Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What are some of the causes of gout and how is it usually treated?
A: Gout is an inflammatory condition that is caused by the deposit of uric acid crystals in the joints (most famously the big toe) as well as other tissues. There are typically attacks of fierce pain, redness, swelling, and heat in between pain-free intervals.
Medical treatment consists of anti-inflammatory drugs for acute attacks of gout and of uric acid-lowering drugs for preventive maintenance.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful with gout: “Pain”, “Arthritis/Joint”, and “Blood Builder/Fatigue”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.