Friday, December 14, 2007

Gout

Gout


Gout is usually experienced as a sudden and extremely painful attack, most often affecting the joint of the big toe. The tissues around the joint are also inflamed in most cases, producing heat, swelling, redness, and excruciating pain and tenderness. Without treatment, more attacks can be expected. The disease results from the accumulation in the bloodstream of a waste product of metabolism known as uric acid. It is the deposit of uric acid crystals in the skin, joints, and kidneys which causes the painful symptoms. About 15-20% of gout sufferers have kidney stones which can lead to kidney failure and death.
Middle-aged men are particularly affected. It is thought that their lifestyle of eating large quantities of beef and other red meat along with alcohol is directly related to gout.


Shiatsu

Full body shiatsu helps to remove tox¬ins from the blood. Additionally, attention should be directed to strengthening the kid¬neys. Massage the area from below the shoulder blades to the waist; repeat several times.

Also, press the bottom of the foot at acu-point KD 1 and along the inside near the arch.


Diet


Strictly avoid all meat products (in¬cluding beef, chicken, lamb, pork), eggs,
fish, shellfish, dairy products, sugar, spices, alcohol, honey, and other foods not normally used on the macrobiotic diet. Also avoid spinach, chard, beets, asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant. Use of beans should be minimal as they contain elements that can aggravate gout.
The macrobiotic diet should be adopted with plenty of fresh vegetables, including cooked leafy greens everyday. Cabbage, watercress, daikon radish tops, bok choy, etc., are good choices.


Green Compress


This compress can be placed on the painful gout area. It can reduce inflammation and pulls out excessive heat from the body.