Acupuncture and TCM for Gout
What is gout?
Gout can develop when there are high concentrations of uric acid in the blood, leading to the formulation of small, sharp crystals. These crystals build up in cartilage, gradually spilling out into the joint cavities of the body.
What causes gout?
Some common factors:
• Genetics play a role in the ability of the kidneys to flush out urate as well as they should.
• Those who are overweight or obese have more urate produced in their body each day, often leading to more urate than the body can get rid of.
• High levels of cholesterol and fats, high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes may mean your kidneys are less able to flush out urate.
What are the symptoms of gout?
These painful crystals cause inflammation, most often in the joints and surrounding tissues of the hands, knees, ankles and feet.
Treatment of Gout:
Acupuncture, herbs and lifestyle and/or diet changes may be necessary to prevent reoccurring episodes of gout. If you are having trouble managing it yourself, we would suggest a consult with one of our Registered Acupuncturist/Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Narrowing down the cause is the first step.
Natural remedies for gout:
• Fruits and Vegetables – Foods low in purines help flush out the uric acid. Avoid mushrooms, asparagus and cauliflower, as they are high in purine.
• Cherries – Cherries contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. A cup at each meal has been shown to reduce gout.
• Alfalfa – Shown to help reduce the pain of gout. Alfalfa can be taken as a supplement with meals.
• Vitamin C – Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood.
• Drink lots of water – About about 2 liters per day is the common recommendation