Gout Hyperuricemia or High Uric Acid Level in Blood Symptoms - Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurveda and Gout


Learn about Gout from Ayurveda perspective, find out its Symptoms and Prevalence!

Welcome to Ayurvedic treatment for Gout FREE Email Training by Dr. Vikram Aditya Tomar!

In this first unit, you will find out about Gout symptoms and how prevalent it is and who are more prone to be affected by it.

Unlike, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout is a reaction to deposition of Uric Acid crystals in Joints and tendons and it is characterized by presence of high uric acid level in blood.

Do You Say Yes to Any of These?

  • Intense Joints Pain: The pain of gout is sudden in onset and it is intense. Ayurveda mentions it like a stinging pain as felt by scorpion bite.
  • Pain at Night: The sudden and intense pain is felt more often, more intensely at night.
  • Affected Joints: Big toe is the most commonly affected joint. However, it does occur in feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists and other joints as well.
  • Other Symptoms: Generally, there is warmth, swelling and redness or purple color of joints and surrounding area. Many times, there is tenderness or pain on touching the joint.
  • Duration of Pain: The pain is intense for few days since its first start. There might be slight fever or feverish feeling in first few days. Afterward, when the severe pain subsides, the discomfort and pain remains there for few days to weeks. The affected joints become red, swollen and tender (pain on touch).
  • Chronic and Progressive Nature: Gout is a chronic and progressive nature. It means that pain affects more joints, in more severe manner during later attacks. That is why it is necessary to manage it on a long term basis in a natural manner. The good news is that it is manageable in both acute and chronic stage.
  • Advanced Complications like Renal Stones, Crystal deposition under the skin and in the tendon and Renal failure are present when it is not managed properly for longer period of time. 

Once Considered Wealthy People's Disease:

In older days, because of Gout's association with drinking and eating excess of meat, it was often considered as wealthy people's disease. But, present studies tell that any body could be affected by Gout.

Once Gout was considered to be the Wealthy person's disease as it is more likely to affect the men who are obese, eat excess of meat and indulge in drinking. However, it is not completely true!

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Key Aspects of Gout or Vata-Rakta:

Gout is described in Ayurveda as Vata-Rakta disease. It signifies the painful and degenerative conditions (Vata) associated with reactive inflammation caused by high blood uric acid (Rakta). 

The symptoms are very vividly described as intense pain such as caused by scorpion bite, aggravation during midnight and redness.

Simply, you can consider it reactive inflammatory changes initiated by high uric acid levels that are coupled with degenerative changes in joints and other soft tissues like muscles and tendons as well. 

That is why both aspects - Vata and Rakta - are to be considered together in Ayurvedic treatment of Gout. If one aspect is overlooked, the condition is not resolved, rather it complicates even though symptoms might subside for a little while.

Commonly Affected Parts & Joints in Gout:

Sometimes, joint's pain is not a prominent sign of Uric acid, it can poor functioning of Kidney and Kidney stones due to Urates. Urate deposition in Kidney and Ear is also common. 

Commonly Affected Body Parts in Gout

However,  most of the time, there is crystal deposition in Joints cavity and surrounding areas like muscles or tendons and soft tissues.

Big Toe, Ankle, Knee and fingers are most commonly affected.

Most Commonly

Affected Joints in Gout

Big Toe

Knee

Gout in Fingers of Old Lady

Fingers

Elbow

The Risk & Prevalence of Gout in Men & Women:

Gout has affinity toward men, especially between 30-50 years. After menopause women are also affected by Gout. The chance of its incidence starts at 30 for men, 50 for women and rises up to 75 years of age in persons who already have had the attack of Gout.

8.3 million people are affected in United States by Gout. Generally 2.5-4% of the population might be affected by Gout.

As age increases, the incidence of Gout rises because of several factors...

  1. Medical Drugs
  2. Surgeries and Hospitalization
  3. After organ transplant
  4. Presence of some tumors
  5. Association with high blood pressure, Diabetes and obesity
  6. Getting triggered after stress (common for many chronic health issues)

How much Susceptible are Obese person to Gout?

Obesity is one of the risk factors of several disorders such as Diabetes and Hypertension. It is a well established risk factor of Gout as well. 

The risk is further enhanced as Obesity is also associated with poor metabolism,  liver and renal functioning. And all three compound to further rise the risk of Gout.

Some Real Life Presentation of Gout

David is in his late forties and works as an account. He was moderately overweight and indulged in drinking during the weekends. He suddenly got up one night and experienced pain and burning sensation in big toe. It was so acute that he had to take over the counter painkiller that was lying the medicine box.


The pain persisted for next few days and he also noticed some redness and swelling in big toe area. He was also feeling some feverish and could not go to office next day as it was difficult to walk.


In the evening he rushed to medical doctor and it was suspected Gout that was later confirmed about Xray and blood tests.  

About Next Unit:

In the next training session, you will learn about...

  1. About healthy and normal joint
  2. What changes take place into a normal joint to turn it into Gout afflicted joint
  3. Stages of Gout

This will help you to understand what goes wrong in Gout and how it would be affected by Ayurvedic herbs and other modalities.

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