DH has gout flare ups. Home remedy is concentrated cherry juice. It's pricey (I think the last jar I bought was $25?) It's REALLY thick (I tease him that he's drinking True Blood). He has to add a little bit of water to get it down.
there are prescriptions you can take that prevent the flare ups. Mom's DH takes something, and hasn't had any problems. Of course, he's pretty good about eating right and he gets LOTS of exercise.
there are certain foods that aggravate the condition, but it seems to vary. When DH tried to do Atkins, the gout was really bad. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_a-z_de
that's the Spark health info section on gout