- Dr. Priyanka Sainani
Gout which is famously referred as ‘URIC ACID DIATHESIS’, is a form of arthritis. Having too much uric acid in the blood results in deposits of uric acid crystals which can cause significant amount of joint pain, and this makes daily routine activities painful and difficult. Typically gout affects the big toe and as acute attacks, of pain, swelling, & redness.
Urate crystals may deposit in your joints and cause the acute flares of inflammation and pain. Increased uric acid in blood leads to the formation of such crystal deposits. Our body forms uric acid from breaking down purines. Eating too much purine rich food will lead to high uric acid levels. Certain food sources like meat, alcohol, artificially sweetened food can contribute largely towards high uric acid levels.
Being overweight also causes increased uric acid production, which could be difficult to flush out equally. Certain medications and medical conditions like diabetes, renal ailments may also increase uric acid levels. Talk to your health professional to discuss the possible causes affecting your levels.
- Intense pain which may last up to 12 hours or more.
- Joint discomfort which may affect small or big joints an last unto few weeks.
- Limitations of movement – Joint stiffness and restricted movements may also affect your quality of life.
Patient with Gout mostly put on weight and hence need correction in their diet to manage weight and reduce high purine food sources. Correcting your dietary habits & including optimal hydration.
Homeopathy believes in correcting the tendency of the body towards the Uric acid imbalance and corrects the root cause of Gout. It helps to reduce pain and swelling around the joints. In homeopathy the medications particularly addresses to the ‘uric acid diathesis’.
Few good homeopathic medicines for correcting uric acid imbalance and treating gout :
- Berberis Vulgaris
- Acid Benzoic
- Lithium Carb
- Urtica urens etc.
Prescribing the remedy most similar and corresponding to the patient’s symptoms along with the dietary guidance will definitely yield favourable results. Not to forget that these types of metabolic complaints need a lot of patience and perseverance.
Written by – Dr. Priyanka Sainani. Homeopathy Practitioner – The Children’s Medical Centre (TCMC).