A sample ailment entry along with possible herbal remedies from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
(a form of arthritis characterized by an excess of uric acid in the blood and painful inflammation of joints). Avoid alcohol use if possible. Vitamin E may be a useful dietary supplement. A traditional English folk remedy for gout has been suggested by Charles Dickens in his novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, published in 1836. The conversation is between Mr. Pickwick, his man-servant Sam Weller and Weller's elderly father: "Well done, father," said Sam, "take care, old fellow, or you'll have a touch of your old complaint, the gout." "I've found a sov'rin cure for that, Sammy," replied Mr. Weller, setting down his glass. "A sovereign cure for the gout," said Mr. Pickwick, hastily producing his notebook. "What is it?" "The gout, Sir," replied Mr. Weller, "the gout is a complaint as arises from too much ease and comfort. If ever you're attacked with the gout, Sir, jist you marry a widder as has got a good loud woice, with a decent notion of usin' it, and you'll never have the gout again. It's a capital prescription, Sir. I takes it reg'lar, and I can warrant it to drive away any illness as is caused by too much jollity." Having imparted this valuable secret, Mr. Weller drained his glass once more, produced a laboured wink, sighed deeply and slowly retired.
Recommendations by individual herbal expert authors are marked [rec]. See Ancient Herbs book for identification of individual books and their authors.
Nettle, Stinging - Urtica dioica - [rec]
Terebinth - Pistacia terebinthus
Asparagus - Asparagus officinalis
Avocado - Persa americana - [rec]
Betony - Stachys officinalis;
Birch, Silver - Betula pendula - [rec]
Buchu - Barosma serratifolia
Buchu, Oval - Barosma crenulata
Buchu, Round - Barosma betulina
Buckbean - Menyanthes trifoliata
Burdock, Common - Arctium minus
Burdock, Great - Arctium lappa - [rec][rec][rec]
Celery - Apium graveolens - [rec][rec][rec][rec][rec]
Cherry, Sweet - Prunus avium - [rec][rec][rec]
Chicory - Cichorium intybus - [[rec]
Devil's Claw - Harpagophytum procumbens -[rec]
Flax - Linum usitatissimum - [rec]
Ground Elder - Aegopodium podagraria
Ground Pine - Ajuga chamaepitys
Guaiacum - Guaiacum officinale
Job's Tears - Coix lacryma-jobi;
Marijuana - Cannabis sativa
Nettle, Stinging - Urtica dioica - [rec][rec]
Parsley - Petroselinum hortense
Pineapple - Ananas comosus - [rec]
Quack Grass - Elymus repens
Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus carota
Red Clover - Trifolium pratense
Sand Sedge - Carex arenaria
Sarsaparilla, Chinese - Smilax china
Sea Lettuce - Ulva lactuca
Stork's-bill - Erodium cicutarium
Strawberry - Fragaria vesca
Willow, White - Salix alba - [rec][rec]
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