Gout

 

Alternative Medicine

 
Bing cherries help rid of uric acid.
 
Celery seed - "I read it helps lower levels of uric acid - the gout culprit. In my database at the USDA ( www.ars-grin.gov/duke ), I found there are nearly 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds in celery, including one very important 'miracle aspirin' called apigenin."  http://www.arthritissupport.com/library/showarticle.cfm/id/948
Cherries help reduce gout pain and inflammation.  James E O'Brien's mini magazine The Miracle of Nature's Healing Foods published by Glove Communications Corp.  (Bing cherries have a good reputation for helping gout.)
 
Duke, James Green Pharmacy  Rodale Press  http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/syllabus/instructor.htm   e-mail James A. Duke - Father Nature's Farmacy http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke is a favorite at the Plant Genome Project at USDA
Duke recommends celery seed extract/juice for arthritis and inflammation.
 
Gout - 8/2005 Lindsay B Wolsey, MH - http://www.snh.cc/august_2005.htm - "Gout is a form of arthritis" that can cause "pain and swelling, usually in the big toe, although other joints can be affected, such as the knee, ankle and foot.  It can also cause tenderness, redness, and warmth.  Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood.  Uric acid comes from the natural breakdown of the genetic material in cells (RNA and DNA).  Because our body is constantly breaking things down, there is always uric acid present.  Some foods contain large amounts of pre-cursors to uric acid, called purines.  Purines are particularly high in red meats, organ meats (liver and kidneys) and shellfish (+ anchovies, sardines, cod, trout, venision, turkey, alcohol)   Astonishingly, purines are also fairly high in spinach, asparagus, legumes, and broccoli... Foods that contain a moderate level of purines are duck, chicken, ham, beef, lobsters, lima beans.  Foods that contain little, if any, purines are fruits, most green vegetables, grains, tomatoes...When uric acid levels rise beyond a certain point, uric acid crystals form and collect in the joint or joints, causing pain.  These crystals can also build-up in other organs of the body, causing damage."  Recommended foods/herbs to reduce purines/uric acid are cherries, celery seeds, tumeric, oats, apple cider vinegar, and avocados
 
Leej, Arthur - http://www.arthurleej.com/Violet.pdf - BENEFICIAL IONS - "Ionic (electrical-magnetic) medication will never supplant oral application or injection, but can carry charged substances into the areas where they are needed. 
The electrically carried ions travel through the plasma of every cell through which the current passes. The current needs to be turned on and off gradually for the safety and comfort of the patient. If the face and head are treated, rapid current changes result in dizziness.  Positive ions travel to the negative pole and negative ions to the positive pole. Zinc, copper, and sodium are positively charged and repelled from the positive terminal. Negatively charged groups such as sulfuric, iodide, and salicyclate are repelled from the negative terminal and driven to the positive terminal...
The pain of gout is due to sodium urate crystals in the joints.
Sir Alfred Garrod (1819–1907) showed that that the crystals could be dissolved by soaking them in a solution of lithium carbonate. Too much lithium in the body produces toxic symptoms. When lithium salts are taken by mouth, the stomach turns them into lithium chloride which doesn’t work well as a solvent of uric acid.
In 1890, Thomas Edison had a man put his right hand into a 2% solution of lithium salt and his left hand into a dilute solution of sodium chloride. The positive pole drove lithium into the body which showed up in the urine. He treated the hands of a gouty man with lithium salts. The swelling of his hand and fingers diminished and pain completely disappeared."
 
Olive LEAF - 6/2013 - https://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2013/6/unexpected-benefits-of-olive-leaf-extract/page-01 "Gout is caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints, the byproducts of impaired recycling of DNA and RNA in cells. In a mechanism identical to that of allopurinol (the gold standard drug therapy for gout), (olive leaf's)oleuropein prevents the buildup of uric acid by inhibiting xanthine oxidase, the enzyme responsible for converting DNA and RNA into uric acid.57"
 
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) - http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-11325-sodium+bicarbonate+oral.aspx
"This medication may be used to make the urine less acidic. This effect helps the kidneys get rid of uric acid, thereby helping to prevent gout and kidney stones.  It can make some medications (e.g., sulfonamides) work better or can help your body get rid of too much medication (e.g., phenobarbital). This medication can also prevent and treat certain metabolic problems (acidosis) caused by kidney disease.
 
Vitamin A - 9/2015 - http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/treating-pain-and-causes-of-gout-naturally/? 
"Foods rich in natural Vitamin A include liver, cod liver oil, tuna, cream, and shellfish. Note that plant foods do not contain any Vitamin A (2).  Instead, they contain carotenes which must be converted by the body into Vitamin A...
Dr. Cowan recommends liberal intake of animal fats and the regular use of gelatinous stocks to be “the key to preventing uric acid buildup and further attacks of gout” (3). (Consider commercial powdered gelatines such as Knox)...
lemon essential oil helps to reduce and prevent painful gout symptoms.
Externally, a few drops of lemon oil in contact with affected skin and in combination with peppermint or frankincense oil gently applied with a warm heating pad can bring relief...
(Internally) a few drops of food grade lemon oil (or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar) in drinking water can help prevent flare-ups...
Tart cherry juice is very helpful for preventing uric acid buildup. The recommendation from Dr. Cowan is 1 teaspoon 2x a day. Be sure to get organic tart cherry juice (cherries are a highly sprayed crop) and choose a brand without any added sugar...
Dr. Cowan also suggests 1 teaspoon per day of high-vitamin cod liver oil to ensure sufficient vitamin A...This nutrient nourishes the kidneys and encourages normal kidney function to adequately excrete uric acid as it is naturally produced. (Consider fermented cod liver oil www.greenpasture.org )...
Dr. Cowan’s suggested remedy for anti-inflammatory relief (instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen) is Boswellia complex (1-2 tablets 3x/day)."