Gout Home Remedies
Gout: Home Remedies
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by excess uric acid levels in the body. The uric acid forms crystals that become embedded in the joints and surrounding soft tissue. Gout usually begins in the great toe and has a sudden onset of severe pain. It then spreads to other joints in the body and is characterized by redness, swelling and heat to the touch. There can also be deposited of uric acid crystals under the skin in the form of nodules. Untreated, gout can cause permanent damage to the joints. Gout can also affect the quality of life. The good news is with prompt medical care from a physician the condition is treatable.
Complementary and alternative medicine is quickly gaining popularity. There are several home remedies for gout that are helpful, in addition to, medical care from your physician. Remember, it’s important to check with your physician prior to starting any alternative therapies. Below are some popular home remedies:
- Lemon water – squeeze half a lemon into a full glass of water and drink 3 times daily. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and aids in breaking up gout deposits.
- Increase fluid intake to 6 – 8oz glasses of fluid per day. This helps dilute uric acid levels and helps keep kidney stones from forming.
- French beans – These have an anti-inflammatory effect and aid healing. Try making them into a juice and drink 1 -2 times daily.
- Make mustard power and whole wheat powder into a paste with water. Apply to affected areas.
- Organic apple cider vinegar and honey – Mix together 2 tsp each. Take once daily.
- Epsom salt – Add two cups of Epsom salt to a container or tub of warm water. Soak affected area until water cools.
- Castor Oil – Warm castor oil and place on a white flannel piece of cloth. Cover the affected area with it and apply heat.
- Ice – Use sparingly, but for temporary relief of severe pain.
- Take one cup of vinegar and one cup water, mix with 1 tsp pepper. Wipe this over the affected area and do not wipe off for 2-3 hours.
- Bananas – These are mineral rich and help to eliminate uric acid deposits. Eat 3-4 daily.
- Ground Ginger – Add 1/3 cup to a container or tub of water and soak toes for 30 minutes. Rinse well after use.
- Get plenty of regular exercise. Pay attention to stretching the muscles and joint areas to improve range of motion.
- Vitamin C Foods – Take in plenty of Vitamin C foods; oranges, tomatoes, bell pepper and green leafy vegetables.
- Increase intake of Cherries, berries and apples. They can help reduce inflammation.
Once again, it is important to check any home remedies with your physician. Gout can be a very painful and disabling disease, but sufferers can improve quality of life with a combination of good medical care, healthy diet and lifestyle changes.
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