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.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCHM) has a long historical tradition, although it is not quite as ancient as popularly believed. In China today, TCHM is used alongside conventional pharmaceutical treatment. Considerable attempts have been made to subject TCHM to scientific evaluation however, most of the published Chinese studies on the subject fall far short of current scientific standard, making it impossible to determine true benefits. Chinese herbal medicine is also a unique mix of herbs with potency and makeup that can vary greatly between prescriptions.
Celery juice is a traditional 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: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/52/2014 -