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Gout is a painful condition resulting from
the buildup of uric acid crystals in or around a joint. Diet,
genetics, and certain medications may be contributing factors.
Homeopathic remedies can provide a measure of relief during painful
attacks of joint pain and inflammation. A constitutional remedy
prescribed by an experienced homeopath may help to reduce the
likelihood of further episodes.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica: Although this remedy
usually comes to mind for injuries, it can also be very helpful for
discomfort that comes with gout. Pain is sore and bruise-like, and
it hurts to walk. The person may be afraid to be approached or
touched, because of pain.
Belladonna: Sudden onset, swelling,
throbbing, heat, and intensity are symptoms that suggest this
remedy. The joints look red, inflamed, and shiny — with sharp or
violent pains that are worse from touch and jarring. The person may
feel restless, flushed, and hot.
Berberis vulgaris: Twinges of pain
in gouty joints, or stitching pains that are aggravated by changing
position or walking, may indicate a need for this remedy. Berberis
is often indicated for people who ache all over; some have nagging
back pain or a tendency toward kidney stones.
Bryonia: When this remedy is
needed, tearing pain is worse from the slightest movement, and the
joints are swollen and hot. Areas with swelling and inflammation are
painful to touch. The knees can be very stiff and the feet may
swell. When Bryonia is indicated, the person is irritable
and self-protective, not wanting to be touched or interfered with.
Calcarea fluorica: When this remedy
is indicated, the finger joints may become enlarged because of gout,
and the knees and toes may be involved. Stabbing pain is
experienced, and the joints may make a cracking sound on movement.
Discomfort is worse during weather changes, and warmth may bring
Colchicum: Gout in the big toe or
heel—so painful the person finds both motion and touch
unbearable—suggests a need for this remedy. The joints are
swollen, red and hot. Pain is often worse in the evening and at
night. Flare-ups may occur in the springtime or with weather
changes. Individuals who need this remedy often have a feeling of
internal coldness and are very tired.
Ledum palustre: When this remedy is
indicated, the foot and big toe can be extremely swollen. Shooting
pains are felt all through the foot and ankle, moving upward to the
knee. This remedy is especially indicated when cold applications
relieve both the swelling and the pain.
Rhododendron: This remedy can be
useful for gouty swelling of the big toe joint that flares up before
a storm. Other joints may ache and swell, especially on the right
side of the body. Pain usually is worse toward early morning and
after staying still too long. The person may feel better from warmth
and after eating.
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy can
be helpful for joints that are hot, stiff, painful, and swollen.
Symptoms are worse in cold, damp weather and improved by warmth and
Sulphur: Painful gouty joints that
itch, along with a burning feeling in the feet, suggest the use of
this remedy. The knees and other joints may be involved. Problems
are aggravated by heat in any form, and are often worse in damp
weather and in springtime.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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