AGNIKARMA TREATMENT: HOW IT HELPS IN PAIN MANAGEMENT

Every individual desire for a pain-free life, but the pain is inevitable and its effective management has always been challenging. Pain may be acute or chronic and may originate from a muscle, ligament, tendon, bones, joints, etc. There may be a specific condition that may be causing the pain, such as spondylitis or osteoarthritis. For all these kinds of pain, Agnikarma treatment has the solution.

 

Agnikarma is a thermal and minimally invasive procedure that induces controlled, pointed and therapeutic burns over the regions that are tender or painful.

 

Agnikarma in Ayurveda

 

Agnikarma, also known as thermal microcautery, has been mentioned in the classical Ayurvedic texts of Sushruta Samhita, which was written by Vedic surgeon Sushruta. He describes how Agnikarma can have incredible effects on the treatment of the disorders of Asthi (bone), Sandhi (joint) and Snayu (ligament). Whether the pain is acute or chronic, the Agnikarma treatment can be beneficial for both.

 

According to the well-documented Ayurvedic literature on Agnikarma, the pain caused from the effect of Vata on the Snayu, Sandhi and Sira or veins, Agnikarma treatment should be given in combination with Sneha or oleation therapy, Bandhana or bandaging and Unmardana, which involves massaging, applying pressure or squeezing the body part.

 

Although Agnikarma or thermal microcautery is a rare practice today, it is a clinically established para-surgical treatment that can yield excellent results in pain management without any complication when done correctly.

 

Why Agnikarma?

 

The following are some of the reasons why you may go for Agnikarma treatment:

 

  • It is a simple, safe and cost-effective procedure that effectively treats muscle, tendon, ligament, joint and bone pain.
  • It is a minimally invasive procedure that can reduce the need for surgical interventions.
  • It doesn’t affect the routine of the individual undergoing the treatment.
  • It is performed without any drugs.
  • It has no side effects when performed skillfully.
  • As it is a daycare procedure, a hospital stay isn’t necessary.
  • It may help to avoid or postpone surgery.
  • It can show effective results in 2-4 weeks of treatment.

Some of the conditions for which Agnikarma may be used are:

 

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disorder
  • Calcaneal spur
  • Achilles tendon
  • Ankle pain
  • Lower backache
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Injury from a sport
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Post fracture residual pain
  • Migraine
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome

Agnikarma at Govardhan Ecovillage

 

In the present world, the most common cause of disability in individuals is caused by musculoskeletal disorders, such as spondylosis, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, etc. When the pain and discomfort last for a long time, it can lead to psychological distress and have a negative impact on the quality of life.

 

Although modern medical drugs offer solutions to relieve from the symptoms, they can also cause severe side effects due to their chronic use. Therefore, at Govardhan Ecovillage, we offer Agnikarma treatment so that effective pain management can be achieved without any side effects or complications.

 

From the Ayurvedic perspective, pain is the result of an imbalance of Vata dosha in the body. Agnikarma treatment aims at eliminating the causative factor of pain by acting directly on the Vata-Kapha imbalance or aggravation in the body.

 

In the procedure, a special pointed metallic instrument is used which is called as Shalaka. The Shalaka is heated and then applied to the affected parts of the body to transfer the heat. The Ayurvedic practitioner creates these therapeutic burns according to the body constitution, area of pain, and severity of the disorder.

 

The patients can go back to their daily activities after the treatment is completed. Depending on the severity of their disorder, follow-up treatment may be necessary.

 

The procedure has been known to produce the following benefits:

  • Enhances blood circulation to the affected part
  • Stimulates the nerves and tissues
  • Improves tissue metabolism
  • Reduces the chances of developing an infection
  • Temporary stimulation of local inflammatory response
  • Promotes muscle relaxation and reduces joint stiffness

FAQs

 

What is Agnikarma treatment?

 

As stated in Ayurvedic classical treatises, Agnikarma treatment is a para-surgical procedure which involves inflicting micro burns on the surface of the tissue that is causing the pain. To do that, it uses different instruments or tools of cauterization, also called Dahanopakaranas.

 

What are the tools of cauterization used in Agnikarma?

 

The tools of cauterization used in Agnikarma is based on different conditions of the body and the status of the disease concerned. Materials of minimum latent heat are used for the treatment of superficial conditions, and for issues affecting the deeper tissues, objects with maximum latent heat are used.

 

For example, for skin diseases occurring on the surface, Agnikarma uses Pippali (Piper longum), Godanta (cow’s teeth), Shalaka (probes), Shara (arrow), Suryakanta (a variety of stone), Varti (wicks), etc. For the disorders affecting the muscles, materials like Loha or iron, Tamra or copper, Swarna or gold, and Kamsya or bronze are used.

 

For deeper and stronger tissues like bones and ligaments, Agnikarma treatment uses Taila (oil), Madhu (honey), Vasa (fat), Guda (jaggery), Madhucchishta (beewax).

 

For most purposes, the Pancha Dhatu Shalaka is used, which is made up of copper, brass, bronze, lead and tin in equal quantities.

