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Gout and its Ayurvedic Management
|by Dr. Minakshi Malge|
Gout is known as the king of disease or the rich man’s disease. According to ayurved it is known as aadhya-vata or vata-rakta (disease due to vitiation of blood and vata dosha) which strongly support the role of sedentary lifestyle and dietary habits in gout. Prevalence of gout has approximately doubled between 1990 and 2010. This rise is believed to be due to increasing life expectancy. Changes in diet and an increase in disease associated with gout, such as metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure. In men over the age of 30 and women over the age of 50 prevalence is 2%.
Causes of gout:
Signs and symptoms:
Management of gout varies from patient to patient and depends upon the individuals physical and psychological constitution (doshaj prakruti). Management can be summarized under following headings:
Diet and lifestyle changes that are effective include reducing intake of food such as meat and seafood, consuming adequate vitamin C, limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding obesity. Vitamin C intake of 1500mg/day decreases the risk of gout by 45% compared to 250mg/day. Coffee but not tea consumption is associate with lower risk of gout.
Recommended food which may be beneficial to people with gout include:
Detoxification therapy like medicated enema and purgation along with oil massage decrease the concentration of plasma uric acid level and its inflammatory stages in both acute and chronic condition.
Yoga and Exercise
A number of herbs and their compound formulations are used for pain removal to reduce the uric acid level and other disturbing features of the disease.
Kaishore guggul is the drug of choice for the treatment of this condition.
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