But, one of the really important things that many gout sufferers forget about is the absolute need to prevent further gout attacks from damaging your health.
In the race to get rid of the pain, and certainly once the symptoms have gone, many folks forget about it and just continue on with their lives as before. This is a serious mistake as you’ll discover further on in this post.
First, though, let’s look at why so many gout victims are increasingly looking to natural gout pain relief…
In mainstream medication, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are the order of the day; ibuprofen and prescribed drugs such as indomethacin and naproxen. And there are other drugs such as colchicines and corticosteroids which are also regularly prescribed.
But they have some really horrible side effects like vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers, etc. This, coupled with their ongoing cost, means that more natural gout remedies are being sought after.
Luckily, there are lots of natural home remedies for gout that you can turn to, some better than others, and some that work better for some folks than others. The trick is to find the remedy, or combination of remedies, that works best for you. Here are three that I believe to be some of the most effective, and fastest acting, out there:-
Celery seeds have many natural anti-inflammatory properties and have been found to be extremely effective in reducing inflammation leading to fast gout pain relief.
To make a ‘tea’, just add 1 tablespoon of seeds to 2 cups of water and boil until the seeds are soft. Remove the seeds and drink a 1/2 cup x 4 times per day, until your gout symptoms have abated.
But celery seeds are a diuretic which means that, if you don’t replace the fluids you are excreting from your body, you will become dehydrated. Now, urate crystals can form much more easily in a dehydrated body, so drink lots of water whilst taking this remedy.
Note: Because celery seeds are diuretic, this home remedy should not be taken by pregnant women or people with kidney problems.
Cherries are proving to be very powerful in fighting the symptoms of gout. They contain anthocyanins which have natural anti-inflammatory properties. By reducing inflammation they help to relieve the pain. And they have also been shown to be able to lower uric acid levels. Some experts reckon you should eat between 30 and 40 cherries every 4 hours, during an attack.
Otherwise known as bicarbonate of soda, this has proven to be an extremely fast gout pain relief home remedy. Baking soda helps to dissolve uric acid crystals in your joints, plus, helps your body to flush more uric acid out.
Simply add 1/2 teaspoon to a large glass of water, and stir until completely dissolved. Drink a glass in the morning, one at before bed, and one glass every 2 – 4 hours during the rest of the day. Repeat until your symptoms have abated. Don’t take more than 4 teaspoons in any twenty four hour period, i.e. equivalent to 8 glasses as described above.
Note: Change to a salt-free diet while taking this remedy. And, if you suffer from high blood pressure, you must consult with your doctor and get their permission before using this remedy.
These three remedies, either alone or in combination, are great for fast gout pain relief. But, as I mentioned at the very beginning of this post, it isn’t enough just to get rid of your symptoms, you need to prevent their re-occurrence.
It’s been known for some time that recurring gout attacks can, over time, lead to serious problems such as high blood pressure, kidney stones, kidney disease, and permanent joint damage.
But the latest research has even more bad news…
Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center say that gout is also associated with:-
- lung complications
- heart disease
- higher risk of death
This is serious stuff!
So, as well as taking care of the symptoms during an attack, you must also prevent future attacks. And bear in mind that once you’ve had just one attack, your risk of more, and more frequent, attacks is considerably increased.
You can read more about how to manage your gout and prevent future attacks by clicking here.
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