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Natural Alternatives Used to Treat Gout

Natural Alternatives Used to Treat Gout

Key Takeaways

  • Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the human body. 
  • Gout is a disease that can never be completely cured.
  • Natural remedies for gout treatment include apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. 

There are various medications that can be prescribed by a doctor to relieve the symptoms of gout. However, since gout is a disease that can never be completely cured, it would mean taking these medications for years and sometimes even for a lifetime. 

It is difficult for many people to accept that they have to only take medications to help manage the symptoms of gout. Therefore, there are now holistic alternatives that you can opt for.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Most people will have some apple cider vinegar in their home because it can be used to treat a number of minor ailments like headaches, colds, hiccups and stomach acid. You probably didn’t know it is also super-effective for managing gout. In fact, it can reduce pain due to gout by up to 90%, while supplying your body with a boost of energy by removing lactic acid.

Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water about twice a day.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can help reduce the levels of uric acid in the body, which is the cause of gout in the first place. Taking a half teaspoon of baking soda and mixing it in a glass of water is the easiest way of doing it, although you can add a full teaspoon. You can keep doing this a few times after. Make sure not to exceed three teaspoons in a day.

The pain relief effects can be immediate or may take a day, but this remedy is usually effective. On the other hand, it may increase your blood pressure, which is why it’s not advised for those over 60 years old or those at risk of hypertension. Even for otherwise healthy individuals, it is not recommended to take baking soda more than two weeks continuously.

Eat Cherries

A study was carried out with over 600 participants that showed that cherries can reduce the level of uric acid in the body. About 10 to 12 cherries or cherry extract, caused a 35% reduced risk in recurrent gout attacks. 

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice helps to alkalize the body and reduce the effect of uric acid. Take half a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and fill the glass with water. Alternatively, you can also add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the mixture to make it even more powerful.

Epsom Salt

Soaking the affected joint in a solution of Epsom salt and warm water can relieve pain at that joint. This can be done about once or twice in a week.