Appendicitis

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix, an almost 4 inch long tissue that is connected to the large intestine, becomes inflamed. Inflammation usually happens when the appendix is blocked by various things such as cancer, stool or any foreign object. Inflammation can also be the result of an infection.

The appendix has no real use and our body can effectively function without it. When appendicitis happens, the appendix must be removed immediately via surgery. When untreated, the appendix will probably burst and spread infectious liquids in the body, a health risk that will likely turn fatal.

Symptoms of Appendicitis

In the US, one in every 15 people experiences this medical condition every year. Appendicitis often happens between ages 10 to 35, and rarely occurs below 5 years old. Below are the most common symptoms of appendicitis.

  • Light pain in the upper abdomen which gets sharper and distinct through the right abdomen. This is considered as the most common and initial appendicitis symptoms
  • After feeling abdominal pains, vomiting, headaches, and nausea are experienced
  • Loss of appetite and sudden loss of energy
  • Abdominal swelling that may result to inability to move
  • Sudden high fever that can also result to chills and perspiration
  • Abdominal pain that leads to back and rectum pain
  • Unable to urinate properly or painful sensation during urination
  • Muscle pains
  • Severe cramping
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea and irregular bowel movement

If some of these symptoms are experienced, immediately seek the advice of a medical professional. Furthermore, if appendicitis is suspected, do not take laxatives, pain medicines or apply heat pads to the abdominal area, all of which can cause appendix rupture especially when it is already inflamed.

Appendicitis. Inflammation of the appendix. Cartoon vector illustration for medical atlas or educational textbook.

Effective Home Remedies for Appendicitis

There are many effective home remedies to minimize the pain caused by inflamed appendix. The most important thing about these home remedies is that they are all natural and will not cause further appendix inflammation or rupture.

1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek herb seeds are known to relieve and minimize pains caused by appendicitis. Tea made from Fenugreek leaves is loaded with antibacterial properties that effective prevent mucus and puss formation that may contribute to appendix infection. Get 2 to 3 large Fenugreek leaves and prepare as tea by boiling for 5 to 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey. Drink one cup daily to prevent and cure appendix pain and infection.

2. Milk

Milk is loaded with vitamins and minerals which are effective against appendix pain. When chronic pain is experienced, the patient should fast for at least 3 days to clean the appendix. After fasting, milk diet for two weeks is recommended. Drink one glass of milk every four hours each day for 2 weeks to cure appendix pain.

3. Ginger and Garlic

For swollen and inflamed appendix, Ginger is an effective natural remedy. Ginger contains soothing properties that reduce inflammation and relax the appendix. Ginger is readily available in either powder or raw form. Mix one tablespoon of ginger powder with one teaspoon of honey and 1 cup hot water. Let it stay for five minutes and stir. Drink once a day preferably during breakfast. Raw ginger can be directly consumed or be used with various food recipes.
Similar to ginger, garlic also provides soothing effects to the appendix while minimizing pain. Furthermore, garlic is known to decrease the probability of vomiting, which is a common appendicitis symptom. When vomiting occurs, immediately drink warm ginger tea which is made by cutting ginger into small portions and mixing with honey and hot water. Ginger is also available in powder form which can be mixed with your favorite drinks. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to your preferred drink and take once a day before sleeping.
Garlic flakes are also effective in preventing appendix pain. Get 1 large garlic clove and cut into thin slices. Fry for 5 to 10 minutes in low heat. Add some salt. These garlic flakes can be used as a seasoning to various snacks like peanuts. Eat a small portion daily.

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4. Mint

Aside from its refreshing effect, mint is also an excellent cleaning ingredient for the appendix. It also provides soothing effect and lessens pain. Get 2 to 3 mints leaves and take orally. Do this 3 times daily preferably after a meal. Mint is also available in liquid form. Mix 2 to 3 drops of mint essence to one glass of water and drink during meals. 6 to 8 glasses of mint with water is recommended to clean and cure the appendix

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5. Water therapy

Water does not only hydrate the body, it is also vital in cleaning organs by flushing out toxins and harmful substances. As an appendix pain reliever, 8 glasses of warm water must be consumed for 3 consecutive days. Doing this will also regulate bowel movement. After 3 days of water therapy, you can slowly introduce other drinks like fruit juices.

6. Lemon Juice

Lemon is rich with vitamin c and other antioxidants, which are extremely potent in fighting appendicitis caused by infection. Mix the juice extracts of one large lemon with a pitcher of water. Add 2 teaspoons of honey. Finish the whole pitcher throughout the day. Repeat for 1 week.

7. Almond Oil

Almond oil is an effective pain reliever. Apply liberally around the stomach area and massage very gently. Be extra careful not to put too much stress when massaging to avoid appendix rupture. Almond oil can also be applied in lower back areas which can also cause pain during appendicitis.

8. Green Gram

Aside from proving instant relief from appendix pain, green gram is also a power antibacterial ingredient. Get 3 to 4 tablespoons of green gram and soak in clean water. Leave overnight. Take one tablespoon daily preferably after breakfast.

9. Basil

Fever is one of the most common symptoms of appendicitis. Basil is an effective natural cure for low and high fever. It is also recommended for people suffering from indigestion and intestinal gas issues. As a fever reducer, boil 10 pieces of basil with 1/2 garlic clove. When the mixture is reduced in half, pour into a glass and add 2 teaspoons of honey. It is recommended to drink this basil tea two times daily – during breakfast and before going to sleep.

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To treat intestinal gas, mix ½ teaspoon of crushed basil with some salt and black pepper. Pour 1 cup of water and drink twice a day. You can also mix crushed basil with yogurt and consume as a snack.
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10. Castor Oil

Like almond oil, castor oil is also a potent ingredient in curing various symptoms caused by appendix inflammation. One common cause of appendicitis is appendix blockage, which happens when a foreign object or stool is stuck and disrupts the normal flow of the appendix. When applied in the stomach area, castor oil can assist in the removal of the blockage and significantly reduce any inflammation. Pour two tablespoons of castor oil into a soft cloth. Leave the cloth over the affected area for an hour. Do this 3 times a day.
When taken orally, castor oil can also minimize pain caused by constipation and indigestion. Take 1 to teaspoon of castor preferably after a meal. Do this 1 to 2 times daily or immediately after feeling these symptoms.

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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