10 Powerful Home Remedies to Eliminate Your Gout Fast and Naturally

On this page you’re going to discover 10 simple, but powerful, natural home remedies to relieve your gout fast and prevent future gout flares…

Picture of gout in the big toe.

I’ve had gout most of my adult life, but haven’t had an attack for many years now. I honestly believe that my success, in no small measure, is down to my taking responsibility for my own health and not expecting my doctors to do it all for me, and my many years of research into the topic and taking action on what I discovered.

Hopefully, the information from my research I share with you here and throughout this website will help you do the same: relieve your current attack fast and, more importantly in my opinion, prevent future painful — and potentially dangerous — gout attacks.

First though, please take a minute to listen to the excellent Dr. Edwards on what gout is.

To summarize:

  • Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis.
  • It can affect various joints in the body, not just the big toe.
  • Repeat gout attacks can eventually lead to disablement.
  • The incidence of gout worldwide has doubled over the past 20 years.
  • Gout isn’t just a disease of the rich, those who overeat, or those who drink alcohol to excess.
  • There’s certainly a link between obesity and gout, but not all obese people will have gout.
  • There’s also a link between alcohol and gout, but not all people with gout drink alcohol.
  • Many gout sufferers have a family history of gout.
  • Middle-aged men are most at risk although women also have a higher risk as they grow older.
  • Once you have gout it’s for life, not just when you’re suffering the symptoms of a gout attack.

Note: Dr. Edwards spoke about the links between obesity, alcohol and gout and explained that not all people who are obese or who drink to excess have gout. And this is of course true…

However, studies have shown that obesity and alcohol are high risk factors for gout. So although some people who are obese or who drink to excess may not have gout now, nevertheless they are still at a higher risk of gout at some point in their lives compared with those who are not obese and who don’t drink to excess.

For me, the two main takeaways from Dr. Edward’s very informative video are…

  1. Once having had gout, you have it for life.
  2. But it can be managed successfully!

You see, there isn’t an actual cure for gout…

Instead, when diagnosed with gout, your doctor will normally prescribe medication (usually NSAIDs – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to alleviate inflammation and pain and separate medication (such as Allopurinol) to help lower blood uric acid to try to prevent future episodes. And there is no doubt that, for most people, they can be very effective.

The problem is that the former just focuses on the symptoms while the latter can only manage your condition as long as it is being taken. Once stopped, your uric acid levels can rise again, especially if you don’t make the necessary lifestyle changes. By the way, these lifestyle changes are necessary even whilst taking the medication. Your doctor will usually spell these out for you.

So the former cannot prevent gout and the latter has to be taken for the long term — in many cases for life. This is particularly troublesome for many sufferers as these drugs can have some pretty nasty side effects; things such as:

constipationconstipationfluid retentionheadachesdizziness
drowsinesstinnitusinsomniablurred visionstomach cramps
vomitingchest painsupset stomachbloatinggas
appetite lossmood swingsmuscle weaknessbalance problemsfever
shortness of breathhypertensionpoor wound healing

And it’s also very important to prevent recurring gout since, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, frequently recurring gout flares can lead to:-

  • permanently damaged joints
  • chronic joint infections
  • kidney stones
  • kidney disease
  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • increased risk of cardiovascular death

This is why those of us with gout are increasingly turning to natural home remedies to treat gout…

Let’s look then at how, by utilising the benefits of natural remedies, you can get fast gout pain relief and, at the same time, prevent future gout attacks, with their potentially serious health problems…

Natural Gout Remedies Overview

Some simple dietary and lifestyle adjustments, along with dietary supplements, gout herbal treatment and other easily-available home remedies, can relieve the excruciating symptoms of your existing gout attack and prevent further flare-ups down the line.

In other words, these remedies can do pretty much all that drugs can do for your gout, but without the expense and potential nasty side effects.

So, to get you started, here are 10 of the best home remedies for gout out there — snippets taken from the best selling Gout Remedy Report which I review here — that you can try at home.

First though, to better understand how these work, it’s worthwhile just going over the root cause of gout…

Root Cause of Gout

Gout is caused by high uric acid levels in the blood (a condition called ‘hyperuricemia’) out of which microscopic needle-like crystals (monosodium urate) form in the joints and surrounding tissue.

uric acid crystals
Monosodium Urate Crystals In Polarized Light — Image by Bobjgalindo, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia

We need uric acid; it’s a very powerful antioxidant produced from the metabolic breakdown of chemical compounds in the body called ‘purines,’ which are also present in some foods and even drinks. Normally, the uric acid created dissolves in the blood, is processed by the kidneys, and then excreted in urine.

However, when the body creates too much uric acid for the kidneys to handle, or, when the kidneys don’t work to their full potential, insufficient is expelled from the body leading to excess uric acid circulating in the bloodstream. Monosodium urate crystals can then form out of the uric acid over time.

Your body sees these crystals as ‘foreign invaders’ and so triggers an innate immune response that floods the affected area with immune cells and molecular mediators in order to eliminate the ‘irritant’ along with any damaged cells and tissue, as well as instigating tissue repair.

