Are you battling with rheumatoid arthritis (gout)?

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Oct 2020

Are you battling with rheumatoid arthritis (gout)?

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis/Gout?

We will begin with an analogy. If you were to rub your bare hands together, you’re not likely to feel any pain. However, if you hold a handful of sandstones in between your palms and rub them, you will definitely feel pain. This is exactly what RA is – urate crystals grow on the surface of the previously frictionless and smooth joint cavity, especially around your toes.

What causes gout?

Urate crystals are formed due to high levels of uric acid in your bloodstream. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines — substances that are found naturally in your body.

However, purines are also found in certain foods, such as steak, organ meats, and seafood. Other kinds of food also result in the production of higher levels of uric acids, such as alcoholic beverages, especially beer, and fructose-sweetened drinks.

Usually, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. Sometimes, your body produces too much uric acid or your kidneys excrete too little uric acid. When this happens, uric acid can build up, forming prickly urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that triggers pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Gout occurs more frequently in men than in women. Clinical symptoms are as such: sudden pain attack at night, inflammation, and swelling. The pain would gradually disappear and it may last a few days to a few weeks. At a late stage, gout may cause your joints to be deformed.

TCM Advice

Treatment targeting gout has to focus on clearing heat and dampness, promoting blood circulation, and removing blood stasis. The recommended prescription is Danggui Niantong Decoction Soup, alternatively complemented with Er Miao San. Patients with gout should pay more attention to their diet. Beer and seafood should not be consumed at all. Foods with high purine levels such as fish, shrimps and shellfish, animal offal, soy products, mushrooms, broth, cheese, spinach, etc. should be strictly regulated. Alcohol, red wine, white wine, and foreign wine are not suitable for consumption. Low-purine foods can be taken in moderation such as grains, eggs, milk, fruits, vegetables, and so on.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Physician Guo Yuan

Education: Clinical Medicine of Shenyang Medical College, Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Owned: Registered Medical Practitioners in China, Registered TCM Practitioners in Singapore

Treatment: Focus on the treatment of digestive dysfunction, insomnia, irregular menstruation, eczema, urticaria, and other skin diseases. Acupuncture treatment for neck and shoulder syndrome in the office, low back pain in the elderly is effective.

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新加坡中医执业执照

专治:对于调理脾胃功能紊乱,失眠,妇女月经不调,湿疹荨麻疹等皮肤相关疾病的诊治颇有研究。对于针灸治疗Phy. Guo Yuan 国医师

中背景:沈阳医学院临床医学 、新加坡中医学院 高级文凭

教育:中国西医内科医生执照办公室一族的颈肩综合症,老年人腰腿痛等痛症效果显著。