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Gout

Opting for homoeopathy to relieve gout effectively

Homoeopathy is effective in treating and alleviating the pain caused by gout. Sometimes nicknamed “the disease of kings”, gout is an inflammation of certain body parts, sometimes a rheumatic inflammation, and is caused by the abundance of uric acid in the body. The difficulty in removing uric acid through the urine is one of the main causes of gout. When uric acid accumulates in large quantities, urate crystals form in the kidneys, skin and especially around the joints. It is these crystals that result in severe pain.

Symptoms of gout

The first symptoms of gout only appear after years of hyperuricemia, usually from the age of thirty. The main symptom is throbbing pain that is more intense around the joints. This pain comes in the form of a substantial burning sensation that is felt on all body parts subjected to a deposit of urate crystals. The inflamed joint turns red or purple, becomes sensitive to the touch and swells up. The skin on the affected area is shiny and stretched out. Sometimes, the patient has chills and fever. For each patient, the duration of a gout attack depends on the evolution of the disease, but this attack can range from a few hours up to 10 days. For the homoeopathic treatment to be quick and effective, the remedies must be administered at the onset of the first symptoms. That is why it is necessary to undergo the appropriate homoeopathic treatment without delay.

Homoeopathic treatment for relieving gout according to the symptoms

The best method of treatment for ensuring effective and positive results in gout relief is the use of appropriate homoeopathic remedies depending on the symptoms. Regarding local application, you can opt for the ointment “Arnigel”, to be applied once or twice a day on the painful area.

During ordinary attacks, combining Urtica 5 CH, Ledum Palustre 4 CH, Colchicum 5 CH, Belladonna 7 CH, Apis mellifica 7 CH and Aconite 15 CH can alleviate the pain. If the patient feels pain around the Achilles tendon, three granules of Benzoïcum acidum or Guaiacum are to be added to the treatment.

If hyperuricemia was detected in patients, the following homoeopathic remedies are the most suitable and should be taken in the morning and evening: Sulphur 5 CH if hyperuricemia is caused by overeating, Calcarea carbonica ostrearum 5 CH if hyperuricemia is caused by renal lithiasis, Sepia 5 CH in the case of a female patient and Lycopodium 5 CH if the hyperuricaemia occurs after a food intolerance. When combined with Colchicum 15CH, this last remedy helps to prevent the recurrence of attacks. In regard to chronic gout, take three granules of Colchicum 5 CH in the evening, Ranunculus 5 CH at noon and Arnica 5 CH in the morning. These instructions must be followed in order to ensure the remedies’ effectiveness. With this treatment, a dose of Nux vomica 9 CH should also be taken every Sunday evening for a speedy recovery.

When should you consult a doctor?

A medical consultation is required when the subject begins to experience joint pain and when the attacks start to become more frequent. If the disease reaches an advanced stage, it is best to consult a specialist who will be able to treat the condition without delay. In regard to a patient who is younger than thirty years old, and an elderly patient who has undergone organ transplantation or who has a history of chronic renal failure, it is essential to consult a specialist as soon as possible. Furthermore, if the person affected by gout also suffers from urolithiasis or chronic arthropathy, consultation with a specialist is mandatory. Finally, it is best to seek a specialist’s help in case of tophaceous gout and frequent relapses.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “gout”

Associated treatments

•    Benzoicum Acidum
•    Berberis Vulgaris
•    Calcarea Carbonica Ostrearum
•    Lycopodium Clavatum
•    Sulphur

Good to know: The homoeopathic remedies are very effective to relieve gout if the patient drinks lots of water and avoids consuming foods that reduce their effectiveness, as is the case of tea, coffee, chocolate, sorrel, rhubarb, spinach, delicatessen, canned foods, fatty fish, shellfish, giblets and offal, red meat and alcohol.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.