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Screwpine (pandan) bush in my garden
Natural cures for gout : screwpine
If you search the internet you would find numerous natural cures for gout. However, I didn’t come across this particular natural cure for gout that I am going to share with you here; screwpine. From my experience, I found that natural cures have a peculiar success rate. Certain people may find a particular treatment to be effective. But for others, for some strange reasons, this particular natural cure simply would not work for them. Maybe would it be that the different constituent make-up of different people responding differently to this natural cure? But then again, even medical "proven" methods do not work successfully on everyone either.
Natural cures for gout: What is gout?
Gout is a condition where there is an excess amount of uric acid in the body. Gout is a type of arthritis, or a form of rheumatic disease. Under normal conditions, the kidneys will be able to flush out the uric acid. Uric acid is formed when the body processes purine, a type of protein. Gout occurs when the excess uric acid accumulates in the joints and other tissues as crystals. Excess uric acid is caused by either the inability of the kidneys to flush it out and/or the body produces too much uric acid.
Over the years, the uric acid crystals will build up in the joints and the surrounding tissues forming large deposits called tophi which look like lumps under the skin especially near severely affected joints, fingers and toes. The most obvious symptoms are inflammation in the joints, and severe pain, especially in the evening. The other symptoms are loss of appetite, lack of sleep, presence of kidney stones, and even possible kidney failure.
Gout usually occurs in males over 40 years, and females following menopause. The pain usually comes in a sudden and may last for several days.
Natural cures for gout : Causes
Unhealthy diet is the main culprit. Alcohol consumption, especially wine and beer, and intake of food with high purine, especially seafood like crabs, prawns, squids, fish roe, shellfish, and animal and fish innards. Red meat especially mutton should be avoided. Peas and beans should also be avoided. However, it is also found that gout may be due to genetics and is hereditary. If you are overweight and are not exercising, you will be in danger of having gout.
Conventional gout treatment
There is apparently no permanent cure for gout. Medical treatment is by administering high doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen . Other common drugs being used are colchicine and allopurinal or probenecid.
Gout is a progressive ailment. If not treated properly, the painful attacks will become more severe and more frequent over time.
Natural cures for gout : Natural remedies
You would have come across lots of natural remedies for gout. As I said before, some may prove effective for you. The most common remedies are:
- Apple Cider Vinegar with honey.
- Lemons and other fruits rich in Vitamin C.
- Bananas, apples, black cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, green pepper and leafy green vegetables. (However, one of the readers has this comment:
YL : "Strawberries and tomatoes are actually foods which are high in purines, and hence not recommended for people with gout.")
- Drinking lots of water.
A screwpine leaf
Gout and kidney stones
About 20 per cent of those suffering from gout, also have kidney stones. But don’t despair, there is a proven natural remedy to get rid of kidney stones. Please refer to my other article by CLICKING HERE.
Natural cures for gout : screwpine leaves
I bet you can’t find this in the internet, at least till now. This is what you should do:
- Boil 1 liter (4 cups) of water in a pot, in the evening.
- Cut 4 screwpine leaves into shorter pieces.
- Crush or bruise the leaves to activate the juice.
- Put the leaves in the boiled water (steeping).
- Cover the pot, and leave overnight.
- Next morning, start drinking the water at intervals until finished.
- Repeat as often as you like.
What is screwpine
A little description on screwpine for those not familiar. Readers from temperate countries may not be familiar with this tropical plant. You can see the photo on top of this article. It was taken in my garden. Screwpine has very fragrant leaves. It is very easily grown in tropical countries. It is an essential cooking ingredient in Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Indo-China. It is known in various names. In Malaysia and Indonesia, it is called Pandan.
This plant has been found to contain several kinds of flavonoids which have anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-allergen, anti-platelet and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids help to maintain healthy blood vessels and connective tissues. Flavonoids are also called bioflavonoids
Bunga kantan (ginger flower)
You having nothing to lose
If all else failed, you have nothing to lose trying out this natural cure for gout. In fact, many local restaurants are offering “pandan water” as a refreshing and fragrant drink, either cold or hot. So even if this treatment is not effective for you, just treat as a special exotic “cocktail” recipe. If it works, please share the good news in the comment section. This would give me more encouragement to share more natural cures for other ailments. As a “standard” reminder, if natural cures are not effective for you, then you should seek immediate professional medical advice.
