Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 09/18/2014
Apparently, prior to 1950, if you went to the hospital with suspected appendicitis, you were given an enema. If that helped you, you went home. I learned this from Herbalist Rachel Weaver. You can read more about the link between constipation and appendicitis here:
While it seems that the "safest" thing to do when you have symptoms of appendicitis is to have surgery, surgery is not without risks.
Not everyone has the option for immediate surgery and it is wise to know what to do for a suspected appendicitis.
Here is a great story of how charcoal helped someone survive a ruptured appendix.
My husband and I have each had our appendix out. We know what the pain feels like. A few years ago our son was having pain that were were sure was his appendix. I took him to the doctor. The doctor insisted that it wasn't appendicitis and sent us home. We used charcoal poultices over the area, and I think chamomile tea internally. It did give him relief. This happened a couple of times and both times the poultices relieved his pain quite quickly. He has not had the problem in years. I am quite convinced it was appendicitis. He had the rebound pain and all. But apparently, you can have an inflamed appendix that is not actually critically infected or about to rupture. I know someone else for whom a charcoal poultice helped appendix like pain.
At the least, a charcoal poultice could be used on the way to the emergency room, or if there is no medical care available. It is worth it to relieve the suffering.
What is odd is that when I was having appendix problems, the problems came and went over a couple of weeks. I went to one doctor who said it was not my appendix. I went to my OBGYN who said it was not my appendix. The third flare up, I went to the ER. The did a CT scan. But before getting the results, they did the surgery. But, of course, they still charged for the CT scan that was very important and then suddenly not important.
What would be really nice is to have a doctor who would be willing to monitor you and treat you conservatively and only do surgery if it were truly needed. Unfortunately, I think for most doctors, the easiest/safest (for them) thing to do is just remove the appendix. In our society that sues doctors quite quickly, I can understand their position to just take out the appendix.
Just my random thoughts on appendicitis.
~Mama to Many~