The appendix is a thin worm-shaped pouch that projects out from the first part of the colon. It is believed that the appendix helps in the immune system of the intestinal tract, and is therefore more likely to become infected, just as tonsils are in the throat.
N.W. Walker, DSC, writes in Become Younger,
The function of the appendix is to provide a secretion which prevents the feces from remaining stationary in the colon; at the same time its secretion neutralizes excessive putrefactive bacteria, in much the same way that the tonsils protect the throat.”
In appendicitis, bacteria get into the appendix and it becomes swollen, inflamed and filled with pus. It has a tendency to flare up quickly, and can develop into a life-threatening emergency within hours. Usually, the trigger for appendicitis is unknown. The pain of appendicitis usually starts around the navel area. As it progresses, there is usually terrible cramping pains accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. When the pain finally extends to the lower right corner of the abdomen, the inflammation is full-blown and requires immediate medical attention. The danger of acute appendicitis is that the pus-filled appendix can burst, spilling bacteria into the abdominal cavity.
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Nutritional Suggestions for the Prevention of Appendicitis
- Eat cabbage and drink cabbage juice.
- Eat foods that are rich in sodium, such as celery, mineral whey, strawberries and okra.
- Eat foods that are high in fibre, such as ground flaxseeds, oat bran, rice bran, whole grains, raw vegetables, alfalfa tablets and chlorella.
- Include slippery foods, such as aloe vera juice, slippery elm tea, and flaxseed tea in your diet.
- Eat foods that are high in friendly bacteria, such as yogurt and raw sauerkraut.
- Include anti-parasitic foods, such as garlic and onions in your diet.
- Practice colon cleansing once or twice a year, and take parasite-fighting herbs, such as wormwood, cloves, black walnut, and garlic. The cecum is often called a “worm nest” because it is where parasites tend to lodge.
- Work on preventing constipation. When the colon becomes backed up with old fecal matter, it can become impacted and block the opening of the appendix into the cecum.
Gemstones for Healing:
Place on affected area.
Reflexology areas to emphasize:
In mild cases, work these points in combination with fasting to help clear up the infection:
- Adrenal glands – helpful for inflammation
- Ileocecal valve – help clear mucous