For those of you who don’t wish to, or can’t, use drug-based medication, you don’t have to suffer in silence with a gout attack. There are many natural home remedies that you can use for treating gout without medication.
During a gout attack, you have 2 objectives; first, get rid of the pain as fast as possible, and then, prevent future attacks from causing you serious problems down the road.
1. Treating a Gout Attack Without Medication
Gout pain is caused by needle-like crystals in your joints and surrounding tissue. These cause the inflammation, swelling and resultant pain.
So, in order to reduce the pain, you need remedies to reduce the inflammation, breakup the crystals in your joints, and, flush excess uric acid from your body.
One of the first things you must do is to increase your intake of water to a minimum of 3 litres per day. This helps your kidneys to flush urate crystals and excess uric acid from your body more effectively.
And eat at least a bowl of cherries each day too. Some researchers say 30 to 40 every 4 hours during an actual attack. These have proven anti-inflammatory properties and can also work in a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They are also known to lower excess uric acid in your system.
Plus, you must stay away from high-purine food during a gout attack. These are foods such as fatty red meat, organ meat, poultry, seafood, yeast products, etc. Stick to a lower-purine diet such as low-fat dairy produce, vegeatables (not asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower or spinach) and fruit.
2. Treating Gout Without Medication to Prevent Recurring Attacks
If all you do during a gout attack is concentrate on getting rid of it, without doing something about future prevention, then you’re setting yourself up for a big fall…
Frequently recurring gout, if left long enough, will cause permanent joint damage and / or kidney problems such as painful kidney stones. And once having had gout you’re at a much higher risk of having many more.
So the key is to treat your condition ‘between attacks’ so to speak. And the most important aspect of treating gout this way is the lowering and maintaining of your uric acid at a healthy levels.
The three tips above for treating during a gout attack, still hold good here. So to help lower and maintain your uric acid, continue drinking plenty of water and eating at least a bowl of cherries on a daily basis.
You also need to figure out a healthy, low-purine diet that you can stick to on a long term basis. And this includes the total avoidance of, or drastic reduction in, alcohol, a known trigger for gout.
But you also need to get to understand the other underlying issues that can lead to gout, such as being overweight ( a key contributor to gout), some medicines, family history of arthritis or gout, some medical conditions, etc.