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.

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.

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.
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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.

  • Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and 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.
  • Another option is to mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey. Take it two times daily, once in the morning and once before going to bed.

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 and drink it.
  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, 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. It is best to eat fresh cherries, but if they are not available at the market, you can opt for canned cherries.
  • Another option is to drink a glass of cherry juice enriched with a few cloves of minced garlic daily.

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.
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  1. certainly your suggestion will cure a person from gout

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

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

    Thanks.ur information is so good .

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

    Thanks to ur information

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  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.

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  6. It very good

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  7. i like and i will try thank for help

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

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  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

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  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!!!

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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

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    • 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…

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  18. I WILL TRY SOME OF YOUR REMEDIES AND HOPING IT WILL HELP ME GET MY PAIN CURED

    THANK

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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