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What are some home remedies for gout pain?

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Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen are the home remedy of choice for treating gout pain, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The American College of Rheumatology notes there is no evidence that any one NSAID works better than another.

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What are some home remedies for gout pain?
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Mayo Clinic recommends relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation to manage the pain of gout. WebMD suggests applying ice to the affected joint for up to half an hour, several times a day and resting the joint to control pain. Other home remedies such as eating cherries and other dark-colored fruits like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and grapes; taking vitamin C or eating fruit high in vitamin C; and drinking coffee have been shown to lower the high uric acid level in blood that is responsible for gout and may decrease gout symptoms, according to Mayo Clinic.

However, Dr. Weil recommends eliminating coffee from the diet to control gout, minimizing alcohol and avoiding organ meats, sardines and anchovies. Cutting back on fats and high fructose corn syrup may help decrease the incidence of gout, notes Mayo Clinic. Drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day flushes out uric acid, states Dr. Weil, as does bromelain, the digestive enzyme found in pineapple stems.

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