When my best friend’s gout flared up and he told me there was nothing to do but suffer, I started researching and meditating on the subject. This was not his first gout occurrence. He had decided that how commonly prescribed medications prescribed made him feel worse than his gout attacks, but noted the frequency and intensity of attacks were both increasing . This is a bullet list of things we found that helped him and other people I have since assisted with recovering more quickly than usual. They may or may not work for you. Let me know what helps you in the conversation section
This is a relatively new site, if you have questions about things in this list that are not fully explained, please ask so I know what to write about first
- Eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties that are also low in purines
- Don’t allow yourself to become dehydrated! Drink filtered water, non-sugary beverages
- Cherries, celery, cabbage, citrus, cranberries, chia seeds, coriander and cilantro
- Peppers…including paprika and pepper based sauces Tapatio, Tabasco etc
- Blueberries, Brown rice, mushrooms, oatmeal, walnuts
- Extra virgin Olive oil, flax seed oil, sesame oil, avocado
- Vinegar (Don’t over do) We found Braggs unfiltered cider vinegar especially helpful, but balsamics, wine vinegars also helped we used them mostly in salad dressings
- Dark chocolate, cocoa (can be kept in a shaker and sprinkled on foods or in beverages)
- Ginger, turmeric, garlic, cinnamon
- Yoghurt or other fermented foods
- Elevate the area…if you have a recliner use it, add a pillow under the foot to get the foot higher than the hip, but don’t let the knee rest in a hyper- extended position.
- Gentle wrapping of swollen area with crinkle tape or ace wrap.
- Tape Sandals make walking during a flare more comfortable
- Cool water soaks or contrast baths
- Walk with a cane… The easiest way to put less pressure on a swollen foot. Hold the cane in the hand opposite the affected side to normalize your walking pattern and protect the alignment of your back against the effects of chronic limping
- Use toe spreaders, like Yoga Toes or pedicure aids if they are not too painful to insert.
- Dunlop care, that part that hangs over your beltline may be interfering with your body’s ability to deliver nutrients as well as the body’s ability to route waste products to the appropriate organs
- Improve your lymphatic system
- If you are constipated, make steps to get your digestive system moving again
- When gout has you sidelined and unable to do your usual routine, you still need to move!
- Seated light saber battles
- Belly dance veil work
- Scissor clips with legs elevated
- Gentle ankle circles
- Shake pom-poms and vigorously cheer during football games
- Walk with a tape sandal and use a cane when you have to go somewhere
People you may want to know or visit:
- Medical Doctor, not everyone has bad reactions to the medications and for some people it’s all they need
- Acupuncturist one with a history of successfully treated gout
- Massage therapist familiar with Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques and Craniosacral therapy
My belief that Gout is like Rock Candy is in part based on success of these techniques continued over time decreasing the frequency and intensity of attacks that had previously been getting longer and more debilitating.
Every body needs some uric acid, like every body needs some sugar. It is when a supersaturated condition exists, and tophus build up then go into a breakdown cycle that leads to inflammation and pain associated with gout. I have seen deformities caused by gout disappear as these practices continued over time.