Cilantro for Grover's Disease

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Cilantro is an effective natural remedy for Grover’s Disease, according to thirty Earth Clinic readers. Some readers report lasting results when they take a handful or cilantro every day while a few others report only temporary relief of symptoms.

What is Grover's Disease?

Grover’s disease, or transient acantholytic dermatosis, presents as a rash on the back and chest with intense itching.

Doctors do not yet know what causes this disease or come up with a cure for it, but there are treatments to manage the symptoms.

Cilantro Remedy for Grover’s Disease

The cilantro recipe is very simple. All you need to do is consume a handful bunch of washed cilantro (organic if possible) each day. You can add the cilantro to a salad, smoothie, sandwich, etc.

Cilantro Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 Handful of Cilantro (approximately 3/4 of a cup)
  • 8 oz of Orange, Pineapple or Blueberry Juice
  • 1/8 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (optional)

Blend until smooth and consume immediately.

After 7 days, you should start to see an improvement in your Grover’s Disease symptoms. The rash and lesions should start to disappear sometime after the third day.

Some of our readers report doing consuming cilantro for two weeks before seeing an improvement. Others find results after only 3 days.

Continue reading below for feedback from our readers who have tried cilantro for Grover’s Disease. Please join the conversation and let us know if this remedy helped you!

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Posted by Bluebird (Canyon Lake, Texas) on 12/04/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Ed

New to the site and hopeful for the first time in a year of living with this wretched disease. It started about august 2019 and slowly crept around my body. For months I thought it was something else like a bacterial or fungus so I treated the area where the spots were with anti-drugs for both, topically. No help. It reminded me of an outbreak of poison ivy. I had had it bad on my hands and so much of the oil was in my system it broke out on my chest where I sweat. This looked like that and spread the same way.

I started soaking in a good sea salt which was zero help. I got so bad around my trunk I finally went to the doctor's office. He had no idea what it was but prescribed Triamcinolone 1% lotion which gave it very temporary relief from the itch but did nothing to stop further spread. I finally went to a Dermatologist. Had a piece cut off and diagnosed as Grovers. GREAT now I can treat it. He prescribed Calcipotriene .005% Cream which did not stop the spread or rid the symptoms so out of pure desperation I grabbed a tube my wife has had for many years called Vanos cream. It actually did stop the outbreaks and healed much of it so I went to the Derm doc and asked him to prescribe some which he had never heard of but he did find an identical formula called Fluocinonide .001% which worked the same as the Vanose cream It treated the symptom but not the disease. At least it cleans the skin up even if only temporary. So this is what I use for about three days sometimes twice a day.

It really helped but here I am 3:40 in the morning typing this in. Itch was bad tonight even if there is little breakout.

I believe the skin nerves are altered with this GD. Having always had sensitive skin. Not liking it rubbed hard with a brush or exfoliate cloth too hard. Now when this itch is in control I can literally rip it open with my nails and it feels good. I love my two back scratchers so what is going on here.

A squamous cell is one of three forms of epithelial cell found in epithelial and endothelial tissues: squamous, cuboidal, and columnar. All epithelial cells fit tightly next to one another as their primary role is to protect underlying tissues from the external environment. As fluids cannot pass through the gaps between cells thanks to tight junctions, all molecules are forced to travel through epithelial cell membranes. I read where a building block of this protein is an amino acid called L'Cystean. I bought some caps and have used them separately with no success. I still think this has merit but no one knows how much to take to get any changes.

This is where the GD does its thing. It interrupts this layer, separates the cells by breaking down these proteins, and erupts thru the top layers. Our scratching probably enables this so how we scratch may make a difference.

I often will only rub my hand for relief instead of digging my nails for that wonderful itch that needs scratching. I am saying this because awareness may stop us. It has to help because the only thing I have found, Fluocinonide, is not, but I will use it to relieve symptoms to some degree.

I have always loved Cilantro and eat it plenty but have not noticed it having any effect but I am optimistic here. I made a big smoothie today with a big bunch and berries, banana, orange juice, honey. Put in a little protein powder.

I made two smoothies and drank them a few hours apart. Tomorrow will do the same. If this has any effect I will be back.

(faithville, Us)

Health-Science-Spirit - Summary of Specific Health problems

Histamine is produced whenever there is a mineral or hydration imbalance and usually involves hives or itching

A hair analysis might pinpoint lack of one mineral or another . Bad gut flora or high cortisol from stress can make absorption of minerals near impossible. Stress causes body to rob peter to pay paul to make cortosol so you can run from the bear. Dhea and Pregnenalone and progesterone and other things lower cortisol.

Eric Berg on you tube has lots of teachings on cortisol.

Calcium needs~ D-3 K-2 all other minerals in balance and borax to go into bones and teeth and Threonine puts enamel on teeth .

