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Can massage or any Eastern medicine help with gout in my ankles, legs, knees, fingers ?

Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes, gout can be treated safely. Massage during a flare-up is not good. If the condition is not active, then light massage in areas surrounding the gout is OK. Proper nutrition and homeopathic treatments are also musts.
Anne Hartley (Gahanna, OH) on Mar 7, 2012
Either can. I would recommend eating a lot of cherries, or drinking cherry juice.
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
Treatment for gout varies depending on whether the condition is chronic or acute. Complementary therapies such as massage are commonly sought in addition to the available medical treatments. Massage focuses on the whole body, but in particular, on areas that experience pain due to diseased joints. It is an ancient therapy designed to enhance the body's natural healing mechanisms. Massage is designed to stimulate the metabolism, improve the circulation of blood to the damaged joints and to the muscular tissue surrounding them, reduce experience of pain, and avoid spasms. Pain relief from massage may be quick or make take numerous massage sessions, depending on the degree of pain experienced. Eastern medicine in conjunction with massage can be beneficial. Do not get a massage while you are swollen, take a ice pack and compress the area while elevating it for 15 minutes. There a many natural herbs that can be use to reduce inflamation. Always get a prescription from your doctor stating massage can be performed.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
Gout is a condition of crystaline buildup of uric acid in the blood which then congeals in the lower extremities or distal extremities (more often in the big toe) and can benefit from acupuncture, and dietary changes. Pineapples, blackberries, blueberries are often helpful to prevent it. Remember to avoid purine containing foods.
Sharyn Cerio-Bernstein (Pueblo, CO) on Mar 7, 2012
Gout is typically related to diet. You may wish to speak to a Naturopathic physician with nutritional background.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
You need to get the excess uric acid out of your body
Vanessa McKay (Orangeburg, NY) on Mar 7, 2012
Acupuncture can help with gout. Acupuncture has been shown to relieve pain and detoxify the body. Various modalities (such as acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, moxa, and cupping) can eliminate uric acid crystals in the joints.
Wilton Valerio (New York, NY) on Mar 7, 2012
Eastern medicine (acupuncture, cupping, herbology, massage) can be effective for treating Gout. The acupuncture work to stimulate circulation which will help with inflammation and pain. Herbology is also good for gout by helping with preventing the accumulation of uric acid in the joints.
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Mar 7, 2012
Both acupuncture and massage can help. Of course, nutrition is the ultimate method of recovering from gout. Acupuncture can be used for relief of pain and the drainage of inflammation, along with Chinese herbs. Massage, particularly lymph drainage, can assist in the clearing of the inflammation and relief of pain. Again, diet is key to recovery.
Lonnie Neer (Bend, OR) on Mar 7, 2012
Gouty arthritis is not uncommon. It can be induced by stress. Diet is also a risk factor. Damp heat and inflammation can cause stagnation of blood and energy around the gouty joint. A good diet is key to curing gout. Avoid rich foods, alcohol, cashew nuts and red meat. Keep the ankles elevated. Try Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to treat underlying imbalances.
Lara Aitken (Orlando, FL) on Mar 7, 2012
Acupuncture and herbs will help you.
Jacqueline Cole-Wright (Lehigh Acres, FL) on Mar 7, 2012
I would recommend aromatherapy massage, using a customized blend of oils for gout. You may also benefit from lymphatic drainage massage. All massage modalities generally improve your circulation and speed up the removal of waste from the body, so that alone may be beneficial to you.
Richard Ki (Orange, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes. Acupuncture and moxibustion can help your current condition, depending on its severity. Visit your nearest Eastern medicine practitioner to evaluate your current condition.
Daniel Haun (Oceanside, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes, acupuncture and auricular medicine (ear acupuncture) can effectively bring down inflammation in an area - including joints. In addition, I would highly recommend Chinese Herbal therapies to reduce the heat, swelling and toxicity. Lastly in Chinese Medicine, we view food as its own type of medicine. I would also recommend the following life style instructions: 1) Eat sea weed as it contains protein and vital minerals to reduce uric acid levels in the blood. 2) Take adequate amounts of vitamin C and biflavonoids (3000 - 5000 mg daily) as they can be helpful in reducing uric acid levels in the blood. 3) Essential fatty acids are beneficial as they are needed to repair tissues and healing of joint disorders. 4) Avoid foods that are rich in purines such as; meats, soup (with bone broths), gravies, seafood (anchovies, herring, sardine, mussels), internal organs (liver and kidneys), alcohol, mushrooms, spinach and cauliflower. 5) Eat cherries, blue berries, and straw berries as they help neutralize uric acid. 6) Drink some distilled water and avoid tap water; this will help flush out uric acid. 7) After an attack of gout, eat raw fruits and vegetables for about 1 - 2 weeks.
