TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has a wide repertoire of therapies to choose from when it comes to treating gout. This includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, acupressure, Tuina and other lesser-known healing practices. For more than 25 centuries, Chinese medicine has been a globally successful alternative and complementary medical system to conventional Western allopathic medicine. TCM practitioner and acupuncturist Simon Becker When comparing the effectiveness of Chinese herbs to Western therapies for gout, Simon Becker mentioned a clinical study done in China that compared the effectiveness of Chinese herbs to Western treatments for gout. The control group in the study was administered with conventional Western medical care while the treatment group was treated with Chinese herbal medicine. At the end of the study, results showed that the group treated with herbal therapy slightly much better improvements in their symptoms compared to the control group treated with conventional Western medicine. Between the two groups, however, the only known difference groups was that the treatment group did not experience any side effects while the control group did. From the perspective of Becker, the use of Chinese herbs under the supervision a qualified alternative health care practitioner, are totally safe and have no risk of harmful side effects.
A 1994 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that Chinese herb Ermiao wan, helps reduce swelling and edema in the body. This Chinese herb has been for thousands of years to treat people with gout and toxic high levels of uric acid. Ermiao wan should only be used under the guidance of a qualified Oriental medicine practitioner.
This herb has been known to relieve gout pain in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. Herbalists may also use dandelion due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. It can serve as an herbal cataplasm for topical application or brewed into tea and drank to address gout. It can relieve swelling around the joints and edema. Dandelion increases the elimination of the cause of gout: uric acid.
Burdock root helps lessen inflammation and swelling in the tissues. It can be used as a natural diuretic and is recommended by practitioners to treat swollen tissues surrounding the joints and edema. The root can be taken as cataplasm that’s topically applied on the problem areas. It can also be brewed into tea and drank. Burdock root can also be cooked like parsnips or carrots or eaten raw. According to Urban Herbs, when the root is topically used, some people have reported negative reactions. In certain cases, it can result in contact dermatitis or a rash.
Meadow saffron contains the alkaloids colchicoside and colchicines, both of which possess diuretic and painkilling properties. This herb can help treat edema, water retention, gout pain, and inflammation around the joints. Standard pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of gout treatment often contain colchicine. Patients who need to take the relatively toxic colchicine in any form should be closely supervised by a qualified health practitioner.
Blood-letting cupping is a type of Chinese medicine treatment that is rarely practiced in the West. According to the 2010 edition of the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, blood-letting or cupping is once again used in China to treat gout. A clinical trial that involved 34 patients suffering from acute gout showed that along with blood-letting, Chinese herbal remedies improved the state of health of 21 of the 34 patients which is considered a success in the treatment of gouty arthritis. When you’re suffering from gout, never self treat yourself. Consult with a licensed or trained practitioner instead.