Gout (Vata rakta)
Gout is a type of arthritis and affects mainly the smaller joints, especially those in the ankles, fingers and toes. This ailment is caused by a defective body metabolism that leads to uric acid crystal deposits in the small joints (these crystals are also known to be present in the kidneys and skin). Gout, it is a painful metabolic disease resulting in inflammation and the deposition of uric acid in the cartilages of the joint. This condition, Gout is characterized by sudden; sever attacks of burning pain, redness and tenderness in joint, often the joint at the base of the big toe.
Defective metabolism of uric acid in the body, leading to deposit of uric acid crystals in joints. Hyperuricemia ( High Uric Acid in Blood ) is the underlying cause of gout. This condition may occur for a number of factors and reasons, including diet (which is considered primary element) , genetic predisposition or under excretion of urate ( salt of uric acid).
In addition to an inherited abnormality in handling uric acid, other risk factor for developing gout include obesity, excessive weight gain, heavy alcohol intake, high blood pressure, abnormal kidney function and eating too much meat and fish that are high in chemicals called purine. Some medicines, such as diuretics, can also bring on gout.
Swelling, increased heat and redness of one or more joints in the either the fingers, toes or ankles.
Severe pain and tenderness in the affected joints.
Fever and lethargy, associated with loss of appetite.
Vata is the main cause of pain in the body. It is considered as Vata rakta or Aadya vata is a classical description of gout in Ayurveda. Vata dosha, pitta Dosha and raktha dhatu are specially vitiated to cause vata raktha. As a caused by vata prakopa (aggravated) and dushta rakta (vitiated blood), which spread in the Raktavahasrotas to afflict the small joints of the body.
Vata raktha is described as
- Uttana ( superficial) : This is located in the twak (Skin) and mamsa (muscle).
- Gambhira (deep seated): This is located in the deeper dhatus and severe in nature.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Gout :
Ayurvedic treatment includes herbal medicines that helps the body to eliminate toxins (uric acid) and gradually reduces the inflammation of joints.
AYUR-SUDHA’s GOUT Ayurvedic Kit
- This kit contains Combination of Ayurvedic herbs in the form of pills, & capsules It corrects the metabolism and balances the three dosha.
- Checks the growth of causative factors formation and diseased cells inside the body.
- There are many precious herbs that are very helpful in treating gout, inflammation and other associated conditions.
- REST ARTHO – 60 CAPSULES
- JOINTIL – 60 CAPSULES
- PUNERNAVAIDE GUGGULU – 850 MG TABLETS
These herbs have anti-inflammatory, anti- arthritic and analgesic properties. They help to reduce joint pains and muscle pain, and improves flexibility. In Some cases, panchkarma therapy is also needed along with internal medicines, diet and lifestyle modifications.
A decoction of the bark and roots of the Deodar tree, in a 30 ml dosage, thrice, daily.
A decoction of tinospora (Guduchi), vasaka (Adhatoda vasaka) with Castor oil, in a 10-ml dosage, twice, daily.
A decoction of Rubia cordifolia (Manjishtha), three myrobalans (Triphala), tinospora (Guduchi) and bark of Margosa (Neem),in a 30-ml dosage twice, daily.
A decoction of the roots of a Castor plant, in a 30-ml dosage, thrice, daily.
Tablets made with three myrobalans (Triphala), long pepper and gum guggul (Comiphora mukul), in a 1-gm dosage, thrice, daily.
Tablets made with gum guggul (Comiphora mukul) and tinospora (Guduchi), in a 1-gm dosage, thrice, daily.
A decoction of Pluchea lanceolata (Rasna), in a 30-ml dosage, thrice, daily.
Do’s & Don’t
Stick to fresh, warm meals.
Take hot soups made with either lentils, pulses or meat and a dash of powdered ginger, black pepper and long pepper.
Avoid spicy, deeply-fried, oily and pungent foods, as these tend to further damage the degenerated joints.
Include ghee and oils in a moderate quantity in meals, as these `lubricate’ the joints and the dried and ‘wasted’ shoulder.
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