Homeopathic treatment

In homeopathy we deal with the gout externally as well as internally.

Along with internal medication the patient is asked to massage the area with Rhus toxicodendron or Ruta grav. ointment to relieve soreness and tenderness.

In homeopathy, there are about 208 remedies for gout and the patient’s exact remedy is decided by taking his complete case history which includes all signs and symptoms with their modalities and then selecting the remedy which best suits his or her constitution.

A patient may complain that first his toe got affected and then the pain progressed upwards to involve other joints like knee and then elbow. He is very chilly. The joints are cold to touch. He says he feels better on cold application. In such a case the homeopath would choose the remedy Led palustre.

Another patient may say that his joints are red, swollen with much tearing pain. The thirst is excessive and he says he drinks large quantity of cold water. He says his joint pains are worse from least motion and touch. In this case we would choose Bryonia alba.

Thus homeopathy is tailor-made while allopathy is ready-made because in allopathy all patients are given the same medicine without considering their individual reactions and disease modalities.

In allopathy, the treatment is suppressive with painkillers which have dangerous side effects which include damage to kidneys and liver. Homeopathy cure aims at dealing with the cause of pain and thus curing gout from its root.

Even if you are already taking allopathic painkillers then also homeopathy would benefit you. It would gradually reduce your dependence on painkillers and you would start using them in emergency only and after continuous homeopathic therapy for your arthritis your dependence on painkillers will totally vanish.

Homeopathy cure makes you more healthy and mobile with reduced or no pain at all. And the most important thing is that the medicines for arthritis and joint pains are totally free from side effects and are safe for longterm use.

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What is gout

A disturbance in chemical balance of the body, in which chronic excess uric acid in the blood leads to deposition of needle-shaped urate crystal in and around joints and tendons, where they cause inflammation (gout is a form of arthritis).

Gout is not a single disease. It not only causes inflammatory arthritis but also causes tenosynovitis, bursitis or cellulitis, tophaceous deposits, urolithiasis and renal disease.

The onset is sudden, unexpected, and excruciating and painful. It strikes an intense pain in a joint, most often the big toe, but sometimes other joints, including knees, elbows, thumbs or fingers. Generally pain disappear after medication, but they may recur.

Gout commonly occurs in middle aged men. It is uncommon in women and very rare in children. Men who are overweight or have high blood pressure are more prone to this disease.

Mild cases may be controlled by diet alone. Chronic attacks of gout may require long-term treatment to prevent damage to bone, cartilage and kidney. Chronic cases may have tiny, hard lumps accumulating in the soft flesh of the hands, feet, or earlobes. These deposits are known as tophi, are concentrations of uric acid crystals that can eventually cause aching, stiffness and protrusions.


  • Hereditary
  • Improper function of kidney which results in decreased excretion of urates in urine.
  • Reaction to alcohol.
  • Reaction to certain drugs, including antibiotics.
  • Enzyme deficiencies.
  • Lead poisoning.
  • Disorder is often associated with an injury or surgical procedure.
  • Highly proteinous diet.
  • Unidentified causes—Idiopathic causes.
  • Starvation—diminished renal excretion of uric acid.
  • Psoriasis—due to over production of uric acid.
  • Toxaemia of pregnancy—due to diminished excretion of uric acid.
  • May also occur in some cases of tumors or cancers.


  • Acute gout appears without warning.
  • Joint of a big toe is the site of the initial attack in majority of patients.
  • The joints of ankle, heel, knee and hand are also the common sites. (See figure)
  • Sudden and intense pain in affected joint.
  • The gouty joint becomes hot, red, swollen and severely painful.
  • Acute attack may be accompanied by fever, anorexia, malaise, headache, nausea or a change in mood.
  • There is a tendency to have recurrent attacks, but symptoms typically do not last more than a week.
  • Acute attack is followed by deposition of tophi and secondary degenerative changes.(See figure)

Crystals of uric acid accumulated between the bones of big toe joint

normal joint versus gout joint

Lab investigations

  • Blood and urine tests may not be very useful because hyperuricaemia, without any symptoms, is very common.
  • X-rays are seldom useful in establishing the diagnosis, but they may show characteristic punched-out erosion with the soft tissue swelling of tophi.
  • For diagnosis draw fluid from the synovial sac, that cushions the joint and examined.

Consult a doctor if

  • Severe pain in a joint with sudden onset.
  • Pain lasts more than a day or recurs.
  • Pain associated with chills and fever.
  • Symptoms of gout increase while you are taking some drugs, which may be interacting adversely with other medication.

Treatment & management

  • First thing is to ease the pain.
  • Clothing or other covering only aggravates the pain and discomfort, so keep the foot or affected extremity bare.
  • After the initial discomfort is relieved, try to control the level of uric acid balance in the body.
  • High fluid intake is advisable.
  • Reduction of obesity if you are overweight.
  • All incidents of gout should be diagnosed and treated by a physician. If left untreated, uric acid deposits can eventually cause irreversible kidney damage.


Acupressure points for relieving the pain of a gouty toe are several and located on the affected joint itself, among them: Spleen 3 (see figure), at the side of the metatarsal joint behind the big toe; Stomach 4 (see figure), at the center of the top of the instep; and Liver 2, just behind the space between the big and second toes. Press each of these points firmly for 60 seconds.

