Top Gout Natural Home Remedies

Gout and Natural Home Remedies

Top 10 Natural Home Remedies for Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that can affect different body parts like the ankles, knees, hands, wrists but mainly affects the big toe. Symptoms include acute pain, inflammation in the joints causing swelling and tenderness. Many gout sufferers have experimented with natural home remedies. What is a the true definition of a home remedy? It’s simply a medicine made with ingredients available at home.

Here are the most popular natural home remedies voted by gout sufferers:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is considered king when it comes to a gout natural home remedy and it’s my most popular post voted by social media. ACV helps your body become more alkaline and the acidity helps relieve acute gout pain. Many gout sufferers report drinking 1-2  tablespoons of raw unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of at least 8 ounces of water. Some will drink this 2-3 times a day for better results. ACV can also be used as topical treatment. You you can soak your foot for about 30 minutes in a bucket full of 4 cups of hot water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. You can also soak a clean, dry cloth in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the affected area for about 15 minutes.

2. Baking Soda: Another extremely popular natural home remedy for gout sufferers is baking soda. Like apple cider vinegar, it makes your body more alkaline. Many consume ½ a teaspoon in a glass of 8 oz. water.Many will repeat this throughout the day until they have consumed at least 3 teaspoons of baking soda. It helps lower uric acid providing with relief from the pain at the same time. Avoid this home remedy if suffering from high blood pressure and try to limit salt intake in your meals during the day when taking baking soda. Baking soda is very high in sodium. The maximum recommended dose is 4 teaspoons throughout the day.

3. Cherries: Whether sweet or sour, cherries have been known to be extremely effective in treating gout and lowering uric acid due to their high antioxidant properties. In one study conducted with 600 people suffering from gout, it was concluded that eating half a cup serving of cherries daily (10-12 cherries) resulted in a 35% reduced risk of a successive gout attack. For those eating 2 or even 3 servings in a day, their risk dropped to 50%! But that is too much sugar as well which can cause other health ailments. Best recommendation is to use a tart cherry extract supplement and avoid the sugar intake if you can!

4. Ginger and/or Turmeric: The powerful anti-inflammatories present in ginger root and turmeric can be very helpful in easing gout pain and inflammation. I basically chop off a little piece the size of an inch and boil it for about 20 minutes and drink it as tea. You can also add ginger root and/or turmeric in cooking recipes. Some may also eat a small piece raw daily. Others use it topically to reduce swelling by making a paste of ginger root with water and then apply it to the affected area, leaving it on for about 30 minutes.

NutriGout Dietary Supplement for Gout



5. Water: Very simple, we all have it and it’s usually free. Drink plenty of it and flush excess uric acid out of your body. Staying hydrated is one effective way of limiting gout flares. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day but if you can, why not strive for 12?! Make sure a water bottle is with you everywhere you go, I carry a bottle with me from morning to night and keep refilling it all day long.

6. Lemon Juice: Another natural home remedy that helps alkalize your body thus reducing uric acid in the blood, is drinking lemon juice. Many gout sufferers squeeze half a lemon in a glass of 8 oz. of water and drink it up to three times a day. Others will combine it with ½ a teaspoon of baking soda. Remember lemon juice is also high in vitamin C which also helps gout.

7. Celery Seeds: Another popular natural home remedy that helps lower uric acid and prevent gout according to many gout sufferers is celery seed extract. Celery seed simply stimulates your kidneys causing your kidneys to excrete more uric acid out of the body. Thus it causes you to visit the bathroom and urinate more.

8. Epsom Salt: There is no better topical treatment to treat a gout attack than epsom salt, widely used by many to relax muscles, aches and pains. The presence of magnesium which is an alkaline minreal in epsom salt also helps to treat gout. Before taking a bath, simply add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt in your bath and soak your entire body or affected joint, for at least 30 minutes.

9. Bromelain: Bromelain is a compound found in pineapples. The enzymes within it are frequently recommended for gout sufferers since it can lower uric acid and ease inflammation caused by gout. Again, bromelain is loaded with vitamin C as well which is also good for your gout. Bromelain is also considered a natural pain killer for many other ailments.

10. Vitamin C: A very popular vitamin with gout sufferers, let’s not forget vitamin C. Numerous studies have shown how vitamin C is effective in lowering uric acid levels in your blood.

