Gout is an inflammatory condition that is caused by the deposit of uric acid crystals in joints (most famously the big toe), as well as other tissues. Typically, attacks of fierce pain, redness, swelling, and heat punctuate pain-free intervals.
Medical treatment consists of anti-inflammatory drugs for acute attacks and of uric acid-lowering drugs for prevention.
Proposed Treatments for Gout
The following herbs and supplements are widely recommended for gout, but as yet they have no reliable scientific support.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Vitamin C article.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Folate article.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Devil's Claw article .
Celery juice is another folk remedy for gout that is said to be widely used in Australia.
Herbs and Supplements to Use Only With Caution
Various herbs and supplements may interact adversely with drugs used to treat gout. For more information on these potential risks, see the individual drug article in the Drug Interactions section of this database.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -