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Vaatrakta (Gout)

About the Disease

In Ayurveda Gout is called as Vaatrakta. Vaatrakta (Gout) is a kind of arthritis, which is most common in men. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. Sometimes patient is awakened by severe pain in a single joint like toe or heel or ankle or instep.

Vaatrakta (Gout) is caused by increased level of uric acid in the blood. When uric acid levels in the blood are too high, the uric acid may deposit in synovial membranes of joints. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years. These attacks are often misdiagnosed as tendinitis or a sprain.


Vaatrakta (Gout) usually comes on without a cause. Obesity or Over-weight is one of the common cause, but drinking alcohol (especially beer), eating seafood and red meat, high proteins, nuts or taking certain medicines, such as aspirin or some diuretics, can also trigger an attack of Vaatrakta (Gout).



Most Vaatrakta (Gout) attacks may stop after several hours or last for 1 to 2 days.

Severe attacks may last up to several weeks, with soreness lasting for up to 1 month.

Many people have a second attack of Vaatrakta (Gout) within 6 months to 2 years after their first attack. If Vaatrakta (Gout) is untreated, the frequency of attacks usually increases with time.

Recommended Diet for patients with Vaatrakta (Gout)

The general principles of a Vaatrakta (Gout) diet are essentially the same as recommendations for a balanced, healthy diet:

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