Diverticulitis: Natural Remedies For This Painful Condition
Diverticulitis is a digestive tract condition involving the presence of little pouches called diverticula anywhere between your esophagus and large intestine in a process called diverticulosis. Diverticula are common and do not normally cause trouble, but when one of these pouches becomes inflamed or infected it can cause severe pain and intestinal trouble. Diverticula usually develop in weaker parts of the colon under a lot of pressure, but how they become infected or inflamed is still an area under a lot of medical scrutiny; some theories involved trapped fecal matter causing infections, obstructions causing reduced blood-supply and leading to inflammation, and increased pressure weakening diverticula walls.
Symptoms of diverticulitis are sudden and severe pain on the lower left side of the abdomen, changes in bowel habits, abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and rectal bleeding. It was once believed that diets high in nuts, seeds, and corn were associated with diverticulitis risk, but research has shown no association.
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On this page you can find a number of natural and home remedies for diverticulitis submitted by Earth Clinic readers. Some of our popular treatments include grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and even an acid/alkaline diet for diverticulitis. Let us know what you use from Earth Clinic to cure diverticulitis. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don’t hesitate to share it with us!
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Has anyone had diverticulitis symptoms continue for more than a couple months? Mine have improved but are still there even though milder. Sometimes just moving causes discomfort sort of a soreness or just a very mild pain. I’ve been using GSE drops for two weeks twice a day, was doing three and cut down because things had improved and then tried once a day but went back to two because I thought the symptoms might be increasing again, how long do you use the drops, and how long are they safe? I still haven’t added many foods back in so mostly I’m still on a softer low fiber diet, it’s hard to tell if a food I’ve tried to add back in is causing a problem since I still have mild symptoms? Anyone had this continue so long?
My brother suffers from diverticulitis and has been helped by drinking homemade kefir morning and night on empty stomach, and by eliminating all grains and flours from his diet. He has also eliminated sugars and the only sweet he eats is fruit. The kefir helps because it is full of diverse anti inflammatory good bacteria, probiotics. I know this is (particularly) helpful because I make the kefir, and due to my own illness was unable to make for a week. My brother, unable to drink the kefir, ended up in hospital for two weeks. Yes I felt absolutely terrible, but on the plus side we were all able to see how beneficial it was for him. I would aim for kefir, but other probiotic foods are organic (unpasteurised) miso paste, tempeh, sauerkraut, kombucha, natto.
All these things most likely work. People are great about sharing things like this. For my Diverticulosis IMMEDIATE relief while waiting for these other things to work: a heating pad held firmly against your painful area works great. Sometimes it is all I need. I saw where someone wrote a warm bath helps. This is the same premise, only faster. Trust me, it feels great right away. HAPPY RELIEF.
How do all of you handle your diet once you stop the liquid part? I have been on a soft low fiber diet for 7 weeks and have only just switched from cream of wheat to oatmeal. I am so sick of the same foods week after week but I’m afraid to eat anything with seeds, berries, cucumbers, tomatoes etc. even green beans have seeds! I wondered what everyone else does.
The treatment that helps to clear my diverticulitis is an old type wide belt tummy vibrator. I use it two or three times a day and in a 2 or 3 days the colon pockets empty out.
The treatment to clear the bacteria depends on the pathogen. Most times pure horseradish clears it in a day or two. One rounded teaspoon 3 times a day. This current time horseradish did not match the bacteria but raw garlic did. About 5 sliced raw garlic cloves per day. Eaten throughout the day as pain returned. Took 3 days to clear.
WONDERFUL SHAKE RECIPE that WORKS! incorporates a lot of ingredients mentioned here.
My husband and parents have both suffered from diverticulitis and this has worked for all of them…
1 hour BEFORE you eat OR 1.5 hours AFTER you eat, drink the following shake once in morning and once at night.
- 1 dropper of papaya extract (note: if you only have the pill then continue on and I will address this at the bottom)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 TBS organic honey (for taste and soothing properties)
- 12 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract)
- 1 dropper of slippery elm
- 1/3 cup aloe vera juice/gel
- 1/2 cup ice
Put all in a blender, blend and drink.
After you drink your shake, take a probiotic and 800mg of turmeric gelcap. Also if you didn’t have the papaya extract then take the papaya pill now.
Have had about 4 or 5 diverticulitis flare ups. Each time, one table of Grapefruit Seed Extract cured the sharp pain in my left abdomen fast. It can be bought at health food store or online. I’m so thankful to know about this, because I’m terrible at handling pain. I take it most of the time to prevent further problems, and it is helps with inflammation as well.
Can anyone tell me what brand of grapefruit seed extract to buy?
Well, I’ve had diverticulitis on and off for many years. It started acting up 2 weeks ago after a trip overnight and eating different foods. My friend came over today and told me to take Apple Cider Vineger. Which I did. At first felt the sharp pain in my lower GI worsening, so I started on my way to the ER. By the time I got there the symptoms were getting better. So I turned around and I’m now feeling about 40% better.
Hot bath, warm water drink and apple cider vineger….could be a cure.
Do you drink it straight or mix it with something?
Well….in a small glass of water acapful of apple cider vinegar.
Also you could add 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) if you so desire.
And\or a little dab of honey.
6-8 oz of water would be good…. drink it all or sip it as you go
I swear by Grapefruit Seed Extract for diverticulitis. I was getting a flare up every 4-6 months for 3 years. Haven’t had a flare up in over a year since I started taking it. 10 drops 3x a day during flare ups and they disappear in 2 days.
Now I take 10 drops every morning in a glass of Concord grape juice and doing great. Vitamin Shoppe sells it. It worked better than antibiotics
Was your grapefruit seed extract nutribiotic. In a white and tan squeeze bottle. I’ve been taking that since my last flare in June and haven’t had another. I’ve had four total and the last two were feb and June. I take 12 drops daily and also I take oil of oregano capsules by gai. 2 a day. They are expensive but supposed to be best quality. I’m having twinges now so I will double up on both until they stop. Shawn female 54
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Diverticulitis
I had my first attack of Diverticulitis just over a week ago. I saw a doctor to confirm my self diagnosis and he told me if the attack hadn’t got better in two weeks to go back and I would have blood tests. I had no appetite or energy and had pretty much constant gut aches and pains. I lost seven pounds in one week because I didn’t want to eat although I had a little fruit twice a day. I came on this site yesterday and saw that someone had had great success with GSE. It was said by someone else that GSE contains two nasty chemicals produced in the processing and thought it might be the two chemicals that stopped the attack. I had some GSE manufactured chemical free. I bought it online because I was also worried about the two chemicals. So I thought I would try the chemical free one made in France as I had had it in my cupboard for a few months and hadn’t tried it. I took the recommended 15 drops in half a glass of water and in about two hours the Diverticulitis just went away. I had no pain at all through the night and this morning but thought it would come back as it had caught me out before. I took another dose this morning and the Diverticulitis has not come back. I had my usual fruit for breakfast and at around late lunchtime I felt a bit hungry so I had a small salad. Tonight I had soup and two small slices of Soda bread. First food I have had in the evening for just over a week. I wish I had known about GSE when my mother suffered with Diverticulitis but maybe it wasn’t around then.
Clare, can you tell me where online you found chemical free GSE, from France I believe you said? I’m in the US and have been looking online but haven’t found any from France or specifically labeled as being chemical free.