Just some random insights you might find some helps . I eat defatted beef liver to keep my body from attacking my liver, maybe pork rinds might help your body stop attacking your skin.

Posted by Charlie (Clay County, FL) on 09/18/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by william

Hi Charlie. I've had grovers disease for almost two years now.using ointments with not much succes. I've just got seven packets..30grams a packet of coriander leaves.coriander is what we call cilantro over here apparently. Was wanting to know how much of it should a use a day a will get more of it .desperate to try anything. But as a say a don't know how much to use each day. Please let me know how many grams a day you use please..thank you

Posted by Kristen (Aliso Viejo, CA) on 09/12/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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!!

Posted by Robert B. (Chicago) on 03/28/2021
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Robert
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15 Day Cilantro Update:

On it consistently for 15 days with nothing good to report. Zero positive effect on Grovers. Also combined 1/2 bunch daily with Chlorella tabs during this entire time. Zero, nada, nothing. I did however introduce zinc oxide cream about 1/2 way through. Also, zero impact. The zinc oxide actually made it worse as the cream aggravated and made more raw the open sores. What zinc oxide does do is cover it up. So the appearance of the papules while the zinc is on is lessened. Wash it off and there they all are again.

Disappointing but I will continue on the cilantro and Chlorella since they are both great for you and maybe it takes a longer time. Potential chelation benefits are supposedly good too. I will use the zinc oxide cream (effectively diaper cream) sparingly. The cover up from the cream albeit strictly cosmetic is nice if you want to take your shirt off.

Replied by Madelyn

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Replied by Robert
4 out of 5 stars

Madelyn from Idaho,

sorry for taking over a month to reply, ...seldom on here.... I will check that book out. My cilantro smoothie is def an everyday thing. It finally (after 4+ weeks) cleared up about 75% of my Grover's rash..... down to almost to a "take my shirt off level"...not quite....then flared back up suddenly maybe cuz I took a few days off my smoothie routine....just didn't get to the store for more ingredients....will stick with the smoothie this whole summer cuz I like it and cilantro is so good for you. Also gonna get my metals measured.....should have started at the very beginning...oh well. I will check back. Some encouraging news but not the miracle. That's ok. Thanks again for the book suggestion. Happy Mother's Day. I will check back periodically.

Replied by Robert
4 out of 5 stars

Just continuing my update as promised. Still on the Cilantro smoothies every single day for three (3) full months (March 21st). Today is June 19th. I might have missed maybe 3 days if that. Also, I take chlorella tablets at least 6 and sometimes 12. I never miss the 6 morning tablets cuz I take them with my smoothie. I frequently (like 50% of the time) forget my 6 evening tablets. Grover's is still there. Seems to be down about 75% but it holding at that level. Could be just the "transient" stage. Remember the acronym TADS. So no miracle at all yet. But I am going to continue with the "C. stavivum"--its species name--probably forever since I like the taste and cilantro has a lot of purportedly other good benefits (good to Google what they are).

I would still love to hear from others. Very silent on this section.

Robert from Chicago. June 19,2021

Posted by AussieWayne (Queensland, Australia) on 01/08/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Hi guys,

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.

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, USA)
335 posts

That's very interesting - I just got some cilantro, which I HATE, aside from small amounts in mexican food. I'm extracting it now, creating a tincture, since I don't like the taste of it. Very interesting...although, my rash is nearly gone...

I wonder if Grover's might actually be herx? As in, someone eats or drinks something that is somewhat "cleansing" and triggers some die-off? Or the expelling of some sort of toxin. 20 years is a long time so...if that's the case, that would suggest some sort of continuous exposure to a toxin that is being repeatedly expelled by something in the diet - as opposed to bacteria or a virus or parasite. Since they don't know what it is, I guess it could be just about anything.

Very interesting...


I was just diagnosed with Grovers and I am a 43 year old female. I have had flareups for many years and always went away quickly but this time, it has been worse than usual. Someone suggested that maybe the flareups come from a cleanse and I think they are onto something. I recently did a cleanse and the grovers flared up worse than ever. Under my breasts, stomach and back. Nothing is working. I went to the dermatologist and got the steroid cream and its not helping at all. I used to use Exederm and that always worked after a couple of days. I started the cilantro smoothie (on day 2) so will keep everyone updated. Thanks for all the advice!

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The cilantro works. Stick with it. Think about adding some milk thistle to support your liver.


Posted by Janis (United States) on 05/03/2019
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Posted by Vicki (Portland, OR) on 03/10/2019
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by April

Hi Vicki, I noticed your post about using cilantro essential oil topically to help Grover's disease. Are you still getting relief from that? I'm about to begin trying that. I noticed that cilantro essential oil can also be taken orally if diluted with liquid. Have you tried that? It seems like a better alternative to do a "shot" of a liquid instead eating a handful of it everyday.

