Constipation is one of the causes of appendicitis, which of course, is due mostly to a faulty diet. In the case of appendicitis, the first thing to do is to give an enema, using either a small amount of baking soda or a herb tea. This will often relieve the pain. For an herbal enama, use either spearmint or catnip. Apply hot and cold packs alternately in the region of the appendix and all along the spine. A poultice of mullein leaves (a large handful), one tablespoon powdered lobelia and a pinch of ginger is good , made by adding enough slippery elm bark ( ‘shredded) or cornmeal to the tea to make it thick leave it on until cool. After the attack go on a liquid diet of is also good. Never give solid food, water or a laxative during an attack. These helps are good while waiting for the doctor, but always are see your practitioner.