Guys I found a cure but I stopped it because everyone’s different. it’s called the keto diet but I started seeing blurry n I freak out alot so I stopped but I had lasik surgery about 3 or 2 years ago so if something changes in my body I don’t understand I freak out. my worst fear is to go blind so I stopped it but I had no symptoms.
75% fat 20% protein &5% carbs but u have to eat alot of vegetables so I add like 70 % veggies and alot of animal fat only with protein about 10% I know the percentage is not correct but that’s what worked for me but I swear it helped. Now to find out whats going on with my eyes I’ll see. Good luck guys
Did you ever figure out what caused the blurry vision you experienced? We are doing keto and also have blurry vision at times. Thanks for your answer in advance..
Apple cider vinegar is a life saver. I took it on my last bout of diverticulitis. It helped. It has digestive enzymes in it. Organic acv is about the only one you should consume to get the best benefits.
How much AVC and when?
I have taken flagyl off and on for 5 years for diverticulitis. Early on took cipro along with the flagyl. Cipro caused tendonitis so I only took the flagel. After 4-5 days the pain would go away. Appx 1 1/2 months ago got sick and started amoxicillin. One week later got Diverticulitis. Took a round of flagel. 4-5 days later the pain went away. Last week started feeling the diverticulitis again. I did not want to take anymore antibiotics. After 3-4 days the pain was was about the same. Then I found this site. There is a post by someone talking about aloe vera and turmeric (publix fruit of earth).
Monday started 1/3 -1/2 cup aloe and 1 450 mg turmeric pill 3 X a day. Tuesday still pain. Wednesday it seemed the pain was going away. Thursday morning the pain was gone. (Knock on Wood) Don’t know what I will do next. Most likely will stay on this level for the next several days and then cut back. If you have any recommendations please advise.
Thank god for this site. John
PS. Don’t know how severe my diverticulitis is. But a year or so ago had a CT scan which they confirmed diverticulitis.
I have had diverticulitis for years. It flares up a couple times a year BAD. I go to Dr. I get cipro and flagyl. Last few times did not help. So I read about the apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper drink here.
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 10 oz of water. (Stanley from Huntingdon, Pa)
It worked in an hour. I would have paid $100 the night before to sleep and not hurt. I just couldn’t. Pepto, Advil nothing helped. Then I read this. It worked. I’m still sore from 5 days of hurting but this mix is real deal. I mean it was that noticeable that quick. It’s awful tasting. But worth the $10 I spent on acv and pepper
How often are you drinking this combination… and does it matter if cold or hot?
Advil can aggravate it. I avoid all NSAIDS. Will try this.
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!
5% Lugol’s…really. How does iodine help? Thank You.
GFSE is a miracle worker for diverticulitis. Had several attacks 2 years ago for which I took Dr’s intense antibiotics which made me feel like my intestines we’re ruined. Took a month to get back to my normal. I’ve done many things since then to prevent more attacks but for my last two (year and a half apart) GFSE worked as fast or faster (less than half a day) than the antibiotics to completely stop the pain and then another half day for a natural release of the infection and raised sweaty temperature.
I also used monolaurin (an antibacterial coconut extract) at the same time, so to play it safe I’d say use both.
One (and only one) good word for allopathic meds. Along w the antibiotic prescription, Dr’s will usually prescribe an anti-spasmodic which really does help with the painful spasms until the GFSE kicks in.
I do keep the diverticulitis antibiotics on hand as a fallback but hopefully we’ll never have to use them again. Also, Very Important, if u don’t already know this : don’t eat when ur having an attack, stick w water juices and Aloe. Just google what to do for a diverticulitis attack and you’ll see Mayo Clinic or other reputable site telling u how to handle the acute phase. Just go very easy on food for a day or two after ur better so as not to damage ur still sensitive intestines.
How much gse did you take and for how long?
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:
- Whole leaf Aloe Vera gel (6 tablespoons in a glass of water)
- papaya enzymes (2 chewable tablets)
- grapefruit seed extract (1 capsule)
- probiotics (1 capsule of 150 billion active cells),
- apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons in a glass of water)
- 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!
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.
For Diverticulitis: Can I combine the Aloe Vera, Apple Cider Vinegar and Colloidal Silver in one 8 oz glass of water at the same time?
I have been taking Aloe Vera Juice (Whole Leaf) for over two years for diverticulitis. I was just in the ER twice in one week with heart issues, low potassium and electrolyte imbalances. The cardiologist suggested it could be the Aloe Vera juice and had me read a few articles, including one from the Mayo clinic, that have severe warnings about internally taking it which described almost all of my symptoms. I’m wondering if anyone has heard any dangers about it? I was happy taking it and really thought it worked; now I’m not so sure.
Look for Aloe that is made from the fillet and NOT “Whole Leaf” The latex lining of the green outer skin contains laxative ingredients and the side effects listed by the Mayo Clinic. Almost all Aloe on the market is processed with activated charcoal to remove the latex component.
Yes, anyone can have an allergic reaction to any herb or plant that will detox you. Aloe is a very strong detox – makes me sick * don’t listen to what the masses out there say -most are wrong even the docs and super food guru’s — ask within for guidance –psyllium will heal the divertic but small amounts at once.
I have found a “big gun” for my diverticulitis. When the grapefruit seed extract and slippery elm isn’t enough, and I start feeling the aching stomach signal that an attack is imminent, I have had perfect success with Colloidal Silver. Take two teaspoons and relief is within minutes. Thank God for relief from pain, because I’m a wuss and want to crawl in a hole when I’m in pain. The directions warn not to take this for more than 10 days. Hope this will help others who have suffered as I have.
If you have a chance could you mention which colloidal silver brand you used and what was the parts per million stated on the bottle?
I am in the throes of healing my first bought of diverticulitis. No antibiotics for me but my this was my remedy:
Grapefruit Seed Extract (15 drops 3+ times per day), Triphala Herb (2 capsules 3x daily), Aloe Vera Juice (1/2 cup 4x daily), Restore4life (1 tsp. 3x daily), Collodial Silver (ACS200 – 10 sprays 3x daily), Probiotic (1 capsule, 1x daily), DGL (1 lozenge, 2x daily), daily vitamin & mineral supplement and clear liquid diet. Pain lessened within 24 hours; completely gone within 4 days. My bad – re-introduced a couple foods too quickly. Colonoscopy scheduled 🙁
Please let us know how you make out with the colonoscopy
I have had occasional bouts of diverticulitis and have found slippery elm to be very soothing and beneficial. I generally make about 250 ml of warm water in a glass, place in a teaspoon of honey and stir. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of slippery elm powder and stir to a smooth consistency. It’s quite pleasant to drink. I take this first thing in the morning and just before I go to bed.
I have also found grapefruit seed extract to be very helpful and works quickly.
Aloe with AMP (Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharides) works so far! It caused the cramping, burn and PAIN to leave within 1 and 1/2 hrs…..wow….taking Turmeric with it also. I was on two rounds antibiotics and desperate when I read this site…..thank you, thank you…..I want to tell EVERYONE it works…..Aloe Vera Juice with AMP “nasty taste” but worth it…..got overnight order for a different brand now because people posted it tastes better….Praise God for answers online….suffered for so many years, so grateful….thank you everyone!!
Diatomaceous earth prevents my diverticulitis attacks. After trying a number of alternative treatments for this recurring problem, none of which helped, I discovered diatomaceous earth. I had eliminated many foods, but the problem kept getting worse until this discovery in March, 2014. Since then, I’ve only had one minor episode when I skipped my dosage for two weeks, and stopped the attack from getting worse by taking two doses spread a few hours apart. I can now eat anything I want with no problem!
