Gout is a disease characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints. This inflammation is caused by the overproduction of uric acid in the body. The overabundance of uric acid results in the deposition of uric acid crystals around the joints. These uric acid crystals cause pain in the joints and even erosion of the joints. Eating foods that are high in uric acid and purines can cause Gout. The most common Gout treatment is a change in diet to reduce the intake of foods that are high in uric acid. Another treatment for Gout is the ingestion of burdock root. Burdock root has been used as a cleanser of the blood and as treatment for arthritic problems for centuries.
Burdock root has purifying and cleansing properties. It can aid in the removal of excess uric acid from the body. This can relieve Gout symptoms like pain and inflammation in the joints. Burdock root can be eaten like any other vegetable, or it can be brewed in tea and drunken or applied topically. Most people who ingest burdock root do not experience any side effects, but side effects can occur in some people. Before beginning any herbal treatment, it is best to consult a doctor.
To brew a tea of burdock root for Gout treatment, first peel the outer bark from the burdock root. Then, slice the root into smaller pieces. Place the pieces into a pot of water. Bring this water to a boil, and let it continue boiling for ten to fifteen minutes. Before drinking the tea. strain the liquid using a tea cloth. This tea can be drunk one to two times daily as a Gout treatment. The purifying properties may cleanse the blood of any excess uric acid, thus reducing Gout symptoms.
Burdock root can be eaten as any other vegetable and served in salads or even eaten plain. Just boil or steam the burdock root and serve. It can also be applied topically, directly onto the source of pain. To apply the burdock root topically, soften the burdock root in warm water. Then, wrap the softened root in a cloth and apply to the joint. This may reduce the pain in the joint.
As with anything, there are some risks to using burdock root as a Gout treatment. When applying the burdock root topically, a rash may develop on the area the root was applied to. If this happens, discontinue the use immediately and consult a physician. Upset stomach may occur if taken internally. Though these side effects are rare, they may occur in some people. Burdock root has other effects other than treating Gout. It is a diuretic, meaning that it causes the body to lose more water. To replace the water lost, more water intake is recommended while using burdock root as a Gout treatment. While burdock root may aid in the treatment of Gout, it shouldn’t replace regular doctor visits or any recommended medications. A change in the diet is also necessary to truly lessen the frequency of Gout attacks and Gout symptoms.