Gout- this painful condition is caused by deposit of uric acid crystals in the joints. The uric acid is a bi product of the breakdown of proteins  in the body. The joint in the big toe is commonly the first  to be affected. Men are much more likely to suffer from gout than women.
Herbal treatment
A traditional remedy for gout was eating cherries. It has now been discovered that the consumption of 225 g of cherries a day , fresh or canned, lower levels of uric acid in the blood
1. To treat pain and inflammation
Verbascum thapsus- Infuse 1.5 g of dried flower in a cup of boiling water for 15 mts. Drink 3 cup a day
Aaron rod-- Capsules available. One capsule three times a day before meals
Gypsy wort-- Tincture, 1: 5 in 45 percent alcohol. Take 2-6 ml in water three times a day
Java tea -- Infuse 5 gm of gried leaves in 1 litre of boiling water for 5 mts. Strain. Drink 1-3 cups a day, the last one several hours before going to bed.
Oats-- Tincture 1: 5 in 45 percent alcohol. Take 1-5 ml in a glass of warm water two or three times a day
To increase urination
Ash- Infuse 10-20 g of dried leaves in 1 litre of boiling water for 10 mts. and then strain. Drink 0.5 to 1 litre a day
Stinging nettle-- Tincture 1 : 4 in 25 percent alcohol. Take 20 drops in water three times a day after meals.
External applications
Lavender infuse- 20 100 g of dried flowers in  1 litre of boiling water for 15 mts  and strain. Add the infusion to the bath water and soak for 15 mts
Meadowsweet -- Put 1 tablespoon of dried plant in to a cup of freshly boiled water that has been cooled slightly . Infuse for 10 mts, then soak a cloth in the infusion  and apply 4 or 5 times  a day to the painful areas 

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