19 Home Remedies For Appendicitis Surgery Pain + Causes And Prevention

Medically reviewed by Dr. Jill Carnahan, MD, ABFM, ABIHM, IFMCP
by Sucharita Mishra

A tiny organ in our abdomen that serves no purpose but causes excruciating pain when it is on the verge of bursting. Yes, we are talking about the appendix. The appendix is a vestigial organ of the human body that may cause complications when it gets inflamed.

This organ did possess some function. It housed bacteria that helped humans digest cellulose in their diet. But, as humans evolved, the need for it became unnecessary as we evolved from herbivores to omnivores. This tiny organ may get inflamed and cause a lot of discomfort. If left untreated, the appendix may burst and cause bacteria and pus to spill over in the abdominal cavity, leading to fatal complications. Hence, you must avail medical treatment at the earliest.

This article will discuss in detail what appendicitis is, what the causes and symptoms are, and how you can get relief from pain post-surgery. Read on!

Home Remedies For Pain After Appendicitis Surgery

1. Castor Oil

Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid. The acid possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (1). The topical application of this oil may alleviate the pain.

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons castor oil
  • A flannel cloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Fold the flannel cloth and pour the castor oil on it.
  2. Place it on the affected area for a couple of minutes.

Note: Castor oil may also be ingested to relieve constipation and the appendix pain it is causing.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is anti-inflammatory (2). This may tone down the pain one experiences post-surgery.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do

Add the vinegar to the water and sip on it.

How Often You Should Do This

Start drinking this as soon as you experience pain.

3. Buttermilk

Anecdotal evidence suggests that drinking fluids like buttermilk may be beneficial for appendicitis. It helps to stimulate digestion and provides a wonderful concoction of probiotics that may deal with any infection.

You Will Need

1 liter buttermilk

What You Have To Do
  1. Chill the buttermilk in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes.
  2. Drink this over the course of the day.

You can also make mocktails with buttermilk. Make a mocktail with buttermilk, grated cucumber, ginger, mint, and coriander. You can also make a light smoothie with buttermilk and a fruit of your choice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it may soothe the digestive system and reduce the pain due to appendicitis.  However, there is no scientific evidence to back this claim.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A glass of water
What You Have To Do

Mix the baking soda powder in water and drink it immediately.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this whenever you experience pain.

5. Garlic

Garlic possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (3). The anti-inflammatory compounds may reduce the pain. The antimicrobial compounds may get rid of harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites.

You Will Need

1-2 garlic cloves

What You Have To Do

Crush the cloves and ingest them with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this when you experience any pain.

6. Green Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds (4). This may alleviate the pain to a great extent.

You Will Need
  • 1 green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
  • Honey (to taste)
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep the green tea bag for a couple of minutes in hot water.
  2. Remove the tea bag. Add honey to the decoction and mix well.
  3. Drink this herbal tea while it is warm.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day

7. Ginseng Tea

Ginseng is a Chinese herb. It contains saponins, which exhibit strong anti-inflammatory properties (5). This may be beneficial for reducing inflammation and pain.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons ginseng
  • A cup of boiling water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the herb to the hot water and let it steep.
  2. When the tea cools down, drink it.
  3. You may also soak the herb in cold water and drink it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

8. Green Gram

Green gram or mung beans are highly nutritive and contain anti-inflammatory compounds (6). Hence, they may help in reducing pain caused due to appendicitis.

You Will Need

Green gram or mung beans

What You Have To Do
  1. Rinse the green gram thoroughly and soak it in water overnight.
  2. Once the beans have absorbed the water and become plump (and are almost sprouting), you can eat them raw or steam them. You can also sauté them very lightly with some veggies and make a simple salad.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this when your abdomen hurts.

9. Vitamins

Research has shown that vitamin deficiency may cause an inflammation of appendicitis (7). Hence, a healthy diet rich in vitamins B, C, and E may be beneficial.

Note: Consult a doctor before taking additional vitamin supplements.

10. Honey And Lemon Juice

Honey and lemon both possess strong anti-inflammatory properties (8), (9). Hence, these may be good for reducing pain due to appendicitis.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do

Mix the two ingredients and drink the mixture. As the mixture has a really strong taste, if you want, you may mellow it down with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

11. Mint

Mint exhibits strong antioxidant properties and regulates digestive processes (10). This may be beneficial to appendicitis patients.

You Will Need
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • A cup of boiling water
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the mint leaves in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Strain the herbal tea prepared and add a bit of honey to it.
  3. Drink this tea.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this when you experience symptoms like pain, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty in passing gas.

12. Juice

Carrot juice is helpful in alleviating pain and fighting infection (11). Beetroot is helpful for detox (12). Drinking small amounts of vegetable or fruit juice may help combat the pain after appendicitis surgery.

You Will Need

Carrot juice OR beet and cucumber juice OR cranberry juice

What You Have To Do

Extract some fresh juice using the mentioned vegetables and fruits and drink it.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this on a regular basis.

13. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds contain a wide range of antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds (13). These compounds may help in combating the pain and preventing further infection.

 You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
  • A cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the fenugreek seeds to water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Let it stay on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain and drink the resulting concoction.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

14. Ginger And Turmeric Mix

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that exhibits strong anti-inflammatory properties (14). Ginger also possesses anti-inflammatory properties (15). Thus, these two may help in combating appendicitis surgery pain.

You Will Need
  • 1/2 inch ginger piece
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Chop the ginger and add it to the honey.
  2. Add the turmeric powder to this and mix well.
  3. Ingest this mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this when you experience nausea and pain.

15. Basil Leaves

Basil has various therapeutic effects (16).  This may prove beneficial as it relieves indigestion and constipation.

