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Natural Remedies for Gout

| Modified: Sep 13, 2020
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Gout is a type of arthritis that is especially painful and often the onset of an attack is sudden. Fortunately, natural remedies for gout are quite effective and often fast acting. Home remedies for gout include apple cider vinegar, baking soda, cherries, dietary changes, foot baths, and herbs. Treatments for gout include internal remedies as well as external remedies. While often one remedy is effective enough to bring relief, sometimes two or three remedies are used at once.

Natural Remedies for Gout

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is commonly used for arthritis pain and it works for gout as well. Apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize the body, which then helps the body to work more effectively and expel the uric acid crystals. More details about this remedy can be found here.

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

It seems almost absurd that simple baking soda can cure gout, but this very inexpensive item found in most kitchens has the ability to alkalize an acidic body, which brings relief to gout.


Cherries are a delicious way to bring relief to a gout sufferer. You will find a variety of forms of cherries that work for gout on this page.

Herbs and Vitamins for Gout

Alfalfa, Celery Seed, Cat's Claw are some herbs that have been used successfully for gout. These herbs are usually taken in capsules.

Garlic, a strong ant-inflammatory herb that is best taken raw. Adding it liberally to food is the easiest way to take it.

Vitamin C is an important vitamin for those with gout. Sodium ascorbate is the best form of vitamin C to take. It is less acidic than ascorbic acid and easier on the stomach. 500 - 1000 mg of vitamin C can be taken morning and evening.

External Treatments for Gout

Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil is a wonderfully healing, albeit humble seeming oil.  Soak a cloth in castor oil and carefully wrap the gouty area. Cover with plastic wrap and an ace bandage. If you can tolerate the pressure, use a heating pad or hot water bottle on the castor oil pack. This works well overnight. Do be careful to use old pajamas and keep a towel or two under the castor oil application because castor oil is greasy and can stain clothing.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be topically for gout. Find a detailed description of the process here.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths can be taken to bring relief to gout. Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to a tub of warm water and soak for 20 minutes. If this is not convenient, you can use a footbath for gout in the foot or toe with Epsom salt added.  Add 1/3 cup Epsom salt to a basin of warm water and soak for 30 minutes several times daily.


Hydrotherapy is a free remedy that helps with pain and swelling. Warm and cool applications are alternated on the affected area. The warm applications bring blood flow for healing. The cool applications reduce inflammation and swelling. For a foot or toe you can use two basins of water, one warm and one cool and alternate. For an elbow or knee you can alternate cool and warm cloths.  Use each application for 30-60 seconds at a time before switching. Begin with cool and end with cool and change you applications 7 times.

Dietary Changes for Gout

Certain diets are linked to gout. Red meat, shell fish, foods high in purines, processed foods, sugar and alcohol should be limited or avoided if you suffer with gout. If you have been on a high protein/low carb diet for a while, you may be at increased risk for gout.

Choose foods that are not processed. Fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken, and whole grains are good choices. Cherries are especially wonderful for gout sufferers. Other types of berries are excellent choices as well, including strawberries and blueberries.

However, even vegetarians, vegans and people with seemingly amazing diets can get gout as well. You may have to do some detective work to figure out what food or drink may be triggering gout!

Don't forget about water. Water is critical to life and health. Modern diets full of soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks etc. keep people from drinking enough water. Water keeps you hydrated. Even mild dehydration can make pain feel worse. Make an effort to drink plenty of water daily. Herbal teas and water with apple cider vinegar count towards your water intake.


If you think you have gout but have never had a diagnosis of gout, consult a health professional. Other conditions can mimic gout, like cellulitis, which can be very serious if appropriate treatment is delayed.

If you take medications, you should ask your health care professional before taking new herbs. Activated charcoal, one of the gout remedies, can decrease the effectiveness of many medications.

 Please let us know what you try to combat your gout or continue on to learn what our readers used to cure their gout!

Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Orthinine

Posted by Clew (Tx) on 06/15/2020
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My husband came home from work and took his shoes and socks off- then he called me over to look- on the top of one foot was this dark purple rash just above his toes- it was about 4”x3” and had very small bumps mixed into it! Scared me and I remembered that many years ago he had been diagnosed with gout (it was soooo bad) but had no more issues since then. I had no idea if it was gout or a bug sting (he is allergic to most bug stings) or athletes foot or what???? So I immediately came to Earth Clinic and researched foot rashes!

I saw that apple cider vinegar had the most cures- but then I remembered that L- Orthinine would help eliminate the uric acid -if it was gout! So I immediately started him on the L-Orthinine at 3 Capsules of 500mg first thing every morning and a foot soak of ACV and a bit of water to cover his foot- at first it seemed his rash became more purple- but within 2 days of the ACV foot bath it was about 1/2 the rash as when we started. By day 4 it was 90% gone and he ask if we could let it heal on out from there. We are very grateful for all the articles from Earth Clinic.... Wish you had a book, with everyone's experiences mentioned!!! Thanks.

Baking Soda, Lime Juice

Posted by Mikemike77 (Uk) on 11/04/2016
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Gout relief achieved by bicarbonate of soda and lime juice.Take about half a teaspoon of bicarb on an empty stomach with a little lime juice and make sure the fizz has totally gone before drinking. First thing in the morning is good. Take another maybe before bedtime. I had suffered for weeks and I kid you not, within a day there was a major improvement and even after an hour I could walk better.

After only one dose my foot was nearly back to normal.

Baking Soda, Vitamin C

Posted by Annec (Nyc) on 01/31/2017
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Baking Soda and Vitamin C treatment for Gout.

My brother could not walk yesterday. I did not know what was wrong. The doctors stay it was arthritis, yet he got no relief. I came to this site, I used the baking soda first 1/2 teaspoon with 1/2 glass of water. Then I gave him 2 packets of Vitamin C that dissolve in water. Within half an hour he was able to walk. I will be giving it to him on a regular basis.

