Introduction to Alternative Treatments and Cures for Gout
DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY.
If you suffer from gout and you’re ready to make a change, consider doing a Gout Protocol that includes elements from our list of alternative treatments below. Though pharmaceuticals and conventional medicine put a bandaid on problems like gout, people who want to actually cure their disease and experience a lasting rebalance should put together a “health protocol”. Health Protocols are alternative treatments for disease that are aimed at a total rebalance and a cure. Patients who do protocols use several different treatments that are often geared at lifestyle changes and the use of non-toxic, alternative therapies that give them control over their disease. By regaining control, patients regain hope and they realize that they can, in fact, cure what ails them.
Below is a short description of gout followed by a list of alternative treatments that should be combined together to treat gout holistically. Though we do not discuss the role of diet on gout, diet plays a major role in this disease so patients who suffer from gout should definitely consider doing a whole-foods diet that’s low in the substances that exacerbate their disease. As you change your diet and eliminate foods that can make gout worse, incorporate tart cherry juice and recipes that use a lot of turmeric into your daily food routine for best results.
What is gout?
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that develops when there are high levels of uric acid in the blood. Gout results in the accumulation of crystallized uric acid in the areas around joints. The low pH of body fluids and urine often means that gout and kidney stones go hand-in-hand. A person who has been diagnosed with gout has a much higher risk of developing kidney stones than someone who does not have this disease. Using a holistic treatment strategies and a healing protocol that incorporates elements from the list below will reduce the risk of kidney stones while also reducing the risk of having gout flare-ups.
Treating Gout with Baking Soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has a pH of about 8, which means that it is alkaline or basic. Human blood has a pH between 7.35 and 7.45, but tissue fluids may have a higher pH and stomach acid has a lower (more acidic pH). Alkalinity of the body as a whole (though blood alkalinity must stay in the narrow range between 7.35 and 7.45) is typically associated with good health.
Gout is a disease that’s caused by acidity in the body and many people find relief from this disease by treating it with baking soda and lemon juice (which is acidic outside of the body, but it is converted into an alkaline substance after you consume it). The baking soda is one of the cheapest ways to treat gout by alkalinizing the body. Use the baking soda recipe below OR use Lithium Orotate to alkalinize the body and reduce problems caused by uric acid build up in the joints.
How to Treat Gout with Baking Soda
Treating gout with baking soda is fairly simple though it’s important that you don’t drink this baking soda and lemon juice mixture within 30 minutes of eating. Consuming an alkaline substance before eating can disrupt your digestion by lowering stomach acid pH. Not taking baking soda within 30 minutes of eating is probably the most difficult part of this protocol! Below is a recipe for a baking soda drink that should be consumed 3 to 5 times per day for up to 3 weeks at a time. Take 1 week off from this treatment every four weeks to allow your body to rebalance.Then you can start over and do the baking soda protocol again:
- Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass
- Add 1.5 teaspoons of baking soda to the lemon juice
- Add clean, filtered mineral water to the lemon juice to taste
- Drink this mixture 30 minutes before meals
How the Lemon Juice-Baking Soda Recipe Works to Combat Gout
The vitamin C in the lemon juice helps reduce the number of free radicals in the body to reduce oxidative stress on your joints. This mixture contains a healthy amount of potassium as well, which is conducive to kidney function. You need your kidneys to go to work for you if you have gout! Your kidneys are responsible for filtering out the excess uric acid and promoting homeostasis in the blood.
The baking soda, on the other hand, raises blood pH, thereby alkalinizing the blood to promote the removal of uric acid from the body.
Lithium Orotate Gout Treatment
Alkalinizing the body can do wonders for gout sufferers! Though baking soda is one of the most widely available alkalizers, lithium orotate is another that’s been used successfully to change the course of this disease. Dr. Wright of ListentoYourGut.com recommends using 10 to 15 mg of Lithium Orotate twice a day combined with 2,000 mg of vitamin C twice daily. He further recommends combining the Lithium-Vitamin C treatment with 1 to 2 teaspoons daily of flaxseed oil and 400 mg of vitamin E. Consider doing the Budwig Quark Recipe to enhance absorption of the oil into cellular membranes for optimal effects.
Gout Treatment with Magnesium
Some studies have shown that a low level of magnesium in the body is a predictor of a gout attack. And most westerners are deficient on magnesium. That’s a big deal because every cell in the body needs Magnesium in order to function properly. Magnesium does many things, but it is especially valuable for controlling levels of calcium in the body. It has an important impact on cardiovascular health and kidney function. This mineral promotes healthy blood flow which ultimately translates into lower levels of uric acid in the body. The lower your levels of uric acid, the lower your risk of gout. So magnesium is an essential mineral in the fight against gout. Consider taking up to 600 mg of magnesium chloride per day.
Turmeric Nanoparticle Treatment for Gout
Turmeric is well known as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic that’s useful in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders. It can be used to control pain and inflammation throughout the body and recent research has looked into the use of turmeric nanoparticles for the treatment of gout. Using turmeric nanoparticles, uric acid levels were significantly reduced demonstrating that turmeric has a lot of potential in the treatment of gout. If you can’t get ahold of turmeric nanoparticles, you could instead, take a turmeric supplement or enjoy a lot of curries as an alternative!
Tetterwort / Greater Celandine for Gout
Greater Celandine (which should NOT be confused with Lesser Celandine) is an herbal remedy for gout as well as a large number of other ailments including skin diseases, eye diseases, and gastrointestinal problems. It is botanically related to opium poppies. Drink the tea as needed throughout the day to treat high blood pressure and GERD as well as your gout.
