Ayurveda is an alternative medicine that originated in the Indian subcontinent some 5,000 years ago. It focuses, not just on the physical body, but also on the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the person.
Alternative medicines are often looked upon with skepticism by the public, but the truth is that many of them can be effective and improve your quality of life. And while modern medicine and drugs are certainly integral to maintaining our health, there is no reason to believe that alternative medicine cannot be just as beneficial in certain situations.
Ayurveda may help to relieve your gout symptoms and perhaps reduce your lifelong dependency upon gout drugs. It works through a combination of dietary modifications, oral medicines, oil treatments, massages, and various other holistic approaches that are typically ignored by modern medicine.
The first step in treating gout using Ayurveda is to modify your diet. For example, avoid consuming high-protein foods, red meat, organ meat, fried foods, junk food, etc., and too much salt. Alcohol has to be avoided too.
Eat foods that are more easily digested, for example; more vegetables (boiled, steamed or as a broth) and consume more fresh fruit such as apples, cherries, and blueberries, which can lower uric acid in the blood.
Increase the use of certain spices in your cooking, e.g., fennel, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, garlic, cardamom and ginger. And drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to help cleanse toxins from the body.
In addition to dietary modifications, Ayurveda includes traditionally prepared medicines. One of the first usually given is Pancatikta Ghrita: the patient is given two teaspoons, twice a day, on an empty stomach, for approximately 2 weeks.
This is then followed by Kaisore Guggulu, which is actually the preferred treatment for gout. It is given to the patient in tablet form with the patient taking 2 tablets x 3 times daily. It is important that Kaisore Guggulu be given on an empty stomach, and that it is followed by 2 ounces of Manjistha.
In order to help treat the specific areas that are infected by gout the patient should take warm oil baths, and have warm oil massages performed.
Although these Ayurvedic remedies might seem to involve a lot of effort it’s important to remember that if they can improve your health then the effort will be well worth it.