Posted by Sol (Boca Raton, Fl.) on 03/02/2019
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Martha
(South Florida)
1 out of 5 stars

I live in south Florida as well. Tried cilantro capsules (6 per day) and it did NOTHING...along with gagging over the large capsules, I would burp all day a horrible taste of the herb. Nothing is working and I am entering my 9th month of GD....such an insidious disease. Go to bed itching and wake up itching.

(Faithville, us)

I just bought some cilantro with chlorella liquid and it's suposed to help the detox be less painful. I use lugol's iodine and eat brazil nut for selenium and take minerals in balance and stay hydrated. Mineral imbalance can cause dehydration. It can take 6 months to rehydrate a body. Dehydration causes itching and hives. Grovers is supposed to be from plugged lymph system so the cilantro with chlorella would take some time to clear that up. I don't have grovers, but use cilantro to detox from metal fillings.

(United States)
5 out of 5 stars

From experience, the liquid and caps do not work nearly as well as the fresh. Please give it another try with at least a cup or two in a smoothie each day.

Nancy D.

I hear you Martha! My itching is worse by the day! I've tried all kinds of topicals and anti-itch medicine and oral, Itch meds, over the counter and prescription! I haven't tried the slots open I'm going to! Mine is in combination with hives. The hives come and go at but the groves stays! All I can do is pray! “by his wounds, we are healed." And ask Him how I am to deal with this disease.. Will be praying for you as well!! Blessings ..

Posted by Mike (Washington State) on 02/11/2019
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Nadine
4 out of 5 stars

I've used an organically grown cilantro pesto (bunch of cilantro, walnut, or olive oil, small amount ginger made in a blender or processor) for mercury detox. I took a tablespoon every morning with breakfast and then after a few days added a tablespoon at night with dinner. The pesto can be taken during travel in a plastic container for soft foods for babies (seen at Whole Foods, or Nordstrom rack). It will stay fresh as long as it is chilled. I use freezer packs in an insulated bag with newspaper covering the packs and the containers on all sides so packs stay frozen. **Suggest that research be done on how to safely detox with cilantro**. My "spots" didn't itch, but were incredibly irritating. None of the pharmacy topical prescriptions helped. Apple cider vinegar in a 50/50 solution following when dry with 15% zinc cream for baby diaper rash did help. Also, only can wear loose cotton clothing and need to keep cool (ice packs helped when breakout was at its worst).

Posted by Kim (Florida) on 01/28/2019
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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.

Posted by Jeff (Ventura, CA) on 01/27/2019
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Kim
5 out of 5 stars

Jeff, Thanks for the post. I was diagnosed about 3 months ago and it has been HORRIBLE! It was covering about 80% of my body and the itch was unbearable. So far only oral steroids have helped but I don't want to poison my body any more. I have weaned off of the steroids and my last pill was today but I feel the rash and itch slowly coming back. I just started the cilantro two days ago. I am hoping that it will help. I too will let people know if it works or not. I am keeping a positive attitude and hoping for the best.

(Ventura, CA)
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9 days and my skin is still improving. I continue to drink Chlorella with a glass of orange juice followed by a smoothie with 1 bunch of Cilantro every morning. The itch has receded about 90%. It still bothers me during the night, but is definitely better then before. Thew rash is about 60% gone. I have added 5,000 IU vitamin d for the last 3 days. It definitely makes me feel sick, but I am not going to stop. I no longer take hot showers as it dries my skin too much. Something strange is happening though. I got about 20 small black very painful skin tags on my lower neck/upper shoulders. They only lasted 2 or 3 days and fell off while showering. I have also lost several skin tags that have been on my neck for years. Maybe that's where the heavy metals are going? Not sure but will report back in a couple of days with an update. There is hope.

(North Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

I too have been suffering from this gd monster for 4 of the most miserable months of my life. This is my 2nd day of cilantro smoothies so I will keep everyone posted on my progress. This may be a dumb question but should I take off the stems? I've cut off the thicker ones.

(Hartford ct)

Keep stems on.

Replied by Jeff
(Ventura CA)
5 out of 5 stars

Ava, I use the stems and all. I am still seeing it recede at this time. The itching went to a burning feeling especially on my back. It seemed to get worse at first and then got better. Don't give up, it has tortured me for 11 months.

(North Florida)

Jeff, thank-you for the words of encouragement. I plan to keep it up. It is my third day and I had a very bad night. I can't believe this disease. It is absolutely the worse thing I've ever been through. I had never even heard of it till my recent diagnosis. It seems to evolve and spread. Ugh. I will keep everyone posted on my anticipated progress.

