Have you or a friend or loved one experienced gout? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles, Acupuncture has been found effective for acute gout attacks. Traditional Chinese Medicine views gout attacks as excessive dampness and heat. Dampness refers to swelling and edema associated with gout, including uric acid crystal buildup in tissues. Heat is a broad term that often refers to inflammation.
Uric acid crystal deposits precipitate gout attacks. Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The crystals tend to lodge in tendons, joints, and other tissues and lead to inflammation. Western medicine treatment for acute treatment options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, and steroids. But research shows that these medications at high doses and for extended periods is not safe for the kidneys and the liver. Acupuncture, on the other hand, has a very low rate of any adverse effects, and it doesn’t harm the liver and kidneys.
Patients who find they are prone to gout attacks will be best served to avoid food that may affect the results, including protein rich, high fat, and spicy foods. Patients were also advised to take more vegetable protein, fruits, and to drink more water. Any foods that contain purine are likely to trigger gout attacks for people prone to the attacks.
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