Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis associated with building up of uric acid crystals in the joints. It causes inflammation and pain in joints. It starts with swelling and pain in the big toe and then spreads to the other joints including ankles, knees, wrist and elbow.

Causes

The body’s inability to handle uric acid produced as a byproduct of the food we eat is the main cause of gouts. Normally, uric acid gets dissolved and leaves the body through urine. In gouts, it is accumulated in the body in the form of crystals causing pain, tenderness, redness and swelling.

Symptoms

  • Burning pain in joints
  • Fever
  • Swelling, tenderness and itching in joints
  • Skin redness

Ayurvedic View

As the main dosha involved is vata, the disease is named as vatarakt in Ayurveda. Consumption of spicy, salty, sour, alkaline and heavy foods causes this imbalance in vata. Other causes may be anger, staying awake late at night, sleeping in daytime, overindulgence in physical activities, excessive sexual activity and suppressing natural urges of the body. Ayurveda treats the disease using herbal preparations and diets that help to cleanse the blood.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid foods with high protein levels and excessive salt.
  • Avoid sour, pungent and fried foods.
  • Cut on your consumption of red meat, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Take light and easily digestible food.
  • Eat wholegrain bread, cereals and seasonal fruits.
  • Add cumin, fennel, coriander, garlic, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon into food while cooking.
  • Avoid dairy products.
  • Exercises to half of your stamina.
  • Massage your joints with lukewarm sesame oil.
  • Avoid visiting damp and cold places.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.

Home Remedies

  • Eat 2-3 fresh, peeled garlic buds with water in the morning.