Unlike arthritis which is caused by the body's own immune system attacking the joints, gout is caused by the formation of uric acid crystals. These crystals are formed due to high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream and tend to get collected at the joints, especially the joint near the big toe and cause tremendous pain.
This high levels of uric acid can be caused due to any reason. Some link gout to the genes saying that if your parents had gout, the chances of you getting gout too increase. Certain kinds of food are also supposedly to increase the incidence of gout, for instance foods that are high in purines are supposedly to give you gout. Considering that meat fish and pulses are high in purines, you will probably have to eat a very low protein diet to ensure that you do not get gout, but you will probably land up with other problems if you do this.
Traditional medicine though treats illnesses a little differently from the way modern medicine does. While modern medicines concentrate on reducing the symptoms and therefore removing the problem, traditional medicine looks at the afflicted person holistically and tries to remove the underlying problem.
For instance the Ayurvedic cure for gout is a concoction of herbs that will keep the uric acid in the blood soluble. This prevails the formation of crystals which is what causes the inflammation and pain.
With the uric acid remaining in the blood, the body's own excretory system is able to safely remove it from the blood. These medicines along with a little bit of physical activity to keep the internal organs in good shape is generally all that is needed to ensure that attacks of gout are reduced drastically.
Other herbal cures concentrate on increasing the intake of fruit extracts like cherries that contain a lot of anthocyanan. This anthocyanan helps reduce inflammation, and also works to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood. Many people have tested to the efficiency of cherries so much so that they say that they have been free of gout for decades as long as they take a few cherries every day.
While there are a number of other natural cures that can cure gout, you need to be careful that you are not taken for a ride when you purchase such medicines. Many times the manufacturers of such medicines will have tested their product at all because it is not requited. This means that the combination of herbs my at best work as a place, but at worst, not give you any benefit at all.
You therefore need to do a little bit of background checking on the manufacturer to ensure that you get quality products. Even if you end up paying more for it, you are at least guaranteed that it is safe.