Epsom Salt Relieves Gouty Arthritis Pain
August 26, 2011 by Lynn.
Another popular natural remedy for the pain and inflammation of gout is Epsom salt. Epsom salt gets its name from the town of Epsom in England, where it is distilled from springs rising in an area where porous chalk hills meet non-porous clay. Epsom salt is composed of magnesium, sulpher and oxygen, and is also known by its chemical name, magnesium sulphate.
According to the Universal Health Institute of Chicago, magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells. The Institute says magnesium helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes, performing a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
American's magnesium levels have dropped more than 50% in the last century, and it's believed that most Americans are magnesium deficient. Magnesium deficiency is thought to play a role in arthritis and joint pain, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, digestive ailments, chronic fatigue and other ailments.
The Universal Health Institute says that magnesium also:
• Eases stress and improves sleep and concentration
• Helps muscles and nerves function properly
• Regulates activity of over 325 enzymes
• Helps prevent artery hardening and blood clots
• Allows the body to use insulin more effectively
• Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
• Improves oxygen use
And that sulfates:
• Flush toxins
• Improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients
• Help form joint proteins, mucin proteins (mucus membrane secretions) and brain tissue
• Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
Both magnesium and sulphate can be absorbed through the skin, which is the body's largest organ. Epsom salt's ability to relax muscles, reduce swelling, relieve pain, fade bruises, draw out toxins and soften skin has made it the primary ingredient in most bath salts. Of special interest to gout patients, it also increases the secretion of uric acid through the skin.
Add two cups of Epsom salt to a standard size bathtub of warm water (or one cup to a warm footbath) and soak for at least twelve minutes two to three times a week (more often for foot baths). Some people claim adding one cup of vinegar (preferably apple cider) per every two cups of Epsom salt enhances its effects as a gout treatment. Soaking a gout-affected foot in a foot bath warm water and Epsom salt can provide almost immediate relief for many gout sufferers.
You can also make a compress by dissolving two cups of Epsom salt in a gallon of warm water, soaking a cloth or towel in it, and wrapping the cloth around the sore joint (in the case of gouty arthritis, usually the big toe). Some people use a thick sock to hold the compress against the effected area, but others can't stand the pressure of a sock on the sore joint. You can also cut the end off an old sock and use it to secure a compress applied to arthritic knees, wrists, and elbows.
Epsom salt is inexpensive, non-toxic, and readily available in drug and grocery stores. It makes an excellent addition to the gout sufferer's arsenal of natural gout remedies and prescription gout medication. For discover more uses of Epsom salt (some of which will surprise you) on www.care2.com >CLICK HERE.<
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