Homeopathic Treatment for Gout

Gout has often been referred to as a rich man’s disease because it is associated with an excessive consumption of alcohol and rich foods. While these do contribute to the onset, the disease affects people from all walks of life irrespective of their dietary habits. Gout causes severe pain in an affected joint. It is most often the big toe of either foot but it can also appear in the foot, ankle, knee, hand, wrist and fingers. The very severe pain is usually followed by the joint becominginflamed, red in color, swollen and very hot and sensitive to the touch. In some cases, fever and/or shivering may develop.If the condition becomes chronic and repeated attacks occur, lasting joint damage is a strong possibility.

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The Causes

Gout is a form of arthritis and the sudden onset of pain in a joint is the result of a process that has been developing for a while within the metabolism. It is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body and the quantity slowly increases, unnoticed, until it reaches a tipping point and the severe pain occurs. Uric acid is a naturally occurring chemical in the body which helps to break down some common compounds and elements found in food. Excess uric acid is processed by the kidneys and eliminated from the body in urine. The consumption of rich foods and alcohol can lead to the production of excess uric acid, which the kidneys are unable to eliminate. The acid builds up in the body and this leads to gout attacks. It is important to remember that diet is not the only cause of gout.

The Homeopathic Option

Traditional medicine is effective in suppressing the symptoms and providing relief to the patient. However, it can do little in providing a long-term cure, and continued consumption of prescription medications can result in unwanted complications and side effects. The approach of homeopathy is different. It works to enhance the body’s own energy and defense systems to allow the body to cure itself by returning the metabolism to a state of balance and harmony. In other words, homeopathy works towards restoring the balance lostby bad diet or the other causes of gout. By doing so it does not just provide the patient with relief from the symptoms, but alsohelps to prevent future attacks.All this is achieved without the risk of side effects.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Since even severe and incapacitating joint pain can have many causes, it is essential that a qualified homeopathic doctor examines the patient and makes the diagnosis of gout. After that is done, there are a range of medications that can be prescribed to treat the condition. Once again, only a homeopathic doctor will know which medicine is most suitable for a particular case. Gout can be a debilitating condition that not only causes great pain and mobility issues but can even have a serious negative impact to a patient’s lifestyle and quality of life. The sooner it is diagnosed and homeopathic treatment begun, the sooner the recovery can begin and the faster it will be.