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Gout is a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness, swelling and tenderness in the joints.

Gout or Tong Feng (painful breeze) as it is called in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a disease whereby uric acid builds up in the body often around joints (often the big toe). It is most prevalent in adults. Gout occurs when crystals of uric acid, in the form of monosodium urate, precipitate on the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues causing inflammation, uratoma, interstitial nephritis and gouty typhus (ie. swollen, bulbous growth). Gout symptoms can include severe pain, redness and swelling in the joint affected. Attacks can come on suddenly.

Ways of addressing gout can include acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. One well known Chinese medicine formula for gout among others is XUAN BI TANG literally meaning "declare pain soup"

Diet is also an important factor. Restricting or reducing high purine, low fat and alkaline food can help. With gout it is best to focus on unsaturated fatty acid food.

Refraining from alcohol and restricting coffee and tea intake can also benefit.

Tomatoes have been linked to higher levels of uric acid in the blood.

Increase water intake to at least 2 litres daily and daily exercise can also help reduce serum uric acid.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, soy products and low fat dairy products may help lower uric acid levels.

During the gout remission period it is also advisable to address the root of the problem by booking some regular Chinese medicine consultations.

Phone Chris Bramhill anytime for an appointment or book online on this website.

Always look for a properly qualified AHPRA registered practitioner.

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