Gout Symptoms, Causes & Natural Treatment
October 11, 2012
Gout symptoms can be mistaken for a physical injury when first encountered. I know that I went to the doctor suspecting I had hurt my big toe in some way, when I had my first gout attack.
It had never crossed my mind that I had gout, because I had always thought that gout was the ‘disease of kings’. But the signs were diagnosed as the symptoms of gout, and I was given drug-based medications.
In this post you’ll learn what the symptoms of gout are, what causes them, and, an overview of treating gout using natural remedies. But please remember to always consult your doctor first, should you wish to try natural remedies at home.
Symptoms of Gout
The symptoms of gout are redness, inflammation, swelling, joint stiffness, heat around the joint, and, excruciating pain. In fact the area is usually so painful that the merest brush against it can send the gout victim into unbelievable waves of pain.
These symptoms can appear in any joint during a gout attack, but the main joint of the big toe is the most common area for gout symptoms.
Causes of Gout
The root cause of these symptoms are microscopic, needle-like uric acid crystals that have built up in your joints and surrounding tissue. They are formed from excess uric acid that your kidneys have been unable to process and excrete from your body.
And uric acid is produced when natural chemical compounds, called ‘purines’, breakdown as part of the process that provides us with our energy and protein requirements. Purines are found in the body and in our food.
Under normal circumstances, your kidneys process the uric acid produced and flush excess levels of uric acid from your body through the urine, with a small amount through stools.
But when there is too much uric acid being produced for your kidneys to process effectively, or, your kidneys aren’t working to their full capacity, excess uric acid remains in the blood and is circulated around your body. This then allows for the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints leading to gout.
Natural Remedies for Gout
For many people today, natural gout remedies are a welcome alternative to expensive drug-based medications with their negative side effects. Not only can these natural home remedies reduce inflammation and relieve pain, they can also help to reduce uric acid levels in your body. And by maintaining these lower levels you can prevent further gout attacks.
But natural remedies aren’t just about using herbs like alfalfa, bilberry, juniper, garlic, etc. And they aren’t just about the use of fruit such as cherries, strawberries, grapes, or, taking natural supplements, or, natural kidney cleanses.
A natural approach takes in all of the above, yes, but it also has to address important issues such as your diet, lifestyle, weight position, family history of gout or arthritis, medical conditions, medications, and so on.
Talk to your doctor about natural alternatives before you try them. You should discuss your diet in particular, because this is a key factor in triggering gout attacks.
For more information on natural remedies for gout, and, before you carry out any further research, you may want to visit The Gout Remedy Report Review which is my review of a very popular down-loadable report of the same name.