Acupuncture and the Appendix
One of those neat things about Acupuncture is you can help with conditions related to the Appendix.
About 3 years ago, I had to make a trip to the emergency ward at Stanford due to the unexpected stress I caused on my colon from a radical change in my diet.
Oh -yeh, some things in theory done work too well in practice. Fortunately, I did not advise any of my patients to do the same!
Even though the docs wanted to take out my appendix, they could not because of the amount of local swelling and infection present. They needed to wait until antibiotics reduced the chaos there as the appendix had not ruptured yet either.
As it turned out, after the pain subsided and reverting my diet back to what was normal before, I began to manage any urge for my appendix to be uncomfortable by using specific and well documented distal acupuncture points to treat the area…. and it worked to help control the few flare ups I had afterwards.
I chose not to have my appendix removed and have been more careful and less radical with my diet.
Based on my studies of the appendix, it does provide some support for the gut flora and so I had this reason to keep this little part of myself that for most of my life, the public information was that it served no purpose.
If you have any mild indications that you may be stressing your appendix or area suffering from pain in that area, in my estimation, it would be worthwhile to see an acupuncturist. However, if have you are fearing that your going to have a blowout rupture and you are becoming overwhelmed with pain, you better get to an emergency room immediately.
As part of an integrated approach, even if a patient is on a fast track to have their appendix removed, stimulating the appropriate acupuncture points in the process leading up to the surgery would be, imho, a worthwhile study.
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