Gouty Arthritis Care
Gouty is the painful metabolic diseases resulting in inflammation and the deposition of uric acid in the cartilages of the joints.
Causes of Gouty Arthritis:
When the human body breaks down the chemicals called purines, it produces uric acid. Purines are found naturally in our body as well as in food. Normally, uric acid dissolves and goes through the urine via the kidneys. But if the body is producing too much uric acid or if the body is not excreting enough uric acid, it starts accumulating in the body. This build-up results in the formation of sharp, needle-like crystals. When they accumulate in the joints or surrounding tissues, it causes pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Symptoms of Gouty Arthritis:
- Burning sensation.
- Pricking pain
- Change of color of the skin
- Pain and redness in the small joints of the body.
- Swollen joints
Ayurvedic View on Gouty Arthritis:
In Ayurveda, gout is known as vatarakt, as the main dosha involved is vata and it affects rakt dhatu. Vitiation (impairment) of vata dosha and rakt dhatu is caused by increased intake of spicy, sour, salty, alkaline, heavy and penetrating foods. The impaired doshas travel through the channels of the body and get accumulated at the smaller joints causing damage to the tissues and bones of the joint resulting in vatarakt.
Excessive anger, waking up late in the night, sleeping in the daytime, excessive traveling, trauma, overindulgence in physical exercises, excessive sexual activity and suppressing the natural urges of the body can also lead to gout. Ayurvedic treatments emphasize herbal preparations, diet, and routines that help to cleanse the blood.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice for Gouty Arthritis
- Avoid high-protein diet and excessive salt.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to cleanse toxins from the body.
- Avoid all sour, pungent, fried foods, red meat, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Take light and easily digestible food like steamed or boiled vegetables or vegetable broth.
- Use wholegrain bread, cereals and increase intake of seasonal fruits (except banana).
- Increase the use of garlic, ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon.
- Do light and gentle exercises.
- Massage the joints gently with lukewarm sesame oil for 20-30 minutes.
- Avoid damp and cold places and keep the body warm.
- Avoid dairy products, especially yogurt.