Finally, don’t forget to rest your affected joint(s) when suffering from gout as much as you can and do not overuse it so you can heal faster. Minimize the time spent on your joints.  You can also ice your joints if you like for some temporary pain relief. Apply an ice-pack to help ease pain and inflammation several times a day for about 20 to 30 minutes each time. Elevating your foot also helps ease the pain causing the blood to flow to that particular area of the body. Don’t be shy and use a cane to walk around thus avoiding unnecessary pressure onto the affected joint(s). Yes I admit it, I walked around with a cane during my first gout attack since it striked my big toe and knee at the same time. You can do it too!

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

Gout and You Banner


Gout Medications List

Can Taking Aspirin Cause Gout?

Cabbage Leaves for Gout


  • shima

    Reply Reply March 4, 2018

    Thank you for all the great information and comments. My father has severe gout and get gout attacks every few weeks now. He maintains a very simple diet. He also has prostrate cancer and high blood pressure. I was wondering if baking soda in water is still ok for him to take or not since it wasnt recommended if you have high blood pressure. Also I would appreciate if anyone can suggest anything to take or avoid in diet for his gout…given his condition (cancer, high bp and slightly high cholesterol) Thank you so much!

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply March 4, 2018

      It’s not something I can give advice on since he is suffering from prostate cancer and high blood pressure, plus gout. Best to leave this to his doctors and follow their advice. I know for prostate cancer, a food that is good is tomato sauce. Read this article. As for gout, continue eating a diet high in complex carbohydrates like fresh vegetables, legumes, beans, 100% whole grain breads, pastas and rice. Do not fry or stir-fry. Baked or boiled only. Avoid all meats for now. Go strictly vegetarian.

      Good luck!

  • Peter Stutt

    Reply Reply March 3, 2018

    Had my first attack today. Just had a glass of water with 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda. Then made a lemon cider vinegar and turmeric hot drink and the pain went in 45 mins. What a great link. Keep safe in the snow peeps

  • James

    Reply Reply February 28, 2018

    Thanks a lot for sharing, I will take note them and try. Wish all of you away from attacking.Have good mood! Sleeping enough time and don’t be too tied, it’s also very important.

  • Farooq Nawaz

    Reply Reply February 18, 2018

    Thanks for this valuable remedies for treating and preventing gout, I have used apple cider vinegar + lemon juice last time and it completely relieved the pain, now for preventing future gout attacks I drink acv + lemon juice three times a week, so far there are no sign of gout for 1 year.. Hope you will find this helpful and share with other gout sufferers..

  • James

    Reply Reply February 5, 2018

    After reading this article, I applied ginger paste to my toe joint and it leaved me amazed by reducing swelling and pain.
    Thanks for this incredible article, will visit this site often for more natural remedies.

  • Cynthia Coates

    Reply Reply January 15, 2018

    My husband, brother AND father get horrible gout attacks every year around the holidays (turkey, ham, prime rib, gravy, beer – all the bad stuff). Dried cherries plus diet cran-pineapple juice shorten their formerly week long misery to a few days! And you HAVE TO STAY OFF YOUR FEET!!!

  • Arsalan Rauf

    Reply Reply January 14, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this informative article about natural remedies for gout, it is very helpful.

  • James Rich

    Reply Reply January 12, 2018

    Had no idea antibiotics could cause a gout attack. I reduced my sugar intake, changed my diet and consume blueberries and dark cherries everyday. Hadn’t have an attack for over a year. Antibiotics changed that! Glad I found this web site. Thank you!

  • Jorel

    Reply Reply January 11, 2018

    I’m glad to be part of this group! Had an attack before Christmas…took Predisone and it worked wonders! But silly me wanted to test beer since I was feeling good…so I drank half a bottle then BOOM, pain in my midfoot the next day…been achy for the past week now. I really don’t want to take steroids again and Advil seems to not do much…Is it time to ask the Doctor for maybe prescription NSAIDs to help?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply January 11, 2018

      Hi Jorel!

      Advil just removes the edge off the pain for a few hours so you can manage to walk a bit more easier. Regardless, your doctor will check you out and let you know which option is the best to treat your painful inflammation. There is also colchicine that gets rid of the pain and inflammation the fastest.

  • Jake Castillo

    Reply Reply January 2, 2018

    I’m 31 years old and I’m suffering from very painful gout attack. Is omega3 & drinking apple cider help remove the uric crystal? How about drinking coffee 2x a day it is safe? I’m experiencing on and off pain. Need your advise.