Replied by Jeff
(Ventura, CA)
5 out of 5 stars

Update: 13 days in and my rash is about 80% gone. I have very little itching. Occasionally some small spots itch, but nothing like before. If anyone is interested in the makeup of my smoothies, they are 1/2 a banana, 4 or 5 strawberries, 1 kiwi, several blueberries and blackberries, 5 or 6 pieces of pineapple mixed with some orange juice and 1 whole bunch of cilantro. Adding more banana somewhat kills the taste of the cliantro. I do take a teaspoon of Chlorella mixed with orange juice 45 minutes to a hour before the smoothie. I wish everyone the best of luck and god bless.

(North Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

Jeff, So happy to hear of your continued success. Thank-you for your update. My smoothie has essentially the same ingredients as yours, minus the Chlorella. I am on day 5, but no help yet so I'll definitely add it. I will keep everyone updated on my progress. I have only been using 1/2 bunch so I'll increase to 1 bunch a day. Best to all!

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Jeff, Thanks again for update. I am on day 10 of Cilantro smoothie (I've been using half bunch with just water and a little sherbet to kill the taste) So far I don't feel or see any improvement, but I will increase to a whole bunch and add the cholorella and change up the ingredients to better match yours and see if that helps. I am off the Prednisone and while I was on it, it cleared up the rash and itching but as soon as I was almost weaned off, the itch came back and new rashes are appearing. But it's not covering my whole body like it was, so MAYBE it's working??? I can't quite be sure yet. I'll update again in a week or so.

(Ventura, CA)
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20 days and still drinking a smoothie every morning. The rash is still 80% gone and it definitely is not as red. It kind of wanes. The rash can still appear when I take a warmer shower. I have to say my back is sooo much better. I used to feel thousands of bumps on my shoulder blades, that is almost completely gone. I'm going to say this is probably going to take a longer time to completely go away if at all, but with the minimal itch I think I can finally live a normal life. My self confidence is also back. I still give credit to the Chlorella and Cilantro. Kim and Ava, keep your heads up as well as everyone else.


Jeff, What form/brand of Chlorella do you feel has helped you?

(Ventura, CA)

Natures way powdered chlorella

(North Florida)

Jeff, Unfortunately I am on day 13 and the cilantro smoothies have not helped. Actually the itching and rash both seem to be worse. However I plan to continue in hopes it will work for me as it has for you and others. I hope you continue to improve and that it is working for Kim by now.

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Jeff and Ava, Unfortunately for me the smoothies are not working either. I completely weaned off of prednisone and the rash and itchiness came back full force. I went from a half bunch to a whole bunch of Cilantro to no avail. I will continue for a few more weeks, but sadly, I don't think that Cilantro is the miracle cure for me. I am super bummed. This disease is debilitating for me.

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UPDATE - I couldn't stand the itch , so I went back on Prednisone 1/15/19. I started with 8 pills (40mg) on day 1 and weaned down 1 pill each day for a week until done. But I kept up with the Cilantro (whole bunch) smoothies. I took my last pill yesterday. Usually a couple days before I I am done with the Prednisone (when I'm down to one or two pills a day) , I feel the rash and itch begin to come back. So far, I have no rash or itch! I am not sure if the Cilanto finally started working or if the Prednisone knocked it out. But I am cautiously optimistic that I have it under control. I don't want to jinx myself, but I honestly think the Cilantro did the trick after a little over a month and adjusting the amount to a whole bunch instead of half. It's still early. I promise to update in another week or two and let you all know if I remain itch and rash free. - On a separate note, I continue to research this disease and found another possible remedy. PABA. It has been found to help many people suffering from other skin conditions, rashes/auto-immune disorders like, sunburn/heat rash, pemphigus (autoimmune disorder causing skin blisters), and dermatomyositis (a muscle disease causing inflammation and skin rash). I also read where other people have tried it for different autoimmune rashes and found success. No specific mention of Grover's Disease, but thought there could be a connection and worth a try. l actually ordered some to try. But it hasn't arrived yet. I also may not need it. But if Grover's comes back I will give it a try. ps Ava, I gave my contact info to the email provided by moderators. Hope to hear from you soon!

(North Florida)

Hi Kim, I hope you are still doing better. I had a strong steroid shot so I have been a little better the last few weeks but am still drinking the cilantro smoothies in hopes it will help. Can't tell yet due to shot. Dermatologist is going to put me on dapsone so I'll let you know after I try it. I am going to resend my contact info to earth clinic in hopes we can talk. Wishing everyone the best.

EC: Hi Ava, we sent you both an email last week. Please check your email.

Posted by Max (United States) on 01/08/2019
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Sally
(Muscatine, IA)
5 out of 5 stars

Max, I am curious if your Grover's is still under control. I am a 55 year old female and was diagnosed and suffering from the horrendous condition for about 2 months now. It is all over my body and I am miserable and tearing my skin up with the extreme itching. I am trying the cilantro and wondering if you recommend 6 full bunches per day or do you think I could go with a little less and still have success? Thank you

Replied by Janis
(United States)
5 out of 5 stars

I am asking you and others who have tried cilantro to respond with your results using cilantro to treat GD. Like you Max my results were wildly successful using this "crackpot" idea. I have had GD on and off for about 5 years and all the assorted prescription meds I tried were of little if any help. I am classic with a 1 year initial break out and then I would get 6 months on and 6 months off. I want to share with my dermatologists, I have 2) and ask them to consider passing this treatment on to their patients. From what I have read on this site and also the Mayo Clinic skin site discussing GD I find about 50% of us have success. I also do believe it is tied into a metal detox from what I have read. A blood test recently showed I am allergic to 5 metals, but I began this detox without that knowledge. I also have 2 other forms of eczema, so clearly I am eczema prone. In your description please include your results based upon how much you consume: fresh, frozen or pill/capsules, how often you take it: daily, every other day and so on. How long you were on it before you noticed any benefit. If you didn't improve how long before you stopped. I so wish I had know about this treatment years ago. I started this early in April 19 and this is the first summer in years I am able to participate in my families outdoor activities, yet the best benefit of all is to be itch and pain free. I can sweat without the stinging burning. Before even when in the dormant stage my torso always felt hot, as if it were sunburned and that also is gone. Please help me with your information so we can help others.

Posted by Louis (Loa Altos, Ca., Usa) on 10/03/2018
1 out of 5 stars

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???


Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
236 posts

Louis, unless you've had significant negative effects, I would keep up with the cilantro, you may just have a lot of heavy metals it is getting rid of first. It might help to to add vitamin A and D. Cod liver oil is a good source.

Posted by Maggie (Islamorada, Fl) on 08/08/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Anyone that is suffering from Grover's rash PLEASE try the cilantro cure. Like many of you I was misdiagnosed for months, finally after 3 dermatologists and a third biopsy it was confirmed, Grover's disease. This non-stop itching was making me crazy. My rash was on my stomach, back, neck, and partially on my arms & legs. I felt defeated having tried numerous creams, both steroid and non-steroid and 3 rounds of prednisone, nothing was working. As soon as I was off the prednisone it was back. The next recommendation from my dermatologist was Accutane, which I absolutely did not want to be on, and then I found this website and the cilantro cure. I figured I have nothing to lose. I made up my own smoothie with 1/2 bunch of cilantro, after 3 days, no change, but I didn't give up. I stayed on it and after 7 days started seeing an improvement with both the itch and bumps. Stayed on it for one month, 1 smoothie a day and my skin returned to normal. I am truly in shock that my skin is 100% back to normal after having suffered from this for 6 months, with no itch and no bumps. I am a female in my mid 50's, & was also diagnosed with low vit D, despite my sun exposure and was taking Vit. D during this time.

My smoothie, listed below was delicious:

1/2 bunch cilantro
10 leaves mint
2 handfuls of spinach
1-inch fresh ginger peeled
Equal amounts of mango juice & water to "fill line" on my smoothie cup (approx 1 cup total)
1/4 avocado
3 ice cubes

I am not a nutritionist, or doctor, just a woman that wants to share her experience and hopefully help someone else that wants relief.

Posted by Corinna (Oakland, Ca) on 08/01/2018
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After years of misdiagnosis, a doctor finally told me the itchy rash on my chest was Grover's. She prescribed yet another cream that did nothing. I decided to seek alternative treatments and thankfully came across this site and the recommendations of cilantro. After 2 days of consuming about a half bunch of cilantro each day in a smoothie, the rash stopped itching -- a miracle in itself! Now, after 7 days of consuming 1/2 bunch of cilantro each day, the rash and lesions are almost entirely gone!

Posted by Greg (Omaha, Ne) on 07/30/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I do feel that cilantro does help resolve many issues of Grover's. I have had Grover's for over 2 years and felt my best just a few weeks ago after taking Cilantro in my morning smoothie and Chlorella pills just previous to consumption. I did this for 2 weeks and felt great and spots/itching were almost non-existent. Then vacation happened!!! We went to South Carolina for two weeks and slowly, the "hot spots" and red bumps returned. I am now back home and trying to get back in the morning schedule of cilantro smoothies (with banana, blueberries, cup of milk, protein powder and honey). Will cross my fingers that the cilantro does the trick again!

Replied by Linda
(St Petersburg, Florida)

How is your Grover's Disease doing now that you're home again?

Posted by Ben (Fl) on 05/31/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have Grover's Disease for a year year. Three doctors (DERMATOLOGISTS) who prescribed multiple medicines, steroid creams and 30 light box treatments non of which worked. My basin in the bathroom looks like a pharmacy.

After rereading your blog on Cilantro I felt I had nothing to loose but to try it. I tried it in a salad but it was so bitter that I had to throw the whole salad out. I then took a BLENDER with a BUNCH of Cilantro along with ORANGE JUICE, TWO STRAWBERRY'S AND A half of A BANANA with 3 ICE CUBES it tasted like a smoothie.


