Gout
16-Apr-2007

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Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful, inflamed joints. it is characterized by pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) as well as stiffness in a joint or joints.

Without treatment, gout attacks tend to recur and may cause severe damage to joints, tendons, and other tissues. gout is most common in men.


Causes of Gout


Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia usually does no harm, and most people with high levels of uric acid in the blood never develop gout.

When uric acid levels in the blood are too high, uric acid may form crystals that accumulate in the joints. The exact cause of hyperuricemia sometimes goes undiscovered, although inherited factors (genes) seem to play a role.

Gout can seem to flare up without specific cause or can be brought on by factors such as being overweight, eating meats and seafood that are high in chemicals called purines, taking certain medications (especially aspirin and diuretics), and drinking too much alcohol.


Symptoms

    Gout usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissues. the most common symptom of gout is a nighttime attack that produces:
    Swelling
    Tenderness
    Redness
    Sharp pain affecting a big toe (this symptom is called podagra).

people who have gout may have a few very painful attacks in one or two joints, usually the big toe, foot, ankle, or knee joints. the attack can last a few days or as long as several weeks, and then the symptoms disappear completely. another attack may not occur for months or years.


Treatment

 
Bogbean (menyanthes trifoliate)

This anti-inflammatory herb is known for it’s specific arthritic properties.  It promotes digestion and action of the liver and gall bladder.  It helps fatigue, weakness and weight loss.
 
Curcumin (tumeric/curcuma longa)

Tumeric stimulates the body’s natural anti-inflammatory corticosteroids.  It’s a very effective natural antihistamine and antioxidant for hives and a variety of inflammatory skin ailments.  Tumeric may also protects the liver against some  toxins.
 
Boswellia (boswellia serrata)

In Osteo- and Rheumatoid rthritis, Boswellia has been shown to have anti-inflammatory action similar to nsaids, without stomach irritation.  it improves circulation to joints and improves pain, stiffness, inflammation and it a wonderful tonic.
 
Barberry root bark (berberis vulgaris, Oregon Grape)

Grapes

 

Grapes contain quercitin, water, potassium, vitamin C, and anthocyanins, a natural pain reliever. 

Quercitin is a potent flavonoid. The great thing about flavonoids are that they contain anti-inflammatory properties. This is essential in giving you gout pain relief since the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints during an attack produces swelling. Another great gout treatments food which contains quercitin is cherries. You can purchase quercitin as a supplement if you don't eat many fruits, although it would be beneficial to eat plenty of fruits in order to help reduce your pain.

Water is an important way to reduce painful symptoms. Grapes are made up of approximately 2/3 water. You can increase your water usage if you eat water dense fruits such as grapes. The water in the grapes will help you flush out your excess uric acid.

Potassium helps to liquefy uric acid making it easier for your body to eliminate it during urination. Grapes possess around 191mg of potassium a serving (100g). One serving will provide you with 5% of your daily allowance so you will need to supplement it with other potassium rich foods such as cantaloupes or peaches. Grapes will at least get you a portion of what you need.

 



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This herb has been used for kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, liver and gallbladder disorders and dry skin diseases.
 


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