Gout

Gout also known as raktha- vata is an inflammation of the joints and other body tissues caused by vitiated blood resulting from an accumulation of crystals of uric acid in the joints.
Uric acid is formed during metabolism of food and when the level of uric acid increases abnormally the uric acid forms microscopic crystals in joints leading to inflammation of the joints.

Cause of Gout in Ayurveda

  • Sedentary life style and a lack of walking
  • Lack of proper exercise
  • Consumption of fatty foods and animal protein
  • Eating foods that cause burning during digestion
  • Consumption of incompatible foods
  • Alcohol intake and smoking
  • Excess sleep,
  • Not having sufficient sleep
  • Exposure to cold weather

Symptoms of Gout

  • Severe pain in the affected area
  • Tenderness in the affected area
  • Burning sensation,
  • Swelling and inflammation of the joints
  • Redness which at first affects the smaller joints i.e. fingers and toes and then spreads to different joints of the body as the disease spreads. 

Ayurvedic Treatments for Gout

Ayurvedic treatments for gout are started only after a thorough examination of the patient. The treatments will vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of panchakarma treatments, oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(oilation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the treatments suggested in the treatment of gout.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Gout

  • Avoid excessive consumption of salty, sour, hot, spicy, oily foods
  • Avoid consuming incompatible foods
  • Reduce your body weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid sea food, liver, red meat, sweet breads, shell fish etc
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Avoid sports which involve excess joint movements.
  • Avoid sleeping at noon.
Ayurveda & Musculoskeletal Disorders

Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis lays emphasis on the use of herbal medicines. These herbal medicines have been found effective and are time tested and proven.Ayurvedic treatment for backache lays utmost emphasis on the use of several medicinal herbs. These have been proven effectively over the years. Amongst the various types of oils sesame oil is the most frequently used in ayurveda for treating back pains. The various constituents present in the sesame oil have anti-oxidant and anti-depressant properties, which help to bring about a sense of well being.

Ayurvedic treatment for frozen shoulder, apart from the panchakarma treatments and rejuvenation treatments, also necessitates the application of heat to the shoulder joint. This is particularly helpful in reducing pain and stiffness. Herbal oils are applied on the affected joint followed by a localized steam fomentation of medicines Ayurveda treatment for gout includes following a diet regime during and after the treatment. Patients should consume large quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. The patients suffering from gout should besides, consume wheat, green gram, raisins, ginger, milk etc. Consumption of fish, dried horse gram, dhal, curds, radish, mushrooms etc should be discouraged. Alcohol consumption and smoking should also be strictly avoided.

The great benefit with a majority of this herbal medicine preparation is that these can be done at our homes itself on the prescription and advice of an ayurveda physician. These, however, are not to be taken without the prescription from an ayurveda doctor as it is only the ayurveda doctor who can prescribe the medicine after a careful analysis of the patient and the intensity of the disease.

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