Initially, I took one tablespoon in half a glass of water -on an empty stomach- twice a day, but after a month, it began to hurt my stomach, and I began spreading out dosages. I now take it once a week and feel cured!
It is extremely important to only use Food Grade diatomaceous earth. There is a version of this used for swimming pool filters which can be fatal! The food grade is quite safe to ingest, but be careful not to inhale the dust which can damage lungs.
The attacks, which had been worsening for years, are now history.
HI U KARIN, , , , , , , , as all know, I’s smart, jus slow. Here is my understanding of food grade DE. This is a mined product, so I buy it at our agri co-op in 50 # bags and it is all food grade. We also buy horse MSM from the co-op instead of the pharmacy and at the same quality and 1/3 the price.
Folks get hung up on this quality crap. H202 is classic. Bill Munro used the brown bottle stuff for over 25 years and cured two cancers with it.
What I get nervous about is using DMSO. There I am cautious because this solvent will take garbage and all into your body. My wife does my back where I have crushed vertebrae and she washes her hands before using the lineament and then the DMSO.
To me it’s a common sense thing. I wash my hands after a bowel movement, but not when I take a pee. Your fresh urine is sterile. Why should I wash my hands? In a public restroom, all want to be PC and I get looks when I don’t wash. It’s an ignorance thing. Read and when you get tired, read some more.
Urine may be sterile, but people can have a UTI and not be aware of it, in which case the urine can carry the bacteria and the person not be aware of it. So with a healthy urinary tract, the urine could be sterile, however the penis and scrotum including the surrounding area can be a bacterial breeding ground, both good and bad. A good exposure to a wide variety of bacteria can be good for helping to maintain an effective immune system, but over exposure to a lot of bad bacteria can definitely have a downside.
I don’t normally get urine on my hands when I urinate, but I definitely handle my penis and surrounding area at that time and I do wash my hands under those circumstances. I’m not a totally PC person, but I do wash my hands after taking care of business.
Then why not wash before you handle your penis, seems to make sense to wash before instead of after.
For Diverticulitis – Tried the GSE skeptically … after 24 hours… I’m better… not totally over it… but able to get around and do some things… I will be incorporating this in a daily regime… but for now.. relief is good…
I’ve suffered with Diverticulitis for a number of years now as it comes and goes in severity. About 18 months ago, I had a particularly bad bout and it was time to see the doctor. He gave a course of antibiotics which I admit did make me feel worse before I felt better. I’m certainly not a fan of antibiotics but occasionally they are needed.
Obviously, a good course of high quality probiotics are indicated after using antibiotics… and of course anything that is going to improve digestive health with this condition is a positive thing. I personally like the Odos Choice as there are 30 billion viable organisms per capsule, about 8 different strains and they have to be kept in the fridge which for some reason makes me feel more confident about it – but I digress.
I have always been a fan of Aloe and I spend alot of time in France. They have a drink there in most shops that is basically just water and aloe and everyone drinks it for their overall gut health (presumably because of a rich food diet). I found though that it works miracles if you just use it (well Aloe in general) all the time, rather than when you are feeling under the weather as it’s also a powerful preventative measure rather than a treatment.
I get very few problems these days as a result (although Aloe isn’t the only thing I use every day but it one of the main things).
Yay for Aloe Vera – which tastes nice and sounds nice. 🙂
To help empower your probiotic and get more bang for your buck, it is recommended to take a natural antibiotic like Grapefruitseed, Olive Leaf, or Oregano Extract before retiring and take the probiotic first thing when awakening. FOS or Inulin is also recommended as a pre-probiotic as it helps the digestion environment for proper colonization.
Another critical nutrient for colon health is Butyric Acid. Butyric Acid is found most abundant in Butter and gives it the kinda rotten smell. B.A. is rarely available in supplement form but is effective and would be highly recommended during flare-ups. Also the body makes B.A. as a byproduct of incomplete digestion of Wheat or Oat Fiber.
Back to Aloe Vera. I have been using Aloe on-and-off for yrs. I currently take two soft gels once per wk as a maintenance dose.
When push comes to shove, one can try a more expensive option for ulcers when lower cost options don’t work. It cured my diverticulitis within two months. I used Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharrides. It did cost me $126 at full dose per month at 9 capsules per day. I was able to cut down to 2 capsules per day after 2 months. How fast it works depends on severity of ulcers. Some people can have results in a week. Once you get better, you can cut down your dosage.
You should be on a high quality pro biotic. Probiotics has also cured this condition. I assume you have tried that.
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!
Hi Misty, is it 1 tsp or 1 Tbs? I just wanted to reconfirm. Thanks, Sanjay
I thought holding your bowels is one causative factor to having diverticulosis (inflamed diverticula), which can then lead to diverticulitis (infected diverticula)…
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.
Do you take internally in droppers or capsules?
I want to thank everyone for their remedies on this site! I had diverticulus for years. I couldn’t take the Flagyl and was on the Cipro constantly. I began the Aloe Vera juice, Grapefruit Seed extract, and Papya Tabs after eating. I have not been on Cirpo since May and it’s now September! If I get a twinge (which, if I eat something I shouldn’t, I do:), I up the Aloe and the extract, and I’m good to go. I wish I found this site years ago and I hope you all reading this have the same success that I have so far!
I’m so glad you have gotten relief from your diveritulitis. I’ve just finished a 10 day course of Augmentin for my diverticulitis. I’m still in pain. I’m curious what brand of aloe vera did you use and what was the dosage?
I have just found this site and wondered if someone can help me. I have had diverticulitis for years and am tired of the Flagyl and Cipro. What brands and amounts of each item do I use and how do I mix it?
Donna, I started taking magnesium and no longer have any problem.
Donna, did you try the recommendations here? Have they helped?
Diverticulitis: Fourteen years ago I had terrible pain in my intestinal tract. I could not go to the hospital because of no insurance and I praise the Lord to this day that he sent me to the computer where I discovered a site, do not remember which one but they all had serious problems with their intestines, ulcerative colitis, bleeding etc. One of the common things that was working for many of them was an aloe product which was a fortune but supposedly was better because they had elilminated things which could be harmful to you. I could not afford the two hundred they were charging and decided to go and buy regular aloe. I had been suffering for about a week or more with horrible pain. I went and purchased the aloe capsule in herb form not gel, the gel did not work for me. Within a day my pain had gone. I stayed on this everyday and have not stopped. It has been fifteen years and I still take it and will not stop. I praise the Lord for showing me the way to healing.
What brand of aloe did you use? Dosage?
What type did you buy?
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.
I just want to thank everyone’s post I read about aloe vera juice/grape seed extract/papaya juice combo. My man has suffered from diverticulitis for over a year and a half. After a final 3rd visit with no relief and a MD’s confirmation to our suspicion we decided to take this into our own hands. With no insurance and no Dr willing to take on his case, in fact we were told that the Dr decides who he wants to see. So in a rage of desperation, I visited our local health food store and bought all the suggested ingredients. A day and a half later…. HOLY MOLY! He is back to normal. We even got to go out to breakfast and he actually enjoyed his food with no pain! So again thank you for all your input and we are most definately goin natural on the remedies from now on. -So grateful!
Hi Diane, I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and have had eight mild attacks since August. I’m tired of the antibiotics and want to start the regime with the Aloe Vera, Papaya and Grapefruit seed extract. Could you please tell me what amounts your husband takes that made such an amazing difference? I have Cipro because I feel the pain starting again, but am holding off taking it until I can try a natural approach first. Thanks for any advice!
How often a day, and what are the amounts of each ingredient to make the drink? Would love to start this for relief!!
How often a day, and what are the amounts of each ingredient to make the drink? Would love to start this for relief!!
Amounts of ingredient. How often.
Remedy: Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide (AMP). I am surprised AMP isn’t mentioned. The best Aloe Vera is a very highly concentrated and purified form of the active ingredient called Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide. This not only does not contain any toxins and side effects but solves a large number of intestinal and bowel disease problems. Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide is a natural antibiotic. It is kind of expensive but after it works, you can taper down. There is a chart which compares the Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide products on the internet somewhere.
Also Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide will heal the little sacs in the intestine. Doctors say they won’t heal. That is baloney. With the right nutrients, your body will heal.
The regular Aloe Vera would not work on my diverticulitis. It was too weak. Plus it caused nausea. It took 2 months for it to work. You will also figure out which foods are causing it after a while. They may not be the ones that get listed either. I do take a small amount of fiber to clean my intestine a little also.
AMP-ed up aloe vera likely saved my life. Physician had me on two strong antibiotics to cure diverticulitis leaving me with strict instructions to take ALL doses. Within two days, I was having what I call rigors (muscle rigidity) and felt close to death! When by the grace of God, I awakened that next morning I told my husband I would NEVER take another antibiotic in my life. After researching on earthclinic.com, I dispatched my husband to the health food store to buy several items! But the one that made the most immediate impact was ALOE Vera juice with AMP. Within 1 hour I was better and by the afternoon I was 2000% better. It is now a part of my daily regime, although it does taste like drinking hydrogen peroxide.
I took the AMP capsules so the taste was irrelevant. Most AMP products come with 270 capsules although slightly different strengths but I did find one with 90 capsules and good strengths so lower cost for less severe condition. I had to take AMP capsules for a month and half before I found relief but many people find immediate relief within days or weeks. It depends upon the severity of the problem. Here are comparisons of some products: aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx
What brand of Aloe with the high levels of AMP did you use to heal your diverticulitis? I’m using Lily of the Desert aloe gel, but I’m still having pain in my lower left abdomen. Before I make an expensive purchase, I’d like to learn what is working for other diverticulitis patients.
I used Aloe MP PLus. The capsules are pure AMP. I’m sure other brands will work.The chart on reviews will point out things to look for in an AMP product. It probably comes down to getting the most bang for your money.
I have been taking Aloe Vera juice (from Amazon) – two or three “shots” a day, with papaya tablets after every meal. I also take L-glutamin 500 mg a day. Since May I have been off the Flagyll and Cirpro. So far it’s working and I thank this website. No more popcorn or fried chicken:( But for me – better than the antibiotics! ) and I still can have my wine:)
Noticed you had “Better but not cured” label. You may need a stronger version of aloe vera. Try the AMP tablet version.
Hi l have just returned home from the hospital where I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and an enlarged uterus. OBGYN said my only option is a hysterectomy. I don’t believe this for one second. Please help me find a remedy.
Hi Wendy, so sorry you are feeling un well. I know what that feels like. I read books. It is almost like I have had an anointing to read books. Not that my memory is so great or my intelligence. I am on a quest to find answers. I have found some amazing things…. Lately I have three favorites as my go to if I have an issue. Here are two of them in the right order for you.
(histamine is a signal of dehydration> signalling imbalance in fluid or electrolytes) causes allergies, autoimmune disease, lymph problems, circulation problems, hormonal problems, sinus problems, sugar problems, digestion problems, elimination problems, I urge you read this one today – Dr. Batmanghelidj watercure.com Your body’s many cries for water.
John Lee Ob/gyn lovely man…. What your doctor may not tell you about menopause, answers in here how and why to avoid a hysterectomy and how to correct female imbalances…. Read this one… You will need to write all over this book and bend page corners…. take notes.
Drink Noni Juice 15ml – 30ml two times day, Blood vessels around rectum and anus gets strengthened. Strengthen the colon as well. Also, normalizes the bowel movement by digestion and excretion.
It is a wonderful natural food. Noni Juice.
Wendy: I would begin treatment on the diverticuli and you might also see improvements on the uterus as there may be a correlation here. One thing that both have in common is inflammation. Here is the E. C. page for http://earthclinic.com/cures/diverticulitis.html.
Turmeric, Aloe Vera, and Fish or Flax Oil seems most beneficial as you will find reading others cases.
Let us know how your doing.
Wendy, first look at what you are eating.
Hi Wendy–I would just like to add that ginger also reduces inflammation and I have read that it kills salmonella. I use both of these along with my sea salt on vegetables and eggs. It is also reported that ginger contains an antidepressant ingredient.
Hi, You need to take vitamin a for both- best to use cod liver oil. I would take iodine tablets or drops too.
I have not been “officially” diagnosed by a doctor as to whether I have diverticulitus or not – it could be IBS but my symptoms for diverticulitus are nearly exactly what others have suffered, so I tried aloe vera juice and grapefruit seed extract and probiotics (kefir). I was completely amazed at my relief after just a couple of days. I am fairly convinced it was the aloe vera juice for the most part because kefir and other probiotics have been part of my daily life for 10 years and I was still suffering. I will be consuming 8oz or so of the aloe vera juice daily for a while to see if I can avoid flare ups. I may add papaya enzyme as well. I was totally thrilled when my symptoms completely disappeared and felt normal for the first time in nearly a decade!
Hi CC, Gary used Grape seed extract, not Grapefrui t seed extract. Perhaps that will help you too! People often confuse the two.
Wondering if you are still Diverticulitis flare up free? I’m having a slight bout again and all I’ve tried is antibiotics followed up by probiotics. I’m willing to try anything at this point! Thank you and wishing you well, Patrick.
Diverticulitis: First I want to say, Thank you, the aloe vera juice and papaya enzyme works for me. I also found out that fresh organic carrot juice 1/3 cup twice a day also works for me.
Rose Bud, what brand and dosage of aloe vera helps your diverticulitis pain?
Fruit of the earth, sorry I didn’t see your post earlier. It should have the dose on the jug or bottle, I think it said one third cup.
I have been hospitalized once, and have had three severe attacks of diverticulitis. Now when I feel an attack coming on I start taking 12 drops of Grapefruit seed extract and 6 drops of oil of Oregano 3 times a day. This has been enough for me, to prevent any serious attacks.
What brand of oil of oregano do you use?
Hi Peter, Sorry it took so long to respond. I don’t go on to the web site because I’m doing so well with no flair ups! Most brands work well, but find a brand with more “Carvacrol” Some brands use to much olive oil.. I happen to use “Swanson” oil of oregano which is much more affordable. Have faith in taking GSE and Oil of Oregano; these herbs work very well with NO side effects!
After visiting this site after getting a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms 2 years after being hospitalized, I started a regime gleaned from the comments here. I used a combination of aloe Vera juice, papaya enzymes, grape seed extract, and probiotic complex. I’m sold, within 24 hrs all symptoms were markedly reduced. I am tempted to say completely, will keep this up , and definitely make the aloe Vera juice aan ongoing part of my diet.
Gary, That is amazing that you got such great results. Since your posting back in February 2013, how have you been feeling? What brand and dosage of aloe vera juice helped your diverticulitis pain? Thanks!
