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What Are the Different Types of Herbs for Gout?

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Gout is a type of arthritis that forms when uric acid builds up in a person's blood. This uric acid settles in the joints, forming crystals that can cause severe pain. Some herbs for gout have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing the pain and inflammation of this painful form of arthritis. These medicinal plants include black cherry, turmeric, devil’s claw, boswellia, and celery seed. Some other herbs for gout are nettle, horsetail, licorice, grapeseed, and ginger.

The purines present in certain foods are converted into uric acid in the body. Some herbs for gout target this process and reduce uric acid levels, while other herbs for gout are used to relieve swelling, pain, and inflammation. Black cherry juice has long been recognized as providing relief for gout pain. Studies have shown that drinking black cherry juice every day can reduce the levels of uric acid in the body of someone who suffers from gout.

A spice found in many kitchens contains medicinal constituents that are effective in relieving gout’s painful symptoms. This spice is turmeric, which comes from the root of a plant that is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance that has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has antioxidants that reduce the levels of the enzymes that typically cause inflammation. It has been proven to provide effective relief from the pain, inflammation, and swelling of gout.

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Devil’s claw root, sometimes known as cat’s claw, has been used by natives in Africa, where the plant originated, for centuries as a treatment for inflammation. It was brought to Europe in the 20th century and its use has spread throughout the world due to its effectiveness in treating gout and other disorders. Devil’s claw is a powerful herb that can improve the pain and inflammation of gout so well that people can sometimes reduce the dosage and even eliminate anti-inflammatory drugs with the daily use of devil’s claw.

Boswellia is a tree native to Asia and Africa that has healing properties in its bark. The bark contains boswellic acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Boswellia also increases circulation, making it a popular natural remedy for gout and other arthritic conditions.

Herbs can have strong effects on the body and can interact with other substances. Some herbs can be used with drug treatment, while others can cause serious interactions. One should never combine herbs and drugs without clearing it in advance with a trained medical professional.

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