By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
High uric acid causes pain in small joints. This is known as gout. High uric acid is a common problem affecting people. It has to do with our rich diet and sedentary lifestyle. There is effective treatment for gout or high uric acid. Before we talk of the best homeopathic medicines for gout, let us understand more about gout and its cause.
What is Gout (गठिया क्या है )
Gout, one of the three forms of arthritis is often the most painful one. In acute stage, it can be really troublesome. In the chronic stage, the pain may not be as much but it still keeps lingering for long.
The pain and inflammation of the joint occurs due to the deposition of urate crystals in the joints. The urate crystals get deposited in the joints because of the presence of excess of uric acid in the blood. This may be due to increased production of uric acid in the body or due to the inefficient excretion of uric acid by the body’s excretory system.
What causes gout or high uric acid (क्यों होता है गठिया )
As mentioned in the previous para, gout is caused by the deposition of urate crystals in the joints, which in turn occurs because of excess of uric acid. To know what causes excess of uric acid, one needs to understand that uric acid is formed by the body in its digestive system. This happens when metabolism of purine in our diet occurs. These purines are to be found in a good quantity in meats, seafood, alcohol and beer.
Therefore diet and one’s lifestyle has an important role in increased uric acid or gout. Some diets that are rich in purine end up causing an increased production of uric acid. In other cases, it may be due to a completely sedentary lifestyle.
Less intake of water also may be to blame in some cases as water plays an important role in washing out the excess of the uric acid. Regular usage of some medicines also cause the uric acid levels to rise. Another important factor is being overweight as obese people are much more likely to get gout as compared to those who have normal weight.
Symptoms of Gout or high uric acid (गठिया के लक्षण )
The most characteristic symptom of gout is Podagra. It is the presence of inflammation or heat, redness and swelling of a joint.
- In most cases of gout, the big toe of the foot is the one to be involved.
- In some cases, other joints like ankles, knees, hands and wrists may also be involved.
- The pain may be quite severe and shooting in character. The affected joint is tender and the patient just cannot bear it to be touched.
- There may be some itching of the affected part too. This is more likely to occur when the initial inflammation is coming to an end.
- In some patients, small nodules are formed in the joints. These nodules are called tophi.
Treatment for Gout or Uric Acid (गठिया का उपचार)
I have often seen that patients get used to living with the pain and the excess uric acid. They start believing that there is no cure for this problem and they will have to live with it.
In some ways, they cannot be blamed for believing that it is an incurable problem. This mistaken belief is because of the limitation of the allopathic system in curing gout.
Painkillers help in relieving pain but are not at all a way of curing the problem permanently. These painkillers do not go to the root of the problem but provide just symptomatic relief. Even other so called natural treatments for gout are not able to completely cure the problem or keep uric acid in check.
Homeopathy for Gout or high uric acid (गठिया या यूरिक एसिड का होम्योपैथिक इलाज )
It is a tragedy of the modern world that the superior advertising and marketing power of the allopathic system of medicine has eclipsed the good and genuine work of Homeopathy. This is largely because Homeopathic system of medicine cannot compete with the money power of Allopathy.
Just because allopathy does not have any cure for gout, patients tend to think that there is no cure for gout at all. People are not aware of the great work that Homeopathy can do in the cure of gout. I cannot stress enough here that homeopathic medicines are pretty effective at curing the acute as well as the chronic gout.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for Gout or high uric acid (गठिया या यूरिक एसिड के लिए ५ उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवाएं)
There are dozens of homeopathic medicines which are used for the treatment of gout. The choice of the exact medicine for every patient depends upon the symptoms of each individual patient. This means that there is not one particular medicine which can be given to all patients who have high uric acid levels.
On the basis of my experience of treating gout patients, I have compiled a lost of the homeopathic medicines which are more commonly indicated.