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
I am a certified massage therapist and also a certified nutritionist for California. Gout is usually caused by high uric acid levels. Massage will not decrease uric acid levels, but cherry juice will. Look for the lowest sugar cherry juice you can find and you'll be srprised how well it works. For long term, you need to look at your diet to reduce your uric acid levels. Bacon, beer, egg yolk, and red meat can increase uric acid levels. So cut down on alcohol and fatty meats. To improve things, omega-3 fats are popular to reduce inflammation, like flax seed and oil, fish oil, chia and hemp seeds are also a good source as well. 8 ounces of cherry juice a day is hard to beat to help reduce gout symptoms.
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Mar 7, 2012
Gout is a buildup of calcium in the joints. There is not much that you can do for that. There are a few medications that can help. See your family doctor for treatment. It is very painful and can be crippling.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
Both can help with gout in your ankles, legs, knees, and fingers. Massage can help improve circulation, soften muscle and loosen tightness to decrease pain the affected sites. Eastern Medicine/Chinese Medicine includes the following treatments for gout: herbal medicine, to change the body's constitution; acupuncture, to decrease inflammation; Tui-na, to improve circulation, and cupping, moxa and gua-sha.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Mar 7, 2012
Diet change would be better for gout. Six cherries a day is supposed to help. Do not eat heavily refined or processed foods, and if you can manage it, a raw food diet would be best. Don't forget the cherries!
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Mar 7, 2012
Massage is not a good idea if you have gout. Sorry.
Chantal Davis (San Diego, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
I have had success in the past with treating gout with the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs as well as dietary modifications.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Mar 7, 2012
First, let my offer you my sympathy for your pain. Such widespread gout is uncommon, and I am sorry for your suffering. Next, do you have a positive diagnosis for gout? It would be helpful in treatment to be sure that is the disorder we are treating, and not some other rheumatoid disease. Now then, in my experience, massage by itself is unlikely to relieve widespread gout such as you describe, though a relaxing massage may reduce the intensity of your discomfort or a little while. Acupuncture, and particularly Chinese herbal medicine, can have great effect on gout, depending on its severity, your age, your overall health, and other factors. I have seen single joint gout resolve in a matter of a few days in some cases. My advice, therefore, is to find an acupuncturist in your area who is also qualified in herbal medicine--preferably with some experience treating rheumatoid disorders. Best of luck to you, Daniel T. Cook, EAMP, LMP
Jacklin Arastouzadeh (Beverly Hills, CA) on Mar 26, 2012
Yes. Acupuncture and herbs and electrical stimulation are very helpful for this condition.
Cari Cater (Smyrna, GA) on Mar 25, 2012
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help with gout as they help balance the inflammation. As gout is an acidity issue, it is crucial to drink water and eat foods that are more alkaline. Gout is usually a symptom of a larger problem of the terrain in the body. Visit for some home and folk remedies that are tried and tested from people all over the world.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Mar 24, 2012
Yes it’s depend again are you personal condition In general Eastern medicine can help to reduce inflammation
Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Mar 20, 2012
eastern medicine treats gout very well.
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Mar 19, 2012
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Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Mar 19, 2012
I do not know about massage since I'm not a massage therapist, for gout is very important a deep cleanse, also Chinese Medicine and herbs can help with that condition
Friska Streeter (Mokena, IL) on Mar 18, 2012
Absolutely. Though sometime using stretching can be out of the questions (depends on the patients' range of motion), massage can increase the blood circulation in the joints. This means there are more nutrients and oxygen brought by the blood to speed up the healing process. Other Eastern medicines that might help in conjunction with massage are: Acupuncture, herbal supplements, Aryuvedic modalities can also help.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Mar 18, 2012
Acupuncture-yes. Massage to limited extent. Best is Cold Laser Treatment.