Acupuncture, Moxibustion, electroacupuncture.
A recent publication looked at five databases of randomized controlled trials that were systematically searched to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture on gouty arthritis. It notes the majority of studies reported a significant decrease in uric acid in the treatment groups, whereas two studies reported no significant decrease in uric acid, concluding that there is a suggestion that acupuncture can effectively be used as a treatment for gouty arthritis patients, although more well-designed research needs to be done.
Patient QI found another study that divided 160 patients with gout into two groups: the first group was treated with acupuncture combined with infrared irradiation, and the second with a conventional treatment. The treatment lasted five days, and results of curative rate and analgesia levels were among those that were looked at. These showed acupuncture with infrared irradiation was the superior therapy, and it didn´t cause liver damage.
A 2009 Chinese publication that looked at acupuncture with moxibustion in the treatment of gouty arthritis over the recent ten years cited it as a definite effective relief therapy, with faster efficacy and lower relapse rate compared to conventional medication.
Local blocking therapy combined with acupuncture was observed in another study, where a control group was treated with conventional medicine. Both groups reported significant decrease in pain score and uric acid content, however, the group treated with the combined acupuncture therapy had better results than the control group. The study concluded that electroacupuncture combined with local blocking is an effective method.
A study that looked at patients with acute gout to observe the efficacy of homeopathic treatment compared to that of conventional medicine found that the homeopathic treatment resolved all the acute symptoms faster than that of the other treatments. These preliminary findings are encouraging although more research is required.
A Japanese article revealed that compounds of propolis, which is collected by honey bees and used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive, differ greatly depending on their place of origin. They did find, however, that administration of propolis from China did lower uric acid levels, and could be effective for the prevention and treatment of gout.