Gout Without Drugs, Natural Treatment Of Gout (Gouty Arthritis or Vata Rakta)

Gout Without Drugs, Natural Treatment Of Gout (Gouty Arthritis or Vata Rakta)

Gout, gouty arthritis or ‘Vata Rakta’ is marked by painful inflammatory joints, as well as systemic adverse effects on the body. According to Ayurveda, the ancient natural medicine of India, there are three types of gout with varying signs and symptoms. You can can have a better quality of life if you can follow the diet and lifestyle factors recommended below, as well as receive assistance from a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

In Ayurveda ‘gouty arthritis’ is known as ‘Vata Rakta’. The word ‘Vata Rakta’ is composed of two words: Vata (Vata Dosha) and Rakta (blood). When aggravated, Vata is obstructed by the aggravated Rakta, and this obstructed Vata in turn vitiates Rakta. This pathological state is known as Vatarakta or gout or gouty arthritis.

Types of Gout Or Gouty Arthritis

According to Ayurveda, there are three types of gout.

1. Superficial Vata Rakta
2. Deep Seated Vata Rakta
3. Vata Rakta that affects the superficial and deep tissues simultaneously

Furthermore, gout has been classified into eight types according to the dosha or particular imbalance involved.
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  1. Vata dominated Vata Rakta
  2. Pitta dominated Vata Rakta
  3. Rakta (blood tissue) dominated Vata Rakta (Rakta, although a tissue, is considered a Dosha here as its vitiation is a causative factor behind the precipitation of Vata Rakta in general, and this type of Vata Rakta in particular, where symptoms of vitiation of blood are more than that of Vata)
  4. Kapha dominated Vata Rakta
  5. Vata-Pitta dominated Vata Rakta
  6. Vata-Kapha dominated Vata Rakta 
  7. Kapha-Pitta dominated Vata Rakta 
  8. Sannipata (where all three dosha are involved) Vata Rakta

Causes of Gout Or Gouty Arthritis

The following causes, which aggravate the dosha involved as per the type of Vata Rakta, have been recognized.

Blood Vitiating Causes

  • Over-indulgence in foods which are salty, sour, pungent, alkaline, fatty, very hot or uncooked
  • Consuming meat of animals or birds of aquatic and marshy regions, and dried meat
  • Excessive intake of eatables like  radish, cowpea, leafy vegetables; grains like sesame, horse gram, black grain, cowpea or black eyed pea and other foods like those that are fermented, mutton and yogurt
  • Overeating
  • Anger
  • Sleeping during the day and/or staying awake at night
  • Excessive exposure to hot climate and sun

The above mentioned foods and activities will produce Vata Rakta, especially in those who are very timid or delicate, have a sweet tooth (enjoy eating sugary foods, wheat, potatoes, grains, milk etc), have a lethargic lifestyle and are not used to walking or exercising. In people with such lifestyles, the blood tissue can get vitiated over a period of time.

Vata Vitiating Causes

  • Eating astringent, bitter and pungent tastes in food
  • Excessive fasting
  • Excessive traveling
  • Excessive swimming, jumping, and excessive sexual intercourse
  • Suppression of the natural urges
  • An over-indulgence in grief
  • Eating foods which are incompatible with your dosha or constitution

Do you know your dosha or Ayurvedic body type? Take the free quiz here!

Signs And Symptoms Of Gout Or Gouty Arthritis

The signs and symptoms of gout (gouty arthritis, ‘vata rakta’) depends upon the dosha which is involved.

If Vata is the dominant dosha, the following symptoms can appear.

  • Severe pain (pulsating or pricking)
  • Swollen joints which appear dry and blackish. The swelling will increase or decrease often.
  • Contractures of the fingers
  • Stiffness and severe pain
  • Deformities
  • Loss of function of joints
  • Dislike for cold

The involved limbs can’t bear even the slightest touch (hyperaesthesia). A sort of pricking, piercing pain (like pins or needles) is experienced and the limbs can become withered. Atrophy and loss of sensibility to touch can occur.

If Pitta is dominant, the involved joints can become extremely red, hot, soft, swollen, and characterized by a sort of indescribable burning sensation.

If Rakta is affected profoundly, the swelling will cause severe (pricking) pain, become coppery red in color, and neither oil or dry massage will be able to bring relief. Itching and exudation can also occur.

If Kapha is dominant, the skin can be rigid, greasy, ‘heavy’, and can experience a loss of sensation and slight pain. The involved limbs become swollen and numb. The swelling assumes a whitish hue, feels cold to the touch, and is accompanied by excessive itching.

If two or three doshas are involved, there will be a combination of the above symptoms. The limbs exhibit symptoms that are respectively peculiar to all the three preceding types

How To Distinguish The Three Types Of Gout

Superficial Vata Rakta

In the superficial type of Vata Rakta, the following symptoms exist.

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Contraction of the skin
  • Pricking and/or pulsating pain
  • Deformity of joints
  • Coppery, blackish or red colored skin

Deep Seated Vata Rakta

In the deep seated type of Vata Rakta, these symptoms exist.

  • Hard swelling with deep seated pain
  • Coppery red colored skin
  • Burning sensation
  • Pricking and/or pulsating pain
  • Swelling that is converted into ulcers

Third Type Of Vata Rakta

In the third type of Vata Rakta, one experiences the following.

  • Severe pain
  • A burning sensation

The vitiated Vata affecting the joints, bones and bone marrow, causes cutting pain and contractures of the bones and joints.

Many conditions have been thought to have the same pathology as Vata Rakta, but describing them is out of the scope of this article.

Gout Without Drugs

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  • In the beginning, oleation therapy, where medicated ghee is given internally, is recommended.
  • Thereafter, purgation therapy with unctuous ingredients like castor oil or other medicated oils is given. If the person has an oily disposition already, then herbal powders like Triphala with warm water is given.
  • Self administered herbal enema therapies
  • If Vata is dominant, fomentation and oil massage is advised. However, if the limbs already experience burning, fomentation should be avoided and instead cooling herbal packs should be applied.
  • In Kapha dominated Vata Rakta, intermittent fasting under supervision can be initiated.

Don’ts

Things to avoid if you’re suffering from Vata Rakta.

  • Sleeping during day time
  • Exposure to heat
  • Exercise
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Eating pungent, spicy, heavy to digest, salty and sour foods
  • Intake of sesame and yogurt
  • Alcohol in any form

Do’s

  • Cereals (e.g. 1-year old barley, wheat, wild rice, rice)
  • Turkey or chicken soup, chickpeas, green mung beans, and asparagus with added ghee.
  • Milk of cow, buffalo and goat

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this document may be viewed as the diagnosis or treatment of any medical disease whatsoever. The contents of this document are the opinions of the author based on his/her learning and experience. This document is meant only for educational purposes. The Ayurveda Experience is not liable or responsible for the suggestions made herein. Please consult your primary care physician before implementing any change in your diet or lifestyle.

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Deepak Bhanot, BAMS is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner with 20 years of experience. He specializes in dietary and lifestyle consultation as per one's Prakriti. He has an advanced specialization in Nutrition and Health Education as well as Preventive and Promotive Health Care. He is a certified Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Acupressure therapist.

4 comments

  1. Hello. I just finished a 28 day stay at an Ayurvedic hospital in Kerala, where I had a very controlled diet, herbal medicines, and massages twice per day. On day 27 my right ankle began to hurt and it developed into gout…previously I had gout only in the big toe on the opposite side. It appears to be of pitta nature, hot somewhat red and swollen. A week has passed and it has mostly subsided. I cannot understand how this could happen, given that I underwent cleansing treatment, unless it was precipitated by the medicines (which were mainly aimed at reducing vata). My prakriti is vata-pitta. My body weight is very low and I was going to eat mutton, which the hospital recommended, but now have fear of inducing a relapse. I know it is somewhat difficult, but do you have any suggestions as to how I might proceed? Thank you

    • mm

      Hi, You need to check out with a dietician if you could eat mutton considering your uric acid levels.
      Nothing to worry as far as this solitary episode with your ankle as sometimes the dosha are not expelled out fully during a cleanse and that is why follow up herbs are given which take care.
      Just follow with the hospital and the doctors might change the follow up herbs.

  2. Where can i find a qualified practitioner please?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for asking. We’re in the process of building a fantastic database of practitioners. Shoot me an email and let me know what location and / or specialty you need and I’ll check our offline database for you.

      Jennifer
      jennifer@theayurvedaexperience.com

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