Reaction to ground elder
I have recently taken on a garden quite badly infested with ground elder. I suffer from arthritis in my hands and I have noticed that whenever I am working on an area that is badly infested, carefully picking out every little piece of root, I suffer quite a major flare in my arthritis which causes considerable pain in my joints which then lasts for some time (days, even weeks). I am fascinated to discover that ground elder is also called goutwort, and clearly has a history of being used to treattreat gout and arthritis. I feel this cannot be purely coincidental, but can find no reference to it actually causing or exacerbating the problem. I wonder if anyone else has had a similar reaction, or can enlighten me further.