The "Disease of Kings" and "Rheumatism of the Rich." These were the titles that gout was given hundreds of years ago.
Even though famous people like Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther suffered from gout, I doubt that the pain of the swelling joints made anybody feel like royalty. However, these guys didn't have a local pharmacy to run to for medicine, so they totally relied on natural remedies for gout.
Gout, also known as "gouty arthritis" is caused by the over-production of uric acid by cells in the body or because the kidneys can't eliminate as much as necessary. This results in the acid converting into sodium urate crystals.
These crystals are dispersed throughout the body and generally land in joints. This is when it's referred to as gouty arthritis.
Most gout occurs in the big toe, probably because of the pull of gravity on the crystals. It's also found in the heels, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows.
For some reason, the signs and symptoms of gout tend to come on suddenly during the night.
It's been described as a disease that hits a healthy person in the depth of their sleep. The pain is severe with a chilling factor to it. Then, fever and chills can follow.
As the pain goes from moderate to intense, the fever and chills intensify, too. The pain can be so bad that the simple weight of the bed linens can't be tolerated.
Some foods need to be increased, but there are certainly foods to avoid with gout. These will be high in purine, which contributes to the build up of uric acid.
These are high in purine:
The diet needs to be high in carbohydrates, but these need to be complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are white flour products. These turn into sugar, which is part of the problem.
There are natural remedies for gout pain, but there are also cures for gout.
Cures for gout are going to involve cleansing the body of toxins and cleaning up the diet. Along with this will come a change in diet.
These are recommendations from the Mayo Clinic:
Hippocrates used herbs, essential oils and water as cures for gout.
Herbal remedies for gout include this home remedy from my grandmother:
Other herbs that can be used in this same manner:
These can be used in combination with each other or separately.
Essential oils are more potent than herbs. I find them easier to deal with, also.
To relieve gout pain immediately:
If using single oils, any one of the following can be applied and then covered with a hot compress:
Water treatments can be used to control the inflammation of swelling joints. It's especially helpful to use baths when the weight of a compress is too painful.
Using a contrast bath will also force blood flow into those hard to reach joints, so those uric acid deposits can be broken up.
For a contrast foot bath:
CAUTION: Diabetics should never use a foot bath of over 102 degrees. 55 degrees should be the temperature of the cold water.