Aromatherapy Treatment for Gout
In an acute attack it is definitely not appropriate to massage the affected area- there is too much inflammation. Instead, use oils in cool or cold compresses to reduce the discomfort. For a detoxifying effect, try Cypress Fennel Juniper, Lemon or Pine oils. These may also be used in the bath. As the swelling and inflammation reduce, perhaps switch to oils such as Lavender or Rosemary for inducing local warmth and flushing toxins out of the joints.
Herbalism Treatment for Gout
The classic herb is undoubtedly Celery seed(Apium grveolens); this may be taken in tablet form or by making a tea from 5 ml ( 1 tsp) of the seeds lightly crushed with the back of a spoon in 300 ml ( ½ pt/ 1 ¼ cup) of boiling water. Take 2 to3 cupfuls a day for acute attacks of gout, to encourage strongly the excretion of uric acid. More directly anti-inflammatory herbs.
Self-Help for Gout
Uric acid may accumulate within the kidneys themselves, leading to kidney stones, which may have to be surgically removed. Generally speaking, all the advice for Arthritis will be applicable to gout. An acute attack of gout is extremely painful and may require medical treatment. Try reducing food to a minimum but make sure will encourage removal of uric acid from the today. Such as Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Willow Bark (Salix Alba) or Devil's Claw (Harpagopbytum procumbent) may be taken alongside the Celery Seed. The first two are described under Fibrositis while Devil's capsules, which are probably the easiest method in which to take it upto3 g. per day. A general cleansing herb which is excellent to use regularly for chronic gout is Gettle (Urtica dioca) - simply drink it as a tea, 1 or2 cups a day for a month or so.
Homeopathy Treatment for Gout
A couple of remedies that often give some relief are: arnica: for repeated attacks of gout, especially affecting the big toe, with hot, painful and very tender joints. Rhus tox: a versatile remedy for most rheumatic or arthritic problems; suitable for hard painful swelling of the joints- these can be mistaken in mild attacks for a bunion.
Naturopathy Treatment for Gout
Use cold compresses to reduce the swelling switching to hot/ cold applications in the longer term to encourage better circulation around the joint. Increase vegetable intake especially raw or juiced for a more alkaline intake and cut out cheese red wine (in the short term all alcohol), red meats, coffee and strong tea. When the swelling and inflammation has subsided increase exercise to maintain joint mobility. Drink plenty of mineral or spring water to encourage kidney action. Pain can be eased with some of the herbs discussed above.