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December 19, 2012 by Mayank.

Referred to as the "disease of kings" in olden days, gout seems to make no such exceptions in modern times. Caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints of the body, particularly the big toe, almost anybody can get gout; although it is more common among men than women.

The factors that cause uric acid to accumulate in the body can be extremely varied, and can include excessive consumption of alcohol, lack of vitamin C in the diet, high blood pressure, obesity, kidney damage, diabetes, enzyme defects, and vascular diseases, among others.

Regardless of what causes the condition, there is no getting away from the fact that gout is an excruciating condition. While there are several medicines available in the market, very often people turn to home remedies to get relief from the pain, swelling, and inflammation. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, here are some tried and tested tips that will alleviate the symptoms and give you peace of mind.
Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt is the magical ingredient that features prominently in a wide variety of grandmother's remedies. And for good reason too! Epsom salt is known to improve circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and flush toxins out of the body. For immediate relief, soak your feet (or the affected area) in a warm tub of Epsom salt. Alternatively, you could add two cups of Epsom Salt to your tub for a more leisurely bath.
The Charcoal-Flaxseed Poultice
Mix equal parts of finely powdered activated charcoal and flaxseed with warm water and make a thick, sticky paste. Spread this paste on the affected area and tie a clean cloth over it. Leave the paste overnight or change it every four hours. If you are sitting on the bed, cover this poultice carefully so you don't end up staining the sheets.
Drink Plenty of Water
Surprising as that may sound, staying hydrated can reduce the intensity of gout pain. As mentioned before, the condition is caused by the buildup, and the eventual crystallization, of uric acid in the joints. Drinking plenty of water - about 8 ounces 8 times a day - is known to prevent that from happening.
Castor Oil Pack
Soak a flannel cloth in warm castor oil and place it over the inflamed area, after wringing out the excess oil. This cloth can be held in place by a plastic wrap and, to make the treatment more effective, you could place a hot water bottle or heating pad over it. This castor oil pack must be applied twice a day, each session lasting about forty five minutes to an hour.
Ice Pack
Applying ice pack directly to the swollen joint for 10-15 minutes is a time honored remedy that works like a charm every single time. It alleviates the pain and inflammation and brings great relief to the patients.
Juniper Oil
The medicinal properties of juniper are well documented. Several gout sufferers have claimed that a juniper compress on the inflamed joint brings great relief and helps in the breakdown of toxic uric deposits.

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