Gout(Vatrakta) and Ayurveda Detoxification Therapies


Gout is one of the commonest forms of arthritis becoming very common in India. Accumulation of toxins is the primary cause and pathogenesis of this condition. This fact is well accepted by Modern, Ayurveda and most of the traditional medical systems across the world.
Excessive accumulation of uric acid leads to formation of small uric acid crystals which are deposited in the joints and causes recurring joint inflammation and pain. In chronic cases, the larger amounts of uric acid crystals leads to complete destruction of joints, decreased
renal function and renal stones. High blood uric acid levels could also leads to this condition without any history of pain. This condition is marked by fever and extremely painful joint inflammation with rapid onset.
Gout usually starts with affecting one or two joints. Pain and inflammation usually disappears in 7-10 days time with or without any treatments. The second or later attack may be after months or sometimes after years. Gout usually starts with joints of the feet and ankles, most commonly the big toe. As time goes it spreads to other joints leads to disability and crippling. Men are most affected with gout however women after menopause too have the same risk as men.
Inflammation or gout is known in Sanskrit term as vatrakta. Panchakarma therapy is one of the most effective treatments in curing gout. VataRakta is a combination of two words Vata & Rakta. There are three known synonyms (identical) of vatrakta. They are Khuda, Adhayavata and Vatabalasaka. The description of each synonym is as follows:

Khuda
Khuda means small joints. Since in this disease, the small joints are inflicted it is called as Khuda Vata
Adhayavata
Adhaya means the rich class of people & those who are delicate. Since this class of people is generally inflicted with the disease, it is also called as Adhayavata.
Vatabalasaka
The aggravated vata having been obstructed in its passage by aggravated blood, affects the entire blood.
Symptoms
  • Shate Atiruk- Severe pain on injury
  • Sandhi Shaithilyam- Laxity in joints
  • Excess or absence of perspiration.
  • Sedation like feeling.
  • Acute pain on any kind of wound.
  • Lack of sensation in knee, thigh, feet, shoulder.
  • Unusual facial appearance.
  • Karshnya- Blackness
  • Sparshaagyatvam- Anaesthesia
  • Aalasyam- Lassitude
  • Sadanam- Malaise
  • Pidakodgam- Appearance of boils
  • Bhedo Gurutvam Supti Kandu - piercing pain, quivering, tearing, heaviness
  • Numbness & itching in knee, shanks, thigh, waist, shoulder, hands, feet & joints of body.
  • Sandhishu Rug Bhutva- unstable pain in joints.
  • Vaivarnam & Mandalotpatt- abnormal complexion & appearance of patients.

Ayurveda explains the following are causes for Gout

  • Excessive sleep during day time.
  • Irritation & Anger.
  • Consumption or eating during dyspepsia.
  • Intake of diet consisting of an excess of sour, pungent, alkaline, fatty, hot & uncooked articles, moist or dried things, meat of aquatic & marshy animals, oil-cakes, radish, horse gram, black gram, nishpava and other leguminous. Vegetables, seasum paste, sugar cane, curd, sour gruel, sauvira, shukta (vinegars), butter milk, sura are asava also the causative factors
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating during indigestion
Ayurveda Classification According To Doshas
1. Control of Vata
Enlargement of vessels, soreness, shivering and sharp pain, coarseness, exasperation, tightening of veins and joints, inflexibility and severe ache in body parts.
2. Control of Rakta
Inflammation with severe and sharp pain and swelling.

3. Control of Pitta
Over excitement, severe pain, acidic sensation after meals, weakness, dehydration, swelling and desiccation.
4. Control of Kapha
Sensation of Humidity, bulkiness and placid ache.
Complications
Some things need to be taken care of when treating this disorder:
  • Insomnia.
  • Pain.
  • Dehydration.
  • Fever.
  • Psychological mystification.
  • Sudden glitch.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Indigestion.
  • Sleepy feeling.
  • Swelling.
  • Smoldering sensation.
  • Inflexibility in body parts.
  • Tumor.

Ayurveda therapies for prevention of Management of Gout
Ayurveda recommends therapies for prevention as well as for the management of this condition. Ayurvedic treatments for gout vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of detoxification therapies (Pancha karma), oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(Oleation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the treatments suggested in the treatment of gout.
a. Abhyanga (Oil massage) - It increases the metabolism, which leads to better tissuerespiration and circulation, causing the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. It helps in alleviating rheumatic disorders. It improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and for long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.

b. Pizhichil (Oil bath)- In pizhichil, lukewarm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. This treatment is very effective in rheumatic diseases like arthritis, Gout, nervous weakness and nervous disorders. This treatment is prescribed not only for rheumatic ailments (vatic disorders) but also for many other diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions etc.

Home Remedies for Gout
A. Apples are good for gout
B. 3 ml of lemon juice mixed in 100 ml of water, thrice daily helps the kidney to detoxify
C. 30 ml French bean juice said to be effective in gout. It has to be taken for at least 30 days as one course
D. Cherries play a vital role in improving the anti oxidants in the system. Some naturopaths recommend 10 fresh cherries a day to keep the gout in control.
E. Carrot juice mixed with the juices of beet and cucumber acts as diuretic hence it is recommended for Gout
F. A charcoal bath is a good Home Remedy for Gout. Mix in old basin one half cup of charcoal powder with water until a paste is made. Place affected foot into the basin and add water until the foot is enclosed. Steep your foot in the charcoal bath for thirty to sixty minutes.
Commonly used drugs
Basically, all ayurvedic medicines are used. Some of them commonly used are as follows:
Guggul
  • Gokhshuradi (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Kaishor (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Panch Tikta Ghurta (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Mahayograj (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Yograj (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Sinhnad (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
Bhasma
  • Shrung (Ras Tarangini)
  • Shankha (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Swarna Makshik (Rasendra Saar Sangraha)
  • Praval (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)
Arishtha / Asava
  • Dashmularishtha (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Chandanasava (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Maha Manjishthadyarishtha (Siddha Yog Snagraha)
Rasa Kalpa /Vati / Mandur
  • Samshamni (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Gandhak Rasayan (Ayurved Prakash)
  • Punarnavadi Mandur (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)

Conclusion
Our eating and living habits, environmental factors etc produces toxins which usually accumulated in the body and ends up with conditions like Gout. Ayurveda’s five purification therapies (Pancha Karma) are primarily targeted to remove these toxins and rejuvenate the human system which in turn helps in prevention and management of Gout better than any other modern medical systems.

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