Home remedies for Appendicitis
The appendix is a small tube-shaped sac attached to the inferior end of the large intestine. Inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis) results due to an overload of toxic material in the caecum. It can affect both sexes and can be acute or chronic. It usually begins with an abrupt, acute pain in the right lower abdomen. The pain is often preceded by fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and constipation.
It is advisable for a person who is experiencing such pain to consult a doctor immediately because appendicitis is a medical emergency. There is a risk of the appendix bursting and the fecal matter emptying into the abdominal cavity leading to peritonitis, shock, and death. Along with the line of treatment suggested by the doctor, the following dietary home remedies may also be tried out.
First and foremost, the individual must take adequate rest. A low enema of warm water (half liter) should be given every day to cleanse the lower bowel. An individual suffering from appendicitis should take special precautions to avoid constipation as it can further aggravate the inflammation of the appendix. Diet should include coarse cereals, fruits, and vegetables; and most importantly, soluble fiber to promote healthy bowel movements. Once the toxic waste matter in the caecum has moved into the colon, the irritation and inflammation in the appendix may subside on its own.
Additionally, moong (whole green gram) water is an excellent remedy for acute appendicitis. It can be take in small quantities (½-1 cup) two to three times a day. Consuming fenugreek seeds, soaked and boiled in half a liter of water, may be helpful in preventing excess deposition of mucus and intestinal wastes. Vegetable juices can also be of immense value in appendicitis.
A combination of beetroot and cucumber juice or a blend of carrot and spinach can be taken twice to relieve symptoms. Consuming one liter of buttermilk can also be beneficial in the management of chronic appendicitis. Chewing 2-3 leaves of holy basil (Tulsi) is a proven remedy for mild cases of appendicitis.
Lastly, a person should not indulge in strenuous physical activities or household chores for at least one to two weeks. He/she should stay away from junk food, foods that are high in their fat and salt (sodium) content, colas, and preserved or canned food. Consuming a well balanced diet and drinking large amounts of water and other healthy liquids will not only relieve symptoms but also avoid or help delay the surgical removal of the appendix.
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