Category: Gout

What are the Causes of Ganglion Cyst and Its treatment in Ayurveda

A Ganglion cyst is a common noncancerous colorless, jelly-like fluid lump found on joints or tendons. They can appear anywhere but mostly develop on the front or back of the wrist, feet, fingers, and areas where you had a tendon or joint injury.

These cysts resemble water balloons, they fluctuate in size and may eventually disappear completely. Small cysts can be pea-sized; while large can be around an inch in diameter. They can become painful if they press on a nearby nerve. Their location can sometimes interfere with joint movement. In case it becomes problematic doctor suggests a surgical way to remove it. But if not so troublesome there are some other ways to remove it.

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CAUSES OF GANGLION CYST :

Such cysts may occur at any age but is more common in females. Factors that may increase your risk of having such cysts include:

  • Age and sex: common amongst females of 20 to 40 age group.
  • Osteoarthritis: People who have wear and tear arthritis in the finger joints closest to their fingernails are at higher risk of developing ganglion cysts near those joints.
  • Joint or tendon injury: Have you had any injury of the joint or tendon in the past, then it is more likely to develop the cyst.
  • The size of the lump can vary, small not even detectable to large 1 inch in diameter. This round or oval cyst is generally small and not troublesome.
  • Painful, only if the cyst starts to press the nerve that will cause tingling numbness or muscle weakness.
  • Although they are filled with jelly-like fluid, they can be often hard.

Cysts at the far, frequently have arthritis associated with them. At this end knuckle, the overlying skin may become thin and there may be a lengthwise groove in the fingernail just beyond the cyst.

DIAGNOSIS:

The physician often asks for x-rays to look for evidence of problems in adjacent joints. Treatment can often be nonsurgical. Splints and anti-inflammatory medication to decrease pain associated with the activities. Sometimes the doctors do a small puncturing the cyst and pressing it but it recurs.

If the cysts reoccur or the nonsurgical option does not give relief then the doctors suggest surgery, which may sometime involve removing a portion of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. In the case of wrist ganglion, surgical treatment is generally successful. So it is highly recommended to see a doctor if you experience a noticeable lump or pain in your wrist, hand ankle or foot. So that it is diagnosed at an early stage and necessary treatment is given.

What is the difference between Ganglion cyst and Synovial cyst:-

Ganglion cyst and Synovial cyst

A synovial cyst is a noncancerous small fluid-filled lump that generally has no symptoms but sometimes it causes Sciatica. Or spinal stenosis. A thin layer of tissue(synovium), which produces a special lubricating fluid, surrounds the joints in the lower back. As joint break’s down with age, the fluid can accumulate, forming an odontoid synovial cyst.
It may make walking difficult, pain in the lower back that spreads down in one or both legs, pain that eases with sitting and worsens withstanding. It is diagnosed with MRI scan only.

If it becomes really painful then the surgery might be recommended.

It is important to note that both cysts are different as the location of where they happen, differs. Another major difference is that ganglion cysts do not contain a lining of synovium cells.

Ganglion Cyst Treatment in Ayurveda

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Home & Herbal Remedies for Increased Uric Acid Level (Gout)

About Uric Acid

Uric acid – C5H4N4O3, is the bye-product formed during the purine metabolism in liver and is washed out of the blood by kidney through urine.

Normal level of uric acid in the blood is 2.4-6.0 mg/dL (female) and 3.4-7.0 mg/dL (male). A raised uric acid level in the blood can trigger inflammation and pain in smaller joints. Males are more prone to this condition than females. Major symptoms due to increased uric acid levels are pain and inflammation of joints. It initially affects the smaller joints then gradually spreads to other joints. There will be tenderness and redness in the inflamed joints (arthritic condition called as gout). Kidney stones may also occur due to raised uric acid levels.

Causes of High Uric Acid

A raised uric acid level is often caused when the kidney fails to completely wash out the uric acid from blood. High levels of purine rich diet, overweight, lack of exercise, gluten allergy, diabetic tendency etc may trigger this slowing down of kidney. Purine Rich Diet are:-

  • Organ meat – Liver, Kidney, Brain

  • Meat –Especially Red Meat, Goat, Beef, Pork

  • Fish – Sardine, Tuna, Mackerel, Scallops, Mussels

  • Others – Non Fibrous Carbohydrate Diet like White Bread and White Rice, Maida Flour, Peas, Soybeans and Green Peas, Asparagus, Mushroom and Alcohol including Beer.

