For as long as recorded history details the ailments of the human body, there have been home remedies for gout relief. Famous historical personages such as Benjamin Franklin suffered from this condition and sought relief with natural remedies. Before we can understand why many of these remedies do or do not work, we have to understand the disease and how it affects the body.
Gout is caused when the body is overloaded with uric acid. This overload leads to the creation of small urate crystals that are deposited in tissue, particularly joint tissue. When these crystals settle into joints, they inflame and cause chronic pain. Eventually kidney function is impacted and kidney stones may form.
Today, millions of individuals the world over are affected by gout. Many of them turn to modern medicine for pain relief. It is up to you to check with your doctor to determine whether the potential side effects are outweighed by the possible benefits.
Some home remedies include the application of ice to the affected area, exercise of the joints and Epsom salts. Epsom Salts will raise the level of magnesium in your body improving circulation and blood pressure. Soaking in a tub full of Epsom salts often provides immediate relief to the pain of gout without any unpleasant side effects.
Old-timers swear by the consumption of cherries to ease the effects to gout and even modern medical practitioners admit there is benefit to eating fruits high in vitamins and minerals. Strawberries in particular are known to neutralize levels of uric acid. As well, experts agree that drinking healthy amounts of water can ease symptoms.
Check with your local health food store or consult with an accredited nutritionist to find out why foods and their ingredients may help cure your symptoms of gout. At the very least, you may find yourself experiencing less pain and debilitation after trying some of the many home gout remedies for relief.