A natural approach to alleviating your gout
Often known as the ‘rich man’s disease’, gout has a history dating back to medieval times as one of the earliest registered diseases in medical text books. Less was known back then about the condition which causes painful arthritic joint pain, primarily in the big toe, only that it affected the rich who could afford to eat well. We now know more about what causes the red, swollen joints associated with gout and how to reduce its painful symptoms.
What causes gout?
Gout occurs from a fault in our body’s ability to deal with the waste product, uric acid. Uric acid is the breakdown product of purines, which is in many of our foods and drink, like meats, sweetbreads, beer and certain seafood. It’s normally excreted in our urine and presents no harm to the majority of people. But in those who suffer gout, excess uric acid builds up in the bloodstream and eventually deposits in the joints as tiny urate crystals. These crystals can cause sudden and severe inflammation and pain within affected joints.
So why does gout affect some people more than others? Too much uric acid can result from a failure of the body to metabolise it properly and because too much is being produced. This means both a person’s health and their diet can contribute to gout. At Inner Balance Health Clinics, our team of Mill Park, Chinese medicine practitioners and naturopaths can offer different approaches that may help manage your gout.
Acupuncture for gout
Acupuncture might be a beneficial option for people suffering gout, often in combination with other therapies. Acupuncture with one of our Mill Park Chinese medicine practitioners might improve inflammation and poor circulation associated with gout.
Naturopathy for gout
Naturopathic treatment will aim to identify the root cause of your gout and implement changes that reduce the severity of your symptoms. Our Inner Balance Health Clinics naturopaths can offer natural supplement options which aim to reduce the level of uric acid and other harmful materials that build up in the body. They can also offer dietary modifications to help alleviate your pain, including simple options like increasing your daily water intake.
If you or someone you know suffers gout and wants to try another treatment option to their current approach, then give Inner Balance Health Clinics a call today.
Inner Balance Recipe
…from the Wholefood Simply website
Cherry Fudge Chocolates
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup frozen pitted cherries
- 200 grams dark chocolate, melted
- Place the cashews into a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak the cashews in the water while you gather the remaining ingredients.
- Drain the cashews and place them into your processor. Blend the cashews to a paste (when pressed between two fingers it shouldn’t feel gritty).
- Add the coconut, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and frozen cherries and blend the mixture until it is smooth.
- Spoon the mixture into the holes of a silicon mini muffin mould and place in the freezer overnight.
- Remove the fudge from the freezer and use two forks to dip them into the melted chocolate. Place the dipped fudge onto a tray lined with baking paper and return to the fridge or freezer to set and to store.
- Eat and enjoy.