Replied by James

I have been clear of Grovers since end of April 2018. I eat cilantro three times a week. After 40 years skin has never been this clear. Its gone. It works for me. Juicing and eating whole at the moment. I am trying to see which is most effective? I don't mind eating it but juicing is more convenient.

(New Zealand)

How much Cilantro do you have at a time and how long did it take before you felt it working, please.

(Mission Viejo Ca.)

What quantity do you consume and for how long before seeing improvement?

Posted by James (Co) on 04/28/2018
5 out of 5 stars

40 years with severe Grovers. It never goes away. I have over 1,000 red dots on my trunk at all times. I do everything to keep cool and wear mostly cotton clothing at all times. I was prescribed time release Doxycycline and prescription strength cortisone cream. I went to war on this. It won. Note my skin has never been clear ...ever. If anyone sees my skin they immediately and ask if I have a rash? It pretty much stayed on high alert for 40 years. I can not wear fleece and forget wool. My dermatologist says its the worst case he has ever seen. Note it has never gone away. I live in a very dry cold climate. Cortisone creams started to fail this year.

After two months since the doctor prescribed failed treatment, I saw this post on cilantro. I love cilantro. I put an entire bunch into my eggs. I once had two brunches juiced with other vegetables at a juice bar. Been doing this for 14 days. I eat at least one bunch a day.

It has cleared up about 75%. I do not itch. The red spots are going away. It is working! My wife felt my skin and could not believe what cilantro is doing to this disease. She is an RN. My father a Pathologist MD and confirmed my biopsy as Grovers twice. Even if it stays at 75% cure I will be happy. I have never been able to calm it down like this before? I think the red dots are scaring at this point and will heal. If I see it go back to a full blown Grovers outbreak while eating cilantro I will post it. But for me this has been the best thing for treatment. It is not a gasp of is working.

If you have Grovers pay attention to this post. Cilantro costs $.79 cents. Try it... can't hurt and for sure no hidden snake oil cure being sold here.

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
236 posts

Hello James, great news that you have discovered the healing power of cilantro. Thoughts, I know cilantro is relatively high in vitamin A, I wonder if this is a big factor in the healing, or is it helping because cilantro is a highly recommended (by Ted) for chelating heavy metals from the body (detoxer). Curious...

Replied by James

Hi Teena,

I am not sure what cilantro has in it but I can say I eat a bunch about every other day now. My bumps are gone I just have red spots from past out break but they are fading. What I notice most is I do not have any itching. I would get hot spots of itching. No more? It's been over 3 weeks. Weather is about the same and I wear same clothes. I am using Amlactin on my body with ingesting cilantro. Spread the word. Maybe heavy metals? But skin biopsy would show heavy metals. As per my dermatologist assistant? Can anyone confirm heavy metals show up in biopsies?

Replied by Kelli
(Durand Wi)

I am definitely going to try this. I am female and 53 have had Grover's Disease for about 5 years. I had gone to my primary care doctor and was diagnosed and treated for mites. This was horrifying and embarrassing. This was recurring so I finally decided to see a dermatologist and a biopsy was done to confirm Grover's. Rare they say. I have used creams they have prescribed which have helped in the past. It started on my chest, back and arms and now my legs which seems harder to go away. After reading this article last night I went to the store purchased two bundles of cilantro and ate half a bundle on my salad. I also purchased a plant to plant my own for the summer. I am super excited to try this... thank you!!!!!!!!!

Replied by Sonja
(New Zealand)

Hi James, this is probably a silly question but cilantro is the leaf of the coriander plant? I've just started and hopefully it will work for me as well. I've been using oats in stocking in the shower and to dab on to try to stop my itching and reduce the inflammation. It works for awhile but like everything it needs to be applied regularly. But it is natural and cheap and it works just as well as some of the chemicals solutions.

Replied by Jim
(Mission Viejo, Ca.)

Consumed half a bunch of Cilantro every day for 13 days and no improvement. What am I doing wrong??? Need help please.

Replied by Mike

I have had grovers for 8 or so years I have tried everything. I'm headed to store to buy some cilantro. I will keep you posted as to what happens.

Replied by Chelc

@Mike: What were your results??

Posted by Rich (Barrington, Il) on 03/14/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Hey Sarah and Robert (posts below):

You have found the cure for Grover's Disease. Your insight into using Cilantro is absolutely the cure for Grovers. I have suffered from Grovers for a number of years, especially when I have returned north from Florida to the cold country of Illinois. I took half a bunch of Cilantro and made an 4 egg omelette rather than eat rabbit food directly. In two days my Grovers has cleared up except for the scaring I have had over the years. I took a second bunch the second day and the third just for insurance.

