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Herbal Remedies for Gout

Gout can be treated using various methods and one of them is by using herbal remedies. Herbal remedies are reliable and considered safe compared to certain gout medication which pose the risk of organ damage or have side effects that make use of such medication strenuous to your body.

There are a variety of herbal remedies you can use, some of them are used to prevent future occurrence of gout while others are used for treating a gout attack.

Here are a number of Herbal Remedies that can be used for effective treatment of gout;

1- Nettle root

This herb is also commonly known as the ‘stinging nettle’ because it usually causes a painful stinging sensation on your skin when it is touched. The nettle contains:

  • Chemical substances that help in reducing the levels of uric acid in your body.
  • Vitamin C which studies have shown to be helpful in treatment of gout if consumed regularly.
  • Potassium, which plays an important role in the excretion of uric acid from the body, it specifically transforms uric acid into a form that is readily excreted by the kidneys through urine. Thus consumption of other foods that are also rich in potassium is beneficial. One type of food that is rich in potassium is bananas.

Nettle root also functions as a diuretic which means it stimulates the kidneys to excrete waste substances like uric acid from your blood at a faster rate. This increased rate of excretion prevents the accumulation of uric acid in your system. However, you should also ensure that you drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration from taking place.

Another advantage that comes with this herb is that it also functions as an antihistamine which is helpful as it suppresses swelling of the affected area after a gout attack.

The nettle can be incorporated in your daily diet by using it to make soup or infusing it in beverages like tea.

2- The Devil’s Claw

This herb is scientifically known as Harpagophytum procumbens in other areas it is called the unicorn plant. This name comes from the shape that the seeds of herb take after they have opened completely. This herb is mainly found in Africa and some parts of the US like Texas and Nevada.

This herb is effective in treatment of gout because;

  • It assists in lowering the concentration of uric acid in your body.
  • It facilitates the removal of toxic substances in your bloodstream.

Research studies also indicate that the Devil’s claw has some ability to minimize pain experienced during a gout attack.

Apart from helping in treatment of gout the Devil’s claw is also used in treating other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lower back pains.

3- Bilberries

The bilberry is also an effective herbal remedy that has been used for many centuries to treat a wide variety of ailments one of them being gout. This berry is rich in flavonoids known as anthocyanins.  Anthocyanins help to reduce inflammations caused by gout and also to lower the uric acid concentration in your body.

In comparison, the bilberries have a higher concentration of antioxidants and anthocyanins than blueberries though they are smaller in size.

Bilberries can be obtain as a supplement which can be taken in particular times of the day or as an herbal tea that can be consumed on regular basis.

4- Turmeric

Turmeric is another excellent herb that you can use in treatment of gout. This herb also helps in suppressing pain and inflammations associated with gout. Turmeric is a spice, therefore it can be used in foods to add flavor and also help in treatment of gout.

There are many other herbs that can be used in treatment of gout but the ones enumerated above are known to be effective in dealing with gout. Should you need more information you can visit a naturopath to get to know the other kinds of herbs that are can be used for treating gout.

Precautions

If you are under any other form of medication it is good to always consult a doctor on whether the medication will have an adverse reaction with the herbs you are planning to use.

If your body reacts negatively with any of the above herbs it is advisable to discontinue its usage and seek other alternatives for treating gout.

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