Gout is a metabolic disease characterized by painful inflammation of certain joints, esp of the big toe and foot, caused by deposits of sodium urate in them. It is also known as gouty arthritis. While most other types of arthritis develop slowly, an attack of gout usually happens suddenly, often overnight.
The symptoms of gout tend to be progressive and will worsen over time if left untreated. The severity and recurrence of symptoms are largely related to the stage of the disease.
Asymptomatic gout is the period prior to your first attack. It is during this time that the persistent elevation of uric acid in your blood will cause urate to form crystals. While you will not experience any symptoms at this stage, the gradual accumulation of crystals will almost inevitably lead to an attack.
Acute intermittent gout is the stage when you will start to experience attacks lasting anywhere from three to 10 days. The attacks (most commonly affecting the big toe but also the knee, ankle, heel, midfoot, elbow, wrist, and fingers) will cause sudden and extreme pain accompanied by swelling, stiffness, redness, fatigue, and occasionally mild fever.
Chronic tophaceous gout is an advanced stage of disease in which the urate crystals consolidate into hardened lumps called tophi. The formation of these mineralized masses can progressively erode bone and cartilage tissue and lead to chronic arthritis and joint deformity.
Complications of untreated gout include kidney stones and the deterioration of kidney function.
Causes of Gout :
Gout occurs when uric acid, a normal waste product, builds up in your bloodstream and forms urate crystals in a joint. Your body makes uric acid when it breaks down purines, a substance found in your body and in some foods. Uric acid normally dissolves in your blood, is processed by your kidneys and leaves your body in urine. If your body makes too much uric acid, or your kidneys can’t clear enough of it out, it builds up in your blood. This is called hyperuricaemia. Having hyperuricaemia doesn’t mean you’ll develop gout – in fact most people with hyperuricaemia don’t go on to develop gout. Because of this it’s thought that other factors such as your genes may be involved.
Similar attacks to gout can be caused by a condition called pseudogout (or acute calcium pyrophosphate arthritis). In this case, crystals of calcium (rather than urate) are deposited in joint cartilage and then shed into the joint space. This is likely to affect your knees and other joints more than the big toe and is most common in people with osteoarthritis.
You’re more likely to have a gout attack if you:
Ayurvedic view of Gout :
Sanskrit name for gout is Vata Rakta, which means Vata (wind) in the blood. Accordingly to that understanding, gout is treated by reducing Vata and cleansing the blood.
Texts of ayurveda explain the causes of gout as follows:
•Increased consumption of salty, sour, spicy, fried foods
•Consumption of red meat, sea foods in excess.
•Consuming opposite foods.
•Stress, anger, anxiety.
•Sleeping during day time and keeping awake at night.
•Excessive intake of alcohol.
•Accumulation of toxins in body.
•Suppression of natural urges
•Working in extreme climatic conditions.
The above facts vitiate both blood and vayu simultaneously and cause gout.
Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment of Gout / Vatarakta :
Ayurvedic treatment of gout focuses on clearing high levels of uric acid from the blood, dissolving the deposited uric acid crystals, relieving the pain, swelling and inflammation.
In terms of treatment, the first choice is for treatment via an alteration of dietary regimen. Low oxalate and low-uric acid forming foods and a low meat diet is to be encouraged. High fiber, low protein foods should be emphasized, old rice (but not fresh rice), wheat, moong dal, garlic, onion, bitter gourd, papaya and green banana are beneficial. Sour and salty tasting foods and heavy and fried foods are to be avoided. Rhubarb is a specific food remedy for gout, as are sweet cherries and their juice. It is critical in the treatment of Gout that the patient is kept well hydrated.
Herbal medicines specifics for the treatment of gout include Lashun (Garlic), Guggul (Commiphora mukul) and Shallaki (Boswelia serrata) as well as Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) the last of which is applied in all conditions of aggravated ranjakapitta and pitta in the blood. The compound of Sunthi (Ginger), Kumari (Aloe vera) and Guduchi is a specific and especially effective formulation commonly used in treating gout.
We at Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic makes use of rejuvenative herbs, restorative herbs, Anti Vata herbs for anti-inflammatory, natural pain relief and antidegenerative herbs to check the progression of disease, to relieve symptoms, to improve joint structure, to improve flexibility and movement. We pay special attention to balance your metabolism, detox and cleansing as the short to long term treatment and prevention option with special herbs that you can take for long duration without any side effects. Along with Ayurvedic herbs, external Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy procedures like simple massage, Patrapottali and Churnapottali are also helpful in relieving problems like pain and redness, and in improving flexibility. The overall emphasis is to relieve the symptoms in the natural manner, without side effects. Then, all efforts are made to keep uric acid level under control so that you have less chance of repeat attacks. You can expect fast relief, naturally. We make good use of non-herbal dietary and lifestyle measures to ensure that you stay healthier, with even as little herbs as possible. You can use our Ayurvedic Treatment for Gout along with your current medical treatment and drugs.
For further advise and treatment options, please contact expert Ayurvedic doctors at Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic as soon as possible.