Abstract
AGNIKARMA BY MRUTTIKA SHALAKA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF VATAKANTAKA

*Dr. Prashant H. Suryawanshi, Dr. Nitin Nalawade, Dr. N.V. Borse, Dr. Rashmi R. Bhise and Dr. Sachin Deshpande

ABSTRACT

Vatkantaka (Calcaneal spur) is common source of heel pain causes excruciating type of pain in the heel and disability. Vatkantaka is one of the vatvyadhi. During walking or running on uneven road if the foot landed improperly, the vata ceases in khudukapradesh or gulf sandhi produces as if prick by the thorn hence it termed as a Vatkantaka. Calcaneus is the heel bