Symptoms of Gout

Gout causes acute and shooting pain in the afflicted joint, and it is often experienced at night. The joint of the big toe is affected by gout in most cases, but in some cases it is also observed in the joints of feet, ankles, knees, hands, and wrists. The movement in the affected joint is usually very limited. The pain typically lasts between five to ten days before it stops. The discomfort gradually subsides during a one to two week period, and afterwards the joint appears to be normal and pain free. The area around the afflicted joint may also seem red and itchy and may become so tender that even the slightest touch results in excruciating pain. The symptoms of gout (including warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in joints) may be related to other medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or bacterial infection in the joints. Hence, it is crucial to correctly diagnose the condition and begin appropriate treatment.

Natural Cures

Gout cannot be completely cured, but some natural cures can be used to alleviate the symptoms that are associated with this painful condition.


Several studies have indicated that there are some natural compounds in plump, juicy Bing cherries that may reduce painful arthritic inflammation. These naturally occurring compounds in cherries prevent the destruction of collagen, which is used by the body to form connective tissue. Connective tissues may be damaged because of gout and this damage may be restored by consuming cherries. Cherries have an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid and they are high in anthocyanins, which are reputed to contain high antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory action. Use cherries to treat gout by consuming either 10-30 fresh or frozen cherries each day, one tablespoon of cherry juice concentrate each day or six ounces of cherry juice once or twice each day.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy that is used to treat several ailments. Scientists have foundthat apple cider vinegar contains cholesterol-reducing pectin and the perfect balance of 19 minerals, including potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, fluorine, and silicon. Here are a few suggestions for using apple cider vinegar to treat gout:

Mix together two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a cup. Add approximately eight ounces of warm water. Stir well and drink this beverage three times each day.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used externally. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar with three cups of water. Soak the foot (because the toe is usually affected by gout) in this mixture two times each day.
Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar, one cup of water, and one tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder. Heat this mixture, allow it to cool, and then apply it three or four times each day onto the gout-afflicted area.

Lifestyle changes for gout

Slight lifestyle modifications can cure gout in addition to alleviate the symptoms and provide relief from the pain.

Maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight will help to alleviate pressure on the affected weight-bearing joints and decrease the levels of uric acid. However, be sure to follow a sensible weight loss plan with regular physical exercises. Rapid weight loss resulting from crash dieting or other such techniques may in fact increase the levels of uric acid in the body.
Restrict the intake of animal protein in your diet. Avoid consuming organ meats and certain fish such as anchovies, herring, and mackerel.
Limit the intake of alcohol because alcohol consumption inhibits the excretion of uric acid. Men who are suffering from gout should not consume more than two alcoholic drinks each day, and women who are suffering from gout should not consume more than one alcoholic drink each day. Avoid alcohol completely if you are suffering from a gout attack.
Drink plenty of fluids such as water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, clear broths, soups, and other such nourishing fluids. Minimize the intake of sugary drinks, tea, and coffee.

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