Normally the blood holds an alkaline pH of 7.35. When the uric acid in the blood increases, the alkaline pH of blood changes to acidic. This acidic blood becomes a great stage for various diseases including infections. This decreases the body immunity and also affects various organs including heart and liver.

Home Remedies to Reduce the Increased Uric Acid Levels in the Blood

There are some home remedies to reduce the increased uric acid:-

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  • Limit purine rich diet

  • Stay hydrated – drink at least 15 glasses of water per day

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages completely – alcohol absorbs the water content from the body causing dehydration.

  • Include plenty of fruits (vitamin c and vitamin e rich) in the diet especially which are sour in taste and fresh. Include pine apple, Indian goose berries, west Indian cherries, lemon, papaya, strawberry, apple

  • Not juices but fruits – it is better to have fresh fruits than having fruit juices or any other canned juices. Juices contain more fructose than fresh fruits. Fructose can trigger the increase of uric acid levels in blood.

  • Pine apple – Have pineapple every day. The protein digesting enzyme bromelain is very abundant in pineapple. This bromelain alkaloid has anti inflammatory properties and decreases the uric acid.

  • Raw papaya – Raw papayas are very beneficial to reduce uric acid. It also helps to reduce the joint pain associated with increased uric acid. It can be taken in any of the following ways.

  • Eating raw papayas as a vegetable salad.

  • Raw papaya juice (without adding sugar) with lime juice early in the morning in empty stomach.

  • Raw papayas are boiled in water and 1 tsp green tea is added. This then cooled in room temperature and can be taken with pure honey or lemon.

  • 1\4 tsp of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is added to 2 glasses of water and is taken. This mixture can help the blood to regain its alkaline ph.

  • Include moringa leaves in the diet.

  • 2 tsp of oats is boiled for 3 minutes in 1 cup of water along with 1\4 tsp salt. This can be taken for dinner.

  • Water boiled with kokilaksha (hygrophila auriculata) can be taken instead of using plain water.

  • 1 small piece fresh turmeric + 1 small piece ginger + 1 small piece cinnamon + 5 black pepper. All these are crushed well and boiled in 3 glasses of water and reduced to 2 glasses. 1 glass each is taken in the morning and evening for 2 weeks. Curcumin (from turmeric) enhances more potential in presence of piperine (from pepper). This normalizes the liver function. Curcumin and piperine, along with cinnamyl acetate (from cinnamon) corrects the carbohydrate cycle and helps to regain the alkaline ph of blood. Zingiberene (from ginger) has anti inflammatory properties and helps to reduce the joint pain.

  • Include apple cedar vinegar in your diet – helps to break down the uric acid crystals

  • Misconception on tomatoes – some may confuse on tomato to cause increased uric acid level. But actually tomato has 90% water and is low in purine content. Hence it is very beneficial in raised uric acid level.

  • Daily exercise well according to your body tolerance level.

Management of Increased Uric Acid Level in Ayurveda

According to WHO, the best management for increased uric acid levels in blood is by Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, both shodana and shaman management is made in use. In severe cases, cleansing and purification therapy like vasthi is used.

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1) Navakarshik Churna Highly effective in increased uric acid levels of blood. It corrects the protein metabolism and cleanses the blood. It is very effective for pain management in arthritic condition. As the name indicates it contains nine ingredients, each taken in karsha pramana (12 gms). The ingredients are amalaki (emblica officianalis), haritaki (terminalia chebula), vibhitaki (terminalia bellerica), neem (azadirachta indica), vacha (acorus calamus), manjishta (rubia cordifolia), katuki (piccorrhiza kurrao), guduci (tinospora cordifolia), daruharidra (berberis aristate). It balances the tridoshas.

2) Kaishore Guggul It is taken along with navakarshika choorna. It helps to enhance the potency of navakarshika churna. It balances and normalizes the aggravated vata. It has anti inflammatory and immune modulator properties.

3) Giloy Capsules Tinospora cordifolia is used for diabetes, high cholesterol, upset stomach, lymphoma and other cancers, hepatitis, peptic ulcer disease (PUD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), gout, fever, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), gonorrhea, syphilis. Also helps to boost the immune system.

4) Punarnava Capsules Boerhavia Diffusa – very effective for pain relief. It is very well known for its anti inflammatory and diuretic properties. It is widely used for revitalizing the lives and also helps in cleansing the blood. This is also good for kidney health.