Appendicitis, Symptoms, Home Remedies for Appendicitis Treatment
Definition and Anatomy of Appendicitis
Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix, primarily because of an obstruction of the appendix lumen or the inner lining of the appendix. In human anatomy, the appendix is located at the right lower quadrant of the abdomen; it is a tube-like tissue about 10 cm in length which attaches to the cecum which is the first part of the large intestine or the colon. The lumen of the appendix produces mucus which flows within the tube-like interior of the tissue and acts as part of the immune system producing antibodies that combat infection. Appendicitis occurs when there is a build-up of thick mucus or fecal obstruction which consequently hardens and completely blocks the flow of the mucus and harbors bacteria which causes infection and the swelling of the appendix.
Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis
The primary symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain, which starts as a diffused pain often beneath the umbilicus then later localizes at the right lower part of the abdomen which is also called the Mc Burney's point. Pain localization happens when the appendix becomes more swollen or stretched; the lining of the abdomen or the peritoneal membrane becomes inflamed and produces a sharp shooting localized pain. Other signs and symptoms include; loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and fever which indicates infection.
How is appendicitis diagnosed?
Appendicitis can be easily diagnosed given with the classic signs and symptoms. There are other measures to conclude that the condition is indicative of appendicitis:
Physical Examination -check for rebound tenderness, this is done by palpating the lower right abdomen with slight pressure and then letting go, when there is pain after letting go of the pressure, rebound tenderness is present.
Laboratory Tests - complete blood count is necessary to check for white blood cell count, if the white blood cell count is extremely high, supported by the signs and symptoms, the condition is indicative of appendicitis.
Home Remedies for Appendicitis
Appendicitis can be treated at home if detected in an early or onset stage. Try any one of these proven home remedies for appendicitis if you are confronted with the said illness:
Mixture of: 100ml beet juice, 100ml of cucumber juice, and 300ml carrot juice; regular intake at least 3 times a day.
Boil 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 1 liter of cold water, strain the mixture, let it cool down until warm. Fenugreek seeds are used in traditional Chinese medicine to minimize or alleviate pain.
1 teaspoon of sprouted green grams, take 2 to 3 times a day. Green grams are used for acute appendicitis and used as antipyretic (for fever).
Patients with accompanying fever, boil basil leaves for 5 minutes, strain it and it's ready to use for medication.
Powdered ginger and turmeric combination can reduce pain and swelling of the appendix.
For vomiting, take 1 teaspoon of ginger juice with a pinch of rock salt, or chopped ginger with rock salt preserved in a bottle, to take with meals.
Hot compress is best home remedy for pain, a warm towel strip or hot water bag placed on affected part of abdomen can cause pain relief.
For chronic appendicitis, take 1 liter of buttermilk everyday.