This page about herbal remedies for gout was last reviewed, or updated, on 12 June 2018.
Herbal remedies for gout? What a popular idea, since they offer to at least relieve the disease without using drug medications. Many herbs and a spice or two are featured in the gout literature. Those discussed here are among the most prominent and best researched of the herbal cures for gout and are included in many herbs for gout supplements.
Three of the herbs on this page are reputed to lower uric acid levels. And the spice, Turmeric, is an anti inflammatory which works like NSAIDs medications to reduce pain.
Please note that the dosages shown on this page are guideline dosages only. Consult your doctor about your dose.
Turmeric is a yellow-orange coloured (colored) spice with a pepper-like flavour (flavor). Its world-wide sales have been growing for years. Why could it be one of the herbal remedies for gout?
Anti-inflammatory The flavonoid anthocyanidins in cherries, and possibly those in strawberries and some other berries, are reputed to inhibit the Cox-2 prostaglandins which carry pain messages, and reduce inflammation. Turmeric also eases inflammation. The curcumin in turmeric inhibits the production of Cox-2 prostaglandins without the side effects of such similar acting medications. Cox-1 prostaglandins need not be inhibited but NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen work by inhibiting both Cox-1 and -2. Turmeric has not been found to inhibit Cox-1, only the inflammatory Cox-2 prostaglandin. Thus it may reduce the inflammation and pain of a gout attack, and just possibly stop it.
This anti inflammatory effect is well researched and documented by confirming studies. Moreover, it is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory and for many other medical problems. So turmeric is sold as an anti-arthritic and to help gout sufferers. It's also a strong antioxidant, a property that’s also well researched.If you have read the antioxidants page you’ll know anti oxidants are important for gout sufferers.
Turmeric, root and powder
But how much curcumin is in the turmeric that's used as a spice? Not much, about 1% of its weight. So putting it in a curry may be a mildly useful addition, but that’s not a herbal treatment for gout.
So you need to use a dietary supplement of turmeric or curcumin. Or take it in one of the herbal cures for gout formula products, where it is usually one of five or six substances included in the formula. Or buy a dietary supplement of curcumin itself - one well absorbed version is Theracurmin which it made to be highly absorbed - 300 times more than regular have been mentioned in human studies.
Dosage Buy Turmeric extract, standardised (standardized) to a useful % of absorbable curcumin. Take one to three times daily.
Is Devil’s Claw one of the herbal remedies for gout ?
It comes from the fruit of a plant in Southern Africa, usually from Namibia. The fruit is shaped like a claw, hence its unusual name. Its medicinal properties have been known to herbalists for centuries and its reputation as an anti-arthritic was boosted by a study at the University of Freiburg in Germany.
So it’s a known anti-inflammatory but is it one of the herbal remedies for gout? The anti-inflammatory substances in Devil’s Claw are harpagosides. What makes Devil’s Claw a possible herbal treatment for gout is that harpagosides are reputed to lower uric acid.
Some gout posters to Internet forums have said Devil’s Claw helped and even worked.
What our visitors say about Devil's Claw for gout We have a site friend who swears by Devil's claw for gout, which he takes daily. When an order arrived late, he was out of stock, and suffered a gout attack. He was also taking a number of other natural remedies but it was the absence of his regular Devil's Claw supplement that appears to have caused the gout flare. Read more here.
Dosage Take 50/60 mg two or three times daily. The best form is a dietary supplement containing a standardized extract of harpagosides.
Warning ! Devil’s Claw is known to cause many side effects. It should certainly NOT be taken without your doctor’s, or your health care professional's approval.
Yucca Schidegera (one species of the Yucca plant) grows in the south west deserts of the United States and in Mexico. It grows to about 16 feet (5 metres/meters) high, and has sharp-as-a-sword white leaves at the top of its trunk. Native Americans have used it for centuries for many medicinal purposes including arthritis relief, and as a poultice.
It’s sold as a herbal treatment for gout, and it is often included in some herbal remedies for gout formula products. This is because it contains phytochemicals called saponines which have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation in some people.
Dosage Yucca is available as a standardized extract capsule of 5% saponines. Take two – four 500mg capsules or tablets daily.
Possible side effects include Yucca is regarded as generally safe but it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, upset stomachs and a bitter taste in the mouth.
GRASP THE NETTLE
And here's a would-you-believe-it herb for gout. Your commonplace garden stinging nettle may also be one of the herbal remedies for gout. Nettle (urtica dioica) has been a folk remedy for gout and a host of other ailments including arthritis, for centuries. Nettle roots, not the leaves, are used to make standardized extracts. Nettle is said to be a diuretic that aids excretion of uric acid.
This website has received a testimonial about nettle drops ending a gout attack in only 3 days. Our correspondent was an experienced gout sufferer, in India, who was advised to take 8 -10 locally made nettle drops twice a day plus a couple of kilos of watermelon daily.
Nettle tinctures can be bought, but most tinctures contain alcohol which gout sufferers do not need. Non-alcoholic tinctures are sold by online vitamins and herbs retailers.
Standardized extracts of nettle (roots or leaves) guarantee potency. But you could also eat and drink nettle by making nettle tea and soup. Not as potent, but they might help.
Dosage 300-600mg of freeze dried extract daily; drops - as described on the packaging.
LAGERSTROEMIA SPECIOSA (BANABA)
Lagerstroemia speciosa (other names: Crepe Myrtle, Queen’s flower or Banaba) is a medicinal flower that grows in the Philippines, some other S.E.Asian countries and India. In these places it has been a traditional folk remedy for a variety of ailments for centuries. As far as gout is concerned, the leaves are used to obtain a fairly recently discovered (2004) herbal treatment for gout called Valoneic Acid Dilactone (VAD). VAD is an inhibitor of xanthine oxidase which lowers uric acid levels.
Better than Allopurinol ? In
one Japanese study, a five star finding was that Valoneic Acid
Dilactone is a stronger inhibitor of xanthine oxidase than Allopurinol.
Allopurinol, the common gout drug, inhibits xanthine oxidase, an enzyme
needed to turn purines into uric acid, and by so doing reduces uric acid
production. Ellagic acid in Banaba has also been found to inhibit
In the Philippines, where the locals call it Banaba, its ground green leaves are sold as a herbal tea health drink. Various brands of Banaba tea bags can be bought in pharmacies. One tea bag contains about 2 grams of Banaba leaves. The exact amount in the bag depends on the brand purchased.
The bags are infused in boiling water for a couple of minutes, and drunk as you would tea (black tea), often with a slice of lemon and sugar or other sweetener. According to the packaging, Filipinos think it is anti-diabetic because it's thought to lower blood sugar by its Corosolic acid. If insulin resistance is your cause of gout this could be helpful too since excess insulin inhibits uric acid excretion. But we are most interested in its Valoneic Acid Dilactone and Ellagic acid to reduce uric acid levels directly. Some also think Banaba is good for kidney and gall bladder stones.
Lagerstroemia speciosa, Queen's flower, Banaba, Crepe Myrtle
Dosage One cup of Banaba tea three times daily.
VAD and Ellagic acid have been found in Walnuts and Persian walnuts. It's too early to say whether walnuts can inhibit xanthine oxidase - there are not enough confirming studies. Nor do we know how many you would have to eat to reduce your uric acid level, and by how much uric acid would be reduced. Hopefully this knowledge will come in time.
So it's not a surprise that Valoneic Acid Dilactone is included in the formulas of the natural cure for gout products, Flamasil and Goutcleanse.\
For more about Flamasil and Goutcleanse, see our page on gout supplements.
Coriander is considered both an herb and a spice. In a study in India it has lowered blood uric acid by 60%. Read about this here.
Parsley is an herb, and it is a good food for gout, even if it probably won't reduce your uric acid level. Read about parsley for gout.
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