Treat Gout Effectively the Natural Way

According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, “Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and results in joint inflammation.”  It is an incredibly painful condition and sufferers can be debilitated and unable to walk or work with the inflamed and affected joint.[1]

Uric Acid Build-Up

Uric acid is a by-product of purine breakdown. Purines are found in alcohol, liver, peas and beans and also anchovies and some other pungent fish. When purines are broken down, uric acid is created, but high levels may build up in the body and lead to either kidney disease or gout or both.

A normal range for uric acid is between 3.5 and 7.2 mg/dL.

Patients who come to the clinic complaining of gout and joint swelling are given a 100 point health check and are also advised to limit or even eliminate their intake of the following, depending on the severity of the symptoms:

  • Pungent fish
  • Red meat
  • White flour
  • Fried foods
  • eggs
  • Peas, beans
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Ascorbic acid in high doses
  • Glucose

The joint that is affected by the uric acid crystals build up will become red and inflamed. The surrounding tissues and tendons can also be affected. The most commonly affected joint is the metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe, although other joints such as the finger joint or wrist joint of hell may also be affected.[2]

Natural Remedy options for Gout

There is a lot you can do to treat your gout. First off, develop a respecting self-care and dietary programme that reduces the foods and fluids on the list cited above.

You can also increase your consumption of the following:

  • Cherries – these are high in antioxidants and contain anthocyanins which can reduce inflammation and redness
  • Fresh juices. Incorporate these into your diet on a daily basis.  Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are a source of vitamins and minerals and are also extremely high in antioxidants which flush away the free radicals that can attack your body and prevent healing. Beetroot, carrot and cucumber is a good combination
  • Eat bananas
  • Charcoal poultice. You can make up a charcoal poultice and dress the affected joint with it. This draws out the inflammation and is an excellent soother and pain reliever
  • Homeopathic gout cream. These are available. Ask your naturopath about the homeopathic and also the Ayurvedic options that are available to you.
  • Massage – massage the affected area as it can help disperse the crystals
  • Turmeric – this can be added to meals and can help
  • Apple cider vinegar – this wonder cure-all is also effective. Take two tablespoons for a good result.

Gout can be treated by paying careful attention to your diet. Reduce your intake of high purine foods, which give off the uric acid by-product when broken down.

And remember, if symptoms persist, see your complementary medicine practitioner or speak with an alternative healthcare specialist as soon as possible.

Have a good day.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH001459/

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout