Home Remedies and Alternative Therapies for Gout
Alternative Treatments as a Gout Cure
- Issues with side effects of drug treatment.
- A belief that alternative therapies are safer and more "natural."
- Widespread advertising and attractive claims for many alternative therapy products. One of these claims may be a cure for gout.
Some of these proposed alternative therapies (including home remedies for gout) include:
- Cherry extract
- Castor oil pack
- Devil's claw.
Interestingly, some of these may hold promise in controlling gout or helping with pain control. For example, tart cherry extract has shown promise for gout pain control when studied in animals. However, more research is needed, including research in humans, before any alternative treatment recommendations for gout can be made.
The best advice at this time is to talk with your healthcare provider before trying alternative treatments for gout, especially if it claims to cure gout. And remember that proven conventional treatments for gout should not be replaced with an alternative therapy that is unproven.