Gout Home Remedies
Gout Help with Home Remedies
While there is no cure for gout, you can help to relieve the pain by eating the right foods. Gout is a rheumatoid or joint condition that is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the bloodstream, which usually accumulates around the joints. It is a very painful form of arthritis and tends to be hereditary in nature, although not always. Other risk factors for gout are age, excess weight and a diet rich in meats, seafood and excessive alcohol (beer) consumption.
There are some preventatives and/or curative measures one can take without the assistance of a physician, however it is advisable to consult a doctor if you have been diagnosed with gout, as it tends to worsen if not treated correctly and may lead to serious long-term consequences.
Some of the home remedies you can discuss with your doctor are as follows:
A diet rich in cherries and strawberries seem to have a beneficial effect on the neutralization of uric acid inflammation. These two fruits have a significant amount of Vitamin C and also contain zinc, potassium and magnesium, all very helpful in reducing inflammation and swelling as well. There is also a good amount of Vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines and mandarins.
Drinking plenty of water has a beneficial effect on the body and will help to flush out toxins like excess uric acid. It is recommended that one drink 2 to 4 liters of water per day for those with intense gout pain.
Ice packs can be a good way to reduce pain because it is an endothermic process, meaning that a lot of heat is absorbed and it will leave the affected area cooler and perhaps more comfortable. Reducing the temperature of the affected joints has been reported to provide some relief.
If cold packs don’t work, one can try warmth or heating pads as an alternative. This might serve to help break up the uric acid crystal formations in the burning joint. A warm bath with Epsom salts can also serve the same purpose.
Some patients have reported success taking a small amount of apple cider vinegar dissolved in water, and some added honey to relief the pain of gout. This, in combination with brisk walking or other form of physical activity seems to work for some gout sufferers.
Consumption of raw vegetable juices is effective for gouty arthritis. Blending a cocktail of cucumber, carrot and beet juice may help alleviate gout symptoms.
Another external remedy is the use of charcoal poultice, which has the ability to extract toxins from one’s body. If you mix about a half cup of charcoal in powder form with a tablespoon or two of flaxseed (ground) and apply to the affected joint, you may experience some notable relief.
A combination of mustard and wheat powder mixed together equally can be added to water and applied as a paste as well. This paste will need to be left on while sleeping for the most benefit.
Each case of gout is highly individual so it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before administering any form of self-treatment. There are also very effective medications to treat the symptoms of gout, and one must consider all of the options for optimal treatment and quality of life.