After a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms, I am convinced the aloe vera juice was the greatest factor in significantly reducing my symptoms within 24 hrs. I also took papaya enzyme, grape seed extract, and probiotic complex. Was hospitalized 2 years ago, and do not want to go that route again. Will start doing the fiber again as prescribed. There is a ” gummy bear” like chewable on the market now that does not require that you have to drink water with it.
Hi, I have suffered from this disease for a few years now and it has got to the stage where I cannot eat any green vegetables (I may as well take a laxative). Does anyone have any ideas on how I can replace these, or better still, take something so that they dont have this affect ? Would be grateful for any information as it becomes very draining.
Kiwidel: along with many other recommendations for this condition I recommend Magnet Therapy as it can bring immediate anti-inflammatory action to the colon (thus improving healing conditions). Wear a Magnetic Belt over the colon area at least 2 hrs day.
I’m back again, but this time I have it! I have a cure for diverticultus pain! At least it has been for me. I’ve probably had it all my life (that I can remember). I’m 60 now, female, have been vegetarian and “health conscious” for 40 years, but always had digestive issues. After searching this site and trying a few things, I finally ran across DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice). It was prescribed for my husband for “leaky gut”. While in the throws of my increasingly common “pain in my left side” I thought, “Why don’t I try it”? Wish I’d tried it a long time ago! Practically instantly (at least within a day or two) my symptoms had vanished! Completely gone, and they’ve stayed gone for several months now (they were almost constant! ). All that from just chewing 2 of these yummy tasting licorice chews before each meal! How hard is that? Please try these out if you’re having problems with diverticulitus. I think it’s a definite winner… And I hope others will write in with the same experience I’ve had!
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!
Lemon water enema, means you just drink it or the otherway round? Explain that will be helpful for others. thanks
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?
I had a severe case of diverticulitis and was hospitalized for several days. The surgeon told me I needed colon surgery. Once released from the hospital, I started drinking 3 glasses per day of aloe vera juice (I bought the gallon jugs from Trader Joes as they are the least expensive) and began taking Turmeric extract (800 mg. Capsules) — I took 3 capsules morning, noon and night, washed down with aloe vera juice. I also increased my fiber intake (there is a psyllium husk and oat cereal that is loaded with fiber, but you could also just mix a tablespoon of psyllium husks in a Tall glass of water, stir and drink quickly). Long story short, I healed my diverticulitis, the fistula that appeared on CT scan disappeared and the surgeon informed me I no longer needed colon surgery. That was 2 and 1/2 years ago and I have never had another problem with my colon. I still drink aloe vera a few times a week and continue taking 3 capsules of Turmeric daily (the 800 mg ones) and eat the high fiber cereal a few times per week.
I told a friend of mine who had been suffering from ulcerative colitis for 6 months without relief despite a multitude of prescription meds and he tried the combination I described above (he said he also added Boswellian for inflammation) and within 4 weeks he was given a completely clean bill of health from his doctor.
Hope this helps anyone suffering from colon problems. I told my doctor and my surgeon and both were very impressed with the natural healing method and just wanted to know how I had thought of that combination. It did not surprise either that it actually worked!
Xia, how have you been since you posted your message about treating diverticulitis back in 2012?
After reading your post just had a question concerning the Turmeric. Was that 3 – 800 mg three times per day or 1-800 mg Three times per day? Also just wondering which brand you used? Thanks, Tami
I took 3 capsules, 800mg each, per day, I.e., total of 2400mgs. Sometimes I took all 3 in the morning, other days I spread them out over the course of the day. I got mine from Vitacost as they had the best deal (less than $20 for 200 capsules). After completely clearing up the condition, I stopped the daily regimen and did not have a flare up from 2010 until this month, when all of the symptoms of diverticulitis returned (I wasn’t surprised because I had gone back to eating processed and fast foods fairly regularly – I know, I know, shame on me! ) So I started up with the turmeric, psyllium husks, aloe vera juice and within 5 days, I have no more pain or tenderness and am symptom free. I learned my lesson – no more processed junk food for me.
i just got this problem for the first time after eating a lot of junk food since the holidays. I am not as young as when I went on binges before and I usually eat good unprocessed stuff so the diet change to junk did it I am sure
Will try turmeric as I know it is an anti inflammatory. Today I was starting aloe juice . Helped but not 100% so thanks for additional info and your update Xia
These symptoms all started up again, left side soreness and pain, also causes a headache. Early on I had a lot of doc visits. I hated the antibiotics. I didn’t know what was wrong. I’ve been watching, had hardly any doc visits, sometimes I mess up, don’t know what did it. Today I felt the Lord told me to try aloe vera again. Thanks for all the confirmation and other remedies as well. This really can be no fun at its worst. Also someone mentioned back pain, which I never thought it went together.
I have been suffering from diverticulitis for the past 2 years, and then had a bout with c-diff due to the antibiotics for the diverticulitis flareup. My question is can you take powdered turmeric instead of the capsules?
I have had two flare ups of diverticulitis. After the second one, I was so afraid I was going to get cancer. I started taking Metamucil. The directions say to take it three times a day. I have been doing this and have had no problems like before.
Well I am on my third bout of diverticulitis and my friend found this site. We went out immediately and bought aloe Vera juice. Today I was totally miserable for hours then remembered. I have the aloe Vera juice. I drank down an ounce and I am telling you in seconds I started to feel better. That was at 10 :33. It is 10 50 and for the last 10 minutes I have felt so much better. Lord I hope this is real.
I had diverticulitis problems for a long time, I found out several years ago that Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) taken regulary keeps the flair ups at bay. You can take 12 drops of GSE three times a day until you get it under control, then take 12 drops once a day. I used to just put it in a small amount of water and follow it with a full glass of water (really does taste bad). I now get empty capsules and put my 12 drops in them. Hope this helps you as it did me. Blessings
How long does it take for the GSE drops to start working? Should I notice relief in the first 24 hours after using?
I use grapefruit seed extract only when I have a diverticulitis attack and I find it to be effective. However, researchers have found benzethonium chloride or triclosan in many samples of liquid and powdered grapefruit seed extracts so I would not use it except as necessary. I take 4 oz. of raw milk kefir each day (2 oz. In the morning 1/2-hour before breakfast and 2 oz. before going to bed). I have started using organic UNREFINED coconut oil in my cooking (no coconut taste) and I even spread it on my toast – delicious and still no real coconut taste. During my first attack a few years ago, the medicine was making me very ill so I researched on the internet to see if their was someway I could heal without those terrible meds.
I came upon a site called greattastenopain.com. It is all about how you combine your food. I can eat ANYTHING I want (well, almost anything) as long as I combine it the way the site tells me to combine it. I wish I could say that I stick to it all the time, but I don’t. However, if I start to have pain, it will stop almost immediately if I go to that way of eating. There is a four-day free diet on the site and sometimes that is all you need. However, I have purchased her materials and found that they are worth every penny – not that expensive either.
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 c >
I have had 3 cases of diverticulitis in 3 months. Dr wanted to do surgery, but I decided to go the natural route. What has worked for me is combination of only very healthy (organic) food, the most easily digestible. I made soup stock with organic free range chicken, added veggies and let simmer with bone in for 12 hours. There are alot of vitamins in the soup and it’s easy to digest. I also took supplements of digestive enzymes, probiotics (chewable and goat yogurt and goat kefir), aloe vera juice, and this all seemed to help. I also want to mention the importance of exercise as long as you are past the pain. I walk, lift light weights, ride stationary bike 5 days a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours each time, but any exercise is good. I have lost 21 pounds since aug of ’11 and I feel healthier than I have in years. I have been blessed to share my illness to health journey with several people and encourage them. I just started a couple days ago with adding raw veggies into my diet and it’s going well. I still take the probiotics and the digestive enzymes to keep my body on track. Best wishes to all of you. Thank you for allowing me to share.
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.
I had an acute diverticulitis in 2004 and was admitted to ICU for 3 days while teaching at Baldwin Wallace College in a Summer music camp 2 hours away from home. I could have died if a colleague didn’t find me fainted with shock from losing so much blood (5 bags of blood transfusion) in ladies restroom.
I was lucky the doctor only cut many polyps along my colon and didn’t perform surgery on me, but seriously warned me if this happens again, he would cut my colon out!! Fearfully I came home and watch my fiber intake on a daily basis. Make sure we all take sufficient fiber everyday, but watch the liquid intake as well to prevent the fiber from getting stuck in your intestines! Fiber, fiber, tasteless fiber, you are my lifesaver!!
We had very excellent results after just the first dose of AV juice and papaya pills for my husband’s diverticulosis/diverticulitis. Much quicker than antibiotics. He looks and feels good as new and has added this to his prevention regimen. Love finding this website!
how much apple cider vinegar did y’all take to get such great relief?
I was diagnosed in 2010 with diverticulitis. In 2011 I had a flare up and was told (by a separate doctor that had diagnosed me) that flare ups should not be happening, and if I had another it meant surgery. Well, that scared the life out of me so in 2013 when I had another flare up I saw yet another doctor. She also mentioned surgery. All 3 times I had the Cipro/Flagyl combo and hated the way they made me feel and the metallic taste. I had my 4th flare start last week and was adamant not to see a doctor nor hear the word “surgery”. I started to research to see what my alternatives were and came upon this site. After reading about Aloe and Papaya I decided I would try that and if it didn’t work I would (reluctantly) make an appointment to go in.
I bought Aloe Vera caps and Papaya with Mint; within one day I was already seeing improvement and now I am on my third day and although I know I am not 100% feeling better, I am 100% certain I will not be going to see a doctor to get antibiotics. I am thrilled beyond belief and so thankful to have found the feedback I found on this site.
I am going to stay on a daily regimen of Aloe Vera to see if I can remain free of attacks, but glad to know I have alternatives to antibiotics.
One of the best aloes that was recommended (by Jini Patel Thompson who healed her crohn’s disease) is George’s aloe which helped heal my IBS along with licorace, marshmellow, slippery elm and Natren probiotics. Country Life Papaya Enzymes were my favorite but since healing my gut, I’ve not needed any for 10 months (before I averaged 10-20 a week). God knows these sources were so much better than what the docs suggested. If you have stress in your life, consider adrenal support products. Tumeric (1/4 – 1/2 t for smaller framed person; 3/4 t for larger) works amazingly well to eliminate boils or fistulas. Not only did I drink it (in almond milk but not necessary) but applied it as a paste. By next morning, gone. It may cause your heart to race, so start small. Back to the aloe, it was explained to me that one should only drink the purest form of aloe, esp if there are stomach or intestinal issues. George’s is pure, tastes like refreshing water and take approx 1/4 cup before meals.
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.
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.
Diverticulitis and Grapefruit Seed Extract… Thank you Earth Clinic! My husband was about to have surgery and I found this information. He started taking the grapefruit seed extract and NAG (natural pills that help to heal the mucus membrane). He hasn’t had any pain or flairups since then. At his follow-up colonoscopy they only found a few MILD diverticulum and the doctor said, “you loook great! “.
i just joined this site to say how helpful this thread has been and specifically the mention of NAG, which I hadnt heard of….the other things helped with the probable infection, but it is NAG that has stopped most of my abdominal discomfort in the matter of days…also my sinuses unclogged and my skin is soft as can be as well…highly recommended
I have varied between 3-6 grams a day.
I found this site very helpful. Had divert a year ago and did the standard antibiotics. Now I make sure I use GSE if any first signs appear, also heaping tbsp of psyllium every day, if I remember! Regardng the theory of small seeds affecting the bowel, at least two good doctors in omaha tell me its an old, unproven idea, searching I found comfirmation on webmd and the mayo clinic site that there is no proof that seeds affect.. However, one should keep track of what you eat and determine what affects you. Maybe you will or are bothered by seeds of some sort. you know best how your body reacts to food.
Seeds DO seem to bother me, but I am curious to know if you had any stomach troubles when taking the grapefruit seed extract? I also have a VERY tender stomach and ulcers as well as diverticulosis. I would love to try anything that might help with the pain, but I’m afraid it might cause pain somewhere else. I would appreciate any experience you may have had in that regard.
My mum has been following an acid alkaline diet which has really helped heal not only her diverticulitis but ulcers too. She no longer takes any medicine and is can even eat foods that she couldn’t tolerate before – though in moderation!
What is acid alkaline diet for diverticulitis? What to eat, what not to eat.
Just search online for a list of alkaline foods. Search EC for Ted’s alkalyzing remedies.
What is an acid alkaline diet? Also I have found collagen to be very soothing. It isn’t a complete treatment but one of the things in my arsenal. Digestive enzymes before eating is very important.
Diverticulitis: Been doing the Aloe Vera juice, but never thought about adding papaya. My first bout with diverticulitis happened after I gorged on raspberries from my back yard. After waiting all summer, they seemed to ripen overnight, and I indulged a little too much. After 7 weeks of anti-biotics and still in pain, the Dr. suggested surgery. I went straight to the internet for alternative remedies and found Aloe Vera juice listed. That was 6 years ago. Now, when I feel a twinge, I hit the juice!
Johanna, can one really get diverticulitis because of eating too many raspberries? I thought that were terribly healthy and the only thing you could get from eating too many was diarrhea? But diverticulitis, if I understand well, comes from constipation. I am interested in this subject because we are intending to grow raspberries in our new house so I might be tempted to eat a lot more of them but I don’t want to get health problems!
I believe it is the seeds from the berries that get caught in the pockets of the diverticulitous in the colon that cause the problem, along with nuts and seeds like sesame seeds and so forth. This is what a Dr. told my friend who had a severe case of diverticulitis.
Seeds, nuts, etc do not cause diverticulitis. Look at the mayoclinic.com or clevelandclinic.com and you will see that although Dr’s told people with diverticulitis not to eat popcorn, seeds or nuts for years, recent studies show no correlation. I’ve also been told that not enough fiber causes diverticulitis, but since I grew up eating from an organic garden, and still eat a lot of fiber and not a lot of processed foods, I don’t think that is the cause either. My grandmother had it and never ate processed food in her life. Had raw veggies with every lunch and dinner. So in my opinion, we don’t really know what causes diverticulitis.
Seeds do not CAUSE diverticulitis. A low fiber diet can cause it to develop. Once you have the condition, you need to eliminate things like seeds from your diet as they will cause a flare-up, because they get caught in the pockets in the colon which causes inflammation and pain.
