Uric Acid: fourth most common diseaseA high level of uric acid (hyperuricemia) has been listed as the fourth-most common disease to impact human health after:
- hyperglycemia (excess glucose in the blood)
- hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) and
- hyperlipidemia (excess fat or lipids in the blood)
High uric acid can cause gout, and other more serious health issuesIn the human body, uric acid is the metabolic end product of ‘purines’, and a high level of uric acid is harmful to many tissues and organs. Excessive uric acid deposits in bones and joints will cause gout, and deposits in the kidneys will cause nephropathy and lead to kidney (renal) failure. A high level of uric acid will also greatly increase the risk of many metabolic diseases (such as obesity, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia) and cardiovascular disease.
Traditional treatments pose many problemsJust like diabetes, hyperuricemia and gout require long-term medication; however, traditional drugs all have problems (such as a single efficacy, an inability to solve all problems, and serious side effects), and will have a strong impact on the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal function if taken ongoing.
- For example, anti-inflammatory analgesic drugs can cause severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or even liver and kidney function damage and bone marrow suppression, affecting immunity, oxygen-transportation, and blood clotting
- Drugs that are inhibitors of uric acid synthesis can cause allergic reactions, gastrointestinal discomfort, a decrease in the number of white blood cells, and platelets that help the blood clot
- Uric acid drugs that can increase excretion from the kidneys can enhance the risk of kidney stones (renal calculi) or even cause kidney pain (renal colic) as well as acute kidney (renal) failure
So what’s the alternative to pharmaceutical drugs?It is best to choose products deemed safe, effective, and free of side effects. With this in mind, herbal treatments come out on top and can be used confidently and safely. Appropriate changes to diet and lifestyle are also recommended.
Herbal Tea can bring relief to GoutThe Australian herb Cudweed has been shown to:
- Reduce tissue inflammation and joint pain (arthralgia)
- Assist in control of uric acid level and reducing inflammation and pain associated with gout