Gout and Ayurveda
Gout is a complex of disorders in which crystals of monosodium urate monohydrate derived from hyper uricaemic body fluids give rise to
Inflammatory arthritis (swollen and inflamed joints)
Tenosynovitis ( swelling of muscle tendon and its sheath)
Bursitis (swelling in space of joints)
Gout affects mainly small joints. It is associated with high blood level of uric acid. More common in male than women. First metatarso phalangeal joint of big toe is commonly affected. Ankle, knees are also affected
High blood level uric acid - more than 7mg/dl depends upon balance between purine synthesis and uric acid elimination through kidney and intestine.
High protein diet like meat, organ meat , beer ,alcoholic beverages, sardines, legumes (dried peas beans),cauliflower, mushroom, spinach etc
Drugs like diuretics and aspirins etc
Sudden onset. Severe pain often at night. The affected joint looks red , hot, swollen with severe pain.
Sometimes crystals get accumulated in joints forming tophi (seen commonly at Achilles tendon and around elbows).
Types according to onset
It happens repeatedly due to sudden rise in uric acid following alcohol, diet and diuretic drugs.
It may also provoked by trauma, unusual physical exercise
Recurrent gout attack leads to chronic. This leads to erosion of cartilages and bones causing severe joint deformity.
Some choices of medications include :
Kokilaksha kashayam , Amritottara kashayam , Guduchyadi kashayam ,Rasnaerandadi kashayam
Hareetaki churnam with gudam in Guduchyadi kashayam
Saddharana tablet or Kaishora guggulu
Guggulu tiktaka ghrutam
The medicines may vary according to patient condition and strictly to be taken based on ayurvedic physician prescription.
Choices of external therapies include :
Abhyangam with Pinda thailam or Madhuyastyadi or Mahanarayana thailam or Kottam chukkadi thailam
Lepanam with Jadamayadi choornam
Dashamoola ksheera dhara
Virechanam is best panchakarama in gout.
Food to avoid
Black gram (urad dal), Kulatha, Radish, Alcohol, Sugarcane , Curd
High purine rich food like meat, legumes, beer, sardines , tuna, mushroom etc
Food to include
Low purine diet like rice, eggs(limited intake)
Nuts and fat free cheese, milk
Bread and cereals: low fiber, white flour or refined grain, pasta and macaroni
Plums and dark berries
Green gram,Wheat, buffalo milk, amla, bittergourd, raisins, ash gourd.