Yes, the Mayo Clinic. other sites, and even my doctor say nuts and seeds are ok. For me they are the kiss of death..I only have to look at a sesame seed, popcord, chunky peanut butter and I am sick! Trying aloe starting today…fingers crossed
I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis. Dr. gave me 2 shots in the rear.They gave me one bag of IV antibiotics and sent me home with Cipro and Flagyl oral antibiotics. Its day 4 since diagnosed and I feel better than when I went in but it still is hurting and I had alot of back and pelvic pain with mine. Did anyone else? My back still hurt and pelvis which is what I struggled with for months on end before my lower abdominals started really hurting. Actually my abdominals didn’t start hurting until about 2 weeks ago but the backache has been 6 months at least. Just wondering if they are even related. I have to strain alot to pass stools whether they are hard or not. I always have to push to get out my BM’s. I have internal hemorroids and that is part of the problem. But I wonder if scar tissue for passing too large BM has not happened. Anyway I don’t know a cure for me as I will always strain and I think that is what cause the intestines to swell the pockets from pure pressure of straining at the bowel to empty. I need to fill up the pockets so nothing can get in. I heard Slippery elm helps coats the intestines and if the normal muscus coating fills in the pockets then nothing can get in. Short on me having them get rid of the hemorroids which is surgury that I don’t want. I don’t feel like I have a answer. Does anyone know of anything to get rid of internal hemorroids?
HI U JEAN, , , , , , , , , most of us have Diverticulosis. Not an expert, but I thought this was a physical thing. So what has shots and antibiotics have to do with the problem? Your doctor need some jack?
My tractor driver had a bowel problem and she did a long colon cleanse and is now much better. We also do a colonic once a month. My suggestion is to research until you are sleepy and then research some more. Your solution is on the internet somewhere, your chore is to find it.
J: A common cause of Coon disorders is some type parasites. I would begin treatment for those higher up the chain than what the meds you got treat. The standard herbals are a combination of Black Walnut Hulls, Wormwood Bark, and Clove. You can find these in one supplement at most health food stores. In addition to these herbs I personally recommend adding Garlic and Oregano plus a spoon of Milled Flaxseed (cleans the colon from the inside out).
Regarding seeds – if you are forming normal stools, there should not be loose seeds and nuts floating around separately in the colon to get stuck anywhere – it should all be bound safely in the stool, which should slide through the colon with the natural mucuses smoothly past any imperfections…. That is why fiber is recommended – it helps the stool to form and bind correctly.
However I suspect, since clearly some people can’t tolerate seeds/nuts, the differences between people may be due to some people not forming good stools, or not having normal mucus secretion in the colon, so loose bits might drift around or get caught up. So I don’t think this is a yes/no issue. Just try to figure out for yourself what your risk factors are. In theory you should not have loose raspberry seeds by the time the food reaches you colon, but perhaps a few people do!
So I have not given up seeds and nuts, and will continue to work on having healthy stools to avoid future episodes. Glad to read about Aloe, I will add to the preventives. Thanks all.
You can’t fill the pockets, that is what causes the problem, when something gets caught in there, it causes an infection to start. I read a lot on this, I have it and all things point to a low fiber diet.When you get an attack, stop eating solid foods and go liquid all day, let your intestines clear out. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, aloe tabs, help immensely .
It was determined from a colonoscopy that I have diverticulosis, and am experiencing a bout of diverticulitis right now, but I have rarely ever in my life been constipated, so I don’t believe that constipation causes it.
I had my hemorrhoids banded – no surgery. Easy, painless procedure. Ask your Gastroenterologist.
Well I can’t say that nuts and seeds actually “cause” diverticulitis; however, if you have an unknown flare up and consume these foods, the situation will be exacerbated. I can tell you my first flare up ever came after gorging on peanuts on a road trip and every other flare up I have had since then has been a result of eating cucumbers or popcorn, cashews, peanut m&m’s, okra, corn, gumbo made with roux (oil and flour paste) tomatoes, raw broccoli, excessive roughage etc…I can also say this has been the same for my mother, oldest sister and only brother so this has been my experience and that of others. Also, I am a nurse and I have seen quite a few patients with flare ups caused by the same.
I got diverticulitis after I introduced elk meat into my diet ( elk meat is very lean) while living in Montana one spring 10 yrs ago. That summer went I on a camping trip(to oregon) and took elk jerky, a 5 pound bag of almonds and in the mornings would pick wild blackberries and eat almonds and jerky thru the day, within a week started getting pains and ended up in the ER , ( no help @ ER- gave me maalox).
Desperate for relief I visited a healthfood store in Brookings, OR and the kind store owner, (after asking me what I had been eating) quickly told me that the combination of elk, berries &almonds was causing diverticulitis. She then brought a tall bottle of Aloe Vera juice, some papaya juice & papaya tablets and told me to just start drinking the Aloe and to eat papaya tablets before each meal from now on – was cured within a few days. Free advice that saved me from more useless Dr. appts. and a lifetime of recurring problems.
I was really saddened when I met people who had had sometimes 5 surgeries for diverticulitis in Montana where elk is plentiful after that…. Once again -another example of medical community failing to help with something as simple as Aloe Vera juice & papaya for this awful, painful & sometimes life threatening condition. Even though I would tell people about this simple solution… They opted for believing their Dr.s advice that they needed surgery – after all Dr.s being a gift from God and all, win some, lose some “wisdom never lies” -Homer… Now I always check earthclinic before making a Dr. appt. to see if I can heal myself.
Thanks WILD BLACKBERRY GUY
Ate them in a field for days and started to get left side pain… Diverticulitis pains: going to try ALOE JUICE, Papaya Tablets, etc. tomorrow! THANKS for sharing.
My first comment is that people die from divriticulitis – particularly if the condition has progressed and has resulted in a perforation of the colon. If your pain is so significant and just seems to be getting worse – head to the ER. Once your condition is stabilized then perhaps these alternate therapies may alleviate the condition. My colon had a small perforation and so I was admitted immediately and put on antibiotics and restricted diet for four days. Someone very close to me had a complete perforation, was admitted to the ER and had surgery (sigmoidectomy) the same day. In order to heal from that surgery, he had to wear a colostomy bag for weeks. He was very lucky and could have died.
There are many other side effects from divriticulitis. The colon becomes inflamed and excreting waste becomes very difficult. A consequence of this, in my case, was that my bladder also became inflamed and anytime the bladder had fluid, it was very painful.
I’m back at home now and revisiting this site to see if there is a way to avoid surgery. I had tried some of the remedies here prior to my hospital stay but I think the colon had already perf’ed and so anything I tried was ineffective. Now that things seem to have settled a bit I will try this alternative remedy and see how it goes.
As for whether eating seeds or nuts or what have you is the cause of divriticulitis, as one surgeon told me in all of the sigmoidectomies he has done, he has never seen a seed or nut lodged into the infected divriticulum. Be well.
Wondering how many ounces a day I need to take of the aloe Vera juice ? Thoughts .
I use one-third cup aloevera gel, mixed with two-thirds buttermilk. Once or twice daily.
Thank you for these posts. I’m on my second round of antibiotics and Drs are starting to mention surgery. Not going there. I know all Aloe Vera juices are not the same, are people buying any special types? Straight papaya juice? I switched to kagen water, lots of it, vegies brown rice, yogurt and raw honey. Im afraid of everything 🙂 but completely determined to beat this.
Read some books. Try Serovera (dehydrated aloe plus l glutamine) also other glyconutrient aloe products.