Replied by Kt

Dear Annec,

Would you please advise the mg. of Vitamin C? Thanks,

Replied by Evonne
Cincinnati, Oh

The "packets" usually contain 1,000 mg.

Lithium Orotate, Vitamin C

Posted by Joe (Las Vegas) on 12/05/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Lithium Orotate combined with high doses of Vitamin C to control my gout attacks with great success for the past year. Twice a day take 2,000mg of a good Vitamin C supplement along with 10mg of Lithium Orotate and you will control your gout.


Posted by Joyce (Tn.) on 01/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars


Pick your pokeberries (poke sallet) next fall. Great for all joint pains. My brother had a bad attack of gout and hobbling with a walker. Said doctor told him he would have to live with it because he had nothing else to try. Picked him a bag of ripe pokeberries and carried to him. Had a little trouble in talking him into eating asparagus also, because he said the doctor told him it was bad for the gout. My reply was it was bad for the gout but it was good for him. Two days later with about 15 to 20 pokeberries 4 times per day and plenty of asparagus, he was walking without limping, without pain and without the walker.

When you have a bumper crop of pokeberries, just dehydrate the excess that you can't use while fresh and ripe. For those who want to get more sophisticated and make a pokeberry tincture or extract, just google "how do I make a herbal extract or tincture. Basic rule of thumb is two most common diluents is alcohol and vinegar. Fresh herb is equal parts of herb to diluent. Using dehydrated herb use ratio of 2 parts diluent to one part dehydrated herb.

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

Hi Joyce for Tn, Its so good to hear from you. I so enjoy reading your cures. One I have taken on is Vitamin B complex for heart arrhythmia, yes and of cause getting rid of the unbleached flour. HisJewel

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

Correction: That should be taking B complex and stop using bleached flour has helped to eliminate heart palpitations. HisJewel

Replied by Janet

Joyce...maybe I have missed your recent posts. Always love to read them. Your poke berries intrigue me. Janet

Replied by Ss
South Usa

Hi Joyce, great hearing from you again.

I just wanted to add to this, I had very bad big toe pain that I am sure was gout. I tried many things some helped, but it would always come back, I change shoes and it helped some, but what help the most and eliminated for me was jumping on a mini rebounder. It has not bothered me since. Rebounding is great and everyone should check into some you tubes on this.

Replied by Andy

M.S.M. - Methyl sulfony methane is a totally natural substance that is the best remedy for Gout, arthritis, joint pain and also great for hair, nails and mild detox from toxins. It is also alkalizing which is great for prevention for cancer.

Replied by Deb
Vancouver, B.d.

I definitely find asparagus to aggravate my gout. It is also listed on most websites as one of the few vegetables that contribute to uric acid. So, I don't think it is necessary to complicate your cure by adding asparagus.

Replied by Peach Fit

POKEBERRIES ARE POISONOUS. Honestly, this post seems like trolling, as recommending asparagus for gout is also contraindicated. But pokeberries are POISONOUS. DO NOT EAT.

"Poke sallet" or salad is made from the leaves and even those have to be cooked thoroughly and drained to be consumed.


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

PEACH FIT,,,,,,,, you sir, have not been far enough around the watermelon. Lots of animals and birds eat Poke Berries . You just can't crush and eat the seed. Animals eat the seed whole and scour them out and that is the way the plant is propagated. I don't eat the berries, but I cook them and make an extract that I take to avoid arthritis. A local freezes them and eats them whole all year 'round.

What shows that you are a novice on the subject is that the leaves have to be cooked several times and the water poured off. Other-wise you will spend the day on the potty. Guess you don't know that folks eat them with scrambled eggs.

I'm roughing you up because of your all knowing tone. Most on EC are pretty smart folk and don't need to be talked down to.


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

JOYCE, where have you been girl. I have missed you for several years. I just hope you are back posting. The old timers are all about gone. I'm only half smart, but know the folks that have been down the dusty trails. You are one of them and you really can help these young folks.

Sorry that I missed this post when it came out.

I wish you well.


Replied by Mama To Many

I have used pokeberries internally. I harvested the fresh berries and froze them. Then take 1 a day and swallow like a pill so you don't crush the seed.

I made a pokeberry tincture last fall just to have on hand. I have taken a drop at a time in water.

I haven't noticed anything yea or nay yet with the pokeberries. But I mostly forget to take them and don't really have anything I am trying to treat. I just like to try things out on myself to understand them better. I have used a drop of tincture or whole berry daily for at least a couple of weeks at a time and it hasn't killed me yet.

The dose makes the poison. Poke is toxic if used incorrectly, but that is the same with nearly everything. You can die from drinking too much water all at once!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

MAMA,,,,,,,, the guy in my area takes 8 berries a day to treat his arthritis. I have no clue, as I do Borax to avoid it. I do the extract as a precaution.



Posted by Marsh57 (United States) on 10/30/2019
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In 1998, I awoke in mid-summer with my big toe on fire. Excruciating pain with a sheet covering it, but I could put a shoe on and walk. Went into the college nurse who diagnosed it as gout. Ok, so I wasn't an overweight, drunken smoker. Instead 110# and yes, probably partying a little too much. There was a health food store next door, so chatted them up. The lady gave me the name of a reflexologist. Made an appointment, and to this day just remember begging for a wooden bullet. While he worked on my feet, I could literally hear the crunching of uric acid. It took a few sessions, but well worth it. PLUS stopped eating fried foods, American cheeses, processed foods. 30 years later (where did the time go?) not another episode. I still have reflexology done a minimum of 2-3x a year to keep any uric acid from building up, although there isn't much with the dietary changes.