Management of Acute Gouty Arthritis with a Polyherbal Unani Formulation
Rais ur Rahman, Dania Siddiqui, Naseem Akhtar, D.S. Dua and Yasmeen Shamsi
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine July - September 2014, Vol. 9 No. 3, Pages 1-13
Gout is one of the most common types of inflammatory joint diseases; affects an estimated 1-1.5% of the world population. Modern drugs used for subsiding acute attacks or lowering serum uric acid are associated with potent adverse effects. Moreover, these commonly used therapeutic agents often, and for various reasons, do not achieve the desired lowering of serum urate levels to below 6.0 mg/dl. On the basis of conventional Unani Usool-e- Ilaj of Niqris (gout), five herbal drugs from the list of classical Unani anti- arthritic drugs have been selected and formulated in capsule form and a single blind placebo controlled clinical trial was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of this capsule in the management of gouty arthritis. Six week treatment with test drug produced remarkable effects on various efficacy parameters. No any adverse effect was observed during the course of treatment.