First off before we get into the herbs used for this illness, I will say that most often herbs are used after the appendix is sick and taken out.
What is the appendix?
It is a small, usually around 10 cm long, finger-shaped projection that is part of the large intestine. It is located on the right lower side (quadrant) of the abdomen. The Cecum is what lies just past the ileocecal valve, which is the gateway connecting the small and large intestine, and of the cecum is the vermiform (worm-shaped) organ known as the appendix.
This one condition alone is responsible for people having emergency surgery. Most often this condition will affect people between 10 and 30 years of age.
What does the appendix do?
For many years doctors really did not know what the appendix did and why it would become inflamed. We now know that the appendix plays an important role in our immune system due to its rich supply of lymphocytes; better known as B-cells, T-cells, and natural killer cells.
What is Appendicitis?
Simply put it is inflammation of the appendix and the causes are infection or obstruction. In almost all cases it is removed either by laparotomy or laparoscopy, this is called an appendectomy
Things we know of the Appendix
- The appendix was thought to be a vestigial organ, which simply means it was used long ago to deal with large plant matter people of old would eat, and lost its use when people stopped eating plants so much.
- Stores additional digestive enzymes.
- Rich in lymphocytes
- Plays an important role in repopulating natural bacteria to our large intestine that are wiped out by diarrhea and other similar illnesses.
What are the symptoms of appendicitis?
- Loss of appetite
- Pain that starts around the belly button and moves low right side abdomen
- The pain gets worse if you move, breath deeply, cough or sneeze
- Change in bowel movements
- passing gas
- Bowels wont move
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- A low fever begins after the other symptoms
There are some cases of appendicitis that have no symptoms until that first stabbing pain in your tummy, so you need to be aware as at that point it could be very serious or life-threatening.
If you do not seek medical attention and you do have appendicitis, then the appendix can burst, spewing bacteria into the abdomen, causing an infection in the peritoneal cavity and this can be painful, long-term healing, high cost, and even death at times.
Like I said before herbs are generally used in the healing process, though you can at the first sign of discomfort use herbs that will help with pain or anxiety, just make sure to tell the doctor if you take anything.
There is one herb that might calm the appendix so you do not have to have it removed and that is slippery elm. You can take the tablets or powder 3 times per day for up to 3 months to treat discomfort, swelling, and irritation of the appendix.
Dosage: Tea – One teaspoon agrimony in one cup of boiled water, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then drink as a nice tea every 2-3 hours.
Tincture – Take 20-80 drops of tincture (1:5 in 45% alcohol) three times a day
Action: Used as a digestive help with appendicitis, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, wounds, and bruising
Caution: Do not use if on blood thinners, or have high blood pressure or diabetes.
Dosage: Tea – Place 1-2 teaspoons of tea in 12 ounces of water, let it sit for 10 minutes, strain and drink one cup 3 times a day
Tincture – Take 40-60 drops three times a day
Action: Stimulates the immune system, protects the body from stress, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
Caution: Do not take if you are running a fever
Dosage: Tea – Use 1 – 2 teaspoonfuls in a cup of hot water, let it sit for 10 minutes then drink 3 times a day
Tincture – Take 30 – 60 drops, 3 times a day
Action: It Will help with inflammation and is a good antioxidant. In general, it will aid your immune system and fight infection
Caution: Do not take if diabetic or on any blood thinner, including aspirin.
Dosage: Tea – Place 1/4 – 1/2 herb into a hot cup of water and then let steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink 2-3 cups a day.
Tincture – Take 20 – 80 drops once a day
Action – Helps remove toxins from the anesthesia, fights surgical infection, and boosts the immune system.
Caution – Do not take if you have an immune disorder or liver disease
Dosage: Tea – Place 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoonfuls into a hot cup of water and let steep for 10 minutes then drink a cup 1 – 3 times a day
Tincture – Take 40-60 drops taken 1-3 times a day
Action: Fights infections and is a tonic for the immune system
Caution: Do not use if fighting a fever
Dosage: Tea – Place 1-2 teaspoonful in a cup of water and drink 2-3 times a day
Tincture – Take 50 to 60 drops of tincture 3-4 times a day
Action: Heals wounds, repairs connective tissue, and helps prevent scarring
Caution: Do not take if you are on medications for sleep or anxiety
Dosage: Tea – Place 3-4 teaspoonful in one cup of boiling water, let it steep for 10 minutes, strain and then drink 2-3 cups a day
Tincture – Take 20-30 drops once a day
Action: Use as a general tonic to support the body and it will help to heal a surgical wound
Caution: Do not take if pregnant, on blood thinners, or diabetic
It used to be common practice to remove the appendix if any surgery was done, just because Doctors knew that most likely it would need to come out sometime.
That and the fact that the removal of the appendix causes very little if any noticeable change in a person’s body. Nowadays however the appendix can sometimes be treated with IV antibiotics. It all depends on where you are in the appendix cycle.
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