Abstract
EFFECT OF AGNIKARMA WITH PANCHADHATU SHALAKA IN SANDHIGATAVATA WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO KNEE JOINT

*Dr. Ujjwala Suryakant Rajmane and Dr. Kavita S. Patil

ABSTRACT

Sandhigatavata is one of the Vatta Vyadhi characterized by the symptoms such as Sandhi shoola (joint pain) and Sandhishopha (swelling of joints). Osteoarthritis (O.A.) is a degenerative joint disorder representing failure of the diarthrodial (movable synovial lined) joint. O. A.of knee joint comes under the inflammatory group which is almost identical to Sandhigatavata described in Ayurveda with respect to etiology, pathology and clinical features. Agnikarma is an ancient medical technique of treatment derived from Indian medicine in Ayurveda. The word Agnikarma is made up of Agni and Karma which means application of heat which involve procedure using a metal rod i.e. Shalaka in aseptic manner. Almost all Ayurvedic text has described Agnikarma as anushastra. Agnikarma (therapeutic heat burn) is one which give instant relief from pain by balancing local Vata and Kapha dosha without any untoward effects.

Keywords: Sandhigatvata, Agnikarma, Panchadhatu shalaka, Osteoarthritis.


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