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Gout

Ayurveda about Gout

As mentioned earlier in the article the main cause of Gout is above normal levels of Uric acid in blood or less than normal excretion of uric acid by our kidneys, the allopathy line of treatment focuses on subsiding the pain and reducing the urate crystals rather than curing the root cause.

In Ayurveda we treat the root cause of the disease. In case of Gout we control excess production and improve flushing of uric acid. We target Agni, getting agni to normal will lead to better digestion and in turn the production of uric acid will also stabilize. For flushing out the excess uric acid either medications are prescribed or in chronic cases Panchakarma is administered. Strict diet has to be followed for a speedy and effective cure. 

In this article we will discuss the oldest known type of arthritis “Gout”. Gout is also called “the disease of kings” because rich food and alcohol consumption are considered to be the main factors for Gout.

Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone but More commonly seen in men.  It is characterised by swelling and severe pain. Commonly affected joints include that of big toe, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. If Gout is not treated in time it may lead to irreversible joint damage, kidney problems, and tophi.

What are the Symptoms of gout?

An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often with a stinging pain in your toe. The affected joint is very very sensitive and even the lightest pressure can cause intense pain.

Other symptoms that one may observe are:

  • Inflammation
  • Redness.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Tenderness, even to light touch.
  • Warmth

Causes of gout:

Uric acid is naturally produced in the body. It is a normal breakdown product of a chemical in many foods called purines. This uric acid is the main factor that causes Gout. Normally the uric acid circulates in the body and exits via urine, When the level of Uric acid in blood goes beyond normal it starts depositing in the joints and soft tissues around it and leads to formation of needle shaped urate crystals which may lead to pain and swelling and tenderness.