Ayurveda for managing gout
Dr. Garima Saxena
Gurgaon south city ii, Gurgaon Apr 23, 2019
Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It is caused due to inflammation and deposition of uric acid in the cartilages of joints. Gout occurs in sudden attacks, starting from the big toe and then gradually spreads to feet, ankle, and joints of hands and legs. The pain can be severe and cause burning sensation.
Ayurvedic understanding of gout:
In ayurveda, gout is known as vatarakta, as it is caused due to vata dosha and affects the rakta dhatu. Intake of spicy, sour, salty, alkaline and heavy food impairs vata dosha in the body. These impaired doshas travel through the energy channels to smaller joints, causing damage to tissues and bones, resulting in vatarakta.
Factors that increase the risk of gout attacks:
According to ayurveda, the following activities may increase the frequency or intensity of gout:
- Eating sour, spicy, salty, alkaline food items.
- Excessive anger.
- Waking up at the night and sleeping during day.
- Excessive traveling.
Excessive exercise, overindulgence in sex etc also lead to gouts.
Managing gout with ayurveda:
- Avoid cold and damp areas, keep the body warm.
- Do light exercises or yoga, do not overindulge in it.
- Massage the joints regularly with sesame oil.
- Drink excess amount of water to get rid of toxins in the body.
- Try to maintain a definite sleep routine, do not travel excessively or do activities which disrupt the schedule.
- Regarding diet: avoid pungent, sour food items and consume light and easily digestible meals.
Recommended: apple (or seasonal fruits in general), cherries, vegetable juices, lime, whole grains, legumes.
Avoid: diet extremely high in protein or rich in salt, yogurt, red meat, tobacco, alcohol.