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Gouty Arthritis or Gout - Symptoms, Causes and Control With Natural Home Remedies and Ayurveda

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Gouty Arthritis

Gouty Arthritis is commonly known as GOUT. When it affects the big toe, it is known as 'podagra'.

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis mostly affecting the big toe, in almost 50% of all cases. Under an acute attack, there is redness, swelling, warmth and pain at the affected joint. There can be fever too. It can also affect other joints like the ankles, heels, knees,elbows, hand, wrist and fingers.

Night is the usual time for a gout attack, the most likely reason being that the body temperature is lower due to rest and the weather is cooler at night. Gout attacks come on suddenly without any prewarning. The intensity of the attack causes one to wake up with excruciating pain.

Gout is more common in men than women.

Gout can be managed with a strict adherence to diet and other lifestyle changes.

Gout - Some Predisposing Factors

  • Excess uric acid in the body, either due to more uric acid production or less removal of uric acid. This excess uric acid then crystallises around the joints and tissues causing inflammation and pain.
  • Red meat, organ meats, foods rich in fats, oils, alcohol and beer consumption, sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of gout.
  • A family history of Gout makes one a higher risk candidate.
  • Diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney diseases, anaemia especially sickle cell anaemia and cancer, psoriasis,
  • Certain drugs, like, low dose aspirin, taken to relieve headaches, also increases the risk for gout. The very low doses used in thinning blood does not have this effect.
  • Diuretics, when used to treat certain health conditions like excess body fluids, hypertension etc.

These diseases and medications raise the uric acid levels and hence increase the susceptibility to gout.

Natural And Home Remedies To Treat Gout

CHERRIES

Cherries are effective in treating gout. Eat 10-20 cherries every day on waking up in the morning. Always consume fresh cherries. They reduce inflammation and pain.
Cherry juice about 175 ml can be taken daily, mixed in water if need be. Cherries reduce body fat, lower cholesterol leading to reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Cherries can be consumed in many other forms like capsules, juice concentrate, powder etc.
Tart cherries are believed to be better than the sweet cherries in treating gout but both the varieties are effective.

VEGETABLE JUICES

Mix 100 ml beetroot juice, 100 ml cucumber juice and 300 ml carrot juice. This combination is very effective in relieving gout. Take daily.

FRENCH BEANS

150 ml of juice of french beans gives relief. Take everyday.

APPLES

Take 2 apples daily - one after each major meal. The malic acid content neutralizes uric acid.

BANANAS

A diet of only bananas for a few days will give a lot of relief. Take 8-9 bananas daily during this period.

LEMON

Take the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of water every morning on empty stomach daily. Vitamin C in lemon makes the connective tissues strong while the citric acid dissolves the uric acid and helps in its removal through urine.

CHARCOAL

A paste made of 1/2 cup charcoal powder and 1/4 cup flaxseed meal with water gives relief when applied as a poultice on the affected joint. Replace it after 4 hours. You can leave it on when asleep.

GINGER

Soak the affected joint in a mixture of water with 1/3 cup of ground ginger for 30 minutes. Wash the joint thoroughly after this treatment as ginger can cause irritation once it dries.

MUSTARD

Mix equal quantities of whole wheat powder and mustard powder and add just enough water to make a paste. Apply on the affected part and leave overnight for relief.

AYURVEDA RECOMMENDS

  • Triphala powder, 1 tsp 2 times a day with warm water to reduce inflammation.
  • Guggulu herb which improves metabolism and helps keep high blood pressure in check.

Diet For Those Having Gout

  • Take light food, preferably steamed or boiled. Consume wholegrain bread and cereals.
  • No yoghurt and dairy products to be avoided.
  • Consume seasonal fruit.
  • Increase Vitamin C intake.
  • Avoid eggs, organ meat and red meat. In fact, avoid all foods which are high uric acid-producing especially foods high in protein.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, white flour, fried and processed foods.
  • Salmon and chicken can be taken sparingly.
  • Drink plenty of water firstly, to keep well hydrated and secondly, to keep the uric acid diluted and aiding its regular flushing out.
  • Avoid caffeine, soda drinks, alcohol and beer.
  • Spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, peas, lentils, beans, mushrooms, oats and yeast products, to be avoided.

It is best to prepare a gout food chart that makes it easy to prepare a new dish every day.

Some LifestyleTips

  • When you have an acute attack, drink just orange juice and water for 3 days. After the symptoms subside take an all fruit diet for next 3 days. Thereafter, take fresh fruits, sprouts and raw vegetables.
    No canned, refined, processed and fried foods during this fast.
    Take a daily enema to clean the bowels during this period.
  • Avoid undue stress and tension
  • Do moderate exercise in fresh air.
  • Apply cold packs while going to bed.
  • Reduce weight if overweight.

EPSOM SALT FOOT BATH

To 1 gallon of hot water add 2 cups of Epsom salt and 1 cup of vinegar. Keep the affected foot dipped in this soak for 20 minutes. It removes swelling and pain very quickly.

Tips For Maintaining Joint Health

  • Consume phytonutrient-rich foods. They reduce inflammation, control free radicals, repair tissues, lubricate the joints, strengthen the muscles and eliminate toxins.
  • Increase the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods. They also reduce inflammation. Good sources are flaxseeds, sprouted walnuts, tuna the ones with low mercury levels.
  • Decrease consumption of omega-6 fatty acid-rich foods, polyunsaturated oils like corn, soybean, sunflower and safflower oils.
  • Increase dietary fibre consumption. Use coconut flour and ground flax seed to add to many foods and beverages.
  • Go high on Vitamin C and calcium consumption by exposing the skin to sunlight and eating foods like broccoli, sunflower seeds, salmon, spinach, turnip greens and mustard greens.
  • Use herbs like garlic, ginger, turmeric which also boost immunity.
  • Eat foods with a low glycemic index like brown rice, winter squash, apple etc.

