Home Remedies and Alternative Therapies for Gout

Alternative Treatments as a Gout Cure

Complementary and alternative medicine represent a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as nurses, physical therapists, and dietitians.
Among the many reasons that some people prefer to use alternative therapies for gout are:
  • 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
  • Magnets
  • 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.


Final Thoughts

While a cure for gout -- a treatment that gets rid of the condition once and for all -- isn't on the horizon, reliable and effective ways of diagnosing gout and keeping it under control remain one of the more impressive success stories of modern medical science.
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