Can Apple Cider Vinegar Treat Gout?
An Overview of Gout
Before moving further, let us first have an overview of what gout is. Gout is a medical condition wherein the patient experiences inflammation, redness, and pain in the joints caused by the excessive amount of uric acid in the body. The uric acid forms into crystals and attacks the joints, thereby making it hard and painful for the patient to move the affected part. Gout is actually a kind of arthritis that could be experienced by anyone. But, there are more cases of gout in men than in women. Gout treatment is a goal every gout patient wants to undertake and achieve. Sometimes, the pain in gout attack feels intolerable that there is a need to take pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines for fast relief; but, there are alternative gout treatments available in nature that patients could try. One of these is what we will try to investigate in this article – Apple Cider Vinegar.
Vinegar as a form of Medicine
Vinegar comes from two French words “vin” (which means wine) and “aigre” (which means sour). Early human civilization used vinegar as a cleaning agent and later on, it was used as a form of preservative. As time evolved, vinegar had been used as beverage, condiment, and a remedy to fight infectious diseases, sores, and cough. Recent scientific investigations reveal that vinegar has antimicrobial properties, but mainly in food preparation.
Although lacking medical and scientific evidences, a number of people use vinegar to treat lice, nail fungus, and warts.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a kind of vinegar made from fermented apples. Most folks say that this home remedy cures more sickness than one could imagine. It is said to cure allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout. It is also an effective and widely used means to reduce weight as it helps in the breaking down of excessive fats. It is also said to control blood sugar levels with regular daily intake. And more to these, it can also bring a natural glow to the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Gout Treatment
Apple cider vinegar is said to have all its curative abilities because it causes one’s pH to be alkaline. Apple cider vinegar in itself is alkaline because of its “ash”’ content. When the vinegar is burned, it will leave ash particles. Because of its alkaline properties, apple cider vinegar is a goodsince it can neutralize the uric acid in the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used in the following ways for gout treatment:
1. Foot / Hand Bath – Mix 1/2 to 1 cup apple cider vinegar with about 4 cups hot water. Soak your affected foot or hand for at least 30 minutes. Do this a couple times a day.
2. Topical Treatment – Soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and water mixed at a ratio as above. Apply it to the sore part and wrap an elastic bandage around it. Leave on for a minimum of 15 minute to 1 hour.
3. Drink – Consume apple cider vinegar moderately. Add 1- 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2-3 spoons of honey to a cup of warm water. Drink it 3 times a day.