Relieve gout with these natural remedies

For every disease or health disorder, there is at least one natural remedy that can beat back its symptoms without causing the toxic side effects of synthetic pharmaceuticals. An article in Homeopathic covers five natural means of treating cases of gout.

Gout is one of the many conditions that fall under the umbrella term of “arthritis.” It is a joint disease that is triggered by too much uric acid in the blood.

Uric acid is one of the byproducts created by the breakdown of food substances called purines. Excess amounts of this acid crystallize on top of the articular cartilage found at the joints, adjacent tissues, and tendons. The crystals cause pain and inflammation in the body.

Gout can also be caused by high levels of acidity in the blood that are not directly related to uric acid. In these cases, the excess acid also turns into crystals with the same aggravating effect.

Gout traditionally targets the joint in the base of the big toe. But it can also attack other joints throughout the body. Severe cases can cause permanent deformities in the affected parts.

Conventional treatment involves the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and other synthetic pharmaceuticals. However, these medicines have numerous negative side effects on your health. (Related: A small annual herb found in India shows promise in gout treatment.)

Take Gouticil, eat cherries, and follow a healthy diet

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to treat gout without resorting to drugs. Gouticil, for instance, is a formula that uses natural substances without a single drop of synthetic chemicals. Gouticil combines extracts from blueberry and nettle with powdered flax seed. It also has large amounts of the enzyme bromelain, the antioxidant vitamin C, and the flavonoid quercetin. It works by reducing the amount of uric acid in the blood. It also helps decrease the pain and soreness caused by the condition. Last but not least, it reduces the aching and swelling.

For foods that fight gout, you can try cherries. These fruits are a traditional remedy prescribed for patients who suffer from arthritis. They have been shown to reduce uric acid levels in the body. Folk medicine recommends eating anywhere between half a cup of the fruit to one pound each day. You can consume cherries directly or blend them before mixing with water to make a juice.

If you want to prevent gout from ever plaguing your body, adopt a healthy diet. You are what you digest; so eating foods with few purines will reduce the amount of uric acid that leads to gout. Avoid consuming large amounts of meat and seafood. These foods contain a lot of purines. Instead, consume more dairy products like milk and yogurt, which decrease the amount of uric acid in the blood.

Alleviate gout with cold compresses and essential oils

While waiting for the effects of your healthy diet and health supplements to kick in, you can also take certain natural therapies to help deal with the aches and pain of gout. One method uses cold temperatures to numb the pain, while the other taps essential oils found in plants.

Hydrotherapy manages the painful sensation by applying cold water and ice treatments. One easy therapeutic technique is to place a cold compress on the painful joint for no longer than 20 minutes.

Aromatherapy, on the other hand, applies essential oils through a relaxing massage. An easy-to-make recipe for a massage oil calls for an ounce of olive oil and five drops of juniper oil. Apply it to your joints several times every day to reduce the painful effects.

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