By Dr. Prachi Goel, Homeopathy,
With busy schedules and erratic lifestyles, people often fail to have nutritious meals and hence suffer from numerous chronic diseases that are becoming increasingly common these days. The presence of high level of Uric acid in blood is one such illness that can be seen mostly among men aged between 40 to 50 years. Uric acid is a chemical compound present in the blood which is created by breaking down purine in the body. Purine is a chemical present in certain foods such as peas, spinach, mushroom, anchovies, dried beans and beer. Also, uric acid is formed after metabolism of protein that is present in foods.
The resulting uric acid is eliminated from the body through urine and also through poop. However, your kidney may be unable to filter the uric acid which will result in high levels of uric acid in the blood. Obese people often have the tendency to produce increased amounts of uric acid that get accumulated in the body (hyperuricemia). High levels of uric acid often lead to the formation of crystals in the joints that is termed as gout. They can also form in toes, tendon sheaths or ligaments and ear cartilages and are often characterized by swelling and pain in these areas. Uric acid also leads to kidney stones and kidney failure.
The most appropriate diagnosis is having a blood test to check the level of uric acid in the blood. The normal value of uric acid ranges between 3.5 to 7.0 mg/dl for men and for women it ranges between 2.5 to 5.7 mg/dl. Based on this you can either opt for a conventional treatment plan or go for an alternative one like homeopathy.
Homeopathy leads to stimulation of body’s own immune system to heal your body, mind and spirit thereby creating harmony and balance. Hence, it is often termed as energy medicine. Homeopathic practitioners often take into account a person’s health, lifestyle, character, mental and emotional condition along with stress levels and diet. Treatments are often individualized and may include the following:
- Arnica- Extracts from Arnica plant are one of the widely used homeopathic medicines that are used for adults and babies alike. It is mainly prescribed when the gout results in severe pain and is sore and bruised. It is characterized by difficulty in walking.
- Belladonna- If you are experiencing symptoms such as swollen joints which is red and throbbing, then this remedy is given to reduce the inflammation. These symptoms are often sudden and you may also experience restlessness and hot flushes.
- Benzoic acid- When your gout is giving you trouble in the form of stiffness and swelling in the knee or big toe along with excessive pain, then benzoic acid is given by homeopathy practitioners to relieve you of gout pain. It is more of an earlier remedy for treating raised level of uric acid.
- Colchicum- This is one of the most common homeopathy remedy given when you have high level of uric acid that might result in gout. There may be intense pain during evening and night along with sharp, shooting pain in the toe.
The range of homeopathy remedy is not limited to these remedies only and will depend on your homeopathic practitioner and the severity of the disease. However, it should be remembered that taking medication or receiving homeopathic treatment will not guarantee a cure of uric acid. You also need to make certain lifestyle changes like drinking less alcohol and limiting the intake of purine rich foods.