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Alternative Therapies for Gout

Alternative Therapies for Gout

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that occurs from the precipitation of uric acid into the joint space. It affects more than 3% of the population and is more common in men than in women. This is because uric acid levels in the blood are generally higher in men than in women. Other things that increase the risk of gout include weight gain, diabetes, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol and certain medications.

Gout is excruciatingly painful, and as anyone who has had a gout attack knows, it can leave a person severely debilitated for many hours to days after an attack occurs. The joint that is affected (usually the big toe) will become very red, swollen and painful to use within minutes to hours. If it affects the lower limb at all, it can impair walking or any movement during that time.

Conventional Treatment for Gout

Pharmaceutical treatments usually involve trying to reduce pain and inflammation during an attack. Medications like ibuprofen and colchicine are often used to reduce the pain and swelling in an attack. More long-term medications such as allopurinol can help reduce the likelihood of a gout attack by decreasing uric acid in the blood. These types of medications do not help attacks when they occur though.

Alternative Therapies for Gout

While medications can sometimes be helpful for preventing or treating gout attacks, diet and lifestyle changes are incredibly helpful.  Diet by far is the best way to prevent a flare and to help reduce uric acid levels.  Reducing foods that are high in purines (proteins that produce uric acid), such as red meat and fish can help to reduce uric acid in the blood.  Fructose and alcohol intake have also been associated with increased uric acid.  Foods that contain high levels of fructose are often processed foods. Therefore, eliminating or greatly reducing alcoholic beverages and processed foods can make a huge difference.  Increasing the intake of dairy subsequently also helps reduce uric acid.

To help reduce pain and swelling in the moment, try icing. Applying ice to the area and elevating it during and attack will short it’s duration. Short term fasting for 24 hours with water can also help reduce inflammation quickly.

Long term management strategies should also be implemented. Working on weight loss and treatment/prevention of diabetes or high blood pressure reduces gout attacks over time. The best treatments though include individualized plans for each person to identify specific triggers. If you want to learn more about how you can identify your own specific inflammatory triggers for gout, contact our office today to schedule a free introductory consult with one of our physicians.

Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a very destructive inflammatory arthritis that affects approximately 1-5% of the population in the US.  RA can occur at any age but occurs more common after age 50. Women are also affected 2-3x more than men. It is also a fast acting arthritis, and can cause damage to the joint spaceContinue Reading

Alternative Therapies for Psoriatic Arthritis

Alternative Therapies for Psoriatic Arthritis

In keeping with our theme of #arthritisawareness month, we will start off our weekly arthritis condition spotlight with alternative therapies for psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis and Treatment Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that can be incredibly detrimental to a person’s quality of life.  It is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is calledContinue Reading

Aloe Vera Juice May Reduce Thyroid Antibodies

Aloe Vera Juice May Reduce Thyroid Antibodies

A recent study was published that looked at the effects of Aloe Vera juice on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  What they found was a significant reduction in thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies.  TPO antibodies are commonly elevated in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and are largely responsible for reducing thyroid function. Those with Hashimoto’s common experience symptoms such as fatigue, brainContinue Reading

Heavy Metals and Thyroid Function

Heavy Metals and Thyroid Function

The thyroid gland is a large endocrine gland in the neck that secretes two different thyroid hormones, called T3 and T4.  These hormones are responsible for several functions in the body, most of which having to do with metabolism, growth and development.  There are many conditions that result from too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) orContinue Reading

BOTANICAL REMEDIES USED IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

BOTANICAL REMEDIES USED IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Written by Emily Wittenhagen, Community Herbalist   Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation mainly presenting in the joints. The most common type of inflammatory arthritis, RA can cause significant discomfort and decreases in mobility and motor skills for those living with the condition. At Aria, we see many clients withContinue Reading

The Flu and You – How Viruses Affect Autoimmune Diseases

The Flu and You – How Viruses Affect Autoimmune Diseases

It’s finally fall.  And while fall brings many wonderful things such as crisp evenings, beautiful foliage and pumpkin spice lattes it also brings with it the flu.  Most cases of the flu and common cold are relatively benign for most people, but for those with autoimmune diseases viral infections can mean symptom flares for theirContinue Reading

3 Tips to Doing Detox Right

3 Tips to Doing Detox Right

Nowadays, detoxing is on everyone’s mind, especially when living in increasingly toxic environments and experiencing negative health effects.  If you think that a detox might be right for you, there’s a way to do it right and ensure you are safely achieving the results you are looking for.  Email me to get on our FallContinue Reading

The Autoimmune Paleo Diet – How and Why it Works

The Autoimmune Paleo Diet – How and Why it Works

There has been a lot of talk in the last few years in the autoimmune community in regards to the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet/protocol.  One of the most common questions I get from patients is “Does the AIP diet really work in helping to reduce my autoimmune symptoms?”  The answer to this question complex, butContinue Reading

Weight Loss: One Patient’s Story

Weight Loss: One Patient’s Story

I’ve tried everything, and the weight still won’t come off! Does this sound familiar?  This is something that I hear from patients constantly.  One of my patients tearfully described her situation during her first visit. Rebecca, age 37, had struggled with her weight ever since she was a teenager.  She described both of her parentsContinue Reading