Baking soda may have a slight effect on the acidity of the stomach for a short time, but doesn't do enough to provide relief for gout, reports Everyday Health. Although baking soda counteracts gout-causing acid, once the baking soda enters the stomach, it changes into water and carbon dioxide.
Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body, leading to the formation of crystals in the fluid around the joints, states WebMD. Home treatments that may be effective in relieving joint pain include drinking plenty of water and avoiding foods that are high in purines, such as seafood and liver. For joint pain, apply cold compresses to the affected joint for 20 to 30 minutes a few times a day, and rest and elevate the joint if possible.