Gout or hyperuricemia are both medical conditions that can be brought on by elevated levels of uric acid in the body. This would result in painful inflammations and an accumulation of uric acid in the joint’s cartilage.
In allopathy, there is no permanent treatment for gout. It recommends lifestyle adjustments, dietary restrictions, and pain and inflammation-relieving medications. Ayurveda, on the other hand, suggests effective treatments for uric acid.
What is Uric Acid?
Uric acid is produced when the chemical Purine is broken down.
The human body already contains purines. In addition, this chemical is present in the food that is consumed.
Ideally, the extra uric acid would be eliminated through urination and filtered out by the kidney. However, when the amount of uric acid is higher than normal, the expulsion will not be complete.
The uric acid would crystallize and build up in the joints. This results in pain, swelling, and burning sensations.
It begins at the big toe and extends to the ankle, knee, wrist, and elbow joints. It is referred to as Vatarakta in Ayurveda, and herbal remedies are recommended to treat the underlying cause.
In Ayurveda, a patient’s physical condition and dosha makeup were examined by the doctor. Based on the results of the analysis, an ayurvedic treatment for uric acid would be developed.
Symptoms of High Uric Acid in the Body
The following are signs and symptoms of too much uric acid:
- Extreme joint pain and swelling
- Redness and stiffness in the joints
- Lower back pain
- Urinary discomfort
Causes of Excess Uric Acid
Excess uric acid in a person’s body is primarily caused by obesity, indigestion, stress, hormonal imbalance, diabetes, and genetics. Consuming a lot of alcohol, eating red meat, being angry, eating fried foods, and accumulating toxins in the body are additional factors that can cause a person’s uric acid levels to rise above normal.
Causes of High Uric Acid in Body – According to Ayurveda
- Intake of diet consisting of salty, sour, pungent food
- Intake of alkaline or fatty food
- Intake of uncooked food.
- Moist and dried things.
- Meat of aquatic and marshy animals.
- Excessive intake of radish, horse gram, black gram, and other leguminous vegetables.
- Excessive intake of sesame paste, sugarcane, curd, sour gruel, buttermilk, sura or asavas i.e. alcoholic drinks.
- Incompatible foods
- Eating during indigestion.
- Day sleep.
- Fasting in excess
- Journey on carts carried by horses and camels.
- Sporting in water
- Excessive traveling on foot in hot season.
- Excess sexual intercourse.
- Suppression of natural urges.
Types of Uric Acid
Gout occurs when a substance called uric acid builds up in the blood. Uric acid forms naturally when our bodies break down purines, compounds found in our own tissues and in certain foods. Not everyone with elevated uric acid develops gout—more is involved.
Eventually, excess uric acid forms crystals that collect in the spaces within joints. These needle-like crystals (monosodium urate, or MSU) are what cause pain in the big toe. They can also affect other joints, including the ankles, feet, knees, and wrist.
Interval or Intercritical Gout-
Like the calm in the eye of a storm, gout can lie dormant between attacks. You’ll usually experience a pain-free period after an attack that can last months or even years.
Chronic Tophaceous Gout-
This is the most debilitating form of gout. It usually takes a long time to develop and is most common in those whose gout is not treated.
Ayurvedic Treatment for High Uric Acid
The most important thing an ayurvedic doctor will tell you to do to lower your uric acid level is to change your diet. It is advised not to consume foods that are difficult for the body to digest. To get rid of the toxins and uric acid that have built up in the blood and joints, an ayurvedic doctor might suggest a Panchakarma detox.
Ayushakti’s Ayurved Natural Treatment Fundamentals:
- VATA ALLEVIATION (Reduce aggravated Vata)
- RAKTA CLEANSING (Blood Purification)
- Blood Letting (Removal of toxicated blood)
- AAM PACHAN (Expel toxins by improving Excretion)
Detox is the Ayurvedic cleansing process for body, mind and emotions that helps you to create holistic health and well-being in your life. Digestive impurities such as mucus and metabolic toxins pile up in the veins, intestine, liver and joints. They circulate throughout the entire body and block the system. Continuous build-up of these impurities can cause physical and mental disorders and disease. A Detox helps to clean out toxins. Marma points help to remove blockages and improve circulation.
The type of detox will depend on the chronicity and severity of the problem.
In order to prevent further joint damage and a high level of uric acid in the blood, Ayurvedic management of uric acid aims to regulate metabolism. At Ayushakti Ayurved doctor’s will recommend a customized diet, herbs, and Ayurvedic detox program based on your constitution and current imbalances after a first consultation.
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Author of the Blog: DR. PRANAV GUJARATHI
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd