After reading comments on this site, and on the Mayo Clinic blog for Grover's I tried the Cilantro for my Grovers. My case extended down my arms and legs and was unbearable - causing sleep loss.
My dermatologist was skeptical and chuckled at Cilantro but it does work.
I bought a large high speed blender and do 5 bunches with frozen fruits Ginger & Honey, and then pour this into a plastic pitcher to last all week. I have noticed the itching goes away sometimes and I will reduce my intake and the itching then comes back - but as long as I get about 1 bunch in every 2 days the itching is at a minimum.
In reading about Grover's a good amount - there is some commonality where cause appears to be tied to - Drastic temperature change exposure (to & from Florida trips), exposure to deodorant skin pore clogging soaps, Mercury/Metals (fish etc), Mold, bacteria, or the Shingrix vaccine.
Some have found relief or cure from metal cleansing treatments - but there are cases of people contracting Grovers after metal cleansing treatment. Some have found cure with mold / bacteria treatments. Light sun exposure does seem to help but the ultra ray medical procedure doesn't seem to have much success and the steroid injections provide only temporary relief if any.
Cilantro is very good for the skin and has cleansing filtering properties which may help clear the Metals, Mold, Bacteria enough to temporarily stop the symptoms.
Cilantro seems to work!
I was first diagnosed with Darier's Disease in 2017, but I didn't think I had that as no one else in my family has this problem. It was a very small area at first. Every year it seemed to get larger. I moved to Florida and it started really spreading. Tried all those things everyone else has tried, steroid creams, Retin A as suggested by dermatologist. Never helped a whole lot. I finally went to another dermatologist here in Florida as it has been horrible! Did another biopsy and said it was Grover's Disease. That made much more sense to me. I can't do any exercise in Summer as it is just insane how miserable this disease is. The only relief I did find was washing myself with Hibiclens, which helped heal the itchy, red, spots on the trunk of my body - my back and front abdomen.
So once I received this diagnosis, I started searching and found this site. So I did try the smoothie cilantro recipe. I just used a bunch of organic cilantro, banana, and orange juice. After about 3 days, I started noticing it looked better and the itching started to subside. Now I was also sick from a cold, which caused this to rear its ugly head. Which Doc confirmed that can cause it to make an appearance. I am pretty sure that this cilantro made it disappear. I couldn't believe how it cleared up to where you can't tell I had it. Unbelievable, as usually if it does get better, I sometimes have lingering spots that take forever to clear... usually would be months. So I am a believer.
Thank you to whoever figured this out! Very grateful! I now drink a smoothie about 2x a week and I'm good. Not sure if I should only do this when it flares up, or maybe if I drink it every once in awhile, if it will keep it away. Definitely try it!
My grover's is 90 -95% gone since I started cilantro and cilantro-chlorella tinctures several times a day. Sauna followed by modified citrus pectin and activated charcoal (just a half to a whole teaspoon) helps keep the itch away.
Since finding out about the Cilantro "cure" I tried it and it worked for me. I shared my findings with The Mayo Clinic Grover's Disease support group and almost half of them tried it and it worked for them as well. IT WORKS WELL for most sufferers.
Grover's Disease: I've now been trying cilantro for around 10 days and I think I'm starting to feel a little less itchy, so I'll keep it going for a bit.
I found an easy way to down the cilantro without a smoothie that adds lots of carbs and sugar. In a Nutribullet I mash 15 – 20 grams of fresh cilantro with 12 cup of frig-cold water, then I drink it in about 5 – 6 gulps. But here's the trick – I keep my epiglottis closed while I do it, so I taste nothing. It's the same as pinching your nose, only easier. Anyone who's done a little snorkeling will know what I mean. Try it now: Breath through your open mouth but not through your nose. That's it, you've closed off your epiglottis.
When I finish drinking, I rinse the cup with a little tap water then rinse my mouth and spit it out. Then, with my epiglottis still closed, I rinse my mouth with a little Listerine or similar mouthwash. Then I start breathing through my nose again and there's no cilantro aftertaste. The last couple of days I've tossed some parsley into the brew. I might even try some kale. HTH :-)
It appears Cilantro Extract is helping my Grovers! I'm taking it 3 to 4 times a day plus using Witch Hazel twice a day. Looks 80% better. I use Butt Paste and Triamcinolone every now and them as an adjunct!
Cilantro worked again!! Half a bunch of organic fresh cilantro per day for 3 weeks and my skin is now completely clear!! I had Grover's on my whole back, upper legs and stomach area. This is the third time I have cleared it up with cilantro!! I highly recommend this to everyone. It's inexpensive and easy. Best wishes to all!
I am cured of Grovers. I did 3 changes in my treatment
1. half bunch cilantro smoothie daily for 60 days.
2. stopped eating shellfish, crab, and shrimp.
3. 2 ounces of honey daily.
My Grover's went away 18 months ago and has not returned. The pain and torture of Grovers is the worst thing I have ever endured. Now I am cured!!!
Cilantro extract successful for Grover's disease
I was officially diagnosed with Grover's disease about a year ago after a decade of a relatively mild form. About a month ago we were leaving for Hawaii and my trunk and chest were covered in bright red spots. After Googling and finding my way to this site, I found the herb pharm extract at Whole Foods and brought it with me on vacation. Within a few days, things started to clear up. When I returned from vacation I stopped with the extract and the Grover's immediately returned. I restarted, use one dropper every day, and I am completely clear. I am usually somewhat averse to natural remedies (after growing up in a home hostile to medicine), but was desperate after my dermatologist could offer no other options (topical steroid didn't work). He (as well as I) am stunned by the results. I have no idea how well this will work for others, but it absolutely has worked miracles for me.
I have had Grover's for at least the last 25 years. Flare-ups are coming more frequently and more intense lately, which is so disheartening. Sometimes my small bumps actually break open, bleed, hurt and sting. Soap and water really aggravate my outbreaks and I do suffer even more right after my shower. I too have tried all the dermotologists and their treatments and use steroid pills when "the rash" is at its worst - and I do get some relief but only during the 8 days course of steroids. In desperation, I looked online for a "natural" idea or supplement to help with GD. I found this site and I have eaten 1/2 bunch of cilantro for the last 2 days. I will be on my 3rd 1/2 bunch at lunch today. I have eaten it raw in my food. I have not tried a smoothy yet. I also took a Benedryl before bed last night to help with the itch.
I have to say, I do see a small improvement of my GD outbreak in just the last 2 days of eating cilantro. If this works, I will be eternally grateful to this site and this group. I will keep you all posted.
My husband has Grover's. We read about Cilantro tea on this site. He has been drinking it for a week and he has seen tremendous improvement!
I just put a handful of fresh cilantro in a saucepan, cover with about a cup of water. Bring to a boil, then turn on low for 20 minutes. Keep the lid on the pot.
Grover's disease is caused by build up of heavy metals, cilantro works because it chelates these out of the body.
(Raton N M)
I have Grovers Disease. I knew I was in for it when my Dermatologist looked at my back and said "OH WOW"! Three other physicians came in and looked with the same look in their face. They took pieces of my skin and determined it was grovers. So after a week of prescriptions and I wasn't getting better, I tried this cilantro smoothie.
I added blueberries, a squeeze of fresh lemon and ice to the smoothie. It wasn't that bad. Nothing to report after three days, BUT on the fourth day the itching calmed down. Then a daily progression of no hive like lesions on the inside of my arms and no hives between my legs. I been on the smoothie for about 10 days and what a difference! Bumps on my all but disappeared, just a slight occasional itch, nothing more than normal. All I can tell you it worked for me! Give it a try.
I'm thinking about cutting down to every other day to see what happens. I'm amazed and no I stopped all meds when I started the smoothie. I haven't had this for that long, maybe a month, but sometimes ya just gotta try something other than drugs. Ask me anything if you want. Thx for reading this. Charlie
This worked for me!! I had a mild case of Grover's and after eating 3 cups of fresh organic cilantro per day for 3 weeks, it was completely resolved. I blend with banana, yogurt and almond milk and can make a four day supply at one time. Give this a try!!
I started the cilantro & chlorella smoothie routine 7 days ago on the 21st of March 2021. I put in the blender a full 1/2 a bunch of fresh cilantro plants straight from Whole Foods (stems and all) plus berries +/-3 or 4 chlorella tablets & pour in some protein drink so it's a drinkable fluid. Despite the huge amount of cilantro in this concoction of +/-16 oz smoothie it tastes great. I have done it for the last 7 mornings without fail.
Sadly, it's had zero impact so far. I promise to report back next week. I just turned 60, white male, very active & healthy. Had a biopsy that confirmed Grover's aka TAD about 10 years ago. It never really goes away. It is 100% limited to my trunk area meaning my core. It is all over my back (Shoulders down to beltline) and on the lower half of my front down to just above my belt line. Head, arms, ass & legs have always been clear. It has never been to itchy but really unsightly. Sucks to have it. Cilantro would be so perfect if it works because it's so good for you in so many other ways and I have always loved the taste of it. So I'm gunna keep trying for at least 8 weeks. Appreciate other comments. Kind regards, Robert from Chicago.
I just thought I should post my experience here so that others may know about this as well. I am a male of shall we say mature years and a long time sufferer of Grover's Disease (20 Years). I do not seem to have the severity that some unfortunate people report here but it is enough for me to seek a solution. I recently discovered this site and decided to try the cilantro/corriander shake treatment after experiencing a major flareup.
I have been having a half bunch in a shake each day for the last 18 days and I am amazed to report that for me this has made a huge difference. I nearly want to say it is a complete cure but at least cautiously advise that it has removed all signs and symptoms of Grovers for me. The red stinging bumps and itching are no longer a daily battle for me to endure. I would judge my level of affliction before as moderate but with flareups and nowhere as severe as some sadly have reported here.
I don't believe that the other ingredients of the shake make much of a difference to the overall efficacy as I have mixed and matched with various ingredients but always include the half bunch of cilantro/corriander. For me, I generally use either blueberries or watermelon and MCU oil as a base and mix it up from there using a blender. I also include 50g of natural sauerkraut to help with gut health.
I will continue for maybe another 12 days or so and then cease and see if it comes back again. Hopefully not but at least I now know that I can return to this method of treatment if it does.
For anyone contemplating trying this, I say what have you got to lose.
It tastes great, it's natural and it is just healthy food overall.
Good luck to all in these difficult times we find ourselves in.
This is the just about best remedy I have seen anywhere for Grover's Disease. I do hope other members try this; it certainly is the best, simplest, cure for most sufferers of this awful condition.
My husband suffered with Grover's for several years and now, finally, his rash has gone (although he has other itchy rashes too). He used a very similar protocol, the key being Cilantro (or Coriander as we call it in UK). It's a miracle herb. When he was taking zinc, Lipo Vit C, D3, K2 (always add K2 if taking D3) and probiotics, they didn't help until he started Cilantro 23 days ago.
I've been following the cilantro smoothie plan religiously for 2 1/2 months. I figured why not, if it is a "crackpot" idea it shouldn't hurt to try. After 2 weeks my new outbreak of GD stalled, didn't get worse. After a month the itching and pain was still not advancing. I would consider my itching and pain minor compared to normal outbreaks. Then in about 1 1/2 months my papuales started diminishing and some scabs came off and itching almost totally gone. No pain now and it is such a blessing to be able to lay on my back or sit back in a chair or not drive a car hunched over the wheel to keep the pressure off my back which hurts. Today am 95% better. Pink scarred skin with 95% of papuales gone. Most my recurring outbreaks last 6 months. On the Inspire eczema site we have a discussion going and about 50% of us are having tremendous success for what we call "The Cilantro Club". We learned about this treatment not from a doctor but from a blogger who read about this treatment on your site. I will keep up this smoothie for life as many I have read about go off once symptoms abate to only have it return. Thanks to who ever started this discussion!!!