Sarsaparilla Herbal Treatment for Gout
Since the 1500’s, sarsaparilla (NOT the same as the herb used in root beer) has been used as a treatment for gout. It was once famous as a blood purifier and a general health tonic that also had a strong action against arthritis. The traditional remedy for gout was 1/2 to 1 cup of the sarsaparilla root decoction taken 2 to 3 times daily OR 3-4 grams (3000-4000 mg) of root powder (which can be taken in capsule form) or 5 to 10 mL of a tincture or fluid extract.
Consider combining some sarsaparilla with burdock root. There are some pre-made combinations of these two herbs, but you could just purchase one of each and use them at the same time. Sarsaparilla has the ability to amplify the effects of the burdock root.
Another good combination for gout is sarsaparilla with black horehound (be sure to use BLACK horehound and not WHITE horehound–these two herbs have very different effects on the body!). Both sarsaparilla and black horehound are liver tonics and the liver is undoubtedly involved in gout. Again, sarsaparilla would amplify the effects of black horehound (we talk more about black horehound to cure gout below) but they also have separate healing effects on this disease.
Lavender Essential Oil and Castor Oil for Gout
Lavender essential oil has strong anti-inflammatory effects on the body that you can use to your advantage in the treatment of gout. Make a solution that contains 1/2 cup of castor oil with 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil. Soak a cloth in this solution and wrap the area that’s afflicted with gout to reduce inflammation. Add a heating pad or a hot water bottle to this treatment to strengthen its effects.
Black Horehound for Gout
Black horehound is an herb that has positive benefits for liver health. It relieves nausea and vomiting particularly in situations involving motion sickness, but it can also be applied to the skin and used to treat gout. You can make it into a tea or a syrup (mix it with a high-quality honey like Manuka honey–honey can be used to cure a variety of skin infections including (drum-roll please) flesh-eating bacteria disease (also known as necrotizing fasciitis or gangrene). So, you could brew a tea of black horehound and add honey to it and allow the tea and honey mixture to cool before applying it to the skin.
Some herbalists recommend drinking a tea of black horehound for gout. In other words, you could put the black horehound directly on the skin and you can also drink the tea. In addition to its effect on gout, black horehound also heals nervous problems, especially issues that affect the digestive system. For example, I’ve found that black horehound is a really effective cure for motion sickness. It’s actually stimulant (many people with motion sickness fall asleep as the “sickness comes on, indicating a parasympathetic nervous system “coup”) but it’s used to treat arthritis and muscle spasms too. Years ago, people combined black horehound with salt to treat and cure rabies, which can be good to know if you’re traveling in third world country and you get bitten or slobbered on by a rabid dog and only have a few hours to be air-lifted to a country with the rabies immunoglobin shots (this isn’t a joke—I’ve had this happen to me before). My daughter makes black horehound into little Manuka honey-based candies that her husband (the one who’s afflicted with severe motion sickness) chews when we travel. So, if you take black horehound for gout by mouth, be aware that it will have other positive effects on your body. It can cure nervous stomach upsets (nervous dyspepsia) as well as menstrual problems. It can help women coast through menopause with greater ease, but that’s not all. Black horehound also helps the respiratory system heal by treating bronchitis and infection. So this is a good one to keep in your medicine chest.
Tart Cherry Juice for Gout
Studies have shown that tart cherry juice from dwarf or sour cherries can reduce gout flare-ups and diminish the pain associated with the flare-ups. Tart cherry juice contains anthrocyanins that reduce the amount of uric acid in the body and the inflammation that goes along with it. It is a diuretic which means that it helps eliminate toxins in the body that are causing inflammation. Anti-oxidants also diminish free radical damage in the joints.
Drinking one 8 ounce glass of tart cherry juice per day can reduce gout flare-ups by about 25% according to research.
Below is a link to a helpful video by Dr. Michael Greger about the research supporting the use of tart cherry juice for gout treatment:
White Willow Bark is the natural, non-synthetic, plant-based version of aspirin, so it will help reduce inflammation and diminish pain. Below is a product that combines tart cherries with the blood-purifying properties of celery seed.
Chapuliztle – Dodonaea viscosa
This herb is taken internally as a leaf infusion for gout. This herb is often used in Mexico to treat gout, fever, or intestinal cramping.
Bee Venom Therapy as a Cure for Gout
Bee Venom has a long history as a cure for gout. Charlemagne, an 8th century conqueror used bee stings and bee venom to cure his gout. Bee Venom Therapy was well recognized in Bavaria and Saxony as a gout remedy. And in 1858, a Berlin native, C. W. Wolf wrote The Poison of the Honey Bee considered as a Therapeutic Agent.
Though Bee Venom Therapy may sound somewhat archaic, these days it is administered in therapeutic settings by apitherapists. Typically ice is applied to targeted areas first to numb them and then the bee sting is applied. Bee venom may be administered in a variety of ways from taking it sublingually to administering venom as an ointment or acupuncture-like treatment.
Ozone Therapy and Reactive Oxygen Species Medicine
Ozone therapy has been scientifically proven as a cure for gout. Other Reactive Oxygen Species medicines that work through an identical mechanism of action can also be used to cure gout at home. They include: Chlorine Dioxide Solution and Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide. Both Chlorine Dioxide and Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to cure gout in tandem with Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), an FDA-approved medication that enhances the effects of Reactive Oxygen Species Medicines. Reactive Oxygen Species Medicines should be used 30 minutes before or after the use of other treatments that may contain antioxidants because antioxidants (such as the vitamin C in tart cherry juice, for example) can cancel out the medicinal effects of these medications.
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