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Managing Gout with Acupuncture | Cure Gout Now

Managing Gout with Acupuncture

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A healthy diet and exercise is a great way to prevent gout and reduce the frequency of attacks.  However, when a flare up occurs, gout sufferers need to seek treatment to relieve the pain and inflammation. There are different medical remedies to help reduce symptoms and aid in prevention.  That being said, there are also alternative treatments available that help to relieve inflammation and prevent attacks such as acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese remedy that has been used for medicinal purposes, such as treating arthritic pain, for centuries.  It involves the insertion of tiny needles into several acupuncture points around the body.  When it comes to arthritic treatment the needles would be inserted near the affected joints.  The purpose of the treatment is to help reduce the inflammation in the joints, which may result in pain relief.  Acupuncture may either be used in combination with other treatment, or on its own.

Although acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat arthritis, it has only recently been considered as a useful alternative therapy in western medicine.  Research is now being conducted on acupuncture as a treatment for gout and its effectiveness.

Studies on acupuncture have revealed that there is no doubt on the positive impact this treatment has on patients.  The reason is because acupuncture is designed to positively impact the nervous system and stimulate the energy channels within the body.  It has been found that acupuncture treatment causes the brain to release encephalins and endorphins which are the body’s natural painkillers.  Moreover, acupuncture quiets the nervous system and boosts the immune system.

When it comes to acupuncture and treating arthritic conditions such as gout, many medical research studies have displayed that acupuncture is indeed a helpful treatment option for arthritis sufferers.  In fact, all patients in one study involving acupuncture with Zhuifengsu (a Chinese herb) actually achieved 100% success. In other words, all who participated in the study were relieved of their symptoms.

Another study that involved a certain form of acupuncture therapy that focuses on treating points on the ear, known as auriculo-electropuncture (AEP), was also extremely successful.  It was found that the patients who participated in this study not only had improvement in their arthritic condition, but also improvements were found within their blood when samples were tested.

What makes acupuncture such a great alternative treatment for arthritic conditions?  Perhaps the reason why acupuncture is often successful is because the treatment doesn’t just focus on treating the condition, but the person as a whole.  Therefore, acupuncture attempts to fix the problem by finding its root instead of simply focusing on the symptoms.

Acupuncture is a safe treatment that almost anyone can undergo.  However, if you are considering acupuncture for treating your gout condition, you should bring this up with your doctor before going ahead with the treatment.  Furthermore, you shouldn’t just visit any acupuncturist.  You need to find someone experienced, especially for treating arthritic pain.

Finally, keep in mind that one acupuncture treatment may not solve your symptoms.  Acupuncture is usually an ongoing therapy and everyone responds differently. 

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One Response

  1. Alan Nakamura
    February 2nd, 2008 | 3:59 am

    I have been suffering from Gout in my left foot since early December 2007, using natural remedies such as cherries, eating a low purine diet, and losing weight. Just after New Year’s 2008, I went to the doctor and had blood samples taken and x-rays of my foot. According to my blood tests, my uric acid level was normal, but my x-rays showed inflammation around the joints in my toes, which the doctor diagnosed as Gout. She prescribed Indomethacin, which I took for approx. 3 weeks, with some improvement. 2 days after the prescription ran out, the symptoms returned. Thursday 1/30/08 I saw an acupuncturist on the advice of my boss, who he used many times for various ailments. I have only seen him once, but in that single treatment I noticed a marked improvement in my condition! I have two more appointments coming up, and am looking forward to see if they will help my condition.

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