Acupressure for Gout

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Acupressure for gout involves finding the pressure point that reduces damp heat, called Gallbladder 34. Address the symptoms of gout with a demonstration from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video on natural remedies.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupuncture Physician and Clinical Herbalist coming to you from St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, we're going to discuss and acupressure point that is sometimes helpful in alleviating the symptoms of gout. Now, if you've ever experienced gout, you understand that this is an extremely painful condition when it's acute and inflamed. Often the site is the big toe that is most, most affected in some people. But, gout can actually go anywhere on the body and any of the joints. Sometimes people experience it in ankle or even in the knee and it's misdiagnose because the common perception is that it should occur in the base of the first metatarsal bone. So, if you've ever had gout or seen it, you understand that when it's acute, it's red and hot and painful and nobody wants you to touch it. So, the last thing you would want to do is apply pressure to that area. So, I'm going to show a distal point today that is effective for clearing what we call damp heat. Now, damp heat of about seven patterns that could be a pattern of disharmony causing your gout. So, it's important to consult your local acupuncture physician so that you can get a proper diagnosis to understand what the root cause of the gout really is. Gallbladder 34 is the point that we're going to be highlighting today. This point is found on the lateral side of the leg, one zun which is about one thumb breath on most people, interior and inferior to the fibula head. So, what is that mean to most of us? If you start on the medial side of the lateral malleolus which is this big bony feature on the ankle and up your finger up the gallbladder meridian, often your finger just stops in this little hollow just prior to the head of the fibula bone in the leg. Now, you ant to apply firm to moderate pressure here in a counterclockwise direction. And again, this point will help to alleviate what we call damp heat. So, if the gout is red and hot and swollen, then, this might be an effective point for treating the gout. And you can see that it's far away from the foot where the gout usually occurs, so, it's not going to be painful to the patient. I would suggest if gout is a problem, actually pressing on this point daily. Of course, there are many other things that need to be considered for the treatment of gout such as lifestyle and diet modifications. So again, check with your local acupuncture physician and you can find one on acufinder.com to help you alleviate gout and prevent it from returning permanently. I'm Hilary Talbott and that was acupressure for gout.

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