An update : Something new came in through my email:
"An Indonesian friend, shared with me, this recipe to remove uric acid. I have used it and it works. Cheap and effective method for gout sufferers.
3 sticks of Bunga Kantan (ginger flower - used in our famous Asam Laksa) boil it with 4.5L water until left with 3L water. Drink it continuously for 3 days ( to replace our daily water intake ). "
Well, if you are still not successful, try the latest remedy which I wrote in another article HERE
The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.
You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.
© 2010 Justin Choo
Frank Chin on July 29, 2015:
Thanks for the info, I have tried and used 5 pandan (screwpine) leaves with 5 cup of water, next morning, I added half a lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey, it improves the taste and works better for me. Thanks for the information.
Strawberry and tomatoes are high in oxalate and to be avoid by gout sufferer.
Azni on August 06, 2014:
Hi Justin, just want to say thank you so much for your post. I have tried so many tricks before to bring my husband's uric acid level down and this one works brilliantly. Once again, thank you.
heather on March 08, 2014:
thanks I'm trying panda leaves = boiling on the stove right now ...the tea is also good for flavouring rice and deserts and keeping away vermin and insects / cockroaches - I am going to try that as well.
dina on February 16, 2014:
I want to know should i do liver clense first then go for gout treatment? I really hope your recipes work for my father.
Matrix on December 25, 2013:
Hub, merry christmas! Whatnis the measurement of apple cider intake for arthritic pain?
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on February 19, 2013:
I guess we men are more susceptible to gout. I hope I won't be having it, but I'll refer to this cure just in case. Good hub, very helpful. Up and useful and a following. :)
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on November 28, 2012:
Hi Arnold Nolasco,
Hope you get well soon. Please update us of your treatment in due course.
Arnold Nolasco on November 28, 2012:
Thanks for this information I've been suffering gout for couple of years. doctors gave me NSAIDs and i think this isn't working for me. I'm going to try your advice. thanks and more power.
Moonfish on October 10, 2012:
Boil young corns is also help
faye lim on May 04, 2012:
I gave my husband celery seed tea to cure gout when fresh cherries are not in season. They both work, and the pain will be replaced with severe itch and then the inflammation is gone from 3 to 5 days. Drink at least 3 cups daily. Steep 1 to 2 tsp celery seed to one cup of hot boiling water, steep for 10 minutes.
Thanks for sharing the screwpine tip.
Lyd on April 07, 2012:
I use a leaf of screw pine to neutralize the smell of malunggay powder. Every morning I boil a tablespoon of malunggay powder in 4 mugs of water, put cut leaf of pandan, sugar and milk. Voila, the family now has a delicious beverage. I didn't know that pandan has the nutritional values I need!
Budman610 from Ohio on February 22, 2012:
Interesting I have gout and I had never heard of screwpine.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on February 15, 2012:
From what was reported, looks like a one off treatment comprising of several sessions.
firstname.lastname@example.org on February 15, 2012:
Hi Good Guy,
The concoction can cure after drinking it for awhile or have to drink it forever ie as a replacement for gout pills?
Trevor St James from Los Angeles on February 11, 2012:
Gout is frustrating. I don't eat seafood, I don't drink beer, I don't eat red meat that often and no one in my family has had Gout and they all drink Martinis like they're Kool-Aid. I swim everyday, am NOT overweight, have no body fat at all actually and rarely drink alcohol. I don't get it. Why me?
Many thanks for offering up this info. I do have a friend who drinks vinegar every day all day long.
Pitt Musni on November 24, 2011:
My neighbor told me that screwpine is also for treating prostate disorder. I am from the Philippines.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on July 05, 2011:
Thanks for sharing. I shall put your comment in the relevent section.
YL on July 05, 2011:
Strawberries and tomatoes are actually foods which are high in purines, and hence not recommended for people with gout.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on October 26, 2010:
You will like the fragrant smell of this drink.
Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on October 26, 2010:
Well, this is great. The pandan which grows everywhere in my ornamental and vegetable gardens turns out to be a good herbal cure. I use this to add flavor to my salads, juice, even in cooking rice. I'm from the Philippines. So it's other name is screwpine. Thank you.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on October 23, 2010:
Hi Minnetonka Twin,
Just use your fingers to bruise or crush them.
Linda Rogers from Minnesota on October 22, 2010:
Hi Good Guy-I have a question-What do you use to crush the leaves with??? I really appreciate you sharing this information. Good stuff.