If you are reading this then that means that you, or someone you know, are currently struggling with the debilitating effects of gout. It's great that you are here because that means that you or your spouse are looking for a way to overcome this infurring problem and the best way to go about it is to try and learn as much as you can about the underlying causes. I suggest that you first look at some of the natural remedies for gout before opting to go the drug / prescription meds route. Either way, you will need to take into consideration a few things when you do your research …

Factors to Consider When Gathering Information or Purchasing Products

Knowledge is power. Whether you are looking for information on this condition, or a product that can offer immediate relief, or both, it is a good idea for you to keep the following factors in mind when making your decision:

Conflicting information. There is a ton of conflicting information and bogus products on the web. Always try to ensure that the information you are getting comes from a reliable source. If you purchase a product, see if there are any reviews from people who have used it before you buy. Doing this alone could save you money, get you the results you are looking for and prevent you having to go through the disappointment of being scammed or buying a product which might not be suited to you!

Dangers of Drugs. The various drugs used to combat this condition can have numerous negative side effects on a person. Our bodies were not meant to be pumped full of chemicals. A natural / alternative approach, in my opinion, is the way to go. Do not get me wrong, drugs do serve a purpose but, they can be quite expensive and should always be seen as a last resort and not a first. In most cases, the problem can be eradicated using healthy, budget friendly, natural remedies and products. Like I said before, knowledge is power. Doctors are great but they can be very quick to prescribe drugs when sometimes there are other options available that could produce more satisfying results. Also, keep in mind that, these drugs may also interact poorly with other drugs that you might be taking. So be careful when opting for that route.

So What Are My Treatment Options?

Treatment options can be divided into two categories: Traditional Approach (Drugs) and Alternative / Natural Approach. When looking at the Traditional Approach options, please keep in mind the Dangers of Drugs we discussed above.

Traditional Approach

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).

– relief from infection and pain.

– has a 'Top Limit' effect which means that it is effective for pain up to a point and then no matter how much more you take it it will not eliminate all the pain.

– has NO effect on Uric Acid levels.

Corticosteroids

– anti-inflammatory hormone.

– can lead to thinning of the bones so this is definitely not a long-term solution.

– taken orally or injected

Colchicines

– some people find this to be very strong

– side effects include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

Alternative / Natural Approach

Bicarbonate of Soda.

– 1/2 tsp in a glass of water 3-4 times a day.

– if you suffer from high blood pressure, skip this method as the high sodium content could have detrimental effects on your blood pressure.

Ice pack or bag of frozen veg.

– ice the affected area for 10-15 min intervals. Will help with swelling.

Honey and Cinnamon

– dissolve 1 Tbsp of RAW honey in a cup of boiling water. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Stir and drink 2-3 times a day.

– Works well if you take it before bed and after waking up. It tastes great and has a whole host of benefits! Too many to mention here but look it up for yourself. It's worth it.

Epsom Salts

– soak your feet in warm water mixed with epsom salts to get quick relief. It will help to reduce stress and the magnesium in the salts can also help to lower your blood pressure and improve your circulation.

Eat more Strawberries, Cherries and Berries

– very high in anti-oxidants and vitamin C as well as other important nutrients and minerals.

These are just a few things you could try, to give you immediate relief from the pain and discomfort. To really access this condition you must try to understand what the underlying causes are. Only then will you be able to make the necessary changes required to overcome this problem.