An Article On Arthritis by The Author

Make this ayurvedic natural remedy yourself

Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedy For Gout (Video given alongside)

Take 10 grams each of the following ingredients. Indian names are given alongside in parentheses

  • Ginger powder
  • Liquorice - (Yashtimadhu)
  • Indian tinospora - (Guduchi or Giloy)
  • Picrorhiza/Picrorhiza kurroa - (Katuki)
  • Honey - As required

Method :

Powder all ingredients before mixing. Make a paste by adding the required quantity of honey.

Dose :

Take 1-2 gms of this paste twice a day after meals.

How do the herbs act?

  • Guduchi benefits by increasing immunity levels and reducing inflammation, thus relieving pain and swelling.
  • Ginger and Liquorice also reduce inflammation
  • Katuki helps in normalising the liver and digestive enzyme levels

These medicines can be purchased from any ayurvedic medicine store.

Some Articles On Gout Treatment With Natural Remedies

Some Of my other hubs on Health Conditions

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

starhealth on February 23, 2014:

hello,

am suffering with gout problem can u give me suggestion.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 21, 2013:

Thanks for passing on this information and I pray it helps. Thanks and your gesture is much appreciated, Meg.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on July 21, 2013:

Thanks for this hub. I know an elderly gentleman who is currently suffering from this, and I am going to give him some of your tips to try to reduce the problem for him.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 04, 2013:

@Peggy-glad you appreciate the value of home remedies and eating the right foods for this lifestyle disease.

Thanks for the votes and sharing.

@Rose-thanks for your kind words and I do hope using these remedies and tips will benefit all those who use them diligently. Appreciate your visit and vote.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 03, 2013:

Hello Rajan, this was an excellent and valuable article. My father suffered terribly from gout and now my brother and a cousin suffer from it as well. Some of the tips here I knew about but many I did not. Thank you so much for enlightening us with your knowledge. (Voted Up). -Rose

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Gout can be extremely painful. It is nice to know that natural things can be done to help such as eating cherries or drinking cherry juice. I had read that tip some years ago and the person that took my advice was helped. There are many other good tips in this hub as well. Up votes, sharing and pinning.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 25, 2012:

Thanks for your input conradofontanilla. Appreciate your reading and sharing your views.

conradofontanilla from Philippines on August 25, 2012:

Voted useful and interesting. Gout is caused by free radicals. The fruits and food you mention are antioxidants that catch free radicals that is why they alleviate gout.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 09, 2012:

Frogyfish, glad you to know you found some new information here. Many thanks for reading and sharing it with your brother. Hope it helps.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on August 09, 2012:

Very interesting article and tips. Have heard of several, and you gave several new treatments. Will have to FW to a brother with this problem. Thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 21, 2012:

@ molometer - I am glad I've been able to explain what gouty arthritis is. I appreciate your visit and comments. I'm thankful to you for sharing this hub with those who have this problem. I hope they benefit.

Thank you.

@ Audrey - Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving appreciative comments.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 21, 2012:

Such a helpful article Rajan--I do not have gout, but I have friends that do and I know it is really painful.

Micheal from United Kingdom on April 21, 2012:

This was a very useful hub Rajan,

There is a lot of mystery surrounding Gouty Arthritis.

I know two people who have this and I will share it with them.

Thanks for the info sharing and votes too.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 16, 2012:

Realhousewife, I know how painful gout is as my dad had gout. I really appreciate your passing it on and I truly hope your brother in law benefits. I would suggest the epsom salt foot bath when he has an attack to relieve the pain faster.

I appreciate the votes and truly value your visit.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 16, 2012:

Hi Rajan - my brother in law has gout - he gets is really bad sometimes. I'm passing this along after reading it - excellent. Voted up and everything. Apparently this is so painful for him he can't walk! Terrible!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 16, 2012:

Aurelio, you are right. It was, lol! and interestingly known as 'disease of the kings'!

Thanks for being here and love the comments and appreciate the votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 16, 2012:

I always thought gout was an 18th century disease but I guess people get it today. Those who get it will find the natural remedies helpful. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 16, 2012:

John, thanks for such valuable info. There's no question of feeling bad about it.

I just included a link to one of your hubs on gout and the other link is to 'the gout site'. It was in my mind to include a link to these 2 ever since I started writing this hub but I missed including it in the haste to publish this hub. So I'm glad you were the first to comment.

Thanks for stopping by and being so supportive as always.

JCielo from England on April 16, 2012:

Rajan, so sorry...Forgot to tell you I voted you up and marked as useful and interesting.

JCielo from England on April 16, 2012:

Lots of good info. here Rajan, always love your articles.

Hope you don't mind me expanding on a couple of things...

Victims of gout need to be aware that they shouldn't make abrupt dietary changes as this can alter uric acid blood levels too quickly, which in turn can trigger a gout attack or make an existing one even more intense. Ease into the new regimen.

Same with vitamin C. Although this has been proven to both reduce inflammation and pain, it can also lower uric acid levels. But if done too quickly can actually trigger an attack.

If I were to highlight my top 3 priorities to help prevent gout, they would be:-

(1) Low purine diet to reduce uric acid.

(2) Lose weight if you are overweight (one of the highest risk factors for gout).

(3) Reduce alcohol, especially beer (another of the highest risk factors).

Thanks Rajan.