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Acupuncture for Arthritis and Gout

Posted Aug 20th, 2020

Acupuncture for Arthritis and Gout

Gout and Arthritis are common problems in Toronto and all over Ontario. They affect people at   different age groups and genders, however, it affects more people with overweight or obesity, who had surgeries, or trauma, who take medications that may increase the uric acid in the body and cause gout,  have kidney disease, or who do not drink enough water or fluids.

The standard medical treatment for arthritis and gout are mainly pain killers such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen for pain relief, or medications that aim at  reducing the uric acid in the body such as Febuxostat, and Probenecid.

The success rate under these medications varies according to many factors such as the severity of the disease,  patient’s commitment to take the medications with the prescribed dose and duration as their tolerance to the treatment, let alone the inherent differences in patient’s responses due to their differences in medication  absorption from the gut, metabolism and kidney function.

 

This article will discuss the role of acupuncture for Arthritis and Gout



 

For many decades, Acupuncture has been used for many health concerns such as muscle stiffness, headaches, hypertension, and neuropathy.  Nevertheless, the Clinical use of Acupuncture for Arthritis and Gout showed lots of popularity among patients with these health problems especially for the last decade.

Given the fact that the scientific research is one of the pillars of the  medical practice, it makes sense to look for the research evidence behind the use of  the Acupuncture for treating the  Gout and Arthritis. Interestingly enough, the  research was in favor of the use of Acupuncture in Arthritis and Gout. Here I am presenting a new research done only  few years ago (2016) published by Lu W et al at the Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5099464/ 

 

This new Research is Systematic Review and Meta analysis on the Updates on the Clinical Effects of Acupuncture Therapy in Patients with Gouty Arthritis. In this research, analysis of data from 2237 patients with Gouty Arthritis was done comparing the standard medical treatment (such as the pain killers and the medications mentioned above) with the Acupuncture regarding the effectiveness of the treatment based on not only the improvement of the symptoms (such as joint pain, swelling and stiffness)  but also the impact on the blood test for Gout (such as Uric Acid, ESR and CRP), The side effects or Toxicities were compared as well between the Acupuncture and the Medications.

The results of this study were in favor of the Acupuncture for Gout Treatment regarding pain control in 24 hours after the acupuncture, lowering serum uric acid in the blood, ESR and CRP. Moreover, the side effects of the treatment were much less in the Acupuncture group of patients.

 

 

Conclusion

The use of the Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gout and Arthritis is a very promising treatment and can help many people with these chronic and debilitating disorders.

 

For any questions or consultation please click on these links

For Toronto Residents  https://www.ontarionaturopathicclinic.ca/site/contact-toronto 

For Hamilton and Grimsby residents   https://www.ontarionaturopathicclinic.ca/site/contact-grimsby 



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