Gout is an inflammatory condition of joint disease, a common form of arthritis that has plagued millions of people for most of recorded time. Around five percent of people diagnosed with arthritis will also show symptoms of gout. Essentially, gout is the result of the buildup of uric acid in the blood. This excessive build up leads to the uric acid drifting down in the lower joints of the body, most commonly the feet, ankles and knees where it collects and begins to crystallize.  This hardening process causes great swelling and often excruciating pain for a period of five to ten days until the excessive uric acid has been removed.

There are many different medicines for gout, some are prescribed and some are of natural origin. Prescribed medications run a considerable gamut depending on the age, condition and other corresponding drugs being used by the person who suffers from gout. Generally speaking, there are several effective prescribed medicines for gout including Hyzaar, which was formally used for the regulation of blood pressure and incorporates a diuretic. The focus of prescribed medicines for gout is the dilute the amount of uric acid buildup and help the kidneys remove it from the blood before the uric acid can descend into the lower joints and crystallize.

Herbal medicines for gout have been in use for centuries in different cultures, some have had a potent effect on clearing away uric acid from the blood. Some of the more common herbal medicines for gout include devil’s claw root, gingeroot, meadowsweet leaves and flowertops. The advantages herbal medicines have is that they are less likely to create a unforeseen side effect when in use with prescribed medication, though it is always advisable to inform the physician about all medicines for gout, including herbal ones that are taken.

For many people, combining herbal medicines for gout with the consuming of additional water for further dilution of the uric acid along with exercise and eating a healthy diet can significantly reduce the effects of gout, even to the point of prevention in some cases.

Once cause of gout is the consuming of too much alcohol, particularly over a long period of time. Alcohol can interfere with your body’s ability to remove excessive uric acid and lead directly to gout. Often, a person who significantly reduces or even eliminates alcohol can greatly reduce attacks of gout. Other causes include exposure to environmental lead and taking certain medications such as diuretics without re-supplying the body with water or even too much niacin. The identification of a specific cause can lead to successful treatment when combined with prescribed and herbal medicines for gout.

While devil’s claw root, gingeroot, meadowsweet leaves and flowertops have shown some effectiveness as herbal medicines for gout, there are also others which have been used in the treatment and relief of gout attacks. Finding the right medicine for gout starts with your physician and understanding what type of treatments can work best for you.