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Gout - Other Treatment

Complementary therapies may be used by some people to relieve symptoms caused by gout.2

  • Cherries and an herb called devil's claw have been used as anti-inflammatories. Research is needed to evaluate the usefulness of these and other complementary medicines to treat gout.
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is known to reduce chronic inflammation. It has not yet been studied to see whether it can help reduce inflammation from gout.
  • Although it's still just a theory, some studies show that folic acid may be helpful in inhibiting the enzyme needed to produce uric acid.

Be sure to talk with your doctor if you are considering taking vitamins, minerals, or other remedies to help reduce future gout attacks.

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    Last Updated: June 12, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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