It’s this natural inflammatory response that actually gives rise to the classic symptoms of a gout attack — swelling, inflammation, redness, shiny skin, hot to touch, stiffness, and great pain — not the crystals themselves.

O.K., with that in mind, let’s now take a look at those natural home remedies for fast gout relief and prevention…

10 of the Best Natural Gout Remedies to Try at Home

1. Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)

Baking Soda and GoutThis remedy is very effective for relieving the inflammation and pain of a gout attack. It can even be taken along with NSAIDs to help improve their performance.

Bicarbonate of soda can help to increase the solubility of uric acid so that the body can excrete it more effectively.

It also helps to dissolve crystals in the joints and boost urine pH to decrease the risk of uric acid kidney stones.

To take it, dissolve 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water in a large glass. Drink a glass right before bedtime, first thing in the morning, and once every two to four hours between meals. Repeat as necessary until the symptoms have gone.

Do not exceed 4 teaspoons of baking soda per day. Change to a low sodium diet whilst taking this remedy; better still cut-out salt altogether. And if you suffer from high blood pressure it’s best not to use this particular remedy.

Note: This remedy is only for the fast relief of the painful symptoms of an attack. It’s not for long term uric acid management as it’s so high in sodium. There are other remedies that can be used to help manage uric acid levels as you’ll see below.

2. Avoid Purine Rich Foods

Sardines should be avoided with gout.Uric acid is a byproduct of the natural breakdown of ‘purines’ – chemical compounds found in all of the body’s cells.

Purines also exist in animals’ cells, and nearly all our foods at varying levels. So the more high-purine food eaten the more uric acid is produced.

Someone with gout is usually advised to move to a low-purine diet in order to reduce their uric acid levels.

This means avoiding or severely limiting high-purine foods such as:

  • organ meat
  • game
  • gravies
  • anchovies
  • herring
  • sardines
  • mackerel
  • shellfish
  • sweetbreads
  • yeast

Even asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, and legumes, have moderately high purine levels.

A low-purine diet will include things such as:

  • foods high in vitamin C (e.g. potatoes, red bell peppers, red cabbage, etc.)
  • vegetables (especially green leafy veggies and celery)
  • fruit (particularly cherries, other red/blue berries, tangerines and mandarins)
  • essential fatty acids (tuna, nuts, seeds, flaxseed, etc.)
  • complex carbs (cereals, pasta, rice, etc.)
  • low-fat dairy produce

Some animal protein may be eaten, but no more than 6 ounces of lean meat or fish or poultry a day.

3. Fluids / Water

Water is vital for relieving gout.This is perhaps the most important natural remedy because it’s more difficult for urate crystals to precipitate out of uric acid in a well-hydrated body.

And drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day helps your kidneys to flush-out excess uric acid more easily.

So, drinking sufficient fluids not only helps to excrete excess uric acid more efficiently, it also helps to prevent future gout flares.

Finally, drinking plenty of fluids helps to reduce the risk of painful kidney stones and kidney infections.

The American Dietetic Association recommends 2 to 4 liters of fluid per day, with at least half of that amount being water. But avoid alcohol because it dehydrates the body and is a well known  trigger for gout.

4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C can lower uric acid and relieve gout.Studies around this particular home remedy have shown that vitamin C can increase urinary excretion of uric acid and therefore lower blood uric acid levels. One also found a link between higher intake of vitamin C and a lower gout risk.

So eat lots of vegetables and fruits, especially oranges, mandarins, etc. You can also get it in supplement form of course, but it’s preferable to get your vitamin C through fruit and vegetables, if you can, since they’re also more nutritious and contain important fiber and protective elements that supplements don’t.

However, suddenly taking large amounts of vitamin C can trigger a gout attack due to abrupt changes in uric acid levels. So talk to your doctor about the correct vitamin C levels for your particular case before implementing this natural remedy.

5. Cherries and Cherry Juice

Cherries are a powerful natural gout remedy.Cherries / concentrated cherry juice can help to alleviate the inflammation and pain of a gout attack as well as reduce uric acid levels in the blood. So, not only can they relieve the painful symptoms fast, they can also help to prevent future gout flares.

Research suggests that 20 cherries per day is much the same as taking one NSAID and that cherries, taken in combination with traditional uric-acid reducing drugs, can significantly help to reduce the risk of gout flares.

Cherries are rich in anthocyanins which are known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In studies, whole cherries and concentrated cherry juice were found to be equally effective so, where you can’t get fresh cherries, concentrated cherry juice will do the job.

This is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, of all the natural remedies for gout out there.

6. Buchu

Buchu herbal remedy for gout.Buchu is a small dark green-leaved shrub that is native to the Cape region of South Africa. Its leaves have oil glands that release an aroma that’s similar to that of blackcurrants.

Buchu has been used to treat digestive problems, rheumatism, inflammation, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and gout, for 100s of years.

This herbal remedy, when taken as a tea for example, has been shown to aid in the dissolution of uric acid crystals and their excretion from the body.