Here is a list of the 5 best homeopathic remedies for gout-
Colchicum-best homeopathic medicine for uric acid
Ledum Pal – best homeopathy medicine for gout with pains travelling upwards
Benzoic Acid- best remedy for gout with bad smelling urine
Antim Crudum – best treatment for gout with gastric symptoms
Sabina- best medicine for uric acid with problems of uterus
These medicines are usually prescribed and give great results. But this does not mean that these medicines will work in every case and will be able to cover each and every patient. In some cases, other medicines are also required. That depends on each patient’s symptoms, his lifestyle, his personality and his individuality.
1. Colchicum-One of the best homeopathic medicines for uric acid or gout(कोल्चिकम – गठिया के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा)
Colchicum is actually the mainstay of the treatment of gout because it is very effective. It caters more to the chronic cases, though it is pretty effective in the acute ones also. The pain in the big toe is so intense that one cannot bear to have it touched. There is intense pain in the toe on stubbing it. The toe and other affected parts are red, hot and swollen.
The pain tends to get worse in the evening and at night. Warm weather is actually the worst weather for patients needing Colchicum. The joints feel stiff and feverish. The pains are worse on motion. Often the left side is first affected and then the trouble spreads to the right. Increased weakness and internal coldness are some other useful indications for Colchicum.
2. Ledum Pal-One of the best homeopathy medicines for uric acid with pains travelling upwards (लीडम पाल – ऊपर की तरफ फैलते गठिया के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा)
In cases where the pains travel from below upwards. Ledum Pal is one of the best homeopathic medicines for gout. The pains may start in the feet and travel upwards to the legs or the knees. The gouty pains shoot through the feet and the limbs. The small joints are more commonly affected.
There is sense of lack of warmth of the joints and the body. At the same time, the patient cannot tolerate external warmth. In fact, the pains are worse from warmth and feel better by cold applications. The feet feel better on putting into cold water. There is swelling of the ball of the great toe as well as that of the ankles.
3. Benzoic Acid-One of the best homeo medicine for uric acid or gout with offensive urine (बेन्जोइक एसिड – बदबूदार पेशाब के साथ गठिया के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा)
In cases where there is presence of offensive urine, Benzoic Acid is one of the best homeopathic medicines for gout. The urine tends to be so offensive that one can smell the odor from a distance. The odor of the urine is repulsive. The color of the urine is also characteristic. It may be brown or changeable in colour.
There is tearing pain in the great toe. The knees are also affected, which pain and swell. There is a cracking sound in the joints which increases while moving. The patient is worse in the open air and by uncovering the affected parts.
4. Antim Crudum-One of the best homeopathic medicines for gout with gastric symptoms ( एन्टम क्रूडम – पेट की तकलीफ के साथ गठिया के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा)
In cases where the gastric symptoms are seen prominently along with that of the joints, Antim Crudum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for gout. The patient is fond of eating. In fact, many of the problems start because of overeating. As a telltale sign of the fondness, Antim Crudum patients are often obese.
There is pain in the fingers and heels. The pains are worse in the heat and by cold bathing. He cannot afford to be out in the sun. He is irritable and there is thick white coating of the tongue.
5. Sabina-One of the best homeopathic medicines for gout with uterine symptoms (सबीना – गर्भाशय की तकलीफ के साथ गठिया के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा)
It is one of the best homeopathic medicines for gout in females when there is presence of one or the other female disorder. Presence of uterine symptoms along with gout is a strong indication for this medicine.
There is shooting pain in the toes and the heels. The pains are worse in a hot room. The joints are swollen and the swelling is red and shining.
FAQs about Homeopathic treatment for Gout
Which is the best homeopathic medicine for uric acid control?
Any and every homeopathic medicine that matches your symptoms will be able to control uric acid. There is no one specific homeopathic medicine for uric acid. If your symptoms match closely with that of a homeopathic medicine, it will be able to control your uric acid.
Is there any specific anti uric acid homeopathic medicine?
No, homeopathy does not have any specific medicines for anything.
Is there any permanent treatment in homeopathy for uric acid ?
When you take homeopathy for uric acid, the best part of the treatment is that it cures your problem permanently. All you have to do later on is to keep your lifestyle healthy.