Spleen 3

acupressure spleen 3

Stomach 4

acupressure stomach 4

Herbal therapy

  • Drink an infusion of 2 tsp celery seed or graveroot (Eupatorium purpureum) in a cup of water, three times a day.
  • 10-15 drops of colchicum tincture three times daily. This herb prevents inflammation.
  • Wild carrot, juniper, buck-bean, guaiacum and willow are all specific to gout.

Diet & nutrition

Dietary regimens are necessary for preventing attacks of gout on people showing a hereditary predisposition.

What to eat

  • Low protein diet. A vegetarian diet is good.
  • Lots of vegetables, garlic dissolves uric acid. A high complex carbohydrate diet increases the excretion of uric acid.
  • Whole grain such as brown rice, millet, corn, oat and rye.
  • High levels of water, juices and herbal tea, because they help to dilute urine and promote excretion of uric acid.
  • Small amount of nuts, pulses and seeds.
  • High potassium foods—dried fruits, banana, mango, potato and tomatoes.
  • Red sour cherries and all berry fruits. Even canned cherries are beneficial, if fresh ones are out of season.
  • Pineapple.

What to reduce

  • Limit your wheat intake.
  • Pulses are rich source of protein, thats why eat them only twice in a week.
  • Meat, dairy products, eggs, poultry and fish. Avoid them totally during an attack.
  • Asparagus, mushrooms, spinach and green leafy vegetables.
  • Fruits, as it increases sugar.

What to avoid

  • All glandular meats, red meat and meat extracts such as bouillon and gravies; organ meats such as liver, sweet breads, and kidney.
  • Shellfish and certain kinds of preserved fish, including sardines, herring, and anchovies, as their purine levels are very high.
  • Yeast.
  • Salt and spices.
  • Sugar and refined flour and everything made with them.
  • Gelatin, as it forms uric acid.
  • Alcohol, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Beer particularly high in purines.
  • Fats.
  • Overeating.

Juice therapy

  • Cherries and strawberries juice.
  • Wheat grass, mint sprigs and pineapple juice.
  • Apple and celery juice.
  • Apple and strawberries juice.
  • Parsley, spinach, carrot and apple juice.
  • Fresh pineapple juice.


A reflexology practitioner will massage the appropriate area at the centre of the sole of foot, which helps to restore balance to the kidneys and spleen, the organs responsible for uric acid production.

Home remedies

  • Apply a plastic bag containing a few ice cubes to the joint, this will help in relieving pain and swelling. Wrap the cold bag in a soft cloth or towel and hold it against the painful area for upto five minutes at a time, then repeat it.
  • Hot epsom salt baths increase the elimination of uric acid through the skin. About 250-500 gm of these salt may be added to tolerably hot water and soak for 20 minutes just before bedtime.
  • Fresh air and outdoor exercise are also necessary.
  • Patient should eliminate as much stress from his life as possible.
  • Some home remedies are:
    • Cherry—The patient should consume about fifteen to twenty five cherries a day, after some time it reduces to 10 cherries a day.
    • French bean—French or string bean juice should be taken daily.
    • Banana—A diet of banana only for three or four days is advised. A patient can take 8 or 9 banana daily during this period and nothing else.
    • Lime—A juice of half a lime with a glass of water, should be taken twice daily.
    • Apple—The patient is advised to take one apple after each meal.


  • If gout runs in the family, one should moderate their intake of alcohol, fats and high-purine food, and should keep their weight under control.
  • Blood and urine tests during routine checkup are advisable.
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Iam 29 years I'm suffering from uric acid since 2 years but I know it is gout arthritis from the last 6 month iam taking allopathic medicine the pain is mostly in right toe and right Knee, please suggest

Kamlesh Kumar
Aug 4, 2019 12:43 am Reply

Iam suffering from triglycerides 415 and uric acid 8,fatty liver grade 1,please suggest homeopathy medicine and dosage details

Jagadish Bandi
Sep 10, 2017 9:33 pm Reply

I am 49 yrs.old hearing handicapped male Uric acid was diagnosed. Last 6 month .rt.leg ankle is swollen. when I take some medicine for 3 days the swelling disappears and again appears .

Sudhakar Y Kamble
Sep 6, 2016 7:30 pm Reply

I am suffering from high uric acid problem since 2 years, I took zyloric 100 then it went normal. when I stopped it then it went to approx 8.6. I also have taken, burberis vulgaris, colchicum, urtica urens, sac lac etc. medicine but did not get any relief yet. pain was started from my toe and now I feel pain in my hands and legs joints. they also make a sound when I get up. please help.

Aug 23, 2016 2:06 am Reply

sir my age is 24 year male. and I'm suffering from uric acid problem last 2 years uric acid controlled by zyloric tablet but it is not permanent solution I don't know what to do my life becoming hell with disease plz send me medicine name. which permanent cure of this problem

Farhat Khan
Jul 31, 2016 2:11 am Reply My age is 31 and I always having high uric acid. While doing the report it generally comes in between 8 to 11. Can this be cure permanently. Also I do consume alcohol on weekends and find of read meat. Please help.. Sujit Gupta
Dec 14, 2016 9:02 pm