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Unread 03-28-2006, 05:58 PM
Aloe Vera

Since my LAVH in 2003 (and 2 further surgeries in 04 & 05) I've developed diverticulosis (diag. by colonoscopy Oct. 05). For no obvious reason I have had a "flare" this week (maybe it was the lamb dinner I ate at DD's place on Sunday night) - no fever, just diah/constip. and cramping, so am doing what I think is best - fluid diet for a couple of days then back on soft food. I normally eat well and have plenty of vegies & fruit. I have a problem with adding fibre - it just makes the pain, etc. worse and doesn't address the issue. So, after much research on the internet and talking with friends (GI Dr. prescribed Colofac, and suggested another pill which is $104 (australian) per month, but I feel I've had enough pills, etc. for a while and maybe a more natural approach would work.) I did go to my GP late last week and all he suggested was pain med. (Buscopan) and light diet (which is helping). Am wondering if any of you wonderful girls have had any success or relief with Aloe Vera Juice/capsules. I have a close friend involved in Herbalife and says she's had good reports from people with bowel related issues who use A/Vera juice (and this wasn't a sales pitch from her either - she knows better than to try that one on me!). Any suggestions or feedback, please.
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Unread 03-29-2006, 12:22 AM
Aloe Vera

(((Kerry))) I would be cautious about assuming what you're experiencing is related to your diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is extremely common, and usually symptomless. I had apparently had it for many years and never knew it until I developed diverticulitis.

When I was trying to settle things down after the bouts of diverticulitis, I was told that a soft, low residue diet was best. High fiber diets, while helpful for avoiding constipation (which causes diverticulae to form in the first place), tend to irritate the diverticulae. I would be concentrating on lots of soups, soft chicken and fish, and soft white bread, butter and cheeses. But I'd also be asking the DR to check things out first and see what the problem really is. Honestly it sounds more like IBS or bowel adhesions to me, but I'm not your DR.

I have not had any experience with aloe vera juice, but found a couple of links with info on its use in treating digestive disorders:

Aloe is a natural antioxidant with antiinflammatory properties; I don't know if it would help with your symptoms, but I can't imagine it would be harmful, in moderation of course.

I hope this helps.
Unread 03-29-2006, 10:36 AM

Hi Kerry,

Probiotics are very important in improving digestion. I have recently found a product to address my chronic constipation that works really well. It helps to balance the digestive system. It's called Danactive. It is made by Dannon (yogurt company) and can be found int he yogurt department of your grocery store. It is small bottles and comes in different flavors. It says probiotic on the label. It's really yummy and inexpensive, only about $4.00 per week. Drink 1 bottle each morning on an empty stomach.

Hope this helps.

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Unread 03-29-2006, 03:57 PM
Aloe Vera

A few years ago my Osteo doc had me drinking Aloe Vera juice for my disgestive problems. I don't recall if it helped alot, but I think it helped a little. I've tried so many different things that they tend to run together in my mind sometimes. I do know that it didn't hurt anything. Might be worth a try.
Unread 03-29-2006, 08:03 PM
Aloe Vera

Thankyou all for your wonderful replies. Yes, Linda, I too am thinking it is IBS (I mention to you a while back that steak stirred it up, and I really did think then it could be IBS) and probably has been all along, although I probably do have "diverticular disease" also. I did take a very small amount of Aloe Vera last night and another small dose this a.m. Upon reading up more on the net I found that in the concentrate form it acts as a purgative also, which would explain why I have had loose motions today, so I think I will just eat soft food for a while and let it all settle down, and then be VERY careful what I eat (have been a bit naughty this last couple of weeks and ate anything that came my way.) I am taking a pro-biotic every morning called IBS Support. I do know that when I was eating rolled oats (cooked, of course) as advised by my GP, each morning the passing of a motion was difficult - not constipated (I go EVERY morning early - regular as clockwork) but it was a little too firm. Sorry if this is TMI, but we do have to discuss some very distasteful subjects at times, don't we? As I said, I think I best let everything settle down for now, eat low residue food for a while and gradually add other things, drink water, & pray! that it is not adhesions again! From what I read IBS is common and diet will certainly help it stabalise. I did see my GP last week about all this, and he didn't seem overly concerned - take anti-spasmodics, eat normally, and that was that! Thanks again everyone -your advice is much appreciated (and love you heaps, Linda).
Unread 03-29-2006, 09:54 PM
further to Aloe Vera

Hi all, me again.........have done a bit more research on Aloe Vera on the net: several sites advocate its' use by IBS sufferers as an excellent aid, whilst others warn strenously about its' effect. I'm sure, like most remedies, there are numberous "for" and "against"s.
The link is:
If you follow the above link you will find some fairly hairy-scarey & serious warnings about it; yes, the person who owns the site is advertising her product, but its' a very extensive site and a lot of what she says is correct, so I have taken this warning on board and will not take any more of the Aloe Vera - I think I will stick with Colofac, as needed, and go carefully with the food thing. I did that last year and it worked, and as a bonus I lost 30kg - needed to; it did settle down for a long time but acted up again early this year when my Estrogen Implant ran out (probably co-incidental)and I had a binge on chocolate, a meal with pork in it, and generally let my guard down!! Now to get things settled - because I have my birthday (61) dinner on Saturday night with all my family (DH, DD, DS, their spouses and all 7.5 g/children) at which I will eat FISH, and take my Colofac beforehand. I will start back on the Colofac to "break the cycle". And of course, as I am doing now, take my pro-biotics. Thanks again dear friends. I post all this, definitely and absolutely not for sympathy or attention, but for the benefit of any other lady who might be having the same troubles - we are never too old to learn, from each other, or try something new. Love to all,
Unread 03-29-2006, 10:18 PM
Aloe Vera

it did settle down for a long time but acted up again early this year when my Estrogen Implant ran out (probably co-incidental)
(((Kerry))), it may not have been coincidental at all. Check out this link about IBS and hormones:

and the brief mention down towards the bottom of the page in this link:

There's also an interesting mention of IBS and vaginal estrogen in this article:

I've seen a lot of contradictory information about whether or not the sex hormones, and in particular estrogen, influence IBS symptoms, but the anecdotal evidence is out there.

Unread 03-30-2006, 12:47 AM
Aloe Vera

Linda, I think you are my guardian angel.........thankyou,again! (and if I saw you walking down the street in my town I'm positive I would know you!!!)Yes, it does seem to be linked from all the evidence, and from my experience. I've had the new implant in for 5 weeks so all should be starting to settle down soon. Will keep you posted. Many thanks, love,

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