While not as common as it once was, gout still afflicts nearly 900 out of every 100,000 people, and is the cause of nearly 5% of all instances of arthritis.
Natural Medical Solutions for Gout
No less a personage than the famous Henry VIII had gout. Often dubbed the “disease of kings,” it was a frequent result of the rich diets old monarchs ate. In his later years, this painful joint condition, coupled with osteomyelitis, made Henry VIII unable to exercise as frequently as he used to, and he became morbidly obese. While the royal court was celebrating New Year’s in 1541, Henry was unable to join in the festivities, and left his ex-wife Anne of Cleves to dance with Queen Catherine Howard while he went to bed to nurse his aching joints.
What is Gout and what are the Symptoms?
Gout is an arthritic condition that occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in joints and surrounding tissues. These sharp crystals result in joint pain, inflammation, and heat. Extreme tenderness is common, sometimes to the extent that sufferers of gout are unable to tolerate having a bedsheet on the afflicted joint while they sleep. Gout attacks can also come and go, and the skin around a joint may peel and itch as an attack is fading. The joint of the big toe is the most commonly affected area. Chronic gout develops over years and is virtually indistinguishable from other varieties of arthritis, but acute attacks of gout are also common.
What are the Causes of Gout?
Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood, which eventually allows crystals of this waste to form in joints and the tissues around them. High levels of uric acid in the blood usually have no other symptoms, and can be caused by a number of factors. Diet can play a large role in uric acid levels, particular the consumption of rich foods, and large quantities of meat or seafood, both of which contain large amounts of the amino acid purine. Some medications can also cause uric acid buildup, as can kidney disease, lead poisoning, or certain genetic conditions that predispose individuals to high uric acid levels, like Lesch-Nyhan syndrome.
What are the Natural Remedies for Gout?
Natural remedies for gout include resting the affected joint or joints, discontinuing medications that might cause or exacerbate the condition, and reducing dietary consumption of rich, fatty, or purine-heavy foods. Some supplements are very effective to ease gout symptoms and reduce uric acid levels.
What Diet I Typically Recommend?
Reduce or avoid the following high purine foods:
• Organ meats
• Muscle meats
• Whole Grains (unless they are soaked overnight before they are cooked)
• Eat less beef. Most servings of beef are far larger than necessary. A single serving of meat should be approximately the size of a deck of cards, and even that should only be consumed sporadically..
• Alcohol increases uric acid, especially beer and it needs to be avoided because it will bring on attacks.
• Drink lots of water. These help the kidneys dilute waste and flush it out of the system easily.
• Weight loss- uric acid tend to decrease in people that are initially overweight.
• Sugar- high intake of sugars also increases uric acid. Often I put patients on a 3 week detoxification program, which is very low on sugars and I believe that is one of the mayor contributors to the disappearance of their symptoms.
Supplements I Typically Recommend:
A number of supplements may be beneficial to help avoid acute gout flare-ups, and control chronic forms of the illness:
Homeopathic Colchicum 3x. This remedy operates on the principle that “like cures like,” and can help users overcome gout symptoms when taken over time. Acute attacks of gout in toes and foot joints may also derive some relief from homeopathic Aconite 12 C.
Dark cherry concentrate or cherry juice (not cocktail) can help gout sufferers by reducing inflammation. Similarly, flax, bilberry, chamomile, and other anti-inflammatory food pharmaceuticals have demonstrated some efficacy at helping gout patients.
Folic acid (10-30 milligrams a day) and Vitamin C- 2-4,000 milligrams a day in divided doses have been shown to decrease uric acid levels.
Herbal diuretics like cranberry, dandelion, corn silk, and other herbs to support kidney function and uric acid elimination can help ease gout symptoms by improving the efficiency with which the body disposes of the excess uric acid that accumulates in joints.
Copper- I use 1-2 milligrams a day. Copper deficient patients have higher levels of uric acid.
Chromium- 100-200 micrograms a day cal also be beneficial.
Quercetin- 500 milligrams twice a day is often part of my protocols.
Other Important Treatments
Cold packs and lukewarm Epsom salt baths can be used by to treat the heat and inflammation of a gout flare-up.
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