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Archive for October, 2007

Can Gout Herbal Medicine Help You?

Posted in Health & Fitness on October 26th, 2007

When the pain of gout is overwhelming, and it seems that nothing appears to be helping, trying alternative treatments to see if those might offer come relief is usually the next step. A change in diet is always a great idea for managing gout, but it doesn’t always take away the pain immediately. When looking for new treatments, you may have to follow a rather untraditional route, but that doesn’t mean traditional medicine can not help you. You can try gout herbal medicine to see if that helps, but you should always do so under the supervision of your doctor.

One type of gout herbal medicine that has shown some success for gout sufferers is Devil’s Claw. This natural remedy has been used for many years as it helps with many different things that can go wrong with the body. One of its best properties is that it can lower the amounts of uric acid in the body, and that means it can be a preventative measure to ward of future gout attacks. However, it can also help take away some of the pain associated with a gout attack in full swing, so it can also be used when the pain creeps up on you and you find yourself in the middle of a bad flare up.

Bilberry can be helpful, as it can also lower uric acid levels in the body. It is also thought to protect some of the tissues from degeneration, which can help with pain and healing.

Juniper Berry comes in capsule or liquid form, and also works to reduce uric acid.

There is a gout herbal medicine called Nettle Root that is supposed to help the kidneys work better so they can more effectively remove the uric acid in the body, and that helps keep gout attacks to a minimum.

There is one gout herbal medicine that you won’t need to talk to your doctor about, and they may even suggest it to you. Some berries and fruits have great properties, and one of those properties has to do with lowering the amounts of gout inducing uric acid. Cherries are often touted as the best of these, and you could try eating at least a half of a pound a day to see if that helps you. Give it a week or two before deciding if it is working. If you don’t like cherries, you can try blueberries, black berries, and many of the other darker colored berries. They might not be as good as cherries, but they can help you. Alternatively try a cherry extract supplement for the same protective effect.

Other than the fruit, you ought to talk with your medical doctor about any gout herbal medicine that you want to try. Some of them can have side effects of which you might not be aware of, and may interact or interfere with any medications that you might be taking. Natural and herbal remedies do work, and they may work well for you, but it pays to check that they are safe to take in your particular situation. When someone mentions herbs, most naturally assume that they are safe because they are from nature, but that is simply not the case. Talk with your doctor first, and go from there when choosing which approach you would like to take first.

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Fast Relief For Gout and Hip Joint Pain

Posted in Health & Fitness on October 20th, 2007

For most people, gout pain usually shows up first in the joints of the big toe. However, as gout progresses, and more and more uric acid builds in the system, it has to find other joints where it can go. This means you might get gout pain in other places that can cause even more pain than that which you might feel when it is in your toe. So its entirely possible that your gout and hip joint pain might very well be related.

Of course, treating your gout can help reduce the amount of pain you have in your hips, but that can take a while. When you have gout and joint hip pain, you want to find something you can do for immediate relief.

The hip joint is where the pelvis and the leg connect, so naturally any type of discomfort there is going to cause difficulties. Just walking or even sitting can be painful, and moving from one position to another can be next to impossible, depending on the amount of pain you have.

One of the first things many do when they have gout and hip joint pain is take NSAIDS. These are pain relievers that can also reduce some of the swelling in the area. That takes some of the pressure off of the joint, and can add some flexibility where it might have been stiff and unforgiving.

A treatment of heat and ice can also help when gout and hip joint pains are making it hard to move around. Ask your doctor about the proper way to do this type of simple treatment. The heat and then the cold ice packs can help bring some of the swelling down and then keep it from flaring back up right away. If you can apply this therapy and stay at home, try using a walking stick when up and about to avoid putting weight on the hip. Avoid swift motions, and take your time moving around. When seated or lying down, find a position that puts the least amount of stress on your hip and pelvis area.

When thinking in the long term about gout and hip joint pain, you should talk to your doctor about an exercise program that can help strengthen the hip. You might also want to consider that gout is not the only reason that you are having pain in the hip, and that there may be other contributing factors. If you can get those factors addressed, the gout attacks in your hip area might not be as bad in the long run. Remember that by following advice about diet, medications, and other lifestyle changes gout can generally be well controlled.

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What Everyone Should Know About Folic Acid And Gout

Posted in Health & Fitness on October 13th, 2007

If you have gout, you probably already know that this happens because of a build up of uric acid in the system. That uric acid must have somewhere to go, and it often crystallizes in the joints. The big toe is the first place for gout to flare up for most people, and then other joints may follow. What you might not know is that there are some things that can naturally lower the amounts of this uric acid in your system. If you can find them, and they work for you, you may not have nearly as much pain as you normally do. Folic acid and gout relief may go hand in hand for some.

There has been some research that says 70 mgs of folic acid a day can lower the amounts of uric acid. However, other research has failed to repeat the findings. This might mean that taking folic acid may work for some people with gout, and not work for others. Vitamin C has shown more promise, but again, that might not work for everyone either. When it comes to natural remedies or supplementing with natural products, it is often a matter of waiting to see what works for you.

When it comes to folic acid and gout problems, what happens is pretty simple. It is thought that folic acid will neutralize an enzyme called xanthine oxidase. This encourages the production of uric acid in the body. If that enzyme is blocked to any degree, it might halt some of the excess uric acid from being produced and stored within your body. Of course, with less uric acid comes less pain, and less frequent gout flare-ups.

