As someone dedicated to natural health and healing, I’ve seen a lot of so called natural remedies for gout promoted and advertised over the years. Some of them are total garbage, others work some of the time for some people and a few are really good. In this article I’m going to summarize these remedies and give you a clear direction on where to get relief from gout.
What Is Gout?
A gout attack is caused when uric acid reaches such high concentration in the blood that it precipitates as monosodium urate crystals which then become deposited in a joint, often causing severe and widespread pain and inflammation in that joint and the area surrounding it. Often gout is localized in the joints of the toes and fingers since they are furthest from the heart.
In addition to causing pain, gout can lead to other conditions including high blood pressure, tophi and kidney stones.
Traditional Treatments for Gout
If you are diagnosed with gout by your doctor, most likely he or she will prescribe you an anti inflammatory drug to help reduce your pain. Most often these are some type of NSAID and/or oral colchicine. The problem with these drugs is that they only mask the symptoms of the discomfort caused by gout and don’t treat the causes. They also carry some serious side effect for some people including severe cramping and nausea. Since gout is treatable naturally, there are better approaches than taking the first thing the doctor prescribes.
Natural Remedies for Gout #1
Prevention through diet is something that you are going to need to look at carefully. Now this won’t eliminate the pain caused by gout right away, but in the long run it will help you get better. What you need to do is avoid any sort of food that causes uric acid to form. There are many such foods… the worst are:
- Excessive amounts of fatty red meat
- Fish roe, scallops and shellfish Beans, lentils and peas
Now, this is a long term approach that will help you avoid gout in the future, but what about right now?
Natural Remedies for Gout #2
Who would have ever thought that limiting the painful effects of your gout could be as simple as eating more fruit? Well, believe it or not, it’s true. Studies have shown that—because of their particular vitamin, nutrient and antioxidant properties—a variety of fruits and vegetables can have a dramatic affect on your health and well-being. In fact, studies have demonstrated that a deficiency in vitamins such as A, B5 and E are serious factors that can lead to the formation and advancement of gout symptoms.
There are many recommended fruits and vegetables that you can take advantage of. A partial list includes:
- cherries (and cherry juice*)
- celery (and celery juice)
You can get a full list in this amazing Gout Remedy Report
Natural Remedies For Gout #3
Another popular remedy for immediate pain relief of gout is to use a solution made from baking soda and water to help dissolve the uric acid in your joints quickly. Even if you choose to use a NSAID drug, baking soda may help it perform better and more immediately.
This baking soda remedy is the closest thing to getting instant pain relief from gout naturally that I’ve ever com across. Joe Barton gives full details and instructions for this remedy in his book that you can see here.
Natural Remedies for Gout #4
For thousands of years, herbs have been used by traditional peoples around the world. Long known for their ability to help in the healing process for everything that ails us, herbs have more recently gained popular support by the medical establishment. Current scientific research is showing what apothecaries and holistic medicine has known for a long time: herbs really do work!
Here’s a list of some herbs that may be helpful in addressing the signs and symptoms of gout.
- Burdock root
- Cayenne Pepper
- Celery Seeds
Natural Remedies for Gout #5
This last one is not so much a remedy as a daily health practice that will help reverse gout permanently. It’s simple and involves drinking enough pure fresh water every day.
Believe it or not, water can greatly assist in the prevention of the formation of uric acid crystals. In addition, it can help your body to more effectively eliminate the crystals once they have formed. Water is essential to proper functioning of your entire body. When you keep yourself well-hydrated, you assure yourself the best chance to achieve and maintain maximum health. For gout sufferers, it is critical that you drink 10 to 12 eight-ounce glasses of water every day. If you can secure alkaline water with a pH of greater than 7, you will greatly help your body’s ability to flush uric acid crystals and help your body, especially your kidneys, do the best job it can for you.
Final Word On Natural Remedies For Gout
The first thing to emphasize is that YES you can treat gout naturally. In fact, it’s the best way to treat it since you won’t have to deal with the side effects of drugs that merely mask the symptoms of gout anyway. All of the remedies here are detailed and explained fully in one of the best gout resources I’ve ever seen.
If I was suffering from gout, I’d head over to Joe Barton’s site and pick up a copy right away. It’s something you won’t regret.