Treating Appendicitis

Appendicitis, depending on severity, can be managed and treated with a few different methods. Although it is done differently in Western medicine compared to traditional Chinese medicine. 

Western Medicine

Depending on your medical condition, your doctor’s recommended treatment plan for appendicitis may include one or more of the following:

  • Appendectomy –  an appendectomy is removing the appendix surgically. This is usually the easiest and most effective in western medicine. Taking the appendix out of the body eliminates the risks of appendicitis but also has side effects of its own. These can include bleeding, infection, injury to nearby organs and blocked bowels. 
  • Abscess draining – draining the complication of an abscess can either be done with a needle or surgery. Your doctor will use a CT scan or an ultrasound to locate the abscess. They will insert a needle on the end of a syringe into the abscess, then the plunger will be depressed, draining the pus from inside.
  • Antibiotics – Cefotans and Cefotaximes help prevent appendicitis related wounds from causing a severe infection. These antibiotics are used after surgery or in case of a sudden rupture of the appendix.  
  • PainKillers – NSAIDs are the most popular medications designed to help relieve pain with appendicitis. But they may have some side effects including bleeding from the stomach and other GI-related issues since they can be really hard on your digestive tract. For people who have ulcers, generally avoid drugs like this.
  • IV Fluids – Intravenous fluid regulation is the control of the amount of liquid that flows through a tube into your veins.
  • Liquid Diet – A full liquid diet is based on clear liquids but it includes all foods that are liquid or will turn to liquid at room temperature, or melt at body temperature. It gives you more nutrition than an ordinary clear liquid diet. Taking less energy to digest, it gives your body the nutrients it needs yet saves energy to heal from a procedure.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Approach 

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many ailments.

Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient holistic practice. It is centred around the belief that good health is dependent upon the balance between mind and body as well as between a person and their environment. TCMs main treatment approach involves using natural ingredients and acupuncture to maintain the balance of energy in your body. The body has meridians or channels of energy throughout, when these get blocked, disturbed or out of balance our health is affected. When we have a health condition, such as appendicitis, acupuncture can be used to relieve pain and support flow of blood and energy to promote healing. This works by applying needles to meridian points associated with the condition, releasing blockages and stimulating the blood flow to restore balance. The process is assisted with Chinese herbs to decrease inflammation and benefit bodily function. There are no side effects with this totally natural approach and great results. 

At Centre of Balance we proudly practice Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you or someone you know are having health troubles, contact us at Centre of Balance to learn more about Chinese Medicine and how we can help you today. 

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References

https://www.healthline.com/health/appendectomy#risks

https://www.healthline.com/health/appendicitis#treatment

https://www.everydayhealth.com/appendicitis/guide/antibiotics/

https://www.singlecare.com/conditions/appendicitis-treatment-and-medications

https://www.healthline.com/health/full-liquid-diet

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/traditional-chinese-medicine-what-you-need-to-know