Like a thief in the night, gout comes to a person without warning. Gout is one form of arthritis that is also called podagra (if it involves the big toe). Like other forms of arthritis, this involves the whole body but certain joints suffer more than other areas. Gout can also affect the ear, forearm, ankle, heel, neck, knee, wrist, finger or elbow. Historically, it is known as “the disease of kings” or “rich man’s disease”, and nearly all cases occur in men. If it occurs in women, it is usually after menopause. Often times, it “runs in the family” and is characterized by painful inflammation and deformity of the joints accompanied by fever, chills, increased heartbeats and weakness.
Gout is caused by a high level of uric acid in the blood, resulting in the formation of crystallized sodium urate being deposited in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissues – thus gout crystal. People suffering from gout are not able to excrete the uric acid that is in their system. This could be due to underperforming kidneys, enhanced production of uric acid by the body or an increase in the consumption of foods that are rich in purine that lead to an increase in uric acid levels. That is why gout patients are looking for treatments and gout remedies to somehow alleviate their pain.
Basically, they could either use the traditional medication treatment or the natural remedy treatment. In recent years, the natural remedy method has become more popular because it has no troublesome side effects nor does it cost a lot. Some medication treatments brought negative results to other patients, such as the thinning of bones, increase in joint pains, lessened immunity to fight infections, irregular heartbeats, abdominal and eye pains, and nausea and vomiting. That is why even health professionals consider natural remedies as effective alternative treatments for gout.
Natural gout remedies include having a low-purine diet. Purine can be found in the following: organ meats, meat extract, anchovies, scallops, mackerel, etc. It would be wise for the patient to replace these foods so that your body will get adequate nutrients that it needs. Drink lots of water, herbal tea or cherry juice to help flush excess uric acid in the system. Use charcoal poultice to lessen inflammation by mixing half a cup of activated powdered charcoal with 3–7 tbs. of grounded flaxseed. The paste mixture is applied on the affected joint and covered with a plastic or cloth dressing.
By following a healthy lifestyle – exercise, a healthy diet, maintaining the ideal body weight, eliminating alcohol, taking enough rest – you can lead a normal, happy life.