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Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by a build up in the body of uric acid, which is found in meats and other foods, and is also produced in the body. When this production is out of balance or there is inadequate elimination of uric acid, gout occurs. As uric acid rises to unhealthy levels in the body, it crystallizes in the joint cartilage, synovial tissue and fluid. These sharp, needle-like clusters create piercing pain in the joints. Other symptoms include fever, chills, and loss of mobility. Loss of mobility can then lead to weight gain, lethargy, stiffness, and lack of energy and motivation, further complicating the original situation.

Some of the health problems caused by gout include constipation, indigestion, headaches, depression, eczema, and hives, and those who suffer from gout also run a much higher risk of heart and kidney problems.!

In 50% of gout cases, the first attack is characterized by intense pain in the first joint of the big toe. If the attack progresses, fever and chills will appear. Initial gout attacks usually strike at night and are preceded by a specific event such as excessive alcohol ingestion, trauma, certain drugs, or surgery.

Subsequent attacks are common, with most patients experiencing another attack within one year. However, nearly 7% of gout sufferers never have a second attack. The condition affects approximately three out of every 1,000 adults and is primarily a disease of adult men, 95% of gout sufferers being males over the age of 30.

  • Excess uric acid lodges in cartilage and joint fluids to cause sharp, stabbing pains in the joints, as well as impaired mobility and, in some cases, chills and fever. Bloating, constipation and indigestion are common symptoms caused by gout, as is depression, eczema, headache, and sometimes rashes or hives.

    In approximately half of all cases of gout, the first and most common symptom experienced is sudden and severe pain in one or more joints –  typically your big toe. Gout is extremely painful; some people feel it’s as painful as childbirth.

    Symptoms often develop at night and feel worse at this time, although they can occur at any time. Inflammation, lack of motivation, lack of exercise and resulting weight gain, often accompany gout.

    Other symptoms include:

    • swelling (inflammation) in and around the affected joint
    • red, shiny skin over the affected joint
    • peeling, itchy and flaky skin over the affected joint as the inflammation subsides

    The intense pain that gout causes can make walking and getting around difficult. Even the light pressure of a bed cover or blanket can be painful.

    While gout is most common in the big toe, it can affect any peripheral limb joint and can occur in two or more joints at the same time.

    Affected joints may include:

    • midfoot
    • ankles
    • knees
    • fingers
    • wrists
    • elbows

    If gout is left untreated, it is more likely to affect more than one joint as it progresses.

    Pattern of symptoms:

    It is difficult to predict when an attack will occur. Symptoms can develop rapidly over a few hours and usually last for 3-10 days. After this time, the joint will start to feel normal again and any pain or discomfort should eventually disappear completely.

    Just over half of all people with gout (62%) experience a repeat attack within a year. You may experience symptoms every few weeks, months or years, but it is impossible to predict when the condition will recur. Some only experience a few attacks in their lifetime.

    You should seek the advice of a registered medical practitioner if you suspect you have gout particularly if it hasn’t been previously diagnosed. It is important that a diagnosis is confirmed because occasionally more serious conditions, such as an infected joint, can cause similar symptoms. You should seek medical help immediately if you have a high temperature of above 38C (100.4F) as well as joint pain and swelling, as you may have an infection inside the joint (septic arthritis).

  • Gout is caused by excessive accumulation of uric acid in the tissues. The underlying cause of uric acid accumulation is unknown, yet research has found that it can basically be attributed to metabolic or kidney problems. Increased production of uric acid may be the result of metabolic enzyme defects, certain types of chronic anemia, or other complex conditions.

    Dehydration and kidney disease can cause poor clearance of uric acid from the body.

    Proper diet, nutrition, and metabolic balance all play crucial roles in the prevention and treatment of this disease. The conception of gout as a condition of affluence is tenuous, but a heavy diet, particularly organ meats that increase amount of uric acid, and alcohol consumption, can hinder the removal of uric acid by the kidneys.

