Uric acid crystals can form in the body from unusually high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid crystals are created by compounds known as purines (a product of protein breakdown), which are found in organ meat, aged cheese, wine, mushrooms and shellfish. The body usually removes the excess uric acid in the blood through the urine. However, some people develop hyperuricemia where they retain high levels of uric acid, which collects in the joints and leads to a development of gout. These crystals are sharp and cause intense pain. Also, they cause inflammation in the nearby tissues.
Fortunately, there are some herbs, which can dissolve uric acid crystals and reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood.
Devil’s claw is a natural anti-inflammatory herb, which is commonly used to treat the symptoms of numerous types of arthritis, including gout. Its rich spectrum of natural substances have the ability to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood. In case of an acute gout attack, the common recommended dose of Devil’s claw is 500 to 750 mg three times a day.
Alfalfa also called lucerne, is not only a rich source of numerous vitamins and minerals, but it also reduces serum uric acid levels. According to Medical Herbalism, alfalfa can increase the PH in the body due to the strong alkalizing properties, and, therefore, is able to dissolve the uric acid crystals, which is an effective method of preventing gout attacks.
Fresh lemon juice
Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which has connective tissue strengthening properties, thus reducing the joint damage caused by the sharp uric acid crystals. Drinking fresh lemon juice can prevent gout attacks or reduce the inflammatory reaction by stimulating the formation of calcium carbonate within the body. Calcium carbonate neutralizes acids within the blood, including excess uric acid that lead to gout attacks in joints. Further, the citric acid found in lemons has the ability to dissolve uric acid crystals, which lead to lowering the levels of uric acid in the serum.
Burdock root has long been used as an alternative remedy against various types of arthritis, including acute gout attack. Due to burdock roots abilities to clean the bloodstream of toxins, reduce inflammation and promote the excretion of urine, which contains uric acid, it is considered an effective folk remedy for gout, according to “The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine.” The recommended dosage is 20 to 30 drops of burdock root tincture mixed in 8oz of water, three to four times a day for a few days.
Sour Black Cherries
Biochemistry of Human Nutrition reports that black cherries and cherry juice are powerful natural remedies, which are used in the treatment of gout and kidney stones. They reduce serum levels of uric acid and contribute to dissolving the crystals within gouty joints and kidney stones. Cherries contain an enzyme which has the ability to neutralize uric acid and have powerful alkalizing properties as well. Also, they`re rich in anthocyanins which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can help ease the gout symptoms, according to “Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients, Micronutrients, and Metabolism”. In order to prevent gout attacks, it is recommended that you consume is between a 1/2 dozen and 2 dozen per day.