Activated Charcoal for Gout

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1 User Review

Posted by Lisak (Humble, Tx) on 09/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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, cholchicine? 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....

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Lisak, my dad is often plagued with terrible gout attacks. They last a pretty long time too once they kick in. Can you explain whether you just start taking the charcoal and it prevents them from happening? Or, is it that you use it when you feel an attack coming on? I could use this info to help him. The good part is, I just bought some charcoal the other day after reading some other benefits it has, here on EC. Thank you so much, Lisa

Replied by Lisa
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.

Thanks, Lisa

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Lisa,

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~

Replied by Konta
Abuja Nigeria

Did he ingest the charcoal or just rubbed paste around the joints.... Have had gout bouts for a while and will want to get rid of it for good...