Ayurvedic remedies for gout

Gout is a painful auto immune, inflammatory condition which affects the joints. Clinically, presence of uric acid crystals in joints causes inflammation of the joints.

During metabolism, uric acid and its components are formed. In gout, due to higher levels

of uric acid in the blood it leads to the formation of microscopic crystals which is stored in the joints. This process slowly leads to inflammation of joints which again leads to pain, fever and stiffness.

Causes for increased uric acid level in the blood and gout

a. Heredity
b. Obesity
c. Sedentary lifestyle and a lack of walking
d. Lack of proper exercises
e. Consumption of fatty foods and animal protein
f. Eating foods that cause burning during digestion
g. Consumption of incompatible foods
h. Not having sufficient sleep
i. Exposure to cold weather
j. High alcohol intake
k. High intake of food like liver, kidneys, sweetbreads ,tongue, red meat, Shellfish, fish peas, lentils and beans. These foods contain purines.

l. A few drugs used to treat high blood pressure.

m. Some of the conditions that can lead to the disorder are:
1. Surgery or injury
2. Stress
3. Reaction to alcohol and drugs including prescription medicines.
4. kidney disorders
5. Enzyme deficiencies
6. Lead poisoning
7. Psoriasis
8. Anaemia
9. A condition known as pseudo gout or false gout is similar to gout but less painful and is caused by calcium crystals in the joints. It generally afflicts people age 60 and up.

Signs and symptoms

The characteristic feature of this disease is the involvement of the big toe in the beginning which becomes acutely painful and swollen. Gradually, other joints are involved and the patient experiences difficulty in walking and sometimes even moving.

Symptoms include:

a. Inflammation
b. Swelling
c. Tenderness in the affected joint
d. Touching or moving the joint is extremely painful
e. Unbearable pain (as if cutting the joint)

f. Burning sensation

Ayurveda tips to prevent gout

1. Consume wheat, green gram, raisins, ginger and milk
2. Avoid horse raiding, or other sports which involves lot of joint movements.
3. Avoid afternoon sleep, roaming in hot sun,
4. Do not consume alcohol, fish, urad dhal, horse gram, curds, radish

Ayurveda treatment for gout

Ayurvedic treatments for gout vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of Pancha karma, oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(oilation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-
(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the suggested treatments for gout

Abhyanga (oil massage)

It increases the metabolism, which leads to better tissue respiration and circulation, causing the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. It helps in alleviating rheumatic disorders. It provides comfort to the eyes, sound sleep, and tones up
the body, improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and for long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.

Pizhichil (oil bath)

In pizhichil, lukewarm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. This treatment is very effective in rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, spondlitis, hemiplegia, Gout, nervous weakness and nervous disorders. This treatment is prescribed not only for
rheumatic ailments (vatic disorders) but also for many other diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions etc.

Home remedies for gout

a. Apples are good for gout
b. 3 ml of lemon juice mixed in 100 ml of water, thrice daily helps the kidney to detoxify
c. 30 ml French bean juice said to be effective in gout. It has to be taken for at least 30 days as one course
d. Cherries play a vital role in improving the anti oxidants in the system. Some naturopaths recommend 10 fresh cherries a day to keep the gout in control.
e. Carrot juice mixed with the juices of beet and cucumber acts as diuretic hence it is recommended for gout.
f. A charcoal bath is a good home remedy for gout. Mix in old basin one half cup of charcoal powder with water until a paste is made. Place affected foot into the basin and add water until the foot is enclosed. Steep your foot in the charcoal bath for thirty to sixty minutes.

This is a painful metabolic disease resulting in the inflammation and chalky deposit in the joints due to disturbance of purine metabolism in the body. In ayurveda, this is known as vatarakta.

Treatment

Since the disease is caused by vata, to correct it in the beginning, Pancatikta Ghrita is given to the
patient in a dose of two teaspoonfuls twice daily on empty stomach mixed with warm water. This should
be continued for about 15 days. For external application, guducyadi taila is to be given. The important
ingredient of this medicated oil is guduchi(Tinospora cordifolia).

Kaisore guggulu is the drug of choice for the treatment of this condition. It is given in a dose of two
tablets three times a day (6 tablets per day). This should be followed by two ounce of decoction of
manjistha (Rubia cordifolia). Bowels of the patient should be kept clear and if required powder of
haritaki (Terminalia chebula) should be given to the patient in a dose of two teaspoonfuls at bed time
with warm water.

The root bark of asvattha tree (Ficus religiosa) is useful in this condition. In a decoction form it is given in
a dose of two ounces daily.

Diet

Freshly harvested rice and wheat should not be given to the patient. Old rice, wheat, mung dal, meat
soup, garlic, onion, bitter gourd, papaya and green banana can be taken by the patient. Curd, any other
form of sour food, heavy food and fried things are prohibited.

Other regimens

The patient should not perform any violent exercise. He should not sit idle either. Exposure to cols wind
and rain and cold bath are strictly contraindicated.

Source: Dr K Gowthaman, Medical Director, rVita (rVita Ayurveda Centers)

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