Note: Buchu is a powerful diuretic that can deplete the body’s store of potassium. So anyone taking buchu should up their intake of potassium-rich foods. And it definitely shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy or nursing.

7. Devil’s Claw

Devil's claw has natural uric acid reducing powers.Devil’s claw is another plant native to South Africa. Its root has been used in traditional medicine there for thousands of years.

As a natural medicine it found its way into Europe via the colonists, where it was used to treat digestive problems, inflammation, arthritis, lower back pain, general joint pain, and gout.

This is another herbal remedy which has natural uric acid reducing powers. And it contains chemicals that help to reduce inflammation and pain.

Experts suggest taking 400 mg of devil’s claw extract three times a day until the symptoms disappear. Again, check the label.

Note: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid devil’s claw. It may affect blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and can even interact with some medications; so talk to your doctor before using it.

8. Bromelain

Pineapple is an effective natural gout remedy.Bromelain is an enzyme found only in pineapples. It was discovered in 1957 and subsequent studies have shown it to have natural inflammation-reducing powers.

For example, a 1995 German study found that it caused significant reductions in swelling, tenderness, and pain, in 59 test subjects. The study used bromelain in supplement form, the enzymes being extracted from pineapple stems.

Bromelain helps to improve blood circulation and tissue drainage around gouty joints by breaking down a blood-clotting protein called ‘fibrin.’ It also impedes the production of chemical compounds that cause swelling and pain.

The suggested dose during a gout flare is 500 mg every 3 hours until symptoms abate. For maintenance, reduce the dose to 500 mg twice a day between meals. Some experts suggest adding 500 mg of the flavonoid, quercetin, twice a day, to reduce blood uric acid levels. Quercetin is absorbed more efficiently when taken with bromelain

9. Hawthorn

Hawthorn is an ancient gout home remedy.Hawthorn is a thorny shrub or tree native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. It’s related to the rose family.

It has been used in traditional medicine since ancient Greece times to treat such ailments as poor circulation, stress, sleep disorders, stomach ache, and kidney and bladder disorders, and gout.

It contains anti-inflammatory anthocyanocides so is great for helping to reduce inflammation and pain around the affected joint.

In addition, hawthorn can help the body retain the protein and collagen that untreated gouty joints tends to lose. Collagen and protein are needed to help ease joint movement.

10. Hot and Cold Compresses

Hot and cold compresses can help to relieve the symptoms of gout.This physical remedy can be very effective: Applying alternating hot (3 minutes) then cold (30 seconds) compresses around the joint can provide pretty fast natural pain relief.

Repeat until the water cools, then reheat as necessary.

You can also use a basin or large bowl, but be careful to test the water before immersion. And always finish on cold.

Note: Always consult with your doctor before embarking on any natural home remedies.

These ten are just a small fraction of the numerous home remedies for gout out there. And, since not every one will work the same for everybody — each individual is different — you need to familiarize yourself with the others.

Educate yourself, stay informed:

As Dr. Edwards advised: you need to educate yourself about your condition…and this includes those issues that can put you at a much higher risk of gout:

  • high-purine diet
  • excessive fructose consumption (especially from sugary drinks)
  • being overweight
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • some medical conditions
  • some medications
  • family history of arthritis / gout

Arthritis was very much in my family, so I was at a higher risk of gout from the day I was born. 🙂

Now let’s dispel some gout myths:

1. Gout can be cured if I just take the medicine.

No. As you heard from Dr. Edwards, gout can’t be cured…once you have gout you’ve got it for life. But it can be managed, and that means keeping your uric acid at healthy levels.

2. I have high uric acid, but as long as I’m not having any gout flares, I’m O.K., right?

No. Even without having flares, the high uric acid in your blood can still be putting you at risk of the serious health issues discussed previously.

3. As long as I just change my diet I’m going to be O.K.

No. Diet is an important element in helping to manage your gout, but it’s not the only one. You need to consider things like your weight, drinking habits, any medications you are on, other medical conditions you may have, your age, sex, and even your family history.

So, you can see that you shouldn’t take your condition lightly; you mustn’t ignore your gout…

Danger! Don't ignore your gout. Natural remedies can bring fast relief and prevent further attacks.

I vividly remember how the pain kept me awake each night and prevented me getting around during the day and then the overwhelming relief I felt each time it went away. But then the frustration I felt every time it came back.

If you’re a victim of recurring gout, I know just how tempting it is to keep on taking the drugs or just struggling on and hoping against hope it goes away never to return.

Remember, recurring gout can cause serious health issues, including a higher risk of death, so it’s absolutely vital that you do not ignore your gout.

And if this is your first gout attack, I know it can be extremely worrying. And no doubt you already know that once you’ve had one gout attack, even if you manage to fight it off, there’s a very high chance it’ll return.

But don’t panic: with the correct, preventative actions you can make sure it not only leaves you in peace now, but never comes back again.

Click here to discover how I relieved my gout attack in a day, plus, how I’ve stayed gout-free ever since: over 7 years and counting…