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What is it?
It is a disorder of the body chemistry in which too much uric acid and its compounds (urates) accumulate in the blood. Acid and urate crystals collect in one or more joints, causing attacks of severe pain, swelling and redness. The big toe is often the first to be affected. Repeated attacks can damage the bones of the joints. The crystals can also collect in the kidneys, causing kidney stones, kidney failure and high blood pressure. Diagnosis of gout is made by a blood test.
Swollen big toe, severe pain in toe and ankle joints.
Conventional Practice:
The usual treatment of gout is to relieve pain and inflammation by prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs. Drugs that increase urate excretion may be prescribed. Allopurinol, also available on prescription, reduces urate production and the risk of further attacks.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info

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