Arthritis is a serious ailment that has greatly emerged today and is direct warning sign for deteriorating health of the joints and has the potential to severely hampers one’s daily routine. The prevalence of gout and uric acid has raised major concerns among individuals. It was earlier categorized as an age-related disease but today unhealthy diet and lifestyle have a great contribution to the disease exposure among the middle age and youth generation. Gouty Arthritis occurs as a result of ill response of metabolism to work efficiently which primarily affects the joints. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Mukesh Sharda Founder - Dr. Sharda Ayurveda, to know about ayurvedic remedies to treat gout and uric acid.
Purines are essential for body function and are integral part of the DNA whose breakdown results in uric acid production. As an outcome, the uric acid gets accumulated in the joints thus causing pain, and inflammation of the affected area. But if the early management is not done can even lead to kidney malfunctioning. The normal process of the body comprises of production of purines which are broken down into uric acid which is the byproduct of filtration process of the kidney which gets eliminated in the form of urine. But when uric acid is not eliminated and gets accumulated in the body, the condition of Gout is detected.
How can ayurveda treat gout and uric acid?
Ayurveda is a 5000 years old practice that comprises of plant, herbs, and shrubs-based medicines that are proven for its significant properties that they provide to the bodily system. The prevalence and sudden hike of the disease in recent years is all the outcome of our unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle which Ayurveda believes is the primary or foremost effectors. Secondly, people prefer luxury and comfort over their health but it’s a saying that “Health should always be your priority".
The negligence of disease symptoms has the potential to cause long-term serious health complications which are difficult to manage as well as accompanied with extreme discomfort. Ayurveda for gout (Vatarakta) treatment relies on points i.e., detoxification, elimination, and purification of the body which additionally can effectively be managed through diet and lifestyle changes along with Ayurvedic medications as guided by experienced Ayurvedic experts.
Ayurvedic treatments for gout and uric acid
The conventional medicines approach more towards the symptomatic mode of treatment which gives short-term results with higher chances of future complications. But Ayurveda deals with first balancing the specific Doshas of the body and then managing it efficiently. It follows a systematic or root cause management of the disease through a natural, authentic and holistic approach and thus reducing the chances of symptoms reversal. The best way to manage symptoms of gout and uric acid through adoption of natural Ayurvedic treatment. Some of the key highlighters of the treatment are:
1. Panchakarma Therapy
This therapy is the basic of Ayurveda medications where certain procedures are followed aiming towards detoxification of the body. The aggravated Doshas are the causal of the disease emergence and thus elimination and purification is essential for healthy body system functioning. Shodhana is a part of purification therapy. Ill functioned metabolism causes the accumulation of toxins in the body thus causing disease. The Shodhana therapy aids in toxin removal through three steps i.e., Purva Karma, Pradhana Karma, and Paschath Karma.
2. Ayurvedic Herbs
Herbs are the natural components that are known for their beneficial properties for a long time and are the primary constituent of Ayurvedic medicines with no side effects and give effective results. The medications are provided by the experts as per the disease demands which aid in efficient recovery from the disease symptoms. Some best herbs for treating gout and uric acid are Triphala, Neem, Ginger, and Turmeric, Giloy.
Diet plays an essential role in getting recovered from the disease. Ayurveda believes that if people maintain a healthy diet, they are less prone to get affected and subsequently will proficiently live a disease-free life. The Ayurvedic diet recommended by experts can make a significant difference in getting relief. Best recommended diet add-ons are avocado, citrus fruits, cherries, and old grains.
Due to the adoption of a lifestyle full of comfort people are getting more prone to get affected. There Ayurveda suggests lifestyle as the key point and emphasis changes in it for getting recovered from the disease efficiently. The changes included are:
- Stop caffeine-based beverages
- Cut out stress
- Perform regular exercise
- Daily practice yoga and meditation
Ayurveda prioritizes diet and lifestyle changes for getting effectively treated for any disease. They believe medications alone cannot heal until a person at their level won’t be making any efforts for recovery.