Gout is a painful condition triggered by purine metabolism disorder. The disease is caused by higher levels of serum uric acid in blood. Pain is caused as a result of urate crystals deposit within joints, which causes tenderness and exquisite pain. While pharmacological treatment mainly relies upon medicines and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, in the acute stage drugs may not be of great help. It is very important to control the circulating serum uric acid level in blood in order to get relief.
In Chinese medicine, Acupuncture Gout treatments have been widely used to relieve pain caused by gout as well as swelling. It is believed that a rich diet causes build-up of heat and damp internally, which stagnates phlegm. Certain disturbances of the kidney and spleen are also observed. Gout acupuncture treatment, therefore, involves stomach and spleen acupuncture points for controlling damp and heat in order to reduce phlegm. There are various other points that should be used to control the joints involved. Expert acupuncturists take each and every patient gradually, pointing at different meridians in the body, to bring relief.
Acupuncture, when applied to patients suffering from gout, can relieve symptoms like inflammation and pain. Fine needles will be inserted into the meridians on the body to ensure proper pain control. Gout Acupuncture treatment can also stimulate endorphins, which soothes complications in gout patients. Endorphins work like natural analgesics and helps reduce pain caused by gout. It also assists patients to feel relaxed.
As a patient, trying acupuncture for the first time can be challenging. Since there are needles involved patients usually have mixed opinions. However, the treatment is painless and takes very little time. Brand new and sterilized needles are used by trained acupuncturists to carry out this therapy. While initially there might be a tingling sensation, it gradually subsides in no time.
Gout Affected Areas
Gout generally afflicts single joints, usually the big toe. However, it can also affect other joints, such as joints in the feet, hands, ankles, and elbows. It is a painful condition that comes on all of a sudden and is described as a throbbing and excruciating feeling. Acupuncture has potential benefits in relieving all kinds of joint pain, and gout is no different.
There are gout patients who cannot take corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory medications due to intolerance. In such cases, acupuncture could be the most appropriate alternative treatment. A patient might have to undergo multiple treatments to get the best result and complete relief, while in some cases only a single treatment may be needed. Since gout resembles other medical complications too, health care providers may be able to come up with better solutions to the course of treatment.
Traditionally, acupuncture has a diverse history of healing and treatment. It has been observed that acupuncture treatment can help patients overcome not only one but multiple complications with ease. However, it is very important to make sure that you choose a qualified and trained acupuncturist to perform this extensive treatment so that remarkable improvement can be experienced.
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