One of the most common forms of arthritis, gout is the result of the buildup of uric acid in your body. Read on to know more about the essential oils that provide quick relief from the gout pain.
Gout is one of the common type of arthritis and is caused due to the deposition of uric acid crystals in fluids and tissues of your body. It is mainly characterized by sudden attacks of excruciating pain and tenderness in the affected joints. The most common joint that is affected by gout is the one that is located at the base of your big toe. Even though men are more likely to develop this disorder, the risk for women increases after menopause. Some of the factors that can contribute to gout include alcohol, dietary foods, family history and certain medications.
When you are suffering from gout, you experience pain because the joints do not get the lubrication they need due to the deposition of uric acid crystals between them. The pain varies from person to person, for some the pain is so excruciating that a gentle touch hurts a lot, while for others redness and swelling usually accompany the gout pain. The signs and symptoms of this disorder are lingering discomfort, limited range of movement, intense joint pain, redness, and inflammation. Fortunately, gout can be treated and any reoccurrence can be prevented by taking medications and making certain lifestyle changes.
The diagnostic tests and tools that are used to diagnose gout are blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, joint fluid tests, and ultrasounds. The medications prescribed by your doctor not only help treat the gout attacks, but they also prevent future attacks as well as decrease your risk of developing complications. Colchicine, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are generally used for the treatment of gout. It is proven that using medications is the most effective way to deal with the gout symptoms. However, there are certain lifestyle changes like limiting your intake of high purine foods and alcohol that can also help you cope with gout.
When these standard treatment methods don’t work, you can also consider trying an alternative approach like using herbal remedies, going on a diet that helps lower the uric acid level, as well as making use of several essential oils. There are a number of essential oils that have the ability to clear the uric acid crystals and soothe your joints. These oils have been found to be effective to treat the symptoms of this disorder including pain, without any harmful side effects. Some of the essential oils that can be used to find instant relief from gout pain are:
The term ‘rosemary’ is derived from the Latin words ‘ros’ and ‘marinus’, which literally translates to the ‘dew of the sea’. Native to the Mediterranean region, this herb has been extensively used since ancient times because of its beneficial properties. The rosmarinic acid found in this herb has potent anti-inflammatory properties that helps in the treatment of your gout. Rosemary oil when applied, easily penetrates the skin and improves circulation and blood flow. This increase in the circulation gets rid of the inflammation as well as the swelling that is caused by the uric acid crystals. This is considered to be one of the most effective essential oils to treat rheumatism, gout, and arthritis, because it eases your pain by numbing the nerves. You can just use this essential oil to massage the affected area around 3-4 times a day. Just ensure that you mix it with some other carrier oil such as massage oil or olive oil to avoid any burning sensation. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, epilepsy, or are pregnant, do not use rosemary oil.
Wintergreen is an herb that has a woodsy scent with a strong undertone of mint. The wintergreen essential oil is made by processing the warm wintergreen leaves that are soaked in water. When applied topically, it gets absorbed quickly and provides you an instant relief from gout pain because of its properties that are similar to those of cortisone. It also gives a warming sensation on application that aids circulation, which in turn helps treat your gout by getting rid of the uric acid crystals. A word of advice, do not consume this oil orally and keep it away from children because it may be poisonous for them.
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