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Gout:Natural Ways to Treat Gout and Home Remedies for Gout

Updated on May 5, 2014
Gout in a toe joint
Gout in a toe joint
Gout in a finger
Gout in a finger

Natural cures and home remedies for gout

Gout is more common in men than women and most male sufferers are over the age of 30 when they first develop gout.
The hormone oestrogen protect women from gout however after the age of 60 women are as likely to develop gout as men as the oestrogen production is decreased.

Gout is one of the most common forms of auto immune disease in the world, and responsible for many visits to emergency rooms as the onset is often very acute.

What is gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis which is caused by build up of sodium urate crystals in the joints.

These crystal are formed when there is an excess of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is formed in the blood when the cells break down chemicals called purines. It is waste product which is normally flushed out through the kidneys but sometimes there is a build up of uric acid.

The crystals attack the soft lining of the joint causing inflammation but they can also clump together and form larger crystal which can cause permanent damage to the joint.

Gout is a very painful condition which requires urgent treatment, and attacks can last for a few hours or up to a 10 days. Most people that have suffered a gout attack will have another gout attack sometime in the future.

Symptoms of gout

Gout has a tendency to attack the joint in the feet and the ankles but it can attack other joints as well. Common symptoms include pain in one or both big toes, and clear visible swelling of the joint.

1)The skin will feel hot and often becomes angry red. Peeling and flaky skin is not an uncommon symptom.

2)The pain of gout can only be described as excruciating and most sufferers cannot walk during an attack.

3)You can run a high temperature during an attack of gout and sometimes the symptoms are very similar to a virus infection such as flu but the joint pain is much more severe.

What causes gout

Acidic foods are a very common triggers of gout, and drinking excess red wine, beer and eating acidic fruits such as oranges make your body PH more acidic. Your kidneys may not be able to deal with the amount of uric acid in the blood and crystal are formed.

High blood pressure -if you have high blood pressure you are more likely to develop gout

Lipid level - nearly all gout sufferers have very high lipid levels i.e. their blood fats are high.

Obesity - excess weight is a factor as the body works much harder and the strain on your organs is higher.

Stress - gout sufferers have quite often suffered a stressful event or long term stress.

Medications - medication for kidney problems and blood pressure lowering medications can be a risk factor.

Family history - there is a lot of evidence that gout runs in families.

Diagnosis of gout

Excess uric acid can be determined by blood tests which should be monitored over a period of time. Most first attacks are followed by another attack within the first year so controlling the uric acid level in the blood is crucial.

Most doctors diagnosis gout by physical examination as the symptoms such as inflamed skin and severe pain are very apparent.

Gout treatment and managing gout naturally

Gout is a condition which like other arthritis conditions respond well to diet but acute conditions are conventionally treated with anti inflammatory drugs, and pain killers.
Alcohol raise level of uric acid the liver produces so moderate wine and beer consumption is key tool for prevention.

Treatments and actions which are effective are:

Diet - Beef, pork, bacon, lamb, seafood, liver and kidneys can cause problems so moderate your intake.

Cooling the joint- elevate the joint and use ice packs or cool towels to cool the joint. Replace them every twenty minutes or so to make sure they remain effective. Do not apply the ice pack directly to the skin s this can damage the skin - wrap it in a towel.

Fish oil - for a short period of time up your intake of Omega 3 to 5 grams per day as the essential fatty acids in fish oil help to clean and support the blood. Fish oil can very quickly increase blood circulation.

Glucosamine - take extra Glucosamine to reduce inflammation.

Water intake - increase your fluid intake especially of tepid water but do not increase by adding tea, coffee or soft drinks as all of these increase uric acid levels.

Peppermint herbal tea- this is a great blood cleanser and supports kidney function.

Celery and parsley - celery and parsley help to clean the blood. I often recommend a smoothie made from carrot juice, celery and parsley. Drink three times a day making sure get at least 200 milliliters one each occasion.

Salt - take all added salt out of your diet for the next ten days and avoid processed foods.

Natural painkillers - Bromelain which is made from enzymes found in the pineapple plant works really well. Bromelain can be found in all good health food stores and during an attack I would take three 500 mg capsules per day. Can also safely be taken on a long term basis to reduce or avoid new attacks.

Many people with gout find when they treat their gout using natural remedies a new attack or the severity of another attack is often reduced. Following a good balanced diet avoiding acidic foods should help to prevent another flair up.

Bromelain excellent for gout

Bromelain- What is it?

Bromelain was originally thought to be a single structure but in fact it is a very complex structure of several enzymes. This is one of the reasons it is so effective in treating inflammatory conditions in different parts of the body.

Bromelain has been used to treat joint pain for a long time however it is also an effective treatment for gastro -intestinal conditions and can also help to boost the immune system.

It is a popular supplement amongst frequent travelers and can be considered as an alternative to Echinacea when it comes to treating and preventing viruses and colds.

In gout Bromelain helps to reduce inflammation as well as boost the immune system.

Glucosamine – Are we short of Glucosamine?

The short answer is yes. Excess wear and tear is definitely a big part of gout and other arthritic conditions. If our body chemistry is unbalanced it limits our bodies’ ability to repair tissue. Unfortunately this is also a side effect of the aging process and this one of the reason many senior benefit from a supplement of Glucosamine.

There are no edible sources of Glucosamine, it can be found in meat but only occurs in cartilage and we do not eat this part of the meat. If you have joint pain it is therefore important to consider a Glucosamine supplement. It will speed up regeneration of tissue and aid healing of the affected joint.

MSM is a natural chemical found in plants which might help to make Glucosamine more effective and aid pain control.

Rosemary can be an effective healer

The herb Rosemary can help to speed up circulation and aid the healing process.
The herb Rosemary can help to speed up circulation and aid the healing process. | Source

The Herb Rosemary

Rosemary has long been used to treat inflammatory conditions. Until recently scientists were not sure why Rosemary appeared to be effective but they know it helps to boost circulation. Better circulation means that more oxygen is delivered to the affected area, and this speeds up the healing process.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi annie,

      A very useful hub, you have taken out the mystery out of understanding this health condition by explaining it in a very simple and non technical language.

      As one who is also interested in the health aspect of living, I appreciate this write up.

      Voted up & useful.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful hub, explained in a simple manner. Gout is a very painful health condition and you have suggested some very good precautions. Thanks for sharing.

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      Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

      Thank you for reading my hub and stopping by to say hello. Gout is very common and can be a frightening experience.

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