This is painful metabolic disease characterized by recurrent attack of acute pain and swelling at first affecting only one joint, usually the metatarso-phalangeal joint of the big toe, later becoming polyarticular (Gradually other joints are involved and the patient experience difficulty in walking, taking and even moving)., inflammation and chalky deposits in the joints due to disturbance of the purine metabolism in the body.

In Ayurveda this is known as Vatarakta.



  • Pain in toe.

  • Swelling.

  • Nausea,flatulence or vague abdominal pain.

  • Fever,Sweating, loss of appetite, constipation and highly colored and scanty urine are the common symptoms.

Root Causes


Impairment of digestion and metabolism because of the intake of mutually contradictory food articles and non-elimination of the metabolic waste products from the body are responsible for the causation of this disease.

  • Hereditary Factors.

  • Age,sex, and climate are the prime factors after forty years, rare in females and occurs commonly in temperate climates.

  • Excessive intake of protein foods Deposit urates in tissues, and inflammatory reaction with synovial fluid.


Healing Options



Ayurvedic Supplements

              Kaishore Guggulu
              Panchatikta Ghrita
              Guduchyadi Taila


Freshly harvested rice and wheat should not be given to the patient. Old rice, wheat, moong dal, garlic, onion, bitter gourd, papaya and green banana can be taken by the patient. High fibre diet is the best diet for this disease. Butter, Milk and high protein diet will be avoided , and any other sour articles of food, heavy food articles and fried things are prohibited


The patient should not perform any fast paced exercise. Patient should not sit idle either. Exposure to cold wind and rain, and cold-water bath are strictly contra-indicated. Oil massage is beneficial


  • Forwardbend

  • Lotus