Gout is a type of arthritis caused by metabolic & endocrine disorders. It is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. Gout is commonest in middle age. Males and postmenopausal females are affected more.
Causes of gout:
Rapid weight loss
Unusual physical exercise
Severe systemic illness
All these factors cause increased concentration of uric acid in the body fluid resulting into gout.
Symptoms of gout:
Most affected joints are the joints of the big toe & thumb.
Other joints involved are foot, ankle, knees, hands, wrists and elbows.
Severe, stinging pain worse at night.
Loss of appetite (occasionally)
Pain & stiffness is continuous.
Tophi (calcareous deposition) in ear cartilage, nose & eyes.
White streaks on the palms, along the creases.
Acupressure treatment for gout:
For metabolic disorders –
GB 34, 40
Liv 2, 14
UB 17, 18
For endocrine disorders:
Points of CV & stomach channels in lower abdominal area.
Li 4, 11
Local points of the affected joints.
Reflex points: local areas of the affected parts, brain, solar plexus, all glands.