    Thank you

  • Dean

    Reply Reply December 16, 2017

    I have been a gout sufferer off and on for many years. It usually lasts a couple days and goes away as fast as it comes on. Mostly ankles and knees. Sometimes it travels around. I also suffer from GERD. I manage the gerd with baking soda daily. I also take tumeric daily. Those alone do not seem to prevent attacks. It seems shellfish and organ meat are the primary culprits. The last couple years I have had what I would call a severe attack twice and one of those times is now. I wont take the pharma. Sounds like I need to pay attention to diet.

  • Lance Mellon

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017


    I think I have gout (for about the 3rd time). I have heard that beans are something that should be avoided but I see you saying here that a “vegetarian diet with beans a mostly vegetarian diet eating fresh vegetables, whole grain breads, pastas and rices along with nuts and beans”
    I like beans and wonder if I should cut them out? Also what about cereal with soymilk? I eat a lot of that as well.

    Thanks for your advice

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply December 4, 2017

      Hi Lance!

      Yes usually bean recipes that get people in trouble are the ones that includes meat in it. Then beans get all the blame. So if you eat beans without meat, it is an excellent source of protein and will not cause a gout attack. Your metabolizes bean protein way differently than meat protein, so kidneys don’t have to work as hard to break it down. I eat beans all the time from lentil soup to chick peas with wild rice and will always include it in my gout diet.Even famous gout research Dr. Choi will tell you the same thing and it’s all backed up by research.

  • Amber H Fuller

    Reply Reply November 18, 2017

    Very interesting article. I would think it not wise to soak in hot/warm warm water. Doesn’t heat make inflammation worse? I am suffering my first time with a severe case of gout.Thank you for the interesting article.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 20, 2017

      Hi Amber!

      Heat helps melt the uric acid crystals, it doesn’t feel as good as cold while you are doing it but afterwards your affected joint does feel better compared to applying cold water or ice.

  • jeff

    Reply Reply November 17, 2017

    I’ve enjoyed reading some of your suggestions. I am now soaking my foot in an Epsom salt bucket while applying a tumeric paste to my index finger. Question: Would it make sense to also add the vinegar to the bucket,or will they somehow cancel each other out?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 18, 2017

      Epsom salt alone should do its’ thing and relax the muscles of your foot, lessening the pain and swelling. I’d suggest you test the vinegar remedy on its’ own and not mix it and see which one you prefer.

  • Gout Newbie

    Reply Reply November 15, 2017

    Has anyone tried the Gout Care Herbal Mixed products? Did it help or not? I need some information due to the fact that the 3 well known prescription medicines for gout are more of liabilities to our organs. I think natural medication is better than the various side effects of these well known drugs for gout. Thank you.

  • Barbara

    Reply Reply November 11, 2017

    I suffered gout attacks regularly and found that shrimp, alcohol and red meat caused flares – ALSO EVERY TIME A FLARE WOULD COME IT WOULD FEEL AS IF I ALSO HAD A UTI – started taking cranberry extract and have barely had a flare since! I take 1 or 2 pills each day and it controls it

  • Gloria

    Reply Reply October 29, 2017

    Hi Everyone,

    I find magnesium chloride, topically applied really helps. I have a big genetic component to the gout wit pyroluria and MTHFR gene dysfunction. I’ve always been vegetarian and a non drinker since infancy, so it ain’t that!

    If you can keep a small lemon or lime tree and take the juice, along with keeping up your magnesium levels that will help. Also see if you can have your zinc levels checked – no-one ever mentions that!
    Good luck, everyone…

  • Joan

    Reply Reply October 22, 2017

    Husband has a 3rd infusion of krystexxa. It has given him a uric acid level of 10.4. No more. we will use your tips & eat healthy. They offer cortisone. He has no pain . Says just leave me alone. We use colchlcine at a flare up. 5 tablets & it is gone. usually 4 days. we soak & watch our diet. Flare once a month or less.

  • Edward

    Reply Reply October 10, 2017

    I have a quick question. I am recovering from a very recent suspected gout attack (Uric Acid of 7.4). Can I apply heat (hot tub) to my foot?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 10, 2017

      Yes heat works better than cold in the sense that it helps melt uric acid crystals but cold works better for removing the pain and swelling from the inflammation of the affected joint.

