Herbs and Spices for Gout Relief

by Support on February 27, 2011

An excellent but brief recap of this article from Livestrong.com is worth a quick read, and if you like what is here then feel free to read the original article by clicking the link below.

Gout: Herbs And Spices | LIVESTRONG.COM

Gout is a form of arthritis that affects a single joint in the body, often the big toe. It occurs when uric acid, a waste product, forms crystals in the joint, causing severe pain and swelling. Your doctor may prescribe drugs to reduce pain and swelling, and to help prevent further attacks. Some herbs and spices may help to alleviate gout symptoms, although proof is limited. Talk to your doctor before using them to treat your gout.

Turmeric and green tea may be beneficial to gout sufferers. Turmeric is the spice often used to flavor curry dishes — it’s also used as a fabric dye. It contains a host of biologically-active compounds, including curcuminoids and volatile oils, that are responsible for it’s anti-inflammatory activity. Green tea is a popular beverage made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is sometimes used as an alternative remedy for a wide variety of conditions, including hypertension and cancer. It contains compounds known as polyphenols, which may help to prevent inflammation and swelling. Talk to your doctor before taking green tea for these conditions.

The amount of green tea or turmeric that you need to take to alleviate gout symptoms vary according to several factors including age, other medicines you are taking and your general health. However, the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests taking 300 mg of the standardized extract of turmeric three times daily to help reduce inflammation. Alternatively, use 250 to 500 mg of green tea daily. Bear in mind that these doses are intended to be only guidelines, and that you should talk to your doctor to find out if they would be safe for you.

Studies examining the effectiveness of green tea and turmeric as gout treatments are lacking. However, several studies have shown that turmeric may help to reduce inflammation associated with other forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis. An article published in the February 2010 issue of “Osteoarthritis Cartilage” found that turmeric’s active ingredient, known as curcumin, may offer an alternative to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. An article published in the September 1999 issue of “Bulletin du Cancer” notes that green tea polyphenols have anti-inflammatory activities and may be an attractive treatment option for diseases characterized by inflammation, including gout.

The website RxList notes that turmeric is likely safe for most people, although it may cause nausea and diarrhea. Do not use this spice if you have gallbladder disease or if you are due to undergo surgery within two weeks. MedlinePlus notes that green tea is also likely safe, but adds that drinking more than five cups daily may cause caffeine related side-effects, including nausea, headache and restlessness. Use of green tea is contraindicated in a number of conditions including glaucoma, high blood pressure and liver disease. Both turmeric and green tea may heighten the effects of anticoagulants, and green tea interferes with some medicines, including diabetes drugs and some anti-cancer drugs.

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