Home Remedies for Gout

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Gout is a type of arthritis that can affect different body parts like the ears, small joints on the hands, wrists, ankles or knees. Symptoms frequently include acute pain, swelling, intense tenderness and inflammation in the joints.

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The exact cause is unknown, but a high amount of uric acid in the body is one of the reasons. Some other possible causes are genetics, excessive consumption of alcohol, lack of physical exercise, excessive protein intake and too much stress.

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Gout is linked to other types of health problems, such as hypertension, diabetes, and uric acid kidney stones, so it is important to get proper medical treatment. In addition, some easy-to-follow home treatments can promote healing and provide symptom relief.

home remedies for gout

Here are the top 10 home remedies for gout.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, which is used to treat headaches and acid stomach, also helps treat gout and arthritis. The acidity in apple cider vinegar will help relieve acute pain. You can also add honey to the remedy to boost the body’s anti-inflammatory response.

  1. Mix one teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
  2. Drink it two to three times daily.

If you find this remedy helpful, you can increase the dosage of apple cider vinegar to up to two tablespoons.

2. Ginger Root

The anti-inflammatory properties present in ginger root can be very helpful in relieving pain and inflammation. There are many ways to use ginger root in the treatment of gout.

  • Mix equal amounts of fenugreek powder, turmeric powder and dried ginger root powder (sonth). Have one teaspoon of this mixture along with warm water. Take it twice daily.
  • You can simply add ginger root in cooking recipes, or eat a small, raw piece of ginger root daily.
  • You can also add one-half teaspoon of ginger root to one cup of boiling water and mix it well. Drink this solution at least once daily.
  • Another option is to make a paste of ginger root with a little water and apply this paste on the affected area. Leave it on for about half an hour. Do this once daily.

3. Baking Soda

One significant factor contributing to gout is an increase of uric acid in the body. Baking soda can help lower the amount of uric acid, giving you relief from the pain.

  1. Mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.
  2. Drink this solution four times a day but not more than that.
  3. Continue up to two weeks.

If you are above 60 years, do not take more than three times in a day. Also, ignore this remedy if you suffer from hypertension.

4. Lemon Juice

To get relief from gout pain, it is essential to alkalize the body and neutralize the excess uric acid in blood stream. This can be done easily with fresh lemon juice and baking soda. Along with lemon juice, also eat other fruits rich in vitamin C to strengthen the body tissues.

  • Mix the juice of one lemon with one-half teaspoon of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds until the fizzing stops, and then mix it in a glass of water. Drink it immediately.
  • Another option is to add the juice of half a lemon to a glass of water and drink it three times a day.

5. Cherries

Cherries, whether sweet or sour, can also be very helpful in treating gout due to their antioxidant properties. Cherries also contain anthocyanins, which can reduce inflammation as well as minimize gout flare-ups.

  • For gout patients, eating 15 to 20 cherries a day is highly recommended. For better results, start your day with some cherries.
  • Another option is to drink a glass of black cherry juice daily. You can also add a few minced garlic cloves in it.

6. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is another useful ingredient for home treatment of gout and other forms of arthritis. The high amount of magnesium present in Epsom salt will also improve the condition of your heart and lower high blood pressure. Soaking the affected body part in warm water mixed with Epsom salt relaxes aching muscles and relieves pain.

  1. For a leisurely bath, add two cups of Epsom salt to warm bath water.
  2. Soak your body in it until the water starts losing heat.
  3. Do this once a week. If you have severe gout, you can try it two or three times a week.




  1. certainly your suggestion will cure a person from gout

  2. I have heard nothing works if the person does not abstain from alcohol

  3. sanjeev duggal June 30, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Thanks.ur information is so good .

  4. sanjeev duggal June 30, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Thanks to ur information

  5. I hope all these ten commandments have been tried and proven very effective.I will surely try the ones that suit me,as most of the medical drugs are ladden with side effects.

