read that it could cause problems, but my other thought is, if it kills bacteria, then it could kill all the good bacteria too. I could be wrong.

What someone told me to do, as she had, is to take Paul D'Arco tea 3 cups a day and to take probiotics. I failed miserably on drinking the tea 3 times a day, but I took a lot of probiotics, and it helped. Then I had one small pain in my colon, and I didn't know what to do about that. It dawned on me that it could be gas, so I took some charcoal capsules, and it went away.

I am still drinking noni juice in case it can heal the pouch I have. But I also plan on buying some papaya tablets, but I am drinking the juice.

Personally, I think it was the probiotics that helped most.

Replied by Carol
(Okanogan, Wa)
11/17/2011

I took used those for my ailments and saw a great improvement, don't give up. Taking pharma drugs have some many dangerous side effects.


N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG)

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Posted by Jfrankbadasz (Usa ) on 05/08/2018
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i just joined this site to say how helpful this diverticulitis thread has been and specifically the mention of NAG (N-Acetyl Glucosamine), which I hadn't 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.

I have varied between 3-6 grams a day.


Noni Juice

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Posted by Mary (Honolulu) on 01/17/2007
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About 10 years ago I got diverticulitis and peritonitis and was hospitalized for a week. My doctor told me that I would need an operation on my colon once I got healthier. My friend gave me some homemade noni juice to drink every morning and I took it for the 6 months after my hospital stay. When I went back to the doctor for a 6 month check up and to schedule the surgery, I no longer had any bad spots left on my colon. There was no reason to have surgery. My doctor put up the before and current xrays of my colon and asked me "What the heck did I do to cure myself like that!" I now make it myself and take it every morning.

Replied by BRENDA
(COLUMBUS, MS)
05/16/2009

I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE RECIPE FOR THE HOMEMADE NONI JUICE. DOES ANYONE HAVE IT? I KNOW SOMEONE WHO SUFFERS FROM DIVERTICULITIS AND NEEDS HELP. IF ANYONE HAS THE RECIPE PLEASE EAMIL ME. THANKS BRENDA

EC: Here's one article we found: http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/29210

and a how-to video here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1288432/how_to_make_noni_juice/

Replied by Lynn
(Highland Park, Il)
02/18/2013

We were in Hawaii and went to an organic noni processing plant. We tasted the noni juice, bought the capsules and continue to buy the capsules. The capsules give me energy, and may have helped me avoid getting sick so far this winter. But I do want you to know that noni juice tastes terrible-people described it as a cross between pineapple and stinky cheese. Nevertheless, I am going to order the juice to try it on my diverticulitis. I have an episode now, despite taking the capsules. But I imagine the juice is more easily transported through the bowel. I can tolerate the taste of a few capfuls- you don't have to drink a lot to get the daily dose they recommend for general health. Good luck on healing yourself!


Oregano Oil

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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.

Replied by Jessica T
(Utica)
03/31/2015

Do you take internally in droppers or capsules?


Pine Oil

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Posted by Paloma (Idaho) on 09/17/2019
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Siberian pine nut oil soothed a family member's stomach and intestines that were painfully inflamed.


Psyllium, Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract

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Posted by Max (Coolum Beach , Queensland) on 11/14/2007
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I recommend psyllium husk I take 5 teaspoons a day with plenty of water for preventing Diviticulitus, it works. Just get the powder from the supermarket.

Replied by Max
(Coolum Beach, Queensland)
10/02/2011

Update - Have found that raw virgin coconut oil taken each day helps with diverticular disease. It has Lauric acid in it.

Replied by Coolumax
(Coolum Beach, Queensland Australia)
10/21/2011

Update October 2011

I now have a routine that I sticking to Coconut oil each day. 2 table spoons. Psyllium husk 5 teaspoons after evening meal with plenty of water. 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract a day.

Replied by Coolumax
(Coolum Beach, Queensland)
01/31/2012

No attack for 6 months now, I take 3 tablespoons of Coconut oil a day. Changed from psyllium husk to GROUND Chia seeds.


Salt Water Cleanse

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Posted by Misty (Indiana, Usa) on 02/07/2014
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Salt Water Cleanse for Diverticulitis: Dissolve 2 tsp non-iodized, natural salt (such as Himalayan pink salt or sea salt) in 1 liter warm water. Drink in the morning on an empty stomach. When you first feel the urge to go, just resist the urge and let the solution "brew" in your intestines for about 30 minutes (or more if you can stand it). When you feel you can't stand it any longer, visit the toilet. This will likely result in one semi-solid defecation and 3 or more liquid ones. Avoid eating anything until you can go one hour without evacuating your bowels (which takes about 5 hours for me), then have light meals for the rest of the day. Repeat in 2 days, increasing the salt to up to 3 tsp, if you are not feeling any better. Once you are feeling better, it is important to eat a high-fiber diet and drink plenty of water to prevent flare-ups.

I first decided to try this remedy after having a flare-up due to taking calcium/magnesium/zinc tablets (calcium can cause constipation). After suffering for a few days with pretty severe pain, I figured I would try this remedy. I believe this remedy works by dissolving the contents of diverticula while reducing swelling and inhibiting bacterial growth. The next morning, I woke up pain-free!

Note that using iodized salt in this remedy probably will work but is dangerous because it may result in iodine poisoning. For best results, use filtered water or boiled tap water. I would advise doing this on a day when you are going to be home all day because you'll feel the urge to run to the bathroom throughout the day. Avoid passing gas when not on the toilet because it will probably not just be gas!

Replied by Sanjay
(Portland, Or)
02/07/2014

Hi Misty, is it 1 tsp or 1 Tbs? I just wanted to reconfirm. Thanks, Sanjay


Sea Salt

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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.



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