Hi All: I was diagnosed over 4 years ago with Grover's on chest/rib area. After close to a year of Western Medicine I talked with an acupuncturist. Made a remedy of: couple tablespoons coconut oil (warmed to liquid) and about 10-15 drops each of these essential oils: frankincense, chamomile, lemon and cilantro. It will solidify to a salve. Applied 2-3 time a day. Cut the bumps/itch by 95% within several weeks. Now use regularly am - pm to keep it at bay. Just had minor surgery on both knees....guess what? Sleeping on my back and sitting in a chair with legs up...brought Grover's to my back...and almost my entire back (right shoulder blade spared so far). First time ever on my back. Am applying cilantro essential oil directly to bumps and then my "remedy" on top (3x/day). Has reduced the itch by 60% within 2 days. Will keep you posted. BTW: Chinese medicine loves cilantro because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
I have been on a cilantro smoothie diet for three weeks and have seen almost no difference in this horrible disease. True some of the itching has been reduced but nothing else. l intend staying on it for one more week.
I just wanted to add my support for cilantro. My terribly itchy Grovers only subsides when I'm eating ~1/2 bunch of cilantro per day. When I go on vacation and can't get it, the itching and bumps come back. When I get home, I eat cilantro regularly again, and it gets better. How can we spread the word to the medical community? It is frustrating that none of our dermatologists are knowledgeable about, and supportive of, the cilantro cure.
I am a 55 year old female diagnosed with Grover's about 3 months ago. It has been unbearable for me. The itch and rash covered about 80% of my body. So far the only relief from the itching that I got was using Sarna lotion after a hot shower. It gave me enough relief from the itch to fall asleep. But I'd have to get up during the night to re apply but it isn't as effective as when applied immediately after a shower. The only thing that gave me total relief was from taking 20-30 mg of oral steroids a day! But I felt awful on them. They changed my mood and made me puffy and miserable. I do not want to poison my body any more so I have weaned off of them. My last pill was today but the rash and itch started coming back a couple days ago. I have been drinking a cilantro smoothie with a half bunch of cilantro for the past two days, and have been applying Zinc oxide after showers. So far I can't tell if it's helping, but I will keep it up for a week or so and get back to you. Fingers crossed it will work for me like it has for others.
I am a 58 year old male that has had Grovers for approximately 11 months. Like others my primary doctor had never heard of this hideous disease, so I went to a dermatologist who did a biopsy. She actually knew when I first took my shirt off just by looking at it. I took many steroid creams and pills the first couple of months to no avail. I decided after nothing worked to stop taking anything bur benadryl and hot showers. I didn't want to poison my body any longer. I know hot showers are not good for the skin either, so limited the water to very warm. I am now trying the cilantro + chlorella. I am 6 days in and have to say the rash on my chest is about 40% gone. The itch however has not receded at all. I will report back unlike some others my progress as time goes on. I hope this is a cure as my life has been negatively altered. I hope everyone else that has this the best of luck.
I am a 51 yr old male from Los Angeles. I have had Grover's for about a year now, very bad, on my back and then creeping up my neck to behind my ears. Doctors could not cure it, prescribed Clobetesol to soothe symptoms: of zero help. I read up about fresh Coriander (cilantro) possibly curing it online -- I have ingested 6 bunches per day in shake for the last 4 days: EPIC SUCCESS!!! Grover's disease is currently 90% GONE all over my body (!!!!) There are still remaining scars and 'receding bumps' but nothing is tender to the touch or itchy AT ALL any more. My back feels like it is completely new: I had forgotten what a 'normal back' feels like, without constant irritation. The only side effect: my neck is very raw for some reason. Not with Grover's -- there are no bumps -- it feels like a sunburn. My theory is that the coriander loosened a bunch of heavy metals that are now flowing around in my bloodstream, some exiting through neck pores. For this, I have now added Chlorella which supposedly grab the now-free heavy metals and send them out via normal bodily waste disposal. But the 'raw neck' is a VERY SMALL price to pay for the EPIC SUCCESS of curing the 'incurable' Grover's disease. It is INSANE that my healthcare professionals did not know about this. This is a CURE for a rare (but not THAT rare) disease, with stunning, immediate, pharmaceutical-like potency. I can only guess that it is because the cure only cost me $15 in cilantro per day -- it is not very profitable.
I ingested four bunches of cilantro in eight days mixed with some fruits in the blender and I didn't have any relief to my terrible itch... What's wrong???