We have to get this info out to the pubic and remove all the hacks with their BS products off the market that don't work. Maybe a website as a foundation for Grovers and charge a small fee to cover the cost of the site. I know I will tell my Dermatologist to spread the word. I can't thank you two enough for your posts.


Replied by Jim C
(Santa Rosa, Ca)

Cilantro seems to reduce symptoms 95%. Anyone know how long to stick with this promising solution? A week, a month?

Replied by Sara
(Lake Villa, Il)

Thank you so much for your post. I was finally diagnosed last year with Grover's after going crazy for 3 previous years with symptoms. I'm a 41yr old female and didn't really fit the profile I guess, but nonetheless, doctors and dermatologists were zero help. Third derm finally biopsied and diagnosed. I am in the middle of a terrible flair up and am stopping on my way home from work today to buy cilantro. Nothing seems to work for me. I did find Oregano oil (mixed with coconut oil) decreased symptoms a bit (and made me smell like a pizza), but like most other things, it only relieved and was temporary. I'll let you know how the cilantro works in a few days! Mine cleared up for the first time during the summer months, so I'm counting the days for summer. Thanks again.

(New England)

Hi Sarah from Lake Villa,

Would love to hear how you made out with the cilantro, please let me know! So hoping it helped you girl!! (Sarah from New England)

Replied by Josephine

Going to try cilantro today. Deem only diagnosed but nothing helped! Thank you!

Replied by Okiedoak
(Beechgrove , Tn.)

I have had grovers rash for about 3 years, only flares up in my hot tub, but love it so much got to get rid of this so I can enjoy my hot tub, gonna try Cilantro starting today, I can see most are saying eat about half a bundle, let's try and see, may God bless all who referred this to me, Accutane spray also works but way to expensive for me and only a quick fix it will return, need it gone, and no hot tub worry for wonderful relaxation, also found last few days vitamin A drys it up, Accutane contains vitamin A so put 2 and 2 togather and gave that a whirl also.

Replied by Nicky

hi Sara .I was diagnosed at 43 and nothing has helped me except throwing calamine lotion on to stop the itching when its bad! Have you had any relief from Cilantro? Desperate to find something!

Replied by Sarah
(New England)

Hi Nicky, so sorry to hear about your itching. Yes, the cilantro works! At least for me....and I'm fortunate as I don't mind the taste. If its too strong just mix it up with a salad and dressing, just be sure to eat a half a bunch or so. Mine cleared up in a few days but I still eat cilantro quite regularly. Its been 4 months for me now and I'm still amazed its gone after sooo many years. All the best to you!! Sarah

Replied by Jessica

I am a 46 year old female. Was diagnosed in 2010 and 1st flare up lasted 2 years. Nothing seemed to help. I have had a few annoying flare ups since then that only lasted a couple months. My new flare up is unbearable. Is on my neck back legs and arms. Went to a doctor who gave me RX for prednisone tetracycline some anti itch antihistamine and klonopin! I'm scared to take all these drugs at once but I'm desperate. Has anyone tried these drugs. The side effects look scary. Should I even try them if so many of you say they don't work? I like Cilantro but can't imagine eating it all the time. I'm going to buy some anyway but would love insight into whether these drugs are even worth a try. Help!

Replied by Lynn

I have been taking prednisone (dose varies depending how severe the itch gets, I can get down to about 7.5mg a day, but that's the lowest) on and of for nearly a year, more on than off. Nothing else has worked for me, have just started eating coriander, hopefully this may help. Have also started taking more vit d and zinc and vitamin c for cell renewal.

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
236 posts

Jessica, you will see people have been helped by vitamin D3 (natural) and vitamin A.

Cilantro has a good amount of vitamin A, I wonder if that's why it works. Personally I'd treat the cause rather than the symptoms. You could add the cilantro to your salad, smoothie, or if you really dislike the taste, there are cilantro capsules or an extract you can chase with lots of water. Best.

Posted by Sarah (New Englnad) on 02/24/2018
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Hey everyone, please please read this..... I suffered with Grovers for over 25 years and was diagnosed many years ago. I tried everything! At least I thought I did, including eliminating just about everything imaginable from my diet for long periods of time including gluten, all processed foods, and alcohol. I tried vitamin D, coconut oil, steroids, every lotion ever made...some helped a bit but nothing cured my Grovers. My Dermatologist who I see every 4 months was zero help all these years, simply prescribing a steroid that didn't work. The only silver lining was with the strict diet I became very lean. I had a horrible flair up this January (always worse in the winter, right) and when just about all hope was lost I found this thread on cilantro for grovers.

So off to the store I went and bought one bunch of fresh cilantro. I passed by it a thousand times at the grocery store and this magical leafy green never made it into my carriage. It comes tied and is about a quarter size round at the stems. I ate half a bunch a day and within 2 days I was 50% clear and in 4 days the Grovers was basically gone.

