Gout is extremely painful and potentially disabling when many or large joints are affected.
This is why a new study in the British Journal of Pharmacology is so promising, as it shows that a natural organic compound found in almost all supermarkets works as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat gout.
The scientists injected monosodium urate directly into the ankle joints to cause gout.
They then tested the amount of inflammatory chemicals and reactive oxitive species in these joints, together with the pain and edema from which the mice suffered.
To treat the mice, they injected eucalyptol into their ankle joints and then repeated all the physiological tests.
Their most important finding was that the eucalyptol worked just as well as indomethacin to prevent edema and pain. Indomethacin is the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is usually prescribed to treat moderate to severe arthritis, gout, and ankylosing spondylitis.
If you are wondering how they tested pain in mice, who obviously can’t report their own pain levels, they used the concept of mechanical pain – the extent to which the mice did and could use their damaged joints.
The eucalyptol also reduced the infiltration of inflammatory immune cells into the gout-affected joints and inhibited the production and activation of other inflammatory substances.
It lastly reduced oxitive damage, as evidenced by an increase in the activity of antioxidant enzymes and a reduction of reactive oxitive species.
In fact, when they used antioxidant drugs instead, these fared no better than the eucalyptol.
The most effective way to use eucalyptol is in the form of an essential oil.
Because of its potency and the other chemicals it contains, it is not a good idea to inject eucalyptus essential oil straight into your gout-affected joints.
For now, you will have to settle for topical application, or you can do essential oil inhalation for about 30 minutes.