There are some things you should think about when you want to try a folic acid and gout remedy. Though some recommend the above stated amount of 70 mgs a day of folic acid other sources say as little as 10 mgs or somewhere in between the two at about 40 mgs a day should be taken. What you probably haven’t considered, and most people don’t when taking vitamins, is that you can take too much of a good thing. Even too much folic acid can cause problems in the body, especially for those with certain conditions.

If you have epilepsy, and you take medication for it, you should know that the folic acid and gout remedy might not be for you. This is because too much folic acid can interfere with your medication and render it less effective. It might also interfere with other vitamins in your body, and give you some unpleasant side effects.

Because of those reasons, and many other possible interactions, this is one remedy that you should discuss with your doctor first before taking it. If they agree you can try it, always report anything that might seem unusual as soon as possible. That way your doctor can determine if it is the result of the folic acid and gout remedy or not. Getting gout problems taken care of is important, but your overall health is even more important.

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Acid Reflux Gas Indigestion Problems

Posted in Health & Fitness on October 6th, 2007

Living with acid reflux can be hard enough, but when you add other problems to that, it can be downright life altering. There are some reflux sufferers who also have problems with gas and indigestion, and those problems mixed with acid reflux are enough to make anyone miserable. You may not think they are related, but there are times when gas indigestion problems are directly linked to your acid reflux, or are aggravating your condition.

In the case of gas, it might be making your reflux worse, or might even be the cause of it. When food sits in the stomach for too long, it begins to break down but does not necessarily move through the digestion tract quickly enough. That creates gas in the stomach and can put undo pressure on the muscle between your stomach and your esophagus that is meant to stay closed to prevent reflux. When opened, or even pushed open repeatedly by excess gas, you run the risk of having acid splash up into your esophagus.

When it come to indigestion, you may think it is just a natural part of acid reflux, but that might be related to the gas problem you are experiencing. Gas indigestion problems can feel much like acid reflux symptoms, but are more likely the cause of your reflux. All of these things go together to make you feel very uncomfortable.

Some sufferers think that they are producing too much stomach acid and that is the root of all of their problems. However, what most people don’t realize is that as you age, you actually produce lower amounts of stomach acid, and that may be what is at the root of your gas indigestion problems. When there is not enough acid, food is not digested as quickly and can not move through your system. Instead, it sits in the stomach producing excess gas as a result. It’s a vicious circle.

If you think that gas indigestion problems might be what a concern for you, there are a few things you can do. One is to take a digestive enzyme supplement. Digestive enzymes aid digestion and can help food move through your system in a timely manner. That can help eliminate many of the problems associated with gas building up in your stomach that makes acid reflux worse. Some acid reflux sufferers suggest having apple cider vinegar diluted in water fifteen to thirty minutes before a meal as a way of balancing out your digestive system.

You can talk with your doctor about digestive enzymes, and modifications to your meals to see if slow digestion might be the root of your gas indigestion problems.

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Understanding Acid Reflux Difficulty Swallowing

Posted in Health & Fitness on October 2nd, 2007

Sometimes, acid reflux is something that is a nuisance, but can be controlled rather easily with medications, changes in diet and sleep habits, or possibly by using homeopathic methods. However, when reflux has been left unchecked for some time, or when it is very severe, bigger problems can occur. Some have sinus problems, and others may find that they are prone to reparatory problems because of acid damage within the lungs. Even more troublesome for many is that they develop acid reflux difficulty swallowing.

Acid that escapes the stomach and works its way up the esophagus can be very damaging to many of the tissues that it encounters. It can burn and damage the esophagus, but once on medication, it can heal. The lungs and voice box might not fair that well, and some damage in the throat can scar over. When this scarring occurs, it might not be reversible by just treating your acid reflux. The muscles and tissues must flex for swallowing, and when scarred, they can no longer do that. That is probably the worst part of acid reflux difficulty swallowing.

If you find that you think you have acid reflux difficulty swallowing, you should make sure you call your doctor as soon as you possibly can. As you can imagine, this is a serious situation that means you need immediate medical evaluation and treatment. The throat is not the only thing involved in swallowing, as the esophagus also moves the food down to the stomach. If you have damage in both areas, you aren’t going to be able to eat anything, and that can lead to huge problems in all other areas of your body, as you can well imagine.

When you see someone about your acid reflux difficulty swallowing, they will use a small camera to see what is going on in your throat and esophagus. That helps a doctor guage the damage and also to see what they might have to do to fix it. Many things can happen next. In some cases, they may think it will clear up on its own, and there are times the esophagus can be stretched with a special tool. When problems are very bad, you may face surgery. While treatment is on-going, you may be told to eat only soft foods, to crush your mediations, and to get as many good calories as you can in liquid form.

Thankfully, acid reflux difficulty swallowing is actually a very rare occurrence. When reflux is bad enough to cause such damage, it is very painful otherwise, and most seek treatment and get it under control before this is a problem. When you think about all of the things that the acid can do to your body, you can see why it is wise to get help from a doctor or homeopath before things go to far. The problem of reflux seems to be more of an inconvienince and a pain than something that is serious in nature, but that is exactly what it can be if left untreated.

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