A high uric acid level, or hyperuricemia, is an excess of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is produced during the breakdown of purines, which are found in certain foods and are also formed by your body.
Once produced, uric acid is carried in your blood and passes through your kidneys, where most of it is filtered out into the urine.
About one in five people has a high uric acid level. It may be related to attacks of gout or the development of kidney stones. But most people with high uric acid levels don't have any symptoms or related problems.
Causes-Most of the time, a high uric acid level occurs when your kidneys don't eliminate uric acid efficiently. Things that may cause this slow-down in the removal of uric acid include rich foods, being overweight, having diabetes, taking certain diuretics (sometimes called water pills) and drinking too much alcohol. Other less common causes are a diet high in purine-containing items or your body producing too much uric acid.
Factors that may cause a high uric acid level in your blood include:
· Diuretic medications (water pills)
· Drinking too much alcohol
· Genetics (inherited tendencies)
· Immune-suppressing drugs
· Niacin, or vitamin B-3
- Immune-suppressing drugs
- Niacin, or vitamin B-3
- Purine-rich diet — liver, game meat, anchovies, sardines, gravy, dried beans and peas, mushrooms, and other foods
- Renal insufficiency — inability of the kidneys to filter waste
- Tumorlysis syndrome — a rapid release of cells into the blood caused by certain cancers or by chemotherapy for those cancers
Also, you may be monitored for high uric acid levels when undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.
Having a high uric acid level is not a disease or a condition that necessarily needs to be treated or searched for in the absence of other symptoms. But if you have an attack of gout or have a certain type of kidney stone, your doctor may check for high levels of uric acid.
Homeopathic remedies give excellent cure for high uric acid levels in blood and gout associated with this. Homoeopathic medicines helps the proper metabolism of purines, a type of protein which ends up uric acid after the body processes it. These medicines promotes the elimination of uric acid.
COLCHICUM 200- Colchicum is one of the most indicated remedy in raised uric acid levels. This is specially indicated in cases where high uric acid levels give rise to onset of gout.It has a specific power for relieving gouty attacks. There may be a sharp pain in the great toe. The affected parts are red, swollen and very hot to touch. There could be great sensitivity to touch on account of extreme pain. Tearing pains could be more intense in the evening and night. Slightest effort to move the legs gives rise to a sharp, shooting and unbearable tearing pain in the big toe. There may be difficulty to walk on account of pain.Edematous swelling of legs and feet
LEDUM PAL 200- It is one of the most indicated remedies in treating cases of high uric acid levels. The main feature of these cases is that, the pains shift from downwards to upwards.Patient feels chilly , yet he does not like to be covered as his pains are better by cold. Ledum pal is indicated when the high levels of uric acid in blood may result in its crystals being deposited in the joint spaces. The first attack of pain could be triggered after the person has partied the previous night, especially after consuming meat and alcohol. This is a typical presenting feature after which the investigations reveal that indeed the uric acid levels are higher than normal.
BENZOIC ACID 30-It is an excellent remedy for for high uric acid levels. This medicine is more indicated when the urinary symptoms are more marked. The uric acid crystals may be deposited in the kidneys or the urinary tract giving rise to stones. On examination, the urine may show very high levels of uric acid. The color of urine may also keep changing from dark brown to pale yellow and smells like urine of a horse.. Benzoic acid may also be indicated when there are joint complaints as well. There may be a crackling sensation in the joints. The great toe may be swollen and may give rise to difficulty in walking or even moving the limb.
GUAIACUM Q- It is also a well indicated remedy in treating high uric acid levels. It is more suited in chronic cases where the deformities and contractures set in. Guaiacum is very well indicated when there is intolerance to heat in any form. Rheumatic pain in hands , arms and shoulders. Gouty pains tearing and lancinating , worse from motion , heat , cold wet weather , touch and pressure, from 6pm to 4 am. Better by external pressure.The affected joints may be extremely hot to touch. Guaiacum may be given when there is a bad smell from the body. In some cases, it could be given in very acute cases as well. The affected limb is painful, stiff and immobile.
LITHIUM CARB 200- Lithium carb is a good remedy in treating raised uric acid levels. The high levels of uric acid give rise to an unusual stiffness all over the body. Another peculiar feature is itching all over the skin of the joints. The pains are relieved by pouring hot water. Uric acid may get deposited in the joint spaces to give rise to nodosities which can be felt externally also. The nodes may also be felt in the finger joints and in some severe cases, they may be felt in the ear pinna.
URTICA URENS Q—Urtica urens is an excellent remedy for acute gout with high uric acid levels. Gout accompanied with thick urine. Urtic aurens promotes the elimination of uric acid . Give 5 drops of mother tincture every 3 hours.
BERBERIS VULGARIS Q AND LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM 3X—Berberis vulgaris and Lycopodium are excellent remedies for high uric acid with gout symptoms where stones form in kidneys.Berberis vul. Is effective when stones form in left kidney, but Lycopodium in the right kiney. There is joint pain, swelling and tenderness. These remedies lower the uric acid levels , also dissolve the stones .