• Konstantinos Periferakis Akadimia of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Athens, Greece & Pan-Hellenic Organization of Educational Programs (P.O.E.P), Athens, Greece & Orasis Acupuncture Institute, Athens, Greece
  • Argyrios Periferakis Akadimia of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Athens, Greece & Department of Physiology, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania & Elkyda, Research & Education Centre of Charismatheia, Athens, Greece
Keywords: acupuncture, arthritis, CRP, gout, moxibustion


Gouty arthritis is a condition whose etiology and treatment have been studied for decades. Acute gouty arthritis attacks can be very painful, and the principal course of action in Western Medicine is to use anti-inflammatory drugs, which however have constraints, counterindications and side effects.  Acupuncture and moxibustion have been applied in numerous such cases and usually with very positive effects. A 66-year-old male presented himself with an acute case of gouty arthritis; the subject was in otherwise good health, although it was subsequently discovered that he also suffered from renal insufficiency. Acupuncture and moxibustion were performed to treat the gouty arthritis over a period of four days, and subsequently, in four consecutive sessions, acupuncture was used to attempt to counter the renal insufficiency. The patient was cured of gouty arthritis, but the uric acid levels remained high due to the aforementioned renal insufficiency, which was not cured, owing to the very few therapies. We therefore conclude that acupuncture and moxibustion can be applied to treat gouty arthritis, even without using other medication and even if the arthritis is not nutrition-associated. 


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How to Cite
Periferakis, K., & Periferakis, A. (2023). TREATING GOUT CAUSED BY RENAL INSUFFICIENCY WITH ACUPUNCTURE AND MOXIBUSTION: A CASE REPORT. Romanian Journal of Clinical Research, 6(1). Retrieved from