Hijama and Gout
Did you know that Gout affects millions of people around the world? This condition is not fun, so let’s take a look at how it can be prevented and managed more effectively.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is caused by an elevated level of uric acid in the bloodstream. The high levels of uric acid can form needle-like crystals in the joint and cause sudden pain, tenderness and inflammation.
Uric acid is transported from the blood to the kidneys, and if the uric acid levels are normal, then the kidneys can excrete the uric acid in the body. Elevated levels of uric acid can result in gout flares and chronic kidney disease if not managed properly.
Gout occurs more commonly in people who consume foods that are high in purine levels, as these foods contribute to higher levels of uric acid. Some of these foods include:
- Meat such as turkey, veal, and organ meats such as liver
- Alcoholic beverages
- Some fish, including anchovies, mussels, tuna, scallops and trout
- Processed foods and sugars
Symptoms of Gout Include:
- Tenderness and swelling of the joints and feet
- Tropi (lumps of crystals forming below the surface of the skin
- Itchy skin
- Red and hot joints
- Night pain
- Joint effusion (when fluid begins to form around the joint)
How Hijama Therapy Can Help Alleviate Gout Symptoms
Hijama can be a very effective treatment for Gout. Although it may not cure the condition, it can really assist with reducing pain and inflammation. Hijama is a process where suction cups are placed on areas of the skin, a small incision is made, and blood is excreted in order to cleanse and detox the body from heavy metals and contaminants. Hijama also helps to improve blood circulation and reduce stagnation and pain.
Hijama can remove toxic substances from the blood, which can assist patients suffering from Gout. If you are diagnosed with Gout, it is recommended to perform Hijama regularly and also make dietary and lifestyle changes.
Advice to Improve Your Gout:
- Increase water intake
- Reduce foods that increase uric acid levels
- Consume a diet that is rich in calcium and antioxidants
- Calcium-rich fruits and vegetables such as bananas, avocados, green vegetables
- Fruits rich in Vitamin C
- Avoid soft drinks, processed foods and refined sugars
- Avoid greasy and fried foods
- Exercise regularly
- Have 2-3 cups of stinging nettle tea daily