Ayurvedic Treatment for Gout
Gout is a complex form of arthritis that causes inflammation in the joints due to accumulation of uric acid. The disease commonly effects the joints in the feet. Gout is characterized with intense pain, swelling and redness in the joints.
What are the Causes of Gout
Accumulation of urate crystals in the joints leads to inflammation and intense pain in the joints.
Urate crystals are formed from excess uric acid in the blood stream. Uric acid is formed when there is break down of purines in the body. The amount of purines are more in case of meats, sea food, alcoholic beverages, and sweetened drinks.
Uric acid dissolve in the blood, processed in the kidneys and pass out of the body through urine. But when too much of uric acid is generated, kidneys cannot process it and leads to acid build up resulting in urate crystals in the blood. These crystals reaches the joints or surrounding tissue that leads to pain and swelling
Gout Risk Factors
- Obesity – In case of obesity, body produce more uric acid which gets difficult to eliminate from the body
- Medical conditions – Associated medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases.
- Continuous use of certain medications. Eg: thiazide diuretics.
- Family history – Hereditary which runs in the family increases the risk of gout
- Menopause – Uric acid levels in the blood tend to increase after attaining menopause.
- Age and sex – Gout is seen more in men than women. Men is likely to develop this disease.
- Recent surgery or trauma – History of recent surgery can increase the risk of gout.
What are the Symptoms of Gout
The sign and symptoms include –
- Intense pain in the joints – Gout usually effect the large joints, especially in the big toe. Other joints that get affected are ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers
- Inflammation and redness – the joints affected become inflamed and reddish in the joints
- Limited movements in the joints
- First and foremost, symptom is burning sensation in the eyes associated with stinging pain
- Extreme dryness in the eyes
- Burning eyes are mostly associated with watery discharge from the eyes
- Itching the eyes
- Red spots in the eyes
- Most often the nasal symptoms are also associated with burning eyes such as sneezing, running nose or nasal congestion etc.
Ayurveda describes burning eyes as Netra daha. This happens due to vitiation of the pitta dosha. Sometimes combined effect of tridosha can cause burning, irritation or congestion in the eyes.
Treatment for burning eyes in Ayurveda
- Rinsing the eyes continuously with water can clean minor irritants in the eyes
- Avoid the cause of irritation to the eyes
- Local treatments to the eyes called netra kriya kalpa are recommended best to treat eye disorders
- Parisheka – Continuous pouring of medicated liquid to the eyes are recommended. The medicine can vary depending upon the condition.
- Bidalaka – Applying thick paste to the eyelids can reduce the symptoms of burning eyes
- Aschyothana – Applying the medicated ghee or eye drops can cure mild irritation to the eyes.
- Anjana – Eye collyrium is also helpful to cure eye disorders in Ayurveda
- Include ghee and intake of milk in everyday diet. Daily use of honey is recommended.
- Vegetables such as snake gourd, green leafy items, carrots, drumstick leaves are best for the eye health. Red rice, wheat, green gram is good for eyes. Avoid freezed food, cold beverages, extreme sour food, alcohol, curd, non-vegetarian food, excessive hot, spicy and fatty foods