I would like to say this. There are a billion Chinese that DO NOT use surgery to treat appendicitis. To say that everyone is going to die from said condition is purely false. If you truly want to remedy appendicitis, turn to TCM and change your diet, lifestyle - exercise, and re-examine your emotions. To say that there is no other treatment is absurd, and nothing more than a reflection of the ignorance and brainwashing of our society. However, if you are experiencing a high fever or even a moderate fever and don't have a TCM doctor handy.....well you know the drill.
Appendicitis Surgery Recovery
As someone who just had an appendectomy yesterday, it really scares me that there are people on this page considering "natural" treatment instead of getting surgery. The mortality rates for a ruptured appendix are extremely high. Yes, my surgeon told me (and according to research I've done), it is possible that an appendix can "get better". However, more often than not, an appendix will continue to get worse. In a very short amount of time. Or, in a lot of cases, if the infection does clear up, it will recur, getting worse every time and the appendix will have to come out anyway. My surgeon told me that a lot of times, the pain in the appendix will go away or get better even though the appendix is WORSENING, then the patient doesn't even know it's not getting better until the appendix actually RUPTURES. When an appendix ruptures, feces get released into the bloodstream, and you know what that means - severe, life-threatening infection, sepsis, if you are lucky, weeks in a hospital while they clean you out, and if you are not so lucky - DEATH.
I tried to wait it out a little and the paramedics yelled at me, asking me if I was crazy - they have seen way too many people who "waited" to see if the appendix would get better. They told me that when the appendix ruptures, it is one of the most painful, life-threatening conditions they have ever seen, and people often DIE from it. They have seen it happen many, many times. Obviously they have no personal stake in the outcome of my appendix, so if you don't trust my surgeon's advice, at least trust theirs.
Believe me, I believe in natural cures for almost everything, I NEVER go to the doctor, but when I thought I had appendicitis, I immediately went there. (By the way, my symptoms were that I had a dull, aching pain to the right of my navel that was constant and woke me up out of a sleep. It did not feel like a pain I've ever had before, not gas, not cramps, not stomach pain. The pain got worse with movement (getting out of bed, walking) and seemed to subside when I stopped moving. I lost my appetite completely and I also had a strong feeling/instinct that something was 'really wrong' and that I needed to go to a doctor. Other symptoms include low-grade fever and nausea and a pain that moves from the navel to the lower right quadrant of the abdomen.)
Personally, I applied castor oil with heat to my appendix area but stopped when I learned that applying heat can inflame the appendix further and cause the appendix to rupture. I also sipped a lot of water with ACV to calm down any infection until I got to the ER, but I also stopped that too when I learned you should not drink, either. Of course, maybe if I continued to apply castor oil and take ACV, it *might* have cleared up. But what if, what is more likely, it doesn't? The money I will have to pay for the surgery (I have no health insurance) is a small price to pay compared to the possibility of death. I am not going to play Russian Roulette with my own life. Trust me, the surgery is not that bad and if I'm sitting here typing this to you almost 24 hours after my surgery, the surgery is relatively minor compared to the risks of NOT getting it - don't you think? Basically, don't eat, don't drink, don't take ibuprofen or painkillers, GET YOURSELF TO A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you think you have appendicitis. Your life is worth it. The bills will sort themselves out.