Texts of ayurveda explain about effective natural ayurvedic medicines , treatment and home remedy which help in gout and also to reduce uric acid levels. These herbal formulas effectively help to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Gout is one of the forms of arthritis or joint inflammation. Usually one or two joints are affected at a time. Commonly joints of feet and ankles are inflamed in gout. The commonest site is the ball of the big toe . The first attack of gout subsides in a week or so without treatment. There may be a long gap of many months or years between attacks. As time passes the attacks become more frequent and more severe involving many joints. When the frequency of attacks increases progressive joint damage sets in. This is known as chronic gout. This leads to disability and crippling. Gout is very rare in women but usually affects men. In women it is seen after menopause.
Ayurveda Causes of Gout
What causes gout attack ? The answer for this question is still under research. (Read what causes gout to flare up)
Presence of uric acid crystals in joints causes inflammation of joints. (Read Best Ayurvedic Treatment and Medicine for High Uric Acid Levels )
Uric acid is formed during metabolism of food and building up of body tissues. When the level of uric acid increases in blood than normal levels, the uric acid forms microscopic crystals in joints. These crystals lead to inflammation of joints.
Ayurveda acharyas explain the causes of gout attack. They describe the foods which cause gout attack or flare up of gout. In ayurveda VAGHBHATA has said the cause of Gout is vitiated blood or rakta dhatu . The vitiated blood first affects the joints of feet. This extends to other joints in later stages. The vitiated blood not only affects the joints but also affects the whole body. This explains the question “what causes gout to flare up?”
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Causes of vitiation of Blood: ( according to ayurveda )
Indigestion: Indigestion leads to formatin of body toxins or ama which vitiate blood or rakta dhatu. Hence foods which cause indigestion should be always avoided.
Excessive consumption of salty, sour, hot , spicy , oily foods:
These foods impair digestion and vitiate pitta. Vitiated pitta disturbs rakta dhatu or blood. This causes increased uric acid level.
Consumption of Fish:
Almost all seafoods like anchovies, codfish, haddock, herring, mackerel, mussels, roe (fish eggs), sardines, scallops, and trout are high in purines. Hence Ayurveda acharyas recommend not to eat fish when you have gout.
Horse gram and Urad dal in gout and uric acid
Consuming horse gram (Read Horse Gram Health Benefits in Weight loss-Diabetes-Low sperm count), urad dal. : These two pulses are a strict no in gout. Other pulses can be consumed in a very less quantity.
Alcoholic beverages trigger gout symptoms. This happens because kidneys excrete alcohol instead of uric acid. This leads to increased concentration of uric acid in blood leading to gout.
Consuming opposite foods as explained in ayurveda:
Ayurveda acharyas explain about foods which cause harm when combined together. These are known as viruddha ahara or opposite foods. These food combinations vitiate blood and trigger gout (Read The Food You Eat nourishing or Slow Poison?- beware of opposite foods).
Lack of sleep.:
According ayurvedic principles sleep disturbances elevates uric acid level in blood.
Obesity gout and uric acid relationship
Obesity leads to increased production of insulin. Increased insulin in blood prevents excretion of uric acid. By kidneys. This leads to gout attacks.
Reasons for increased uric acid level in blood
- High alcohol intake
- High intake of food like liver, kidneys, sweetbreads ,tongue, red meat, Shellfish, fish peas, lentils and beans. These foods contain purines.
- Few drugs used to treat high blood pressure.
Symptoms of gout and increased uric acid:
- Tenderness in the affected joint.
- Touching or moving the joint is extremely painful.
The symptoms of Gout are described in ayurveda as follows
- Over reaction on touching the affected joint.
- Swelling of the joint.
- Unbearable pain (as if some body is cutting the joint).
- Burning sensation.
- Warmth in the joint.
Ayurvedic medicines, treatment and home remedies for gout and blood uric acid
Avoiding consumption of foods which contain purines:
Foods which contain Purines:
Plant purines are far safer than meat and fish purines in terms of gout risk.
beef, mutton, veal, pork, venison, chicken, duck and turkey. Other organ meat such as brain, kidney, liver, pancreas, thymus, heart, neck,
Sea foods :
cod, crab, lobster, snapper, salmon, tuna, trout, sardines and anchovies
cauliflower, asparagus, peas, spinach, contain a lot of purines, as do legumes such as lima beans, navy beans and lentils. Oatmeal is also high in purines.
Reducing the intake of alcohol:
Altered medication for high blood pressure:
Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle for high uric acid and gout
Include bitter herbs like bitter melon or bitter gourd (read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon (Karela) ), neem ( Read Neem a Natural boon for diabetics ), guduchi or giloy. These can be used in the form of juice or concoction.
Avoid horse raiding, or other sports which involves lot of vigorous joint movements:
Avoid afternoon sleep, roaming in hot sun,
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