You Will Need
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon rock salt
  • A pinch of black pepper powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush the basil leaves and add this along with the other ingredients to the yogurt.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Consume this mixture
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

16. Whole Wheat

Whole wheat flour contains dietary fiber that aids the swift movement of feces in the body (17). It is available in supermarkets and may be used to bake bread. The sterilized bran obtained from wheat may be added to refined flour to make healthier, more roughage containing bread. Brown bread is made from whole wheat flour, so switch to it instead of white bread.

17. Gotu Kola

Gotu kola, medicinally known as Centella asiatica, is a Chinese herb. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that accelerate healing (18). This may help in reducing pain caused due to appendicitis.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon dried gotu kola herb
  • A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Brew fresh herbal tea by soaking the herb in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Strain and sip on this tea.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

18. Dandelion

Dandelion has antioxidant properties (19). This may help in reducing pain. It is also a mild laxative and may clear up constipation.

You Will Need
  • 1 dandelion herb capsule
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • A cup of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Open the capsule carefully and empty the contents into a cup of warm water.
  2. Add lemon as per your taste and mix well.
  3. Drink this mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

Note: People with diabetes, kidney disorders, and gallbladder diseases should not consume this herb. Also, do not use this remedy if you are taking any blood pressure or blood-thinning medications.

19. Agrimony

Agrimony is a Chinese herb that possesses antioxidant properties (20). This may be beneficial to the digestive system.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon agrimony herb
  • A cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Bring the water to a boil and add the dried herbs.
  2. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and then take it off the heat.
  3. Once the herb has stepped well and the concoction is cold, strain it and drink.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

Note: This remedy is not recommended for people with diabetes, kidney disorders, and gallbladder diseases.

Apart from the above-mentioned remedies, the best way to deal with appendicitis surgery pain is to take preventive measures. A few tips are listed below.

Prevention Tips

  • Follow a diet containing a healthy amount of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • It is important to supply enough fiber to the body so that the digestive process is smooth and does not lead to complications like appendicitis. Eat fiber-rich foods, like whole grains, split peas, lentils, black beans, lima beans, peas, artichokes, and okra.
  • Drink 10-12 glasses of water every day.
  • Apart from water, you may also have fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Probiotics, such as yogurt, buttermilk, and kefir, supply healthy bacteria to the gut and regulate digestion.
  • Exercise regularly so that the body functions optimally in general. It may also help in fighting constipation.

Diet is one of the keys to staying healthy. Below is the recommended diet to prevent appendicitis.

Diet For Appendicitis

Appendicitis is caused due to backing up of waste matter in the body. A great way to flush that out is by drinking lots of water. A cleanse diet is often recommended for appendicitis, where you just drink water and fruit and vegetable juices for a couple of days. Apart from these recommendations, here are a few items you should avoid:

  • Processed meat and canned food
  • Spicy and fried food
  • Fatty meat
  • Bakery items made from refined flour
  • Flatulence inducing food items like beans and broccoli
  • Sugary foods
  • High-fat food items and oils
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated and carbonated drinks

One of the main causes of blockage of the appendix is feces or a foreign object. Some of the other causes of the inflammation are listed below.

What Causes Appendicitis?

  • Gastrointestinal infection or infection in any other part of the body, causing enlargement of the tissue inside the appendix
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Parasites
  • Tumor
  • Trauma to the abdomen
  • Constipation

Some of the symptoms of this condition are mentioned below.

Signs And Symptoms Of Appendicitis

  • Pain in the abdomen that starts at the belly button and moves to the lower right region (This pain starts suddenly and gets worse with time.)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Low fever
  • Difficulty in passing gas
  • Abdominal swelling

Types Of Appendicitis

  1. A) Acute Appendicitis – This is the most common type where the issue develops in a matter of a few hours to a few days. It is a rather sudden development that causes extreme pain. Infections may easily develop in this type of appendicitis.

(b) Chronic Appendicitis – Constituting only 1.5% of the total appendicitis cases reported, this type of appendicitis may last for a longer period. The symptoms may recur at intervals as the inflammation of the appendix organ goes back and forth.

Comparatively, chronic appendicitis is more difficult to diagnose, but nonetheless, both types have surgery as their leading treatment option.

Given below are some of the risk factors associated with appendicitis.

Appendicitis Risk Factors

  • Right lower quadrant pain for more than six months.
  • Patients with diarrhea, fatigue, upper abdominal pain, and anorexia.
  • Delay in the admission into a hospital after the onset of symptoms.
  • Older age
  • Existing cystic fibrosis condition.

The home remedies listed above may only help ease the post-operative pain in conjunction with the medication prescribed by your doctor. Consult a doctor, no matter what stage of appendicitis you think you are in. Appendicitis needs medical intervention and should not be treated using home remedies.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

What does appendicitis feel like?

Appendicitis starts off with a dull pain around and below the navel, which then moves towards the left side of the lower abdomen. This pain starts to build up, and then, the other symptoms like nausea and vomiting present themselves.

How long does it take to recover after you have your appendix out?

For laparoscopic surgery, it takes 1-3 weeks for recovery. For a normal open procedure, it takes 2-4 weeks.

What side is the appendix?

The appendix is present on the lower right-hand side of the abdomen.

Is appendicitis hereditary?

Appendicitis is not a genetic condition to be passed on from generation to generation.

How do you know your appendix is about to burst?

The pain, nausea, and vomiting get worse, and a fever develops. If not treated immediately, the appendix may also burst.

Can the pain from appendicitis come and go?

Initially, the pain may come and go, but later, it becomes constant. If the pain is inconsistent over weeks, you may be suffering from chronic appendicitis. Consult a doctor immediately in such a case.

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Sucharita Mishra

Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.
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