  • Anna Ramirez

    Reply Reply September 5, 2017

    Thank you for sharing all this great & safe home remedies to help treat “Gout”…I was searching for information on how to treat “Gout”. My young 25 year old son just got diagnosed with this very painful health issue. I’m going to take everything I’ve read & learned from all of y’all who has shared what has helped you in treating Gout & start ASAP in treating my son’s “Gout”… Thank you so much for posting this article & sharing these “Safe Natural Home Remedies”….

  • Barrie

    Reply Reply August 23, 2017

    I have pretty much found the most effective gout treatment so far…
    Go and donate blood… do it regularly…
    Uric acid and other toxins build up in your blood… So throw away 16th of it with each donation… you can safely donate every 3 months. Think of your body like an aquarium, no matter how good the filter is, you still have to do a water change regularly to get rid of the stuff your filter(kidneys) don’t… I’ve found it can bring relief for a gout attack within 24 to 36 hours… and prevents further attacks as long as you donate regularly… I was even able to eat a bit more meat and not worry…

  • Vera

    Reply Reply August 21, 2017


    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    Gout is a family ailment. My dad was bedridden because of it, my siblings are suffering from it, too. My 26-year-ol son is suffering his second gout attack. The first one was last year.

    I was wondering why pinto beans are recommended for gout sufferrers. Don’t pinto beans and lentils fall under the same category as white kidney beans? Whenever one eats Favada (a spanish cuisine with white kidney beans), gout attacks.

    I’m sharing your post on my FB page – Healing Earth PH

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 21, 2017

      Hi Vera!

      The reason beans get a bad rap is because people add other foods along with it, to make it taste better. Right? Ever had a bowl of chili with beef and beans? It’s not the beans that is the culprit there, it’s the beef! So how are you eating those beans should be the question. Beans are beans. It doesn’t matter if they are pinto, black, red or white. They have the very similar properties and nutrients.

      Favada from what I see includes diced ham and pork in the recipe. Remove the ham and pork and believe me, your family will not suffer from any other gout attacks.

  • Kiran Kumar

    Reply Reply August 3, 2017

    Very helpful…. thank you so…much

  • Emily M

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Potassium!! I can’t believe all the stuff online and nobody mentions POTASSIUM. That’s why cherry juice or Smart Water work. Doctors treat gout with something called K-Lite, which is just a fizzy tablet of potassium. But you can just get a potassium supplement at a health food store. Note: Do NOT take a whole bunch of K at once, because it can stop your heart.

  • Maira

    Reply Reply January 5, 2017

    Cherries are always liked, either sweet or sour. These contain anthocyanins, antioxident properties which can reduce inflammation as well as minimize gout flare-ups. Thanks for sharing such valuable healthy life tips.

  • Nanno

    Reply Reply December 19, 2016

    My son just experiencing his 2nd bout with Gout on his bigtoe..Sad to see him suffer. I have just started him on gingerroot tea today and drinking lots of water together with advil 400 mg every 8 hours. Poor young man is just hopping around and now relaxing on the couch with his foot elevated for most of the day, so needless to say he cant work for a week or 2 who knows..Will let yah know how its been

  • Bart

    Reply Reply December 13, 2016


    Thank you, thank you for this site. Similar to you, I have been fighting gout attacks for almost 15 years now. I’ve tried all the normal treatments/prescription drugs. I changed my diet dropping shellfish, asparagus and anything else identified as a high purine food. I did everything the first 12 years but: 1> commit to taking a daily prescription & 2> quit drinking beer. Finally after all else failed leading to basically a permanent gout invasion of my body (ankles, elbow, thumb, toe), I gave up beer 3 years ago. It seemed to work! No attacks other than one day after a strenuous backpacking trip, I drank a single beer. 1 day later, attack comes thus causing my permanent decision to stop drinking beer. So no beer, no shellfish, no asparagus and big cutback on other meats seemed to be the trick.

    Until this past weekend. Started feeling that little twinge in my left ankle Friday. By Saturday afternoon, I was on crutches. Sunday was just as bad, truly the worst attack in quite a while. Like always, I started thinking about everything I had eaten or drank in the past week, nothing stood out.

    So here I am laid up in my bedroom with crutches next to the bed, totally frustrated but with a positive outlook on the next step in this ongoing battle against high uric acid. I found your website and already perused through many of the articles. I have yet to succumb to big Pharma as I continue to believe this affliction can be addressed through dietary/lifestyle changes. Information on this site is extensive, far better than anything else I have found. I look forward to yet again altering my diet and probably adding some of the natural supplements reviewed here.

    Thanks Spiro!

