What is Gout and Homeopathic Remedies for Gout.
Gout is a specific type of arthritis (quite different from Rheumatoid Arthritis, for example); it’s a chronic and deforming condition where uric acid increases in the blood and then (under the form of urate crystals) often accumulates around and in the joints and tendons. Middle-aged (and older) men and post-menopausal women seem to suffer more from this condition, though it’s quite easy to find good Homeopathic Remedies for Gout and, even better, great natural supplements.
Symptoms of Gout: acute pain in specific small joint areas, such as in the big toe, which may become inflamed, red, warm to the touch and cause fever.
Who is at risk? Individuals who suffer from insulin resistance (diabetics or pre-diabetics), those with a diet rich in heavy fatty meals (especially protein-based); consuming fatty meat is a high-risk activity. (Heavy) alcohol consumption is also a high-risk activity.
Food to avoid: It can safely be said therefore that, in order to avoid being at risk of developing this degenerative disease, it is important to minimize one’s intake of meat and animal protein (and shellfish), especially if fatty; it is important to aid one’s digestion of protein with digestive enzymes, that it is important to minimize or eliminate sugars, refined carbohydrates (white carbohydrates); it is also very important to eliminate alcohol and fats as essential steps to reduce excessive uric acid in the blood.
Natural Remedies for Gout. Nettle Tea (often also used for general arthritis, eczema and other skin conditions) is indicated to detoxify and clear uric acid (three times a day).
Homeopathic Remedies for Gout.
The best way to treat gout with homeopathy is to seek the advice of a registered Practical (or Contemporary) Homeopath (if you really can’t find him/her, then see a registered Classical Homeopath). If you have a good knowledge of homeopathy you can self-medicate, as I did, but it does require some knowledge of the many homeopathic treatments, how they work, and how to determine which one is best for your particular case. Each case is different in homeopathy; what works for me may not work for you and vice-versa. The great advantage however is that homeopathy does not damage your body in any way so you can just change remedy if you see that what you are taking does not help you.
Urtica Urens (Stinging Nettles). Not to be used in conjunction with Nettle tea, this homeopathic remedy is indicated if your affected parts show symptoms similar to an allergic skin reaction (localized redness, swelling, stinging, burning or itching) with or followed/preceded by joint pains. You may feel better if you rub the affected areas. Swelling of the joints is another common symptom. Dose: 6c or lower, morning and evening (30 minutes away from any food or drink), until symptoms disappear. You may have to repeat it if they reappear. If you prefer you can take one or two pellets up to 4 times a day for up to 5 days.
Colchicum (Meadow Saffron) is indicated for tingling, tearing or stinging joint pains which may worsen in cold weather. The individual may have ad aversion to food and/digestive problems (bloated feeling, diarrhea, upset stomach or similar symptoms); he/she may hate cooking odours and feel worse during movement or at night. His/her affected joint don’t enjoy being touched (indeed they may feel pain when touched).
Colubrina is often suitable if your gout (which may include low back pain and/or joint paint) is caused by food excessive or consumption of the wrong food (see above or read this page for details) and/or from alcohol consumption. The individual often suffers from heartburn and/or gas; he/she may be constipated and often irritable. His/her symptoms may be worse in the morning, from coffee and/or alcohol, after eating. Overall, this individual’s digestive system is definitely not working well. A severe dietary change may also be indicated, as explained on this page.
Lycopodium is often indicated for those who also suffer from kidney stones or gallstones, besides suffering from excessive uric acid. Their gout may be affecting one or both feet and the digestive system overall (gas, feeling bloated, bad digestion making sufferers only capable of eating small meals). The individuals for whom Lycopodium may be indicated prefer loose clothes (not tight) and may feel worse in a warm room and/or in the late afternoon.
DOSAGE (Homeopathic Remedies for Gout) – unless otherwise indicated, generally you can take these remedies in the following doses: 6c, 12c or 30c (30 minutes away from any food or drink), until symptoms disappear. 6x or 12c: twice a day, morning and evening, or up to 4 times a day for up to 5 days or until symptoms disappear. Do not continue to take the remedy if you don’t feel better after one week. You may feel a slight aggravation during the first day or so, but things should balance themselves very quickly if you have the right remedy.