Gout is a disease of chronic inflammation, not unlike arthritis. People who have high levels of uric acid in their blood can suffer from severe episodes of pain, redness, heat, and swelling in their joints as the uric acid forms needle-like crystals
The acid can form needle-like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling.
Those who suffer from gout also tend to have a higher incidence of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
Gout most often affects the joints of the big toes, but can also affect other joints in the body – including the ankles, wrists, elbows, knees, and fingers.
It has a long history – going all the way back to ancient Egypt. Though it has persisted into modern times, there are many ways of treating gout, or preventing it altogether.
Stages of Gout
Gout doesn’t usually happen suddenly. It forms in the body in stages. These are:
Stage 1 – uric acid levels in the blood are high, but there are no symptoms. This is called asymptomatic hyperuricemia by doctors. Though you may feel no pain or swelling, uric acid crystals are likely already forming in the joints. They are just too small at this stage to cause discomfort.
Stage 2 – usually referred to as a gout “attack,” this stage is marked by a sudden, intense level of pain which is triggered by sudden spikes in uric acid levels. A night of heavy drinking or several days’ binge on cigarettes can cause this attack. It essentially occurs when the uric acid crystals are dislodged from the joint and float around in the blood stream and muscles near the joint. The body causes the area to become inflamed to try to get rid of the problem. These attacks typically last no longer than 24 hours. Those who have a gout attack are much more likely to have another within a year, though.
Stage 3 – This stage of gout is the result of low-level inflammation and medium levels of uric acid in the blood. Gout is easiest to remedy when it hasn’t progressed to the next stage, called chronic gout.
Stage 4 – This stage of gout is called chronic gout. It occurs in people who have high levels of uric acid in their urine and blood for many years. For those who suffer from chronic pain and inflammation due to gout they may have permanent joint damage and limited mobility.
Gout is no small concern, so if you can treat it in its early stages, you’ll likely avoid some serious pain later. As on patient in a veteran’s hospital in Birmingham, AL once said,
“I’ve been shot, beat up, stabbed, and thrown out of a helicopter, but none of that compared to the gout.”
What Causes Gout?
Gout is most common in those who eat lots of meat, and processed foods. As our bodies break down purines found in foods like red meat, chicken, and seafood, uric acid is created. Normally, the body gets rid of extra uric acid by dissolving it into the blood and eliminating it through the kidneys but when it becomes too prevalent, we can no longer get rid of it fast enough. It then starts to accumulate in our joints, triggering inflammation and pain in the tissues near the joint.
Other chemical and dietary choices can make it more difficult for the body to get rid of excess uric acid such as:
- The consumption of alcohol
- The consumption of sugary sodas
- The use of antibiotics (which kill healthy bacteria and raise acid levels in the body)
- A family predisposition for gout (genes)
- Certain pharmaceutical medications
- Lead exposure
- Conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and more which result from chronic inflammation and the body’s inability to eliminate toxins effectively.
Allopathic Cures for Gout
Most allopathic cures for gout focus on eliminating the pain and swelling associated with the condition.
There are literally hundreds of prescribed medications, but many of them have dangerous side effects which could be avoided by utilizing another, more natural remedy.
Just some of these side effects for a commonly prescribed gout medication include:
- Black, bloody, tarry stools
- Heart disease
- Vision problems
- Insomnia (poor sleep)
- Slurred speech
- Poor balance
- Rapid weight gain
- Coughing up blood which appears like coffee grounds
- Stuffy Nose
- Intestinal and stomach ulcers
- Bloating and gas
- Skin rashes
- And more
Moreover, most of these medications will be prescribed with the intent that you stay on them for a long period of time, or possibly even your entire life. These medications don’t cure gout, they simply treat the symptoms.
Natural Cures for Gout
There are many natural cures for gout – many of which aim to heal the root cause – chronic inflammation, over-acidity in the body, and the removal of toxins from the blood stream and organs of digestion and elimination.
Any herbal or mineral remedies that lessen inflammation will make it easier for your body to get rid of excess uric acid and other metabolic toxins. Just a few very effective herbs for this purpose include:
- Celery seed
- Magnesium (an alkalizing mineral that also helps us digest refined sugar)
- Black Pepper
- Resveratrol (found in darkly colored grapes and berries)
- Black cherry juice
- Proteolytic enzymes like those found in pineapple (bromelain)
- Omega 3 fatty acids (found in hemp seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and mustard seeds)
- Dark chocolate (with very little refined sugar)
Chinese Traditional Medicine for Gout
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, gout is due to an imbalance in the liver and kidneys (important organs of detoxification in the body). Therefore, all modalities aim at correcting these imbalances and restoring sufficient qi to the organs so that uric acid build up does not occur. Lifestyle changes such as the ones listed below will be recommended along with a protocol which usually uses a combination of the following:
- Chinese herbs
- Qi gong or Tai Chi
Lifestyle Changes to Help Sufferers of Gout
There are many simple things you can do to reduce the occurrence of gout:
- Reduce Omega 6 fatty acids, and refined oils. These are man-made or in overabundance in most of our diets and make it very hard for the body to get rid of metabolic toxins like uric acid. They also contribute to obesity, inflammation, and many other health conditions.
- Alkalize your diet by eating more organic fruits and vegetables, sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains, as well as legumes and beans. A vegetable and fruit rich diet alkalizes the blood and makes it easier for the body to excrete excess uric acid.
- Get more exercise. Exercise helps you sweat out toxic overload through the skin – one of the largest organs of detoxification. This makes your kidneys and liver less overburdened so they can get rid of things like uric acid.
- Add yoga. Any good yoga practice will incorporate postures which gently massage the internal organs and bring fresh blood to every joint. This helps get in a two-fold approach. First – the body can more easily eliminate stored toxins. Second – increased blood flow to the joints helps to eliminate stores of uric acid. Though uric acid is helpful in small amounts (it’s considered an antioxidant that protects our blood vessel linings from damage) when their levels are too high, we have trouble. Yoga helps to keep these levels balanced.
- Improve your gut health to reduce inflammation. The gut is a primary source of inflammation in the body. Taking probiotics, and eating healthy foods is a great start to good gut health. Also, try to avoid taking antibiotics as they kill off all the healthy bacteria in our intestinal tracts which protect against inflammation and disease.
- Reduce stress. Stress contributes to inflammation and acidity – the underlying causes of inflammatory diseases like gout. 9 hours of sleep nightly, meditation, spending time in nature, simple deep breathing exercises, and laughing with friends are great ways to lower your stress levels.
- Try infrared saunas or lamps. Infrared activates the immune system, and penetrates the first several layers of the skin without harming you, to send infrared light into the organs and tissues. This promotes a deep release of cellular waste and helps the body detoxify.
Herbal Medicines For Gout
Unlike other treatments, GC and acidim are completely herbal in nature and thus have no side effects whatsoever. This is why Grocare’s medicines for gout are considered one of the safest and most effective treatments for gout. These medicines are not a magic pill, though. They won’t cause side effects, but that is because they are not chemical in nature and don’t simply mask the problem. They work with the body to help it naturally reduce toxic build up. For this reason, it can take up to six months for gout to completely go away. Luckily though, as soon as you start to change your eating habits, sleeping habits and let these natural medicines take effect, you will start to notice a difference in your joint pain. You may also notice that your overall health improves because your kidneys and liver are free to reduce the toxic load of other unwanted ‘junk’ because they aren’t always overtaxed trying to get rid of so much uric acid.
That is one of the major differences between NSAIDs and Grocare’s medicines. When you attend to the body’s root causes for disease, and help it to naturally cure itself, then not only do you end up addressing the original problem – gout – but you also start to feel better overall.
GC and acidim won’t reverse a continued habit of getting poor sleep, eating bad food, and eating at improper intervals, but they will help to restore the body from toxic build caused by these lifestyle choices.
When Grocare’s herbal medicines are coupled with good sleep, good food, and exercise, you can expect to kiss your gout goodbye, and enjoy levels of energy and health that you may not have experienced in quite some time.
As with most disease of inflammation, you can change the course of gout by making better choices in your every-day life.