Home remedies to naturally reduce gout and arthritis pain
According to the Mayo Clinic, gout is characterized by severe attacks of pain that comes on sudden. It causes tenderness and pain in the joints, often in the joint of the big toe. It is considered a complex type of arthritis and affects more than 8 million Americans. Fortunately, gout is treatable using home remedies and complimentary healing practices.
I have been for many years a huge proponent for alternative healing modalities. I am not saying that there is no room for modern medicine. On the contrary, it I needed emergency surgery or had a bad accident I would be the first one asking to go to the hospital. For more chronic health issues however I prefer to try natural healing first. Here are a few natural healing options you may want to try for gout.
Diet and nutrition
An apple a day may actually keep the doctor away. Apples may actually help to neutralize the uric acid in the body that causes gout and provide pain relief. The malic acid in the apple (as well as apple juice and apple cider vinegar) helps with gouty pain and when used in conjunction with magnesium helps Fibromyalgia pain as well. Eating an apple after every meal may be effective.
You can find on the internet several recipes for gout pain reduction using Apple Cider Vinegar. Here is the one I have recommended in the past with good results.
Mix together the following:
- 8 ounces of filtered Water (just warm enough to melt honey)
- 2 teaspoons Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Not the processed type you will find in the grocer)
- 2 teaspoons local raw honey.
Mix well and drink daily. I have heard nothing but positive results in reducing aches and pains of gout and arthritis.
Bananas are high in potassium, Potassium helps transform the crystals of uric acid into a liquid form which of course is much easier to be flushed out of your system. They also have vitamin C, which like limes help gout due to the citric acid content. Eating a banana a day may help reduce symptoms. Be sure to check with your health care provider if you have kidney disease however, because excessive potassium is dangerous for people with renal insufficiency.
Other foods to include in your diet include:
- Cabbage, kale, cilantro and parsley
- Pineapple (rich in Bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory) as well as vitamin C
- Other foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, tomatoes and red bell peppers
- Foods high in essential fatty acids such as fish (especially salmon)
Make sure you are taking a good quality multivitamin daily, containing vitamins C, E and B-complex vitamins. Minerals like calcium. magnesium, zinc and selenium are excellent as well
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as fish or krill oil, 1- 2 capsules daily, may help decrease inflammation. Be sure to discuss with your health care provider if you are on blood thinners.
Vitamin C, (Ascorbic Acid) 1,000 mg daily. In one study published in the National Institute of Health, Vitamin C intake greater than 700/mg a day was associated with a 25% reduction in uric acid levels.
Avoid taking excessive amounts of niacin and vitamin A. Both may play a role in some attacks of gout.
Ginger root, turmeric, devil’s claw, white willow bark, licorice, and feverfew can also be taken. Do not take feverfew if you are allergic to aspirin as it contains salicylic acid which may cause an allergic reaction, Also licorice is not good if you have hypertension. Tumeric should be used with caution is you are taking blood thinners.
Some of the more common remedies for arthritis and gout are listed below in alphabetical order.
The usual dose is 3 - 5 pellets every 1 - 4 hours until your symptoms show improvement
Aconite is frequently used for sudden burning pain, restlessness, and painful joints.
Belladonna is used for throbbing pain that can be made worse with motion and relieved by pressure.
Ledum is helpful when your joints become reddened and swollen. The pain is often improved with cold packs and is made worse when overheated.
Rhus toxicodendron is great for all types of arthritis as well as gout. It works well for stiff, swollen joints that are warm and painful. The pain is worse with cold and improves with heat.
Soaking the affected foot in a warm water bath of ground ginger can treat gout. You fill a large pan or bucket deep enough to soak you feet in, with comfortably warm water and 1/3 cup grated ginger. Soak your feet for 30 minutes. The purpose is to make your feet sweat and flush out toxins (including the excess uric acid).
Mustard plaster is an OLD remedy. It is made from mixing 1 part mustard powder to 1 part whole wheat flour and just enough water to form a thick paste. You then slather vegetable shortening of Vaseline on the affected area. Spread a thick coat of the mustard concoction over it and cover with gauze and then a thick sock. You leave it in place overnight. Again the purpose s to draw out toxins,
Charcoal poultice is another old but tried and true home remedy that reduces inflammation. You make it by mixing half a cup of activated powdered charcoal with 6 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed. You mix the two and add just enough water until, it turns into a paste. The paste is then placed on the affected joint(s) and covered with gauze and a sock and left on overnight. This paste can stain so be aware of this in regards to your socks and bedding.
Take Home Message:
Not any one therapy will work for everyone. Sometimes a combination can be effective. When choosing complementary and alternative therapies it is always best to work with a knowledgeable holistic health care provider. Herbs, vitamins, supplements and even foods that may be beneficial for some people, may be harmful for others. This all depends upon the constitution of the individual, other supplements taken, allergies and medications that are taken.