Gout is an arthritic condition that causes extreme pain and swelling, especially in the big toe and hands. Hypertension, excess weight gain, wrong eating habits etc. are generally attributed as trigger factors that can lead to gout.
It is when the joints are deposited with excess uric acid deposits that gout symptoms arise. Therefore, many people with gout resort to efficient food and lifestyle control to prevent gout attacks. There are also many home remedies that can be used for treating gout. These remedies work best along with optimum food control for reducing the frequency of gout attacks.
Drinking water is the best way to minimize the formation of uric acid crystals and also avoid kidney stones. High concentration of urine too can lead to uric acid crystallization. Drinking plenty of water will help in keeping the urine diluted and this will prevent crystallization. At least two litres of water intake is a must for gout patients. This will help in removing toxins from the body and also for preventing kidney stones and uric acid from becoming crystallized.
As they always say that prevention is better than cure, one of the best ways to control gout attack too is to prevent it from occurring. The excess uric acid that is present in the blood must be kept under control in order to prevent a gout attack.
Cherries are excellent for reducing the concentration of uric acid in the blood. Take one bowl of cherries every day if you are prone to gout attacks. Cherries are known to contain an enzyme that helps in neutralizing the uric acid levels in the blood. It is also high in antioxidants and hence a wonderful treatment and prevention strategy for gout sufferers.
Uric acid crystals can be easily melted with the help of certain acidic juices. Lemon juice is one of them. Due to its acidic content and presence of vitamin C, intake of lemon juice will help the uric acid crystals from getting diluted naturally, thereby reducing the swelling associated with gout and also the pain. In the morning, you can squeeze the juice of one lemon and take it without water. This is also an excellent treatment for calcium stones, kidney stones and gall stones.
Due to its anti inflammatory properties, Epsom salt can be used for treating gout pain and swelling. A soak can be prepared from Epsom salt and the swollen feet immersed in it for relief from inflammation and also pain associated with gout.
Take three to four tablespoons of Epsom salt and add this to one bucket of warm water. Soak the feet for twenty minutes every day, preferably in the night for attaining good sleep. Do this every day for prevention and also for treating gout attacks.
Powdered activated charcoal and flax seeds are excellent anti-inflammatory agents that can be used for treating gout. It is also good for pulling out toxins from the body. A poultice can be prepared by adding crushed flax seeds to half a cup of charcoal paste and warm water.
Apply this paste on the affected area leave it on overnight. It is recommended to chance the paste every six hours. A soak can also be prepared by adding half a cup of charcoal and making it into a paste. Soak your feet inside and add more warm water until the feet are fully covered with this medicinal water. Immerse for fifteen minutes every day for relief. Charcoal can also be consumed for binding the uric acid in the blood.
Bananas are rich in phosphorus and this will help in treating swelling associated with gout. When a gout attack is triggered, many people go on an exclusive diet of only bananas (consume as much as you can every day) for a week to relieve the swelling and pain effectively. Taking at least 2-3 bananas a day will also help in preventing gout attacks in people who are susceptible to it.
Mustard is an excellent remedy for treating inflammation. For gout attacks, a paste can be made from mustard and whole wheat by adding adequate quantities of warm water. Spread the paste on the affected area and use gauze for securing it in place. This paste can be left overnight and washed off in the morning. This will greatly reduce the inflammation and prevent associated discomforts like pain.
Certain acids can help in preventing the formation of uric acid crystals and diluting the crystals, which are already present. Malic acid is one such remedy that can be used at home. Apples are rich in malic acid and can be used for treating gout symptoms.
Going on an exclusive diet of apples for a week when you have gout will help in reducing and finally taking care of the entire gout attack within a few days. The acidic nature of apples is also good for melting the crystals formed in the joints.
Generally, people who have gout are asked to stay away from purine rich foods as purine can trigger a gout attack and worsen the symptoms. French beans are rich in purine and this is actually a contradiction to the general guidelines given to gout patients. However, the juice extracted from French beans is known to be an anti-inflammatory agent. Taking eight ounces of this juice every day is known to relieve gout symptoms and also control the attacks.
Apple cider is known to be one of the best folk remedies for treating gout. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with ‘mother’ and add two tablespoon of honey to this. This can be taken as soon as you see the symptoms of a gout attack.
Apple cider has anti-inflammatory properties and honey is a mild antiseptic agent. Together, they will relieve the pain as well as inflammation of gout within a few hours of its intake. Many people have reported complete relief within 2-3 days of taking apple cider vinegar.