Herbs to tame the gout

Gout is actually a form of arthritis but is specifically caused by excess uric acid in the blood which forms crystals in the joints, causing pain. 

The most common area to experience gout is the big toe, although it can affect any joint.  Those with gout typically experience a sudden attack of pain without warning.

Doctors will typically prescribe medications to reduce the inflammation and help prevent flare ups.

It’s important to treat these issues because gout can lead to painful kidney stones.

The best way to deal with gout is to support the kidneys and urinary system.  When they work properly, gout can be prevented. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best herbs for supporting proper kidney function.

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that can help with a number of health issues.  It contains polyphenols which help stop the formation of kidney stones and prevent kidney disease.

Goldenrod has been used for thousands of years to improve urinary health.  It helps detoxify the kidneys and keep the urinary tract running smoothly.

Celery Seed extract helps reduce the amount of uric acid that builds up in the body.  You can also get the benefits from drinking celery juice.  If you prefer, you can buy celery seed extract supplements in the form of capsules.

Nettle Tea provides anti-inflammatory chemicals.  Drinking it regularly can help prevent the formation of uric acid crystals.  If you don’t like the flavor you can use nettle supplements.

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation all over the body.  If you’re suffering from gout, it can help calm the swelling, inflammation and pain in your joints.  It will not only support your kidneys but other areas of the body as well. You can find turmeric in capsule, liquid or powder form.

Alternatively, an effective specific herbal liquid mix can be made to address the causes and symptoms of gout. 

By taking a small amount twice daily, it can be an effective preventative and also a quick remedy if gout starts to take hold in your body.

If you are a gout sufferer, the best thing you can do is avoid sugar, grains and excessive red meat.  Sugar feeds the yeast in your body and grains turn into sugar.  Red meat is full of hormones and antibiotics and is extremely acidic for your body.

Black Cherry Juice has similar actions to celery juice in the way it acts in the body.  It reduces inflammation and the uric acid build-up. 

Celery and black cherry taken daily can be an extremely fast and effective remedy for reducing gout attacks.

Trudy Kither is a registered naturopath. Visit naturestemple.net