Gout remedies for both the acute and chronic treatment of the condition fall into two main categories:
1. Adjustments In Diet And Other Behavioural Factors: Often recommended as an additional remedy to be used in conjunction with medicine, things like dietary changes, weight loss and regular exercise can all be effective in reducing uric acid levels, one of the principal causes of gout.
2. Drugs And Medicinal Gout Treatment: This covers the administration of powerful prescription medication available from your doctor and can be particularly effective as both a treatment for acute gout and long-term prevention.
Both of these categories are covered in detail on this site and you can read more by clicking on the relevant link below:
For dietary and natural gout remedies click here: Gout Home Remedies
Or for medicinal treatment advice click here: Gout Treatment Using Drugs
Let us look more closely at each of these two categories, starting with the most effective home-based natural remedies for gout:
1. Home Gout Remedies
The most effective gout home remedies tend to lean heavily towards dietary advice and changes in the type of food eaten. This is because much of the food consumed in the Western world is high in substances called purines, a major factor in the onset of the disease.
Purine plays an important role in the efficient functioning of the human body, acting in the battle against cancer formation, while helping to lower nitrogen levels within cells, and assisting in the conversion of food into energy as well.
It is a colourless compound which forms uric acid through the process of metabolism. The correct balance of serum uric acid supports a range of important bodily functions, and once it has served its purpose, it is excreted through the kidneys within urine. However, abnormalities in the way the body sometimes deals with this process can lead to a marked increase in acidity concentrations within the blood, known as hyperuricemia.
In such cases, monosodium urate deposits (sometimes called uric acid crystals) can be formed around joints within the peripheral limbs, irritating the soft fluid sacs (bursae) and causing the inflammation, intense pain and redness that are typical gout symptoms.
Reducing purine consumption is an effective way of lowering uric acid levels and many natural gout remedies therefore recommend adopting a low purine diet. Whether you choose the drug treatment option, the home gout remedy route, or a combination of the two, effective reduction in the symptoms of gout will involve lowering the concentrations of uric acid within the blood plasma.
Read more by clicking here: Low Purine Foods
Or learn about which foods to avoid by clicking here: List Of Purine Rich Foods
As well as sticking to a strict gout diet, other lifestyle changes that can help to lower uric acid levels include gentle regular exercise, and a gradual reduction in surplus body fat.
Obesity has long been recognised as a gout cause. The more purine rich food that is consumed, the higher the levels of uric acid produced. This can quickly lead to hyperuricemia and the deposition of sodium urate crystals within the tissue of affected joints.
A gentle program of weight reduction is recommended in these circumstances as part of a more comprehensive range of gout remedies, avoiding any temptation to crash-diet as this will raise short-term concentrations of uric acidity, increasing the risk of an acute attack. Excess body weight will also place increased strain on any weight-bearing joints that may suffer from gout pain, potentially causing long-term damage to the soft tissue.
If you suffer from hyperuricemia (excess uric acidity), drinking plenty of water will help to flush these urates through the kidneys, helping in overall gout relief by increasing the rate at which they are excreted from the body.
2. Medicinal Remedies For Gout
Clinical gout remedies involving drugs can be very effective in acute cases, helping to reduce the discomfort quickly.
However, commonly used medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, corticosteroids, and urate-lowering therapy drugs (ULTs) such as allopurinol and febuxostat, frequently involve uncomfortable side-effects.
These medicines are also unsuitable as a gout remedy if you suffer from a range of other pre-existing conditions including diabetes, coronary disease, liver or kidney disfunction and glaucoma, meaning they are not appropriate for many patients.
The best gout remedies over the longer term include the use of drugs to reduce the symptoms of an acute attack, combined with changes in behavioural issues and diet to combat the frequency and severity of any future bouts.
These dietary and lifestyle remedies for gout need strong self-discipline however, particularly as they will need to be used permanently in most cases. Although the symptoms first appear as an acute attack lasting anything from a few days to a couple of weeks, gouty arthritis is a long-term chronic condition which currently has no permanent fix, meaning that a sufferer will need to look at carefully managing the symptoms rather than expecting to find an effective gout cure.
However, increased knowledge of the condition has allowed us to better understand both the causes of the disease, and the steps that can be taken to provide effective gout remedies that will reduce or even eliminate the likelihood of the symptoms returning.
Read more about the condition by clicking here: What Is Gout?
Or learn about other treatments by clicking here: Home Gout Remedies