Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Home Remedy for Gout

Gout is a chronic inflammation of the joints that usually came in acute pain attacks. Middle-aged men and menopausal women are prone to this disease.

Symptoms of Gout

Most common symptom is a swollen and tender big toe, accompanied by an acute pain. Knee and wrist joints are also affected. Gout attacks usually occurs during midnight or early morning after waking up.

It usually lasts for 1 week, accompanied by mild fever and loss of appetite.

Complications include development of kidney stones containing uric acid, and kidney malfunction.

Causes of Gout

Uric acid is produce as the body breaks down waste products. If the kidney fails to filter it out and release it in the urine, uric acid builds up in the blood stream and causes gout. It can also be pass down to family members through heredity.

Consumption of alcoholic drinks or foods rich in protein and carbohydrate; lack of proper physical exercise and stress also causes gout.

Home Remedies for Gout

Cherry: 

Eat 15-25 fresh sweet or sour cherries everyday. Gradually decrease it to 10 cherries a day after the illness subsided. Canned cherries can also be use as a substitute but it should only be consumed occasionally.

Vegetable juices:

Mix 100 ml of beet juice, 100 ml of cucumber juice, 300 ml of carrot juice. Drink these juice mixture everyday.

French beans: 

Take 150 ml of French bean juice daily.

Apple: 

Eat 1 apple after every meal. It contains malic acid that neutralizes uric acid.

Banana: 

Take an exclusive banana diet for 3-4 days. Eat 8-9 bananas during this period only.

Lime: 

Take limejuice diluted in a glass of water twice daily. Lime is rich in vitamin C that can cure and prevent joint pains and strengthens the connective tissues of the body. It also contains citric acid, which acts as a powerful solvent against uric acid that causes gout.

Diet Suggestion for Gout

Orange Juice Diet: 

For acute cases, switch to an exclusive orange juice and water diet. For chronic cases, take a series of short fast for 3 days or take 1 whole day fasting.

Fruit diet:

After the acute symptoms disappeared, refrain from eating anything but fruits for 3-4 days.

Afterwards, eat a lot of fresh fruits, raw vegetables and sprouts.

Avoid meat eggs, fish and meat; coffee, tea, white flour and sugary products; and all canned, processed, and fried foods.

Other suggestions

Warm water enema: Administer a warm water enema everyday while undergoing fasting.

Epsom salt bath: Take a foot bath twice daily. Prepare this bath by adding 250 gm to 500 gm of Epsom salt in warm water. Take a full bath 3 times a week and reduce it to 2 times per week later.

Apply cold packs on the affected joints every evening.

Take plenty of fresh air and outdoor exercises.

Avoid getting any emotional and mental stress as much as possible.


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