Gout is a metabolic disease marked by sudden and severe pain in one or more joints(especially those of the big toe). Gout is caused by excessively high uric acid levels in the blood. This occurs either because the kidneys are not eliminating enough of the body's uric acid or because too much uric acid is being produced.
When uric acid crystallizes, takes on a shape like that of a needle and, like a needle, it jabs its way into the joints. It seems to prefer the joint of the big toe, but other joints can be vulnerable as well, including the mid-foot, ankle, knee, wrist, and even the fingers. Uric acid is more likely to crystallize at lower temperatures, which may explain why roughly 90 percent of gout attacks affect cooler extremities like the big toe. Acute pain is usually the first symptom. Then the affected joints become inflamed, almost infectedlooking—red, swollen, hot, and extremely sensitive to the touch. Repeated attacks of gout over a long period of time can lead to joint damage.
Emotional stress can trigger a gout attack, as can fatigue and minor trauma. Gout also can be caused by renal insufficiency. Gout used to be called "rich man's disease" since an attack can be brought on by consuming a diet rich in fats or alcohol. In addition to the herbs listed below, other beneficial herbs to relieve the discomfort of gout include barberry, black currant, goldenrod, horehound, horsetail, speedwell, and strawberry.
List of Home Remedies for Gout
Remedy for Gout #1:
GOUT TEA #1 4 teavoons agrimony leaves 2 tablespoons queen of the meadow root 2 cups boiling water Combine the herbs in a glass container and cover with the boiling water; steep for 3o minutes; cool and strain. Take half a cup, up to four times daily.
Remedy for Gout #2:
GOUT TEA #2 1 teaspoon burdock root 2 tablespoons dandelion leaves 1 cup water Combine the herbs in a pan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil; remove from the heat; steep for 30 minutes; strain. Take up to one cup per day, a tablespoon at a time.
Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and other nutrients that help to reduce serum uric acid. Take 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams daily in tablet or capsule form.
Bilberry extract is a good source of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins—powerful antioxidant compounds.
Boswellia and turmeric (curcumin) have powerful anti- inflammatory properties.
Apply cayenne (capsicum) powder, mixed with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste, to affected areas to relieve inflammation and pain. This may cause a stinging sensation at first, but with repeated use, pain should diminish markedly. Cayenne can also be taken in capsule or liquid form.
Celery seed extract contains numerous anti-inflammatory compounds.
Try using chamomile, lady's mantle (yarrow), peppermint, or skullcap, in either capsule or tea form.
Devil's claw and yucca can aid in relieving pain.
Other beneficial herbs include birch, burdock, colchicum tincture, hyssop, and juniper.