Ayurvedic Approach to Lowering Uric Acid Levels

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By Dr. Sandeep Benkal

Dr. Sandeep Benkal boasts a comprehensive fifteen-year background as an Ayurvedic doctor, with a particular specialization in skin conditions, arthritis, PCOS, and diabetes management.

BAMS, DND| 15+ Years of Experience

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Ayurveda offers the best and holistic treatment for Uric Acid. 

Uric acid is a normal body waste product called Purines. It forms when chemicals in the body break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body as well as in foods like: organ meat (liver), shellfish, mussels alcohol, sardines, bacon etc.

High uric acid levels can lead to various health issues, like:Gout, Kidney stones, and severe joint pain. Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to manage uric acid, by addressing the root cause of the problem and work to achieve long-term health benefits.

Ayurveda’s deep understanding Uric Acid Imbalance:

According to Ayurveda, the imbalance in the body's doshas known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha can lead to the accumulation of toxins (ama), which cause various health issues, including high uric acid levels. Ayurvedic doctors’ primary duty is to understand one's dosha constitution and the imbalance to offer effective treatment against high levels of Uric Acid in the body. The treatment could vary from person to person. Hence, it is highly recommended to consult and decide on the exact protocol. 

Symptoms of high Uric Acid:

  • Intense pain in the joints – gout usually effects large joints, especially the big toe. Other joints that get affected are ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers
  • Inflammation and redness – the joints affected become inflamed and reddish in the joints
  • Restricted or limited movements in the joints 

Managing high Uric Acid by managing your lifestyle: 

Engage in regular exercise: You don’t have to hit the gym or take help from trainers. All that you need to do is to engage in gentle, regular exercises to improve metabolism and blood circulation, which help to get rid of toxins in the body.

Avoid Stress: Practice yoga asanas and meditation to reduce stress, which is a known factor in aggravating uric acid levels.

Take adequate rest: Ensure proper rest and sleep to allow the body to rejuvenate and heal. 

Dietary Recommendations: 

Consume Alkaline Foods: Consume alkaline-forming foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which help balance acidity in the body. 

Proper Hydration: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to support kidney function and facilitate the elimination of uric acid.

Herbal Teas: Prepare herbal teas using coriander, ginger, and fenugreek, which have diuretic properties and help in detoxification. 

Avoid Meat: Avoid or reduce intake of purine-rich foods such as red meat, organ meat, seafood, and certain vegetables like spinach and mushrooms.

Triphala:  Triphala ("three fruits") is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed: Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). It contains vitamin C. It aids in digestion, detoxification, and balancing of doshas.

A few ayurvedic herbs that help in the treatment of Uric Acid:

Guduchi: It is known for its detoxifying properties. It helps in the elimination of toxins and supports liver function.

Punarnava: This herb acts as a diuretic by promoting kidney function and reducing uric acid levels.

Gokshura: It supports urinary tract health and helps in the elimination of excess uric acid from the body.

It is highly recommended that you consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who would analyze your condition and make significant changes to your diet or lifestyle, especially if you have underlying health conditions and taking medications.