Gout Acupressure Points
for Big Toe Pain Relief
Gout occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in and around a joint. Acupressure points along with diet and stretching exercises can relieve gout over several months of practice.
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, the first Acupressure points on the Spleen and Liver Meridians. Watch this video for instructions on how to press these points.
If the gout 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.
Exercise & Diet for Preventing Gout
I suggest stretching gently several times a day. Eat more vegetables, especially fresh green vegetables, both raw and lightly cooked. Enjoy whole grains, fruit, and lean proteins, such as poultry or lentils. Try moderate amounts of seafood that are not on the “Foods to Avoid” list below. Drink water instead of sugary beverages.
Foods to Avoid
Dietary restrictions are essential to relieving gout. Limit your intake of all meats, especially red meat, glandular meats such as liver, and meat extracts, for example, bouillon and gravies. Stay away from gelatin. Cut back on high-fat dairy products. Avoid shellfish, sardines, herring, and anchovies. Avoid drinking alcohol, black tea, and soft drinks, and limit juices. Try to not eat foods with yeast, sugar, or refined flour. Stay away from eating rich foods, salt, and spices. Also avoid overeating in general, especially foods high in fat. Mild cases of gout can be controlled by diet alone, following these guidelines.
Gout Pain Areas
The onset of gout is usually sudden and unexpected excruciating pain in the big toe. However, it can also strike the joints in the thumbs, fingers, knees, or elbows. Gout attacks occur when excess uric acid forms crystals, causing joint inflammation, swelling, and pain.
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 and diet can certainly contribute to these body conditions.