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Just a little side note... My father, from the time I was a little girl, always got gout. The doctors put him on meds to help with it... I know I'm going to spell it wrong, colchicine? He was getting sick from it.. Very sick. On one of his trips to the pharmacy, the pharmacist told him she would not refill it anymore because the dr was prescribing too much of it and it was killing his white blood cells. My mom and I set out on a quest to find an alternative.
Activated charcoal was what we found.
It has been 25 years since his last bout of gout...
(Desert Hot Springs, Ca)
I would like to know a little more about how much charcoal and how often. I am looking for some way to make this pain stop on a tight budget.
So sorry to hear about the gout! You can make charcoal poultices for the affected area and change them twice a day. I would let the skin air out for a couple of hours a couple of times a day, though.
How to make a charcoal poultice
You can also take it internally. 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water a couple of times a day. Do not take within 2 hours of any medications.
Turmeric is usually pretty inexpensive and is helpful for pain and inflammation. 1 teaspoon twice a day. Some mix it in milk to take it. My children don't mind it mixed in applesauce.
Hydrotherapy is often helpful for healing and is free! Get two pots or pans that you could soak the affected area in. Put warm water in one and cool in the other. Alternate the affected area soaking in each for about a minute each, ending with cold. When my daughter sprained her ankle not too long ago, this helped her with the swelling more than anything. She did the soaks 2-3 times a day.
Drink plenty of water or herbal tea. Dehydration, even mild, can make pain worse.
Some find clove tea to be helpful for pain.
Let me know how it goes!
~Mama to Many~
I would try 2-4 capsules or tablets 4 times a day. It should be taken with a glass of water and not within 2 hours of any prescription medications.
~Mama to Many~