The most potent acupressure point for gout pain is Lv 3*, on the top of the foot, in between the bones that attach to the large and second toes. This point balances the energy level in the liver meridian, and is good for preventing gout and relieving pain in the big toe.
Acupressure points alone are not a cure for gout, but can be complementary to medical care. Gout occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate.
For an acupressure hands-on demonstration, go to my Gout Pain Relief Video Clip. I will provide dietary considerations vital to preventing and managing gout later in this article.
To Relieve a Gout Attack, hold the base of the big toenail on both sides of the large toe. This simulates Sp 1 and Lv 1 Acupressure points on Spleen and Liver Meridians. My Grout Pain Relief Acupressure Points Video Clip will show you how to press these points
More Gout Acupressure Points: If the grout is on the right large toe, place your right index finger in between your right big toe and second toe, at the base of the big toe (Lv 2). Use your thumb on the outside of the base of the toe, at the top of the arch of your foot, which is in back of the large bulge of the base of the large toe. Gradually apply firm pressure on these points for one or two minutes.
Diet and Exercise for Preventing Gout: I suggest stretching gently several times a day and eating more fresh green vegetables, raw and lightly cooked.
Foods to Avoid: Dietary restrictions are essential to relieve gout. Limit your in take of all meats, especially glandular meats, red meat, liver, and meat extracts such as bouillon and gravies. Avoid shellfish, sardines, herring, and anchovies. Also avoid overeating in general, especially foods high in fat.
Mild cases of gout can be controlled by diet alone. Stay away from eating rich foods, salt, and spices. Try to not eat foods with yeast, sugar, refined flour, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and soft drinks. Stay away from gelatin.
The onset of gout is usually unexpected, excruciating pain in the big toe, but it can strike the thumbs, fingers, knees, or elbow joints. Gout commonly occurs in middle-aged men and is uncommon in women and children. Men who are overweight or have high blood pressure are more prone to gout. Gout attacks occur when excess uric acid forms crystals, causing joint inflammation, swelling and pain.
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