  6. It very good

  7. i like and i will try thank for help

  8. Looks quite practical,will positively give them a try, and will let you know of the outcome.

  9. edwin joseph k k July 28, 2013, 3:52 pm

    the advice for gout was great. usually it took three days for me to recede the gout attack. this time i got relief within one day….can you believe this?? Saturday woke up with gout, evening i saw this page and i ate lot of banana,lime juice,ginger and water now Sunday eve. i am perfectly all right, tomorrow i am going to office, thank you so much

  10. it really worked!!!

    i found this page last night when i was suffering gout, and edwin joseph k k’s comment above gave me confidence to try. i ate 3 bananas and drank a big cup of water mixed with ginger and lemon at 23:30 last night. guess what, the pain is gone! i just came back from shopping mall now!

    thanks a ton!!!

  11. Hi,I will try this-already using the lemon drink-will let you know how I progress.

  12. I have very severe gout at present and am find it diffiult to walk been for xray said its gout. I am scared to eat to much lemon or cider drinks as have had open heart surgery to replace my mitral and atral valve and have now got mechanical valve replaced. Recentally I have been surffering from too much gout and also lots of joint pains. I have healthy diet.

    Can you please advice on any type of home remedy which I can take with honey.

  13. 1.Drink plenty of water.
    2.Take Motrin at the first sign of pain in joints to ward off long lasting pain. Take two and rest as soon as you can. Don’t hesitate.

  14. I am a gout+ uric acid patient for the last 7 years and I am just 32 years old. I get intense pain from the affected areas like leg joints, ankle. Prior to this year my gout+ uric acid pain persisted for 3-4 days but this time it’s been a week I am suffering from the pain though it has reduced as comapred to the first and second day. My question is as mentioned in the blog to eat lot of bananas but bananas incrases your body weight due to it’s high calorie content as I don’t do too much of physical activity. Is it really worth eating one banana in a day and don’t you think it will add body weight if taken daily ? Also I am taking Zyloric 300 medicine once a day to reduce uric acid content but it seems it is not working at all these days what it used to be before. Please suggest.

    • Use aloe vera gel twice a day and use minerals also, you should use wheat grass to reduce uric acid….

    • If you are still having problems, try the baking soda. That works miracles as it reduces the acid in the body. It can cure many aches and pain. Look up the baking soda for cancer cure. This is like a wonder drug…

    • Try apple cider vinegar – google it. you can use a dessert spoon of apple cider vinegar with a dessert spoon of honey in a glass of warm water. This makes it taste like a refreshing drink. You can drink it 3 times a day. You can reduce the amount of honey (just because it’s a sugar) when your use to the taste.

  15. I was in so much pain a year ago, I paid $30 for a secret home remedy at 3:00am one morning. It was a list simular to this one. I tried the backing soda and the pain was gone in couple hours. I had been in severe pain for two weeks. The medicine the doctor had given wasn’t working. Arm and hammer and double the dose they have listed for heartburn. Granted the remedy might make your blood pressure go up a little bit, but so is the pain your already in.

  16. I have gone into a vegetable diet and am regularly consuming – honey, yogurt,
    apple vinegar, ginger, garlic, and some Indian spices but no relief at all I try
    avoiding medicines but due to work commitments I have to take Goutmil, voran
    a pain killer and a pill for swelling.

  17. I am suffering from gout and just read this today,i’ll try to do this tomorrow.thanks for the info!



  19. Thanks a lot for all the information. It is really effective

  20. Suffer terribly but my concern is Lemons are acidic and how much can you take?Thank you.

  21. i know lemon is acidic, but is alkaline-forming when consumed–read on that some time ago.

  22. Hi all, I am also a sufferer of gout since many years but it is under control now. One thing is that if you have an acute attack of gout, then take a medicine called colchicine 0.5 mcg 2 tablets immediately and two before bed. This med is written in most Leaflets of allopurinol tablets like zyloric or Loric. This med reduces inflamation of only gout. If you are drinking alcohol restrict to 30 ml – 60 ml max with lots of water. do not touch beer or even wine (many website tell you to drink wine). hope this is useful.

  23. Hi its been a month nw since my husband as had a knee op, he suffers frm gout and it was severe so he was asked to operate and do a total knee replacement. Its been a month nd a half nw since the op nd I was told to give him ACV. He’s on it for about 2 weeks nw, bt I hav noticed that a whitish fluid is continously flowing from his open wound, the wound is however nt septic nd is healing up nicely, I would like to know if this is all the gout that’s in his body that’s coming out through the wound, cause there is a tiny hole that’s still healing up? Please can somebody give me sum advice on all of this. Thanks

    • I had 3 knee surgeries and the surgeon told me as soon as she opened my knee up a lot of white fluid came out… good old gout… so I’m no doctor. But I would say yes..

