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I Experienced An Emergency Appendectomy

Author: Connie B.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 04-03-2013
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Testimonial ID: 8424-OR
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Scientific Studies: 8

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I wanted to share my use of essential oils when I had my emergency appendectomy on June 4th, 2008.

I woke up in the middle of the night, April 29th with a sharp pain in my right lower abdomen after rolling over in bed. I assumed I had pulled a muscle. The pain persisted in my lower right abdomen for about four to five days.

I sent up a prayer that I did not have time for this pain and asked that it be taken care of. I felt bloated, blocked and constipated. The pain was more like an aggravation and very energy draining. I flew one day trips on the 1st and 3rd of May (I am a flight attendant) and felt the pressure in my abdomen increase. I was thankful that I did not have to fly again until the 18th having cleared my schedule off due to my parents coming to visit.

When the pain started, I immediately used Reiki and applied Peppermint and PanAway for the pain and DiGize and extra Fennel for the bloating. I found an essential oil pain relief formula and decided to try applying that to my stomach also. The pain went away after about five to six days.

Thinking back on the chain of events, I believe I stemmed the inflammation with the use of the essential oils because the oils I used are very powerful at fighting inflammation.

Then on Jun 3rd, I felt sudden heartburn (which I rarely get) and the pain in the exact same spot in my lower right abdomen. In the next few hours, I started feeling blocked, bloated, and constipated once again. This was the exact pain and feeling that I had felt in late April only a bit more intense this time. I performed one massage on a friend on Jun 4th. Afterwards, I was totally drained of all energy.

I finally decided to call a doctor to see what was going on in my body. My doctor was out for the day but I was able to see the physician assistant. She could barely touch my abdomen and told me to go immediately to the emergency room. I did make a side trip home to get my husband, pack a bag and retrieve my oils.

Once at the hospital, I took a capsule of Valerian oil (I thought I had grabbed Vetiver also but instead I had two Valerian) and one capsule of Cistus and Helichrysum mixed. On nights that I have not been able to fall asleep, I fill a capsule full and know that within 20 minutes, I need to be in bed. Who needs sleeping pills when you can take a very natural essential oil.

I have read and heard that in Ecuador they are giving the patients capsules filled with Valerian, Vetiver, Helichrysum and Peppermint just prior to surgery to help with post-op pain and recovery. In medieval times, Valerian was referred to as "all Heal" because they used it for everything. It has a very unpleasant smell but is sedative and is tranquilizing to the central nervous system.

I continued to rub Peppermint and Wintergreen on my abdomen. The emergency room doc asked what smelled so minty and I told him what I was doing. He immediately cautioned me that Wintergreen was a very dangerous essential oil to use. I said "I know, its like taking aspirin." He responded it is stronger than aspirin.

The nurses commented that I was very calm for someone about to go into surgery. I looked at my husband and said they don't know I just took a very natural form of valium. Of course, my husband told me I had to tell the doctors what I had taken. When the doctor came in, I did tell him I had taken a capsule of Valerian for pain and to help calm me and a capsule of Cistus and Helichrysum for any internal bleeding that might take place.
I emerged from surgery around midnight. I don't remember much until the next morning. The nurse woke me at 5:30 to take my vitals and asked if I wanted any pain meds. I told her I was not in any pain. I was walking the halls around 9am and never went back to bed. Everyone kept coming in and telling me they did not believe I had just had surgery. The doctor came in around 4pm that day and released me; however, he did tell me that the appendix had a tear and had leaked into my abdomen so he wanted me on antibiotics for another week.

As a side note, my hospital roommate had just had her uterus removed two days before and was feeling very emotional. I told her to sit in a chair while I rubbed Valor on her neck. I sent healing energy as I held her neck and shoulders. When she stood up, she stood taller and said she could not believe how she felt. She just stood there for about ten to fifteen minutes because it was the first time in days that she could stand tall without pain.

I think I was very foolish to not see a doctor about my pain immediately. However, I truly felt that the oils helped stem the inflammation from my appendix in the beginning of May and helped with the recovery of the surgery with such ease.

A side note on using essential oils: I only use Young Living because of their purity and high quality. Do not expect the same results with other essential oils.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
5.Associated topics: bloating,constipation-/-irregularity — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
6.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
7.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link

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