What is Gout?
Gout is one of the common forms of inflammation arthritis. It is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high level of uric acid in the blood (Hyperuricemia).
The acid can form needle like crystals in various tissues and organs like tendons, joints and kidneys resulting in inflammation and damage.
Uric acid is produced by the body as a part of metabolism, and it is normally eliminated in the urine. Uric acid is only poorly soluble in blood and when it crystalizes out of blood (asurate) and into joints or under the skin, causes the condition known as gout.
How Does Gout Pain Feel Like?
Gout can cause extremes pain. It’s characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, warmth and redness in the joints.
About half of the gout cases affect the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). An attack of gout can occur suddenly often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire.
While the remaining cases typically affect other joints like ankle, knees, elbow, wrist, finger tips and even the ears.
An acute gout attack may last from 3 to 10 days. If you are not careful with your diet, the attacks may eventually happen several times in a year.
The attacks typically reach a peak of excruciating pain in 6 hours, but usually resolve in 5 days. Age and gender also have a role to play. It affects more male than female.
Does Acupuncture Treatment Help Gout?
Acupuncture is found effective for the treatment of acute gout attacks.
An important acupuncture technique of pain and inflammation. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles, acupuncture was found effective for the alleviation of dampness and heat during acute gout attacks.
Dampness refers to swelling and edema associated with gout, including uric acid crystal build up in tissues. Heat is a broad term often referring to inflammation.
Acupuncture has slow rate of adverse effects, and it does not harm the kidney and liver.
Acupuncture help to stimulates the nerves, which increases the metabolism, thus improve blood circulation in reducing the pain of a gout and also prevent future attack or minimize gout flare-ups.
How to Treat Gout with Acupuncture Treatment?
Traditional Chinese Medicine surrounds its theory of pain in obstructed channels or “internal organs” system deficiencies that interfere with meridian channels and nerve impulse signalling.
Obstruction usually occurs as blood stasis. This pathological matter often forms from the internalisation of external factors such as trauma, wind, heat, cold and dry elements.
Acupuncture points connect to the meridians. By stimulating those points with needles, it is said will correct the flow of qi and alleviate pain.
Factors that Raise The Development of Gout.
You or someone you know may have experienced gout before. It’s excruciatingly painful, debilitating, and not an event that anyone wants to repeat.
Diet and alcohol consumption are regularly cited as causes of gout, and it’s widely believed that gout is something you bring upon yourself, usually as a result of an indulgent lifestyle.
This belief has been around for centuries as long as gout has been documented. Gout used to be a status symbol-only those with enough wealth and food might be lucky enough to have a gout attack.
Risk factors like genes has higher risk to develop gout. High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and heart disease may raise your risk.
The risk of gout is increased by the frequent consumption of food high in purines: including organ meat, seafood, certain vegetables, beans and food containing fructose, alcohol beverages especially beer.
Food that contain high levels of purines include:
- Wild game such as veal, venison and duck.
- Red meat includes beef, mutton, pork, veal, venison and goat.
- Seafood like anchovies, herring, haddock, trout, mackerel, sardines, tuna, mussels, codfish, scallops.
- Organ meat such as liver, kidney and thymus glands which are known as sweetbreads.
- Vegetables that rich in purine are asparagus, dried bean (especially fava and garbanzo), mushrooms, peas and spinach.
Alcoholic beverages especially beer, it contains the highest amounts of purines, which come from its malt content. “To avoid gout, avoid stout”.
Apart from paying attention on the diet for purines intake and should also try to stay away from gout triggers by:
- Limit purine-rich food
- Avoid sugar
- Avoid alcohol
- Lose weight
- Reduce stress
- Add fiber
- Rest well
- Exercise regularly
- Stay hydrated (2 litres a day)
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