Is Acupressure an Effective Pain Relief Gout Treatment?


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When suffering from the disorder, the pain relief gout remedies can offer can become one of the most important goals in your life. Though exercise is considered to be a great preventative for gout, it is neither a comfortable nor a practical method for relieving the discomfort that is felt at the time of an attack. Many people are lead to believe, therefore, that medications are their only options in this case.

However, if you’d rather use a method that is not based on pharmaceuticals as a pain relief gout treatment, then you may wish to look into alternative and complimentary remedies such as acupressure.

Before beginning any therapy, it is wise to speak to your doctor, since you will need to make sure that there isn’t any existing condition that would stop you from practicing an alternative therapy such as acupressure.

Acupressure itself is a form of Shiatsu massage. This type of massage is based on ancient Chinese medicine that uses the same concepts as the more commonly recognized treatment of acupuncture.

Essentially, Acupressure is based on the belief that there are around 2000 different points on the body that can be manipulated in order to affect the energy flow of the body. Each of the points is located on one of the body’s 20 different meridians – the lines along which the energy flows. This energy – also known as Qi – flows between the surface of the body (where the acupressure points are located) inside until it reaches through the internal organs. Manipulating the flow of the Qi by using the pressure points can help a person to achieve an improved balance throughout the body and mind.

When the body becomes ill or is injured, an imbalance to the Qi occurs. Acupressure can manipulate the flow of the Qi, directing energy to the imbalanced area so that better healing can be achieved. This can be very effective for releasing muscular tension and increasing blood flow to needy parts of the body – an essential part of pain relief gout success. Once the energy allows healing to accelerate, the balance of the body can be restored.

The primary difference between using acupressure and acupuncture for pain relief gout treatment is that acupuncture uses needles whereas acupressure simply requires the practitioner use his or her thumbs, fingers, or knuckles in order to apply pressure to the specific points, encouraging circulation to the joint or area affected by the gout.

Many gout sufferers report the following benefits when undergoing acupressure:

• Pain relief,
• Reduced inflammation
• Increased circulation
• Reduced tension
• Better relaxation
• Reduced stress
• Improved mental health

Acupressure for gout pain relief is best administered by a trained professional who will use gentle, yet firm pressure to the correct points on the body, using a knuckle, finger, or thumb. This pressure is held for between fifteen and thirty seconds. It usually feels like quick, jolting sensation that is immediately followed by numbness or a tingling that then dissipates over time. Once the pressure is released, most people feel some immediate pain relief.

Between acupressure sessions, many people choose pain relief gout herbal remedies to help the healing process along and treat attacks. Some of the natural treatments that are gaining some attention lately include Juniper berries.


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7 Responses

  1. Cia
    June 12th, 2008 | 6:28 pm

    Do you know if Vulvodynia and gout are related? Vulvodynia can be an oxolate issue..

  2. Derek Yirrell
    June 12th, 2008 | 7:15 pm

    My wife recently purchased a pain relief item under the name Paingone for arthritis pain. Their literature also gives acupuncture points where the electronic “gun” can be used. I wonder if this might be helpful with gout. I did try it once with an acute attack. You have to have 35+ pulses each time. Wonder if any experience or information on this

  3. June 13th, 2008 | 3:54 pm

    Derek - I’ve carried out a little investigation into this - and although I’ve personally not had experiece with this item I can see that a number of people with Arthritis pain have suggested they get relief when using the tool.

    Here is a pretty objective article from the BBC website:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2122211.stm

    I would say that if you are currently in the throws of a Gout attack then this item may offer relief, but it will do nothing to prevent or speed up recovery from gout.

    Lisa

  4. lora sieve
    June 16th, 2008 | 4:10 pm

    Lisa, I have heard that Lead is bad for someone that has gout?

  5. June 23rd, 2008 | 1:18 pm

    Hi Lora

    Overexposure to lead can cause many problems - And like you have heard it can lead to Gout due to lead-induced hyperuricemia

    There is a good article here about the dangers of lead overexposure to the body.

    http://www.emedicine.com/radio/topic386.htm

  6. Shyja
    July 16th, 2008 | 6:54 pm

    My husband has gout coupled with diabetes so he cannot take a high protein diet as well as a high carbohydrate diet. How to submit this problem? What sort of diet will be ideal for him?

  7. July 19th, 2008 | 8:41 am

    Hi Shyja - gout and diabetes have a long history together. The connection between gout and diabetes is linked to poor blood circulation in the limbs. The chances of coming down with gout increase when poor circulation in the feet result in a build-up of uric acid in the joints. Poor circulation is a common side effect of diabetes.
    Improving circulation in the extremeties can help the body prevent a build up of uric acid. Try a warm, damp cloth placed on the effected joint to improve blood flow. Exercise when not in the throws of a gout flare is a great way to improve circulation and keep weight at a manageable level. Being overweight increases the risk of gout. Also drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a good idea as this keeps the body hydrated and helps the body to excrete uric acid more easily.
    With regards to diet - it can be fine line to walk as the requirements for each are quite different. While gout allows for a high intake of carbs this won’t help the diabetes. Opting for low GI (glycemic index) carbs can help in this area. There are plenty of home remedies detailed on the blog that may be suitable, have a browse through, but ensure your husband runs them past his doctor before taking any.

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