Gout is a painful, arthritic condition which arises when there is a build-up of uric acid in the blood. This condition is known as Hyperuricemia. Once uric acid levels rise, crystals start to form in the joints and kidneys. This results in pain, inflammation, and discomfort. Although the exact cause is not known, the following factors are believed to play a significant role:
– Alcohol Consumption
– Excessive Consumption of meat & Purines
– Lack of exercise
– Too much protein or Carbohydrate intake
– Impaired kidney function
– Nutritional deficiencies
Symptoms of Gout appear in the joints (most commonly the big toe) as follows:
– Pain (may be sudden and severe)
The first step is to reduce as much of the above-mentioned causes as possible.
A simple yet effective remedy that has also been proven effective in multiple studies, is the use of Cherries. Cherries contain Anthocyanins, which are believed to counteract inflammation and may possess urate lowering properties. Although the exact chemical constituent responsible for the reduction in Uric acid and Gout attacks is not known, this has proven to be a rather formidable option. Cherries reduce serum urate levels and increase urate excretion via urination (see study 1 & study 2). In my experience, results are typically seen within 2-4 days.
2. Vitamin B5 – Pantothenic Acid
This vitamin plays a crucial role in the excretion of uric acid from the body. Reduced levels of Vitamin B5 are also associated with more joint stiffness (especially in the morning), pain and inflammation. This vitamin should be supplemented in the case of Gout in order to reduce uric acid levels and assist in healing.
Tulsi is a versatile medicinal herb that has proven to be effective in treating several metabolic disorders, infections, psychiatric and cardiovascular conditions. It has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and immune-boosting properties. In a clinical trial, Tulsi was able to significantly improve the symptoms of Gout (see study). It is best to use fresh Tulsi rather than supplements, however, if you are unable to get the fresh leaves I suggest you use a high-quality supplement such as this one.
4. Gokshuradi Guggulu (Ayurvedic Formulation)
This formulation is used for several urinary disorders as well as hyperuricemia aka Gout (see study). This is due to the potent ingredients which include:
– Triphala, 3 detoxifying, digestion regulating, and immune boosting herbs.
– Trikatu, 3 herbs which enhance cellular metabolism and reduce cellular waste
– Guggulu, a powerful anti-inflammatory resin, known for treating arthritic conditions and pain.
– Gokshura, also known as Tribulus Terrestris, a diuretic herb, known for enhancing kidney function and reducing inflammation and swelling.
Talk to an Ayurvedic doctor about the correct dose for your condition.
In general, I only use Gokshuradi Guggulu and Cherries for treatment. Occasionally, Gokshuradi Guggulu may cause gastric discomfort. In those cases, I use Indian Madder.
During treatment, it is best to avoid alcohol, red meat, purine-rich foods, seafood, carbonated drinks, junk food and refined carbohydrates. Instead, follow a diet rich in the following:
– Raw fruits
– White Meat
– Rice, Rye, Barley
– Potassium-rich foods like Cabbage, cauliflower, avocado, celery, etc
– Lemons and Lemon Juice
– Nuts and seeds like Almonds, Brazil Nuts, etc.
*String Beans have been linked to a reduction in symptoms of Gout*
A foot bath with Epsom Salt is quite beneficial in treating Gout and is an age-old remedy. Clinically, my clients/patients tend to get pretty good results by incorporating this into their routine. Not only does is provide a good dose of magnesium, but it also helps to reduce the symptoms of Gout.
Try adding about 250 grams of Epsom salt to a warm water foot bath and keep your feet in it for at least 15-20 minutes.
This is a pretty effective remedy and tends to speed up recovery significantly.
The consumption of Lemon water (1 lemon squeezed into a glass of warm water), tends to keep Gout at bay. Lemon juice tends to neutralize acid within the body, including uric acid. Lemon is also a diuretic and enhances kidney function. Consume this daily to prevent gout flares.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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