  24. Just stumble on this site. Been having serious ankle and knee pain for couple of weeks… im not sure is it gout but will give it a try and see how it goes. Thank you for sharing.

  25. I find that when my gout flares up, one or two ibuprofen tablets will take the pain away in 10 minutes or so. colchicene is useless because it takes a whole day to work.

    • you must not have bad gout … can take very strong / vicoden does not even breath on bad gout pain. if you can walk you have MILD gout , I have had some luck with colchicine .. try to help it along with lemon juice and baking soda but cherries have NEVER worked at all for me.

  26. Where do I buy Apple Cider Vinegar?

  27. great info, thanks

  28. Organic Wheatgrass Juice daily, does the Majic….!!!!

  29. i Used concentrated pure black cherry juice (oz), Juice from half a lemon and ginger root shaved with a microplane or lemon zester stired into a half glass of water. worked pretty good. take before bed and at night and if you can mid day too. breaks down uric acid quickly.

  30. I’m a registered nurse here in California who started suffering gout as soon as I turned 40. My family runs on arthritis and other sorts of intractable back pain. When it started hitting me (mainly on my feet), I brushed it off and just took ibuprofen 800 mg 3 times a day, cool saline soaks which would give me relief. It would last for 2 to 3 days then would subside. It comes back once or twice every 6 months while I watch my diet carefully. Over the next 2 years, it hit me about 3 times. The worst was about 4 months ago where it lingered for 2 weeks. Strange. My doctor wanted me to take colchicine which I did. The effect on me was minimal to moderate. I still go to work but with an obvious limp. Sometimes I cannot go to work at all for a few days. I got tired of it and started doing my “research” on the internet until I came about this article. So I tried apple cider vinegar 2 tsp mixed in fruit juice and 1 tsp of honey in a glass. Drink it 2x a day. Oftentimes I would just dip my dish on ACV 2-3 a day, then take vitamin C (also a uricosuric) caplets 500 mg twice a day as well. That proved to be a MIRACLE. I started peeing more cloudy urine over the next 3 days, and my pain is completely gone. So far it has not hit me again and hopefully for the rest of my ACV/vitamin C drinking days. No my urine has cleared up, but occasionally when I eat a high protein/purine diet, it becomes cloudy again. I am in no way connected to any apple cider vinegar manufacturing company or any vitamin C company. I am writing this because just like what I want my patients to feel in the hospital, I want people here to find relief in that very physically limiting condition. I have not taken a single ibuprofen or colchicine pill since I started the ACV/vitamin C regimen (on my own). My doctor has nothing to say about it except write it down and saying “come back to my office if you need something else”.

  31. aloeveraofforever.com October 5, 2014, 9:14 am

    Thanks for this info on gout. I was also searching what other alternatives for gout remedies and found this after all. I’m currently mixing apple cider and ginger root. Also I’m drinking aloe vera juice as advise by my sister.

  32. gout is a disease of stomach constipation, so i advise to take aloevera juice in three times per day. drink 4to5 liters of water daily.

  33. Thanks for all of this heavenly information as for meds cost people to have so many side affects and before you know it you’re back at the doctors office to only be introduced to another harmful drug.
    I live these natural home remedies which can help to prolong peoples lives better than using harmful drugs that damages our inside organs.
    Again, thank you much!!! May God bless you for posting such beneficial information.

  34. I made a baking soda bread with one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of flower, an egg, two table spoons of sugar, pinch of salt and a cup of black berrys. It did taste awfull, but it lasted better than just putting soda in water. It really worked best after my gout had peaked and quickly reduced swelling that day or two. I also made my morning tea with dried alfalfa from my garden to wash it down with.

  35. Cherry juice! Pure cherry! Work out how much for yourself as each person is an individual.

  36. Had success with watermelon and cherry juice.
    Half cup morning and night.
    Just don’t like tablets.


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