  • Chuck

    Reply Reply November 23, 2016

    Hi, Sprio. Just came across your site and thought I would throw in what has helped me in the past to relieve the pain from gout. I usually get gout in my thumbs or big toes. This last time around I got it in my ankle. Thought I had a fracture of some sort. The ER doc recommended allopurinol, which I took for 3 days only to have the pain move from my ankle to my big toe. Stopped taking allopurinol and went back to what has helped in the past. Put hot water in the tub and soaked my foot for 10 minutes. I could immediately start to move my toes (not very much, but better than before the hot water). I then take 800 mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day to reduce the swelling. You can’t the 2400 mg for very days, especially if you’re on blood thinners like me, but this regimen works for me and I just wanted to share this. I do the hot water thing about 3 times a day, also. 2nd day almost all pain is gone and then trying to get back to normal walking. Hope this helps some of your followers.

  • Marcus Ooi

    Reply Reply October 6, 2016

    Hi Spiro,

    I purchased your ebook and have found it very useful so far… thank you.

    I’m 36 years old and I’ve had gout for about 10 years. It has progressively been getting worse and the time between attacks shorter. The time between my last two attacks was 3 weeks. I take colchicine for relief.

    I have regularly been taking tart cherry tablets. I have also been off the shellfish and alcohol for over a year now. In the last month, I’ve been following your advice reasonably closely, with some chicken.

    I also had blood tests done last week and all my bodily functions were good (except urate was at the high end). I also do not have thalassemia or anemia.

    My doctor wants me to start taking allopurinol. I have been resisting this for years, but now I feel I have no choice but to take a low dosage of it on an ongoing basis.

    Do you have any advice for me? I’m at my wits end.


    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 6, 2016

      Tell your doctor if you can experiment one last time by going on a vegetarian diet and drinking only water and tea and see how your uric acid level compares then. Give it at least a month or 2. Take the dietary supplements since they are supposed to supplement your gout diet and do help you. On top of that I would also take supplements that help your kidneys and liver which process and expel uric acid, so Milk Thistle, Celery Seeds, Chanca Piedra to name a few.

      After that if that doesnt work then taking allopurinol may be your only choice if you want to avoid painful gout attacks in the future.

      Thank you for your questions Marcus and good luck!

  • Tim King

    Reply Reply September 21, 2016


    Gout is one of the problems I have which I need to try and control, the other problems are high blood pressure and kidney problems, high triglycerides, It seems no matter what takes care of one problem it will cause the other problems to get out of control.

    I don’t want to take the prescribed gout medicine because of the side affects. Is there anything that is safe to take that would not interfere with other medical issues. I am on blood pressure medicine and sleeping pills and inflammation pills.

    I can’t eat one type of food good for gout that does not interfere with my kidneys or high blood pressure.

    Please help!

    Thank you!

    Tim King

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply September 21, 2016

      Hi Tim!

      Very hard to give advice since I don’t know your personal situation, I would do what your doctor tells you to since it seems you have an advanced gout problem. If you can stick to a mostly vegetarian diet eating fresh vegetables, whole grain breads, pastas and rices along with nuts and beans, you will do better since these foods don’t aggravate your gout or affect your kidneys. And only drink water if I were you and teas.

      A disciplined diet can go a long way in helping with your health.

  • Bertha Falcon

    Reply Reply August 25, 2016

    Thank you for all the great information on your site. I suffer with lots of pain, my father is no longer with us.My brother and myself are gout patients.I just turned 70 but I have still some good years ahead. Question? All these fruit and vegetables; can I just combine together in a blender and drink daily? And also do other things and treatments all at the same time?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 25, 2016

      Hi Bertha!

      Better to eat your veggies cause when you add them in the blender you’re eating mostly the sugar and not the fiber which is very important for your health and gout. You can do many natural home remedies at the same time if you like, that is not a problem, if that is what you mean.

  • Vinny

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    hi Spiro, great website and info…i usually combine 2 or 3 home remedies whenever i get a gout attack. every one is different,so you just have to experiment which combinations work. i also use any combination everyday to help avoid getting an attack or flare up…i also buy organic tart cherry juice or organic black cherry juice. they both work..

  • Phil

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    I find that drinking high alkaline water ( so called smart water) by Glaceau helps tremendously is staving off a Gout attack. Its expensive compared to std bottle water but well worth it considering the alternative. Im looking into a machine that produces high alkaline water, but they seem shrouded in scams and false claims?

Leave A Response


* Denotes Required Field