Gout and Uric Acid Ayurvedic Home Remedies and Diet

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Texts of ayurveda explain about effective natural ayurvedic home remedy which help in gout and also to reduce uric acid levels. These herbal formulae effectively help to reduce joint pain and inflammation.

What is Gout ?

Gout is one of the forms of arthritis or joint inflammation which is acute in onset. Usually one or two joints are affected at a time. Gout usually affects big toe, heel, ankle, elbow or wrist. It is a form of arthritis. 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 more common in men than in women. It predominantly attacks males after puberty. In women, gout attacks usually occur after menopause.

The gout attack occurs suddenly and passes away after a week or ten days. Severe pain, redness and swelling in joints are typical symptoms of gout. Gout occurs when uric acid level increases in blood. Increased uric acid level leads to formation of urate crystals which get deposited in joints and tissues. This process precipitate gout attack.

Gout and Ayurveda

According to ayurveda acharyas gout is caused due to vitiation of Vata (vayu) and Rakta (blood). Vitiation of vata and rakta has been compared to the pairing of air and fire which is quick in onset and spreads quickly. Texts of ayurveda explain  effective ayurvedic natural herbal home remedy for gout and uric acid , which normalize vitiated vata and rakta

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 )

The food we eat is broken down in our body into small molecules to help absorption of nutrients and excretion of waste. Uric acid is produced during break down of waste products called “purines”. Purines are nitrogenous compounds which are essential part of many foods and body tissues. Uric acid thus formed is usually filtered by kidneys. Excess formation of uric acid or its abnormal filtration leads to increased level of uric acid in blood. This eventually leads to gout. 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?”

Causes of vitiation of Blood which cause gout : ( according to ayurveda )

Indigestion and accumulation of toxins

Indigestion leads to formation of body toxins or ama which vitiate blood or rakta dhatu. Hence foods which cause indigestion should be always avoided. Ama should be eliminated or expelled from body at regular intervals to keep the body toxin free. For gout an ayurvedic liver detox helps,  as it effectively reduces uric acid levels too. Read (Ayurveda detox for men – erectile dysfunction)  also read how to do an ayurveda detox for skin at home 

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 , Urad dal and moong 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 like green gram or moong can be consumed in a very less quantity. 

Alcohol:

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 and increased uric acid level (Read The Food You Eat nourishing or Slow Poison?- beware of opposite foods).

Untimely sleep and Lack of sleep :

According ayurvedic principles sleep disturbances elevates uric acid level in blood. Sleeping in day time is strictly prohibited for normal people. Sleeping in day time can cause dosha imbalance and trigger gout. Hence ayurveda acharyas recommend dinacharya or ayurvedic daily routine to keep doshas in balance. 

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.

Sedentary work : 

sitting for long hours leads to obesity and also affect normal blood circulation. This leads to vitiation of rakta or blood.

Stress, anxiety and anger.

Increased stress, anxiety and anger vitiate pitta and vata. Pitta directly imbalances and affects rakta or blood. This imbalanced rakta associated with vata causes gout.

Suppression of natural urges

Ayurveda says not to suppress natural urges like passing urine, pooping, thirst, hunger, etc. Suppressing these urges throws doshas off balance leading to vata rakta or gout.

Working in extreme climatic conditions.

Working in extreme climatic conditions for long time like near furnace, in ac or in hot sun impairs delicate dosha balance and leads to gout.

Reasons for increased uric acid level in blood

  • Hereditary
  • Obesity
  • 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:

  • Inflammation,
  • Swelling,
  • 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.

Ayurveda Gout Diet 

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.

Meat:

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

Vegetables:

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:

Beer is a strict no when you have a tendency of increased uric acid level. It is always advised to avoid alcohol. 

Weight Loss:

Weight loss is a best preventive measure for gout. Moderate form of exercises are always advisible. Take the help of herbs to boost metabolism and quicken fat reduction. (Read Ayurvedic Medicine for Weight Loss Without Side Effects )

Altered medication for high blood pressure:

If your blood pressure medication is interfering with elimination of uric acid consult your physician. He may change the medication.

Ayurvedic home remedies for high uric acid and gout

Consume wheat, green gram or moong, raisins (draksha), ginger, milk : These provide protein needed for body and also prevent indigestion. They are easy to digest and prevent formation of ama. 

Ayurvedic Herbs for Gout:

Various ayurvedic herbs like bitter melon, neem, guduchi, triphala etc help in gout

Bitter melon or bitter gourd (read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon (Karela) ) juice

Mix finely chopped half medium sized bitter gourd (remove seeds), 1 inch piece of ginger and 1/4 tea spoon of turmeric and 1/4 cup of water and blend well. Filter this to get juice. Mix 10 ml of honey to this and drink this two times daily (morning and night) in empty stomach.

Neem Juice

Mix a 25 to 30 tender leaves of neem, 1 inch piece of ginger and 1/4 tea spoon of turmeric and 1/4 cup of water and blend well. Filter this to get juice. Mix 10 ml of honey to this and drink this two times daily (morning and night) in empty stomach.

Guduchi or Giloy Juice

Mix  5-8 leaves of guduch or giloy , 1 inch piece of ginger and 1/4 tea spoon of turmeric and 1/4 cup of water and blend well. Filter this to get juice. Mix 10 ml of honey to this and drink this two times daily (morning and night) in empty stomach.

Triphala:

You can consume triphala in form of tea or powder or tea. Please consult a qualified ayurvedic physician befre consuming these.

Avoid horse raiding, or other sports which involves lot of vigorous joint movements:

Avoid afternoon sleep, roaming in hot sun and working in extreme climatic conditions,

Do not consume alcohol, fish, urad dal, horse gram, curd, radish,

Strictly say no to opposite foods

Drink Plenty of water

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