Many years ago I saw in an article translated from Chinese that patients with appendicitis in China were often treated with laxatives! ! and antibiotics [I don’t remember if these antibiotics were of herbal origin of “our antibiotics” or a combination. Maybe this Chinese article gave the researchers a “push” to examine this. possibility [which is logic!]

Antibiotics for appendicitis: Study findings finalized | Newsroom (uw.edu) see also video in the article;e