The only thing remaining were the scars from some of the real bad spots that I had for years that have now healed. I didn't dare post anything because I thought this was just to good to be true. So now its been 4 weeks and my skin feels amazing (and so do my nails which is another bonus! ) All this time I thought I had to eliminate something from my diet, but what I needed was to detox with the right food. From what I have read cilantro is a natural form of chelation, another word I learned from countless hours of searching for a cure. Maybe I had heavy metals that were at the root of this evil for years. So thanks for listening and mostly thank you to Robert from Phoenix who took the time to comment and write about cilantro.

One other note is the day I started on the cilantro I also bought a sheer Zinc (25%) sunscreen. I was amazed at how well it stopped the itch and this may have helped speed the cure as well, but no doubt the cilantro was the key! I wish all of you suffering the best of luck in finding something that cures you!

Replied by Dinah
(Bribie Island, Qld)
1 posts

I'm a 68 year old female. Just been diagnosed with Grover's disease. Had the rash for 6 weeks...but very little itching luckily. Spent today reading all your individual experiences and remedies. My Dr did a punch biopsy to diagnose. He says he doesn't know anything about the disease other than it's normally older men who get it....:( and is contacting my dermatologist of 20 + years to try and shed some light on the issue. However from all your reports it seems natural remedies are the only way to go. I'm into the cilantro and will see if that helps. The cortisone ointment hasn't had any effect.

The only thing that has changed in my daily life is I have been on a course of strong antibiotics... so am now taking a probiotic. Like the idea of working on a 'cure' from the inside...thanks for all the suggestions. Fingers crossed it doesn't flare up.

Replied by Dan
(Cheriton, Va)

Hi. I've had grovers for about a year, then I found this website. I started cilantro 1/2 bunches 2 days ago. Some relief I think on two half bunches. Can you eat more than 1/2 a bunch? If so, does it help?

Replied by Debi Brett
(Los Angeles)

I am so happy I read this and going straight out to buy cilantro. I workout a lot so I sweat everyday, something I don't want to give up,

I also eat a lot of fish and was wondering if I have high mercury in my blood. Can anyone tell me if you have to keep eating the cilantro for the rest of your life or once the Grover's has gone it's gone for good. Either way I'm happy to try anything.

Posted by Robert (Phoenix, Arizona) on 11/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Eating about half a "bunch" of cilantro for three days straight cured my Grover's disease--completely.

Before I knew about cilantro, I controlled the itching by cloning a product from France (Aloplastine) by making a paste of Glycerol 20%; Talc Purified 25%; Zinc Oxide 25%.

Replied by Michael
(Fort Worth, Tx)

Robert, how long had you been suffering with Grover's? Did you have a re-occurrence of Grover's after the "cilantro" treatment? Did you eat the cilantro half a bunch once daily for 3 days?

Replied by Laurie

Hi, I am a women age 51 recently diagnosed w/grover's. I was reading it may be due to high amounts of Mercury in the body. My Mercury levels are quite high. I had a test several years ago. Cilantro eliminates Mercury but how much? I am thinking about chelation to rid my body of Mercury. Has anyone had any luck?

Replied by Tammy
(Valparaiso, In)

Michael, Did you try the cilantro? Was it successful?

Replied by Robyn

I've had 'Grovers Disease' for almost 2 years now and coupled with 'Bad Burning Legs & Feet' it's so bad around 3am in the morning I resort to Cold Cloths from a little Esky Box containing 'Cold Bricks'. The two problems together are literally driving me crazy. I can get to sleep with one antihistamine tablet and one Lysalon Tablet, but they only last a few hours. I will now try a few of the suggestions on this ' Site '.

Replied by Lynn

Hi Robyn, I have had Grovers for nearly 12 months, it has been unbearable for the last 2 months. I am on cortisone tablets at the moment, it's the only thing that has helped, plus a sleeping tablet at night. I was the same as you not sleeping and waking around 2 or 3 in the morning and applying freezer packs and cold face washers. I am going to try the cilantro as soon as I can find some. Have a review with dermatologist next week, plus I've been having the light therapy. Hopefully something will come out of all this.

Replied by Cindy L
(Marietta, Ga)

I was diagnosed with Grover's disease a week ago. I have spots on my stomach and lower back. Today, I went in for follow up because I have a burning sensation going down my leg. There are no spots on my legs. Doc said it's unrelated to the Grover's or the steroid cream I'm using on my stomach. Said it could be the onset of shingles. Anyone have burning in an area where you don't have an outbreak? Thanks.

(South Dakota)

Your post is from a long time ago. Did you get this cleared up? I have burning on my skin. Not itching and the sensations go up and down my legs and arms. But a skin plug taken says the spots are Grover's.

Replied by Ildiko

Yes, I had that! On both of my thighs and using the steroid cream was helpful /or was it/ but after 2 weeks it cleared up and did not come back since.