Gout, a version of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood stream, is one of the most common and oldest forms of arthritis, and can cause extreme pain in the affected areas. Gout is caused when the body either makes too much uric acid, or cannot excrete it from the body in large enough quantities.
Like an unwelcome houseguest, gout can arrive very suddenly and with no warning. Most painful attacks last from a few hours up to a few days. In rare cases, a gout attack can last weeks. Once the gout attack has made its presence known, it is best to start treating gout immediately, or it can become more painful and lead to joint deformities. Typical gout symptoms include:
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Rapid severe pain in the affected joint, usually the big toe Tenderness and swelling around the joint, which can feel warm The skin on the joint turns reddish
The good news, if there is any, is that treating gout immediately will ensure it doesn't get worse. If you've gone green with every other aspect of your life (car, recycling, cycling etc.), then you'll be pleased to know there is a small assortment of natural (and tasty) gout remedies available.
Why go natural? Natural remedies for gout, things that lower the uric acid in your blood stream, have no side effects, and are safe to use long term. Additionally, most gout natural remedies contain ingredients that will help to improve your bodies overall health. So, while fighting the gout you're also giving your body some added nutrition and vitamins - a win/win situation.
Cherries and their juice are the most delicious of all natural gout remedies. If your guts can handle it, you can eat up to a pound of them a day to combat an elevated level of uric acid. For a more convenient and cost-effective measure, you can buy concentrated cherry juice and take about 1 tablespoon a day. To get the best results, you will need to drink the juice for gout every single day.
According to folklore, apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy for gout. It can be used both externally and internally as a gout medication and pain reliever. The vinegar must be organic and non-pasteurized so it still has the "mother" (cloudy looking naturally occurring enzymes) in it, and is usually mixed with honey to make it more palatable.
The cheapest and most obvious natural helper for gout is drinking good old tap water in large quantities, every day. Uric acid is removed from the body by the kidneys, and by increasing your water intake, it will naturally help flush out this acid. It is recommended that you drink at least 3 liters (eight glasses) of water each day.
What about an external pain reliever? Enter charcoal. Charcoal, available in capsule form, can be used to make what's called a poultice to then apply to inflamed joints. Mix about a half cup of activated powdered charcoal with two or three tablespoons of flax seed until it becomes a meal, add water to create a paste, and apply it to a bandage that will stay wrapped around the joint. Change it about every four hours, or keep it on overnight.
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To use vinegar externally to reduce gout pain, simply soak a cloth in vinegar and apply it to the affected area (likely the big toe) for at least 15 minutes. Or soak the sore joint in a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups of water.
Others recommend a foot soak with a cup of Epsom salts in warm water to ease the painful throbbing. The magnesium sulphate in the salts is absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation and aches, and is said to have a sedative effect.
If you have chugged a tree's worth of cherry juice, wrapped yourself in charcoal rags and feel like you chugged a water park's worth of H2O and are still greeting gout's painful presence, there are anti-inflammatory medications that can be purchased to treat gout. Gout medications are available with your doctor's prescription. One of the most effective gout medications is colchicine, the generic equivalent of the name brand Colcrys.
Colchicine tablets prevent or relieve gout attacks by reducing inflammation. Colchicine dosages for gout vary: Some people take small amounts of the gout drug regularly for months or years, while others take large amounts of colchicine for gout over a short period of time (several hours). You can buy colchicine tablets online from any reputable licensed Canadian pharmacy with a valid prescription.
Alex Ray advocates for access to affordable healthcare and medication. She has a great deal of sympathy for gout sufferers, and recommends www.colchicine.ca as an online resource for gout information, and Big Mountain Drugs as a reliable online Canadian pharmacy for those who want to buy colchicine from Canada.
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