TCM Ankle Pain and You – Gout-induced ankle pain

Prevalence of Gout in Singapore

TCM recognizes gout as a condition caused by an accumulation of “dampness” and “heat” in the body. Dampness refers to an excessive buildup of fluids and waste, and heat represents an elevated state of inflammation. These imbalances disrupt the flow of Qi and blood, leading to the symptoms of gout.

Intense Pain and Warm Sensations

In TCM, gout pain and warmth are attributed to the accumulation of heat and inflammation in the affected area. This is seen as a result of stagnant Qi and blood, which can lead to pain and discomfort. Acupuncture is believed to help restore the flow of Qi and blood, thereby reducing pain and resolving the warmth sensation.

Uric Acid Build-Up and Purines

TCM sees the accumulation of uric acid as a manifestation of dampness. Dietary factors like consuming excessive amounts of purine-rich foods can contribute to dampness accumulation. These foods are considered to have a heating nature, which can exacerbate the heat and inflammation associated with gout.

Tell-Tale Signs of Ankle Gout

From a TCM standpoint, the stiffness, limited range of motion, warmth, tenderness, fever, and chills are all indicative of an imbalance in the body’s Qi and blood circulation. These signs point to blockages and excess heat that need to be addressed to restore harmony and alleviate symptoms.

Dietary Recommendations

TCM suggests that dietary adjustments play a crucial role in managing gout. Swapping red meat for white meat aligns with TCM principles by reducing the consumption of foods with a heating and dampness-inducing nature. Incorporating foods that have a cooling and detoxifying effect, such as leafy greens and certain fruits, may also be recommended.

Acupuncture for Gout Management

Acupuncture is viewed in TCM as a means to regulate the flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. By inserting needles into specific points along energy pathways (meridians), acupuncture is believed to promote the body’s self-healing mechanisms and restore balance. In the case of gout, acupuncture aims to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and address the underlying imbalances that contribute to the condition.

Acupuncture, dietary adjustments, and other TCM modalities aim to address the root causes of gout by promoting proper circulation, reducing inflammation, and restoring overall well-being. WhatsApp us at 62 933 933 and book a consultation with our TCM Physicians today!

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