Have had diverticulitus for years… Just didn’t know what it was! Often getting “that pain in the left side”, etc. The last couple of year on and off, waking up around 2:30 am with the pain and not being able to sleep again till 6:00. Did several cleanses which would clear out the colon; that helped temporarily; of course stayed away from nuts, seeds, etc. Also took aloe gel (whole leaf, inner filet, organic). It really didn’t seem to help. But after reading this post decided to try aloe capsules a friend had used with success. I’ve only used them for 2 days now but, Wow! I’m very happy with the results… My pain is entirely gone! V Vegetarain
Reporting back after my 2nd day on the aloe capsules: read the label on the bottle; it says it’s for relieving constipation (I’ll vouch for that! ) which is also verified by other reading I’ve done. The bottle also says, “Not for long term use. ” And I have to say, I think 1 pill 1 day was enough for me! So, back to the drawing board. I’m going to try the aloe juice and papaya pills; if that doesn’t work, I’ll try the Noni juice or maybe just have to cleanse regularly…
What brand of aloe capsules did you use? Why did you stop using them? Did they make you go too the bathroom too much? It sounds like from your previous post that the capsules worked to clear up your diverticulitis pain, but something changed to make you go “back to the drawing board.” Would you mind expounding? Thanks!
Having grown up on game meats, lots of elk, I want to point out that any lean meat especially dried, can constipate unless you get plenty of fat elsewhere, which is one reason native peoples like pemmican vs jerk. Add the large amounts of almonds certainly made matters worse. If liquids were low, that would make it worse still. I have done similar over the years and didn’t realize the grip-gut I experienced was the start of diverticulitis. I now do the aloe vera juice, lots of mineral water, & slippery elm bark tablets to keep a healthy colon.
Wildbill62 is correct. This is a serious conditon and not always apparent how bad the infection is, but it does progress until you need surgery or you get a perforation that kills you. Make sure you get a proper diagnosis, and initially you should be taking flagyl as this is an anaerobic bacteria and there are not many things that can reach that kind of infection once you have it. I HATE antibiotics but after researching for alternatives (which I have yet to find) for this horrid drug, I will bite the big bullet. Aloe will make your gut feel better but beware of claims that it will heal this kind of infection. Also, make sure you are on a liquid diet. Juice your vegys, make bone broth, Dr. Mercola has a good basic recipe on his web site for that, and take a good probiotic as well because any antibiotic will destroy the good bacteria as well as the bad. Eating wisely for this condition will help keep it in check after you are better.
Several years ago I had diverticulitis to the extent that I just wanted to die. Somewhere I read about Apple Cider Vinegar and cayenne pepper.
This is the formula I used – 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 10 oz of water. In two hours I was feeling better. Using this formula for 3 days totally eliminated this problem. I have been using the Apple Cider Vinegar and cp for at least 10 years and it has fixed many other problems. Wishing you well.
Thank you so much Stanley. How many times a day did you take the ACV/Cayenne pepper
Hi stan, read your post. Are cayenne pepper good for diverticulosis? As they say a person should stay away from spices if you have diverticulosis. Would really like to have some feedback on this. thank you
Did you get an answer to question about frequency?
ACV and cayenne worked for me within 1 hour, but only if caught early and no constipation involved.
GSE has kept my Diverticulitis at bay for 2 years. At the first dull ache, I drink 2oz orange juice mixed with 15 drops of GSE. Stir well as you drink it, because the GSE settles to the bottom instantly. Repeat 2-3 times a day, then decrease the drops in the following days as you improve. If I take one dose daily or every-other-day, using 6 drops with 2 oz orange juice, I never have attacks. This has kept me free of attacks for 2 years now.
Hi, I am extremely interested in finding out where can somebody buy the GSE oil? I live in San Diego and I’ve tried different places. I found the pills but I’ve been told that the oil is for cooking, so is there a specific place where I can get it, or is it really the cooking oil the one you mention? Also, If I got the pills can I start taking them daily and how many instead of the oil? Please reply, I am desperate trying to help my boyfriend with his diverticulitis problem. Thank you.
Monica… You’re getting GSE (grapefruit seed extract) mixed up with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is for cooking. Grapefruit seed extract can be purchased at any health food store or natural foods market in either capsules or in liquid drop form. The common brand I use is Nutrabiotic.
Where to buy GSE (GRAPEFRUIT Seed Extract): 1) You can purchase it on the Internet. 2) Whole Foods carries it. 3) Some non-chain Health Food Stores carry it. I have never found it at a chain health food store. If your hometown healthfood store does not carry it, just order it off the internet.
Just to let you know that, after the great reply that a forum member gave about his mother who suffers from Diverticulitis, mine is now non existent.I cannot believe I am writing this after suffering for so long with this terrible disease. It will stop the pain within an hour, believe you me.Grapefruit Seed Extract tastes horrible, but I have found a way of hiding it, tonic water, you can’t taste it. If you fancy a tipple after your hard days work you can also add it with the tonic.
I cannot thank you guys enough and the chances of stumbling on this site to finally stop all the pain I have had.Get some Grapefruit Seed Extract NOW, amazing stuff. If you need any more info I would be more than elated to help.Thank you.
I found out I have diverticulosis the hard way… when it became a serious case of diverticulitis with a perforated intestine and peritonitis. I had to have a foot of my large intestine removed during emergency surgery and spent a week in the hospital.
Since then I’ve only had a couple minor bouts with pain, as I’m very careful what I eat now. However, this past week it became a daily problem – both pain and occasional nausea were really dragging me down, making me feel miserable.
I finally checked earthclinic and read the post about grapefruit seed extract. Lucky for me, I have some. I tried the 12 drops / glassful of water and within the first hour my symptoms were diminishing quite noticeably. After four hours they had completely disappeared. I did take one more “dose” six hours after the first one and, so far, I’m feeling great!
Now I know what to take – not sure if I’ll do the daily regimen, as the stuff tastes rather unpleasant, and I rarely have any problems – but having it on hand certainly makes me feel better.
Thank you SO much for this info! You’ve saved me a trip to the doctor and taking antibiotics (which I hate to do).
My elderly mother had an acute case of diverticulitis. From July 2007 to July 2008 she was taken to the emergency room six times. Just around the 5th day of every other month (a two-month frequency) she would get an attack: First starting with a minor discomfort on the lower left side of her abdomen and gradually gaining intensity as the days went by up to the point she couldn’t walk or do just about anything. Repeated tests, hospitalization and antibiotics were taking a toll on my mother, who otherwise is an energetic and enthusiastic 75 year-old person. Two meetings with a team of surgeons at her hospital, and the consensus was the removal of her entire colon. My mother though there was no other option. I though otherwise, since I educated myself about the disease and knew there could be other venues. I placed the surgeons on-hold while I experiment with different diets for my mother (none of them worked). I knew that the overgrowth of bad bacteria on her colon was a mayor factor. Now, if I only could kill them all.
Until I found this site. The testimony of “M F” (from Mineral Wells, Texas) was the key. I spent so much time reading about Grapefruit Seed Extract that I became convinced, this was worth a try. To all of you suffering from this condition read this with all your hope because I am not making this up: MY MOTHER STARTED TAKING THIS REMEDY LATE JULY OF 2008 AND AS OF THIS WRITING (MAY 29, 2009) SHE HAS NOT HAD ANY ATTACK (I myself am getting goosebumps as I say this), and she has been the person I’m always accustomed to see: energetic, active and in good humor.
Thanks to MF, thanks to this website, thanks to the Internet, thanks to the Supreme Being I believe in for giving me the opportunity to find this wonderful, natural medicine called Grapefruit Seed Extract. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information. I’m willing to share as much as possible.