Using Chamomile for Gout Relief and Prevention
Chamomile is a flowering plant that is a popular medicinal herb in the western world. There are two species of chamomile, the German and Roman, despite belonging to different species they are used to treat to the same health problems. Chamomile is a popular herb used to treat stomach problems, relieve muscle spasms and to encourage a state of calm.
Chamomile for Gout Relief and Prevention
Chamomile contains chemicals that promote relaxation and help reduce swelling. The chemicals responsible for promoting relaxation are not currently recognized, however many anecdotal and clinical observations have shown chamomile’s effectiveness in anxiety and stress therapy. During a gout flare up, the body may produce cortisol in response to the stress put on your system. Elevated cortisol levels can inhibit the rate of recovery in your body, therefore it’s helpful to take chamomile to stimulate calmness in the body so that you can recover. Additionally, chamomile’s chemical activity can also slow down the chemicals responsible for swelling and inflammation in the body.
Chamomile is typically available as dried flower heads.
Chamomile Supplement Variations
Chamomile is available in the following supplement variations:
- Liquid Extract
- Topical Ointment
How to Use Chamomile for Gout Relief and Prevention
Chamomile can be consumed as a tea or can be taken in supplement form for convenience and ease. Additionally, chamomile can be used topically by creating a warm compress with chamomile tea and placing it over the affected joint.
The use of herbs is considered safe, however chamomile can interact with other herbs, supplements or medications. It is best to discuss and address your concerns with a doctor or a health care practitioner when considering taking chamomile. Pregnant women should avoid taking chamomile as it can increase the risk of miscarriage. Chamomile may make asthma worse, so people who suffer from asthma should not take it. If you are allergic to asters, daisies, chrysanthemums or ragweed, you should avoid chamomile. Finally, chamomile may act like a estrogen in the body and can increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers.
Chamomile that is consumed in excessive amounts can induce vomiting or an upset stomach. Allergic reactions can occur with chamomile and can include dry skin, itchiness, sensitivity and nausea.
Interactions with other Medications
The following medications interact with chamomile:
- Birth Control Pills. Chamomile may act like estrogen and may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you are taking chamomile with birth control, be sure to use an additional form of birth control such as a condom.
- Estrogen Pills. Chamomile may act like estrogen and can decrease the effects of this medication as well as increase the side-effects.
- Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). Chamomile may affect how quickly the liver breaks down this medication and can increase the effects and side-effects of this medication.
- Benzodiazepines. Chamomile may cause sleepiness and drowsiness and can increase the effects of similar sleep inducing medications.
- CNS depressants. Chamomile may cause drowsiness and may increase the similar side-effects of such medications.
- Nolvadex. Chamomile may act like estrogen and may decrease the effects of this medication.
- Coumadin. Chamomile may increase the effects of warfarin and can slow blood clotting too much, increasing your risk of bruising and bleeding.