 

How does Agnikarma help to relieve the pain?

 

In Agnikarma, the heat is transferred to the area of pain through different instruments, which then increases the circulation of blood to the affected site. As the temperature rises in the area, the rate of metabolic activity increases.

 

Consequently, all the cell activities go up, including motility, synthesis, dilation of vessels, and release of chemical mediators. This eliminates the inflammation, thereby relieving the individual from the symptoms.

 

Are there any contraindications for Agnikarma?

 

Agnikarma is contraindicated in individuals with Pitta, ulcers, anaemia, children, aged patients, pregnant women, obese, alcoholics and people with low immunity.

 

Is there any complication that could arise from the Agnikarma treatment?

 

Agnikarma treatment is a safe procedure if it is performed by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner. In other cases, it can lead to increased pain, burning sensations, tissue destruction, suppuration, etc.

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    Greetings and Namaskar from Govardhan Ecovillage. Serene and untouched by the modern World – this beautiful jungle retreat is set over 85 acres, just a 2-hours’ drive from Mumbai, India – in the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains. The retreat was built with love following the vision Radhanath Swami had of creating simple living and high thinking We are humbled to be recognised by UNWTO with an award for sustainable tourism. One of our very special activities include the Day Visit/Tour wherein one can explore our Vrindavan Forest along with the daily chores that happen. On this Day Visit one gets everything to know about this Vrindavan Forest nestled in the lap of nature. This is followed by a guided tour where our representative provides every bit information about the Vrindavan Forest . This Day Visit at Govardhan Ecovillage provides you with the opportunity to explore the unexplored serenity of nature along with some exclusive species of birds chirping through the dense forest that makes you wonder the ecstasy showered by Mother Earth. At the end of this Day Visit, you are certain to have some great memories that you'd carry for long, wondering what you have been missing for all these years. There are absolutely no charges for day visit except meals. Our Guided Vrindavan forest tour is also available for free. It takes a maximum of 2hrs for a complete tour of our Vrindavan Parikrama. Day Visit timings are from 10am to 6pm everyday and 7 days a week. For any queries you can freely contact us on 9920055993/9167204666 Day Visitors policy is as below - Due to corona pandemic restriction Day Visit tour is restricted till Vrindavan Forest area and not further. Goshala visit is not allowed. Vehicle facility for senior citizens are not available, so please plan accordingly. Playing sports which may cause potential harm to landscape plantation is strictly discouraged. Vrindavan Forest Tour Timings 1. 10:30am to 12pm 2. 11:30am to 1pm 3. 12:30pm to 2pm 4. 2:30pm to 4pm 5. 4pm to 5:30pm 6. 5pm to 6:30pm Our Policy regarding prasadam is as follows- Buy Coupons in advance. Breakfast Timings 8:30am to 9:30am at Shrinathji Cafe (Rs.50/- per person) Lunch Timings 1.00pm to 2.00pm at Shrinathji Cafe(Rs.100/- per person) or annakshetra hall(Pay as you like) Dinner Timings 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Shrinathji Cafe(Rs.100/- per person) Light snacks items are available at cafe counter on retail price. Coupons timings - For Breakfast coupon booking accepted before 8p.m day before For Lunch coupon booking accepted between 8 a.m - 10 a.m For Dinner coupon booking accepted Before 2p.m Visitors coming in groups are requested to call and make advance payment for meals one day before between 10am to 6pm. For Payment details contact on... Srinath Ji cafe contact No.. 9529591095 / 9146571403 Also apart from breakfast timings... snacks like tea, cookies etc etc will be available between 8am-12pm and 5pm-8pm Visitors may click photos with "mobile phones" at GEV but not the deities of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan Lalitadevi. Also "Photography with professional cameras" within GEV campus needs prior permission from the concerned authorities (Email your request to dayvisits@iskcongev.com). Kindly note: - GEV is a spiritual ashram, not a tourist spot. Please spend your time hearing and discussing about Lord Krishna. - Please don’t pluck Flowers, Fruits and leaves. - Please keep the Premises Clean, Use Dustbins; No Spitting - Please Take Care of Your Children - No Smoking, Tobacco, Gutka & Alcohol - No Outside Food & Drink - No loud talking on phone or playing of filmi music - Please Don’t Feed Fish in the water bodies - Please Don’t bathe in Yamuna - Please Take care of Your Belongings. Management is not responsible for any loss - Please Don’t feed outside food to the cows Note - Only E-mail communication on dayvisits@iskcongev.com is accepted, whatsapp or phone conversation will not be considered for day visit booking. Very Important- Considering the present Covid situation if the Maharashtra Government decides to close down temples in future, You may have to cancel your visit. Be in touch with GEV before coming at least a day before your visit. For any queries you can contact us on Day Visit office no. 9920055993/9167204666

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          Galtare, P.O. Hamrapur, Wada Taluka
          District Palghar - 421 303
          Maharashtra, India

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          Donations: +91-9370950813

          Office Time: (8.00 am to 7.00 pm)

          Day Visit: +91-9920055993

          Ayurveda: +91-9607938952

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