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In Chinese Medicine, gout is sometimes associated with Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.
To understand whether someone's gout might be caused by the pattern Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from gout alone. Indeed if gout is caused by Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, patients also experience symptoms such as scanty and yellow urine, lower back pain, weakness of the lower extremities and red and swollen feet.
We've listed below a more detailed description of Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner so that you can have a better understanding of where gout might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.
Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Er Miao San, a formula that can help treat Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner.
The Triple Burner is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Triple Burner in Chinese Medicine
Tongue coating: Sticky coating
Recommended herbal formula: Er Miao San
Gout might be due to Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as scanty and yellow urine, lower back pain, weakness of the lower extremities and red and swollen feet.
Source date: 1481 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Expels Dampness from the Lower Burner. Drains Heat from the Lower Burner.
Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, a pattern sometimes associated with gout. If it looks like you might suffer from Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).