Arthritis with Gout

Gout in Chinese Medicine

Gout is actually a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, like a big toe. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. This condition is more common in men and is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid isn’t harmful. In fact many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in your blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, gout is generally considered as a bi zheng or painful obstruction syndrome) characterized by damp-heat. The presence of damp-heat begins with inability of the digestive system to adequately transform and transport food, followed by accumulation of damp-heat blocking the channels and collateral’s leading to severe pain. This pattern usually begins with improper diet followed by excessive accumulation of uric acid. In Chinese Medicine optimal treatment include the use of herbs to strengthen the Spleen and Stomach, drain damp-heat, open the channels and collateral’s, and relieve pain.

Best Chinese Herbs for Gout

Cang Zu strengthen the Spleen and Stomach to resolve dampness and swelling

Zhi Mu  clear heat and sedate fire. To  reduce the inflammation and burning sensation

Ze Xie  drains damp-heat and helps expel uric acid from the body through urination

Formulas Containing Chinese Herbs for Gout