    Although most people initiate a gout attack through poor lifestyle choices (obesity, rich

    foods, alcohol), 10%-15% of gout patients have attacks due to a metabolic problem, such as a deficiency of enzymes (xanthine oxidase) and purine imbalances. Purines come from certain foods (meat products, especially liver and other organ meats, sausages and other processed meats, anchovies, crab, shrimp, milk, eggs, and many beans, including soy), but are also normally present, in the form of DNA and RNA in the cells. Purines are broken down into uric acid, which is then normally excreted through the urine.

    Medications, including aspirin and diuretics, can cause gout by putting extra stress on the kidneys; these drugs cause 25% of new gout cases. Kidney stones and other kidney problems are present in 90% of gout sufferers, because urate crystals also accumulate in the kidneys.

    These crystals accumulate because of the build-up of uric acid. They occur if you produce too much uric acid or excrete too little when you urinate and the crystals  form in and around joints. They are hard, needle-shaped and build up slowly over several years, and you will not know this is happening.

    The crystals may cause two problems:

    • Some may spill over into the soft lining of the joint (synovium), which causes the pain and inflammation associated with gout.
    • Some pack together to form hard, slowly expanding lumps of crystals (“tophi”) which can cause progressive damage to the joint and nearby bone; this eventually leads to irreversible joint damage which causes pain and stiffness when the joint is being used.

    Factors which increase your risk of gout include:

    • age and gender: gout is more common when you get older and is three-to-four times more likely in men
    • being overweight or obese
    • having high blood pressure or diabetes
    • having close relatives with gout (gout often runs in families)
    • having long-term kidney problems that reduce the elimination of uric acid
    • a diet rich in purines; such as frequently eating sardines and liver
    • drinking too much beer or spirits – these types of alcoholic drinks contain relatively high levels of purines

    Risk factors:

    Some things can increase the amount of uric acid in your blood, making you more likely to develop gout. These risk factors fall into one of two categories:

    • medical conditions known to increase levels of uric acid, such as obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), high lipid levels and long-standing impairment of kidney function
    • lifestyle factors, such as diet or certain types of medication that you may be taking


    Certain types of medication can increase your uric acid levels and your risk of developing gout. These include:

    • diuretics, used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or an abnormal build-up of fluid in your body
    • niacin, used to treat high cholesterol


    Men are more likely to develop gout than women because their uric acid levels rise during puberty. During the menopause, women experience a similar, albeit smaller, rise in their uric acid levels. This explains why symptoms start later in women than in men.


    Foods naturally high in purines include:

    • beef
    • pork
    • bacon
    • lamb
    • seafood
    • liver
    • kidneys


    Alcoholic drinks raise the level of uric acid in the blood by increasing its production in the liver and by reducing how much is passed out in urine.

    Beer and spirits do so more than wine, and beer also contains significant quantities of purines. (Moderate consumption of wine – one or two glasses a day – should not significantly increase your risk of gout).

    Family history:

    Studies have shown that gout often runs in families. Around one-in-five people with gout have a close family member who also has the condition.

    Medical conditions:

    Medical conditions that can increase your risk of developing gout include:

    • high blood pressure (hypertension)
    • diabetes, both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
    • kidney disease
    • having high levels of fat and cholesterol levels in your blood


    Gout attacks occur most frequently in the joints of the feet and hands, possibly because the temperature in these joints is often lower than the rest of the body, which increases the likelihood of crystals forming.

    It is still uncertain why some people are more susceptible to crystal formation and gout than others with equally high blood levels of uric acid. Many people with a high level of uric acid in their blood and tissues never develop gout.

    One theory is that certain genes you inherit from your parents may make you more likely to develop gout by causing your kidneys that are otherwise healthy to be relatively inefficient at excreting uric acid. Several genes have recently been identified that are associated with high uric acid levels and gout and which influence uric acid elimination by the kidney.

  • As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

    Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

    Health protocols


    Cleansing and Detoxification can help arthritis patients reverse the accumulation of toxins that otherwise promote the destruction of joint tissues and contribute to other degenerative conditions. Many methods of detoxification are currently available.  Here are some that we recommend:

    • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
    • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system: Click here to find out more
    • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
    • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste


    • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
    • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water
    •    Drink at least 6-8oz of alkaline water a day with a pinch of sea salt.

    Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water , or you can buy a Kangen Unit.

  • Diet:

    Diet and nutrition are the primary means of treating gout naturally. Dietary treatment for gout sufferers is intended to reduce the production of uric acid to normal levels.

    •    Eliminate corn, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate
    • Eliminate alcohol intake, which both increases uric acid production and reduces uric acid excretion in the kidneys. Elimination of alcohol reduces uric acid levels and prevents gout in many individuals.
    • Gout sufferers should maintain a low-purine diet, which completely omits organ meats, shellfish, yeast (brewers and baker’s), herring, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies.  Foods with moderate levels of purines, including dried legumes, spinach, asparagus, fish, poultry, and mushrooms, should also be curtailed.
    • To control gouty arthritic symptoms, refined carbohydrates and saturated fats should be kept to a minimum.
    • Weight reduction in obese individuals, using a high-fiber, low-fat diet is also recommended.
    • Cherries, hawthorn berries, blueberries, and other dark red or blue berries are rich sources of compounds that favorably affect collagen metabolism and reduce inflammation of joints. Bioflavonoids found in black cherries have been used to reduce uric acid levels and decrease tissue destruction associated with gout. Gout sufferers could consume half a pound of fresh or unsweetened frozen cherries per day for a period of three to six weeks as a healing protocol.
    • Also strongly recommended for arthritic conditions are Noni juice, acai berries, and the whole or juiced goji or wolfberries, high in anti-flammatory properties and loaded with anti-oxidants. Pomegranate fruit extracts have been shown to block enzymes that contribute to cartilage degradation.
    • Liberal fluid intake should also be maintained, because it keeps urine diluted and promotes the excretion of uric acid.

    For the complete whole foods eating plan we recommend to heal and eliminate all imbalances and disease, connect to the full article: Whole Foods Diet. In many cases, a raw food eating plan can be extremely beneficial. To learn more, read Raw Food Diet.

    Food Allergies:

    The most common food allergens of gout patients: dairy products, beef, wheat, yeast (both baker’s and brewers), eggs, chocolate, oranges, sugar, nuts (especially peanuts), corn, green or yellow wax beans, and nightshade vegetables (eggplants, Irish potatoes, green and red peppers, paprika, tomatoes and tobacco).

    All gout patients should be tested for food allergies. Once you have identified the foods you are allergic to, the next step is to eliminate them from your diet. Initially, you should completely refrain from eating all allergenic foods for 60-90 days. After this period, you can begin to slowly reintroduce them into your diet. You should also vary the foods that you eat on a daily basis to avoid developing new allergies.


    • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day  for a period of up to four weeks.
    • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here
    • Digestive enzymes
    • Intravenous chelation
    • Omega 3s:

    Krill oil –

    Fish oil –

    Cod liver oil –

    Vegetarian –

    From site: For gout patients, the following nutritional supplements are recommended: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 1.8 g daily), vitamin E (400-800 IU daily), folic acid (under a doctor’s supervision, 10-40 mg daily), and quercetin with bromelain (125-250 mg three times a day between meals).

    Prescription and non-prescription medication:

    What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this   illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

  • We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

    • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
    • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

    Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
    Vital Balancing. Find out more by clicking here.

    • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products –
    • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
    • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.
    • Reiki – this can help with healing to  joints – find a local reiki practitioner here
    • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT):  Use the incredibly simple but extremely effective Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help with pain relief Emotional trauma — The second factor, which is also almost universally present in most all autoimmune diseases, is some kind of predisposing traumatic emotional insult that typically occurs before the age of five or six.   And unless that specific insult is addressed in some type of effective treatment modality, then the underlying emotional trigger will not be removed, allowing the destructive process to proceed. Therefore, it’s very important to have an effective tool to address these underlying emotional traumas. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to or

  • Ayurvedic Medicine

    Ayurveda suggests that an excess of ama and lack of agni cause gout.  Poor digestion and a weakened colon, resulting in accumulation of undigested food and the build-up of waste matter, can cause this.  Poor digestion allows toxins to accumulate in the body and problems with the colon allow the toxins to reach the joints.  One way, therefore, to treat gout is to stimulate the digestive fire (agni) and suppress the ama.  We recommend that you consult a licensed practitioner who will help you distinguish which type of gout you have, corresponding to your body-mind type (dosha.) The three types of gout are:

    • vata
    • pitta
    • kapha.

    Depending on a person’s lifestyle, diet and emotional constitution, vata, pitta or kapha goes out of  balance.  Then that particular dosha slows down agni resulting in the toxic, sticky by product of  inadequate digestion known as ama.    Gout can be different for people depending on their body types.

    Vata gout

    This is the most common type of gout and is seen when there is an excess of vata, usually from  the colon. This settles in the joints accompanied by ama or toxins. The autoimmune system is triggered off and this attacks the joint surfaces. This results in pain, dryness and stiffness.  Treatment: Take hot baths, either massaging yourself or having an Abyhanga Ayurvedic massage with  a 20% Mahanarayan oil such as Sesame oil.  Coolherbals Aching Muscles and Joint Massage oil can be combined and will mask the strong smell of the sesame oil. It is made with Oil of Wintergreen and menthol. Menthol opens the blood vessels and  the oil of wintergreen warms up the skin and is a natural pain killer. Herbs such as   Boswellia (Indian Frankinesense) and Commiphore mukul(guggula) in the form of capsules,  taken three times a day will also help as anti-inflammatories, killing the pain and strengthening bones and improving flexibility. The Triphala will help in keeping the colon clean. It is recommended that dairy foods  and nightshade foods such as potato and eggplant be avoided and to follow an anti-vata diet. Fruits such as cherries may help. If however heat aggravates the pain it may well be a Pitta type of gout.

    Pitta gout: – This is charecterized by heat, swelling or a burning sensation. It starts with excess Pitta or heat in the body and the accumulation of acid by-products of metabolism overflow from the intestine. These have moved through circulation to the joints.  Cool compresses and massaging yourself or having an Abyhanga Ayurvedic massage with

    oils such as coconut oil help reduce symptoms. To strengthen the oil 20% Khsheerbala oil may be added to the coconut oil. A 5-7 day detoxification diet and an anti-pitta diet of cool, slightly dry and heavy foods would help. If cool compresses aggravate the pain the gout may be either Vata or Kapha type. Herbs such as Boswellia and Commiphora Mukul, taken in capsule form three times a day would help.  Use ice bag for cooling.

    Kapha gout: – This out starts with a build-up in the lungs and sinuses causing a slowing down of digestion and metabolism and blockage of the elimination of ama. Gout symptoms witnessed are a dull ache, congestion and swelling. Have hot baths, compresses or massage yourself or have an Abyhanga Ayurvedic massage with massage oils such as Almond oil. A 20% solution of Sahacharadi oil can be added for a stronger oil. Dry heat such as a sauna helps. A one to two week detoxification diet would also help. (Please note that if you are on blood pressure or blood thinning medication you should seek advice before taking these capsules as the herb Commiphore Mukul can reduce blood pressure). An anti-kapha diet consists of foods that are light, dry and warm.  Hot herbs such as dry ginger, turmeric and cinnamon would be helpful. As with other types of gout,  herbs such as Boswellia and Commiphora Mukul, taken in capsule form, three times a day will also be beneficial. If heat aggravates the pain then it may well be a Pitta complaint.

    Other ayurvedic remedies include:

    • Castor seed oil –  excellent for reducing inflammation of the joints. The ricinoleic acid present in the seeds is helpful in relieving the pain.
    • Gokulkanta leaves –  when mixed with tulsi leaves and then taken with either buttermilk or some fruit juice, they help to relieve symptoms.
    • Turpeth  – this is also known as Indian jalap and is  mixed with harad or chebulic myrobian before being administered to gout patients.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Consult a licensed practitioner who can discuss or recommend the following Chinese herbs:

    • Si Miao Wan – this is known as the Four-Marvel Pill in Chinese, and is a common herbal remedy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat symptoms of gout such as painful, numb and swollen lower extremities and ‘dampness’ in the body, restoring adequate levels of heat for relief of painful joints by decreasing levels of uric acid in the blood.
    • Gout Chi – this  is also an ancient Chinese herbal remedy that helps reduce high levels of uric acid in the blood and increases urine flow, excreting excess uric acid from the body.
    • Meadow saffron – this is often used to treat limited areas of gout in individuals, producing a component called colchicine. Mixtures or tinctures containing licorice root (gan cao), cassia twig (gui zhi), safflower (hong hua) and Chinese angelica (dan gui wei) are often created to treat varying symptoms of gout. Alkaloids found in meadow saffron, primarily colchicine and colchicoside, which act as analgesics and emetics in the body, reduce edema or swelling and water retention and relieve pain and discomfort caused by gout

    Acupuncture is also known to be beneficial in treating gout as acupuncturists say their treatment calms the nervous system and stimulates the brain to release natural pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins, which can help gout sufferers to manage their pain and discomfort, as well as relax. They also say acupuncture can influence the levels of uric acid in the body.


    Aromatherapy can be beneficial in helping to alleviate the symptoms of gout, particularly when the following essential oils are used:

    Fennel:  The properties that help with gout are as follows:

    • Anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling and inflammation.
    • Depurative – a detoxification alterative which purifies the blood. Most alteratives also promote cleaning action of the spleen, liver, kidneys, and bowels.  Alteratives typically produce a gradual, beneficial change in the body, and restore the body to normal functioning.
    • Diuretic – aids in the elimination of toxins in the body by increasing urine flow. This helps flush the uric acid and monosodium urate crystals out of your system.
    • Stimulant – induces temporary improvements in physical function. For example, a stimulant can promote enhanced alertness, wakefulness, and locomotion.
    • Tonic – helps to strengthen the entire body or specific organs.

    Cypress: This has the following properties:

    • Anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling and inflammation
    • Anti-rheumatic – prevents and/or relieves chronic rheumatic pain and swelling. Gout has been associated with rheumatic arthritis and is often called “gouty arthritis.”
    • Diuretic – aids in the elimination of toxins in the body by increasing urine flow. This helps flush the uric acid and monosodium urate crystals out of your system.
    • Tonic – helps to strengthen the entire body or specific organs.

    Juniper: – This essential oil promotes elimination of uric acid, and helps cleanse the blood.  Its properties are:

    • Anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling and inflammation
    • Anti-rheumatic – prevents and/or relieves chronic rheumatic pain and swelling. Gout has been associated with rheumatic arthritis and is often called “gouty arthritis.”
    • Diuretic – aids in the elimination of toxins in the body by increasing urine flow. This helps flush the uric acid and monosodium urate crystals out of your system.
    • Tonic- helps to strengthen the entire body or specific organs.

    Homeopathic Medicine

    We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner.  Homoeopathic medicines can be a big boon for all those who suffer from high uric acid. These medicines work by reducing the uric acid overproduction by the body and accelerating the removal of this waste product from through the kidneys. Homoeopathic medicine Benzoic acid, Pulsatilla, lycopodium and Urtica Urens lead the homoeopathic table in curing the increased levels of uric acid. Another medicine that requires a special mention is Berberis Vulgaris. It is used when kidney stones form due to high levels of uric acid.. Gout is also very effectively treated by homoeopathy. Ledum pal, colchicum, Benzoic Acid, Bryonia and Formica Rufa are very effective in treating gout. One big advantage that homoeopathy offers in the treatment of high uric acid is that once treated the relapse will not occur. This is also subjected to the condition that diet and Alcohol and weight are well controlled.


    In clinical trials with gout patients, devil’s claw was found to relieve joint pain, as well as reduce blood cholesterol and uric acid levels. For gout sufferers, professionals can recommend: 1-2 g of dried powdered devil’s claw root three times a day; 4-5 ml of (1:5) tincture three times a day; or 400 mg of dry solid extract (3:1) three times a day.


    Juice Therapy

    Organic cherry juice is especially good for gout.

    Exercise and Physical Therapy

    Isometric exercises, stretching, and yoga can help ease arthritis pain.

    Alternative Professional Care

    For treating gout, the following therapies can be helpful:  Energy Medicine (electrodermal screening), Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Field Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Qigong, Reflexology and Sound Therapy.

    *ideally we should have links to our pages explaining each of these remedies

    Cucumber: -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

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