Chicory has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for many ailments. And it has been found to be pretty effective for reducing the symptoms of gout when used either as a poultice or as an infusion.
As a natural infusion, just add 1 ounce of chicory root to a pint of boiling water and allow to stand for 8 to 10 minutes, then strain off the chicory. Drink a cup of the infusion 3 to 4 times a day until your symptoms of gout have abated.
For a poultice, make a paste up of some chicory root and hot water, then apply around the affected joint. This can help to relieve the swelling and painful symptoms of gout. Repeat as necessary.
Remember, also, that your horrible gout symptoms are as a result of uric acid crystals that have formed due to having high uric acid in the blood. So, as well as attending to your current gout symptoms, you also need to prevent your gout returning. And reducing your uric acid levels, and maintaining them there, is a very important part of this.
It really is true that prevention is better than cure, and especially if you’re a gout sufferer. Did you realize that recurring gout, if continuing long enough, can actually cause you to have permanently damaged joints, and excruciating kidney stones?
Now, if you think that’s bad enough, the latest studies also link recurring gout to a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney and liver disease, and early death.
So you see, it’s one thing to just get rid of the symptoms of gout when they appear, it’s a whole different ball game to prevent your gout returning time and time again. There are numerous issues that you need to pay particular attention to, such as your diet, your weight, your lifestyle, any family history of gout / arthritis, underlying medical conditions, etc.