WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Appendicitis'?
Scientists have Finally Discovered the Appendix has a PurposeFor 100 years, we've grown up believing the appendix had no purpose. Its odd wormy shape, earning it the name 'vermiform appendix' has long perplexed scientists. Removal of the appendix, called appendectomy, was a common surgery. The lack of symptoms after appendectomy suggested to them that the appendix was a vestigial structure with no apparent use.
Fossil evidence, however, shows that the appendix evolved independently in at least 32 species, and was lost by no more than 6 species. This finding provided a strong argument of the appendix's importance, however mysterious to modern man. Given the high concentration of immune tissue surrounding the appendix, researchers originally postulated that the appendix offered a protective immune function.
The human appendix attaches to the cecum at the beginning of the colon. The appendix averages 4 inches in length and has the width of earthworm. It is located beneath McBurney's point, 1/3 from the top of the right hip bone to the belly button.
By studying koalas, researchers at Duke University in 2007 believe they have finally found the function of the appendix. Koalas, like many leaf eating mammals, have an unusually large appendix. Leaves contain large amounts of indigestible cellulose fibers. Bacteria break down these cellulose fibers and significantly improve absorption of koala's leafy eucalyptus menu. A bout of diarrhea or infection could purge the gut of these beneficial cellulose eating beneficial bacteria.
Enter the appendix. Apparently, the appendix acts as a reservoir of beneficial gut bacteria. As nature's pro-biotic, the appendix helps to reboot the koala digestive tract by repopulating its gut with this good bacteria. As humans learned to cook and eat more easily digestible foods, and eat fewer leaves, the importance of the appendix may have waned slightly. Nevertheless, balanced gut flora remains important to human health as well.
When infected the appendix can turn deadly. A low fiber diet, together with rich, gooey foods like pizza and cheeseburgers, form a cocktail of food stagnation that festers in the cecum. Typically, before the appendix becomes inflamed, a person will feel gas & bloating as food stagnates in the cecum. The cecum is a hot spot of food stagnation and fermentation. As the appendix becomes inflamed, pain radiating to the center will start as a dull, visceral ache. As the pain becomes more acute, it localizes to the lower right quadrant. Pain is felt upon release of pressure (rebound tenderness) not upon application.
A diet of light, easy to digest soups with cooked leaves can help scrape the cecum clean. Enema therapy was traditionally recommended to cleanse to the cecum area as a preventative measure. Do not give an enema to someone with an inflamed appendix, as the increase in pressure could cause rupture. Appendicitis is a serious condition that requires immediate emergency treatment at the hospital.
Cases of appendicitis increase in the spring, starting early February, as gooey element naturally increases in the blood.
Disclaimer: 'Appendicitis' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
STAGE OF DISEASE 4 - TISSUE DISEASEIf you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting symptoms in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance - i.e. symptoms in the stage 1 category. It is ideal to find and address the root causes weakening your system and remove them first. This ensures you are not adding fuel to the fire of disease. Once the root causes are removed, you can work on addressing the disease head on along with strengthening your body. This typically yields a quicker recovery and prevents recurrence. Ayurveda's preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
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REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Appendicitis', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO APPENDICITIS
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Appendicitis'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Appendicitis.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'APPENDICITIS'
PRODUCTS REMEDIES FOR 'APPENDICITIS'
REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCE
APPENDICITIS USUALLY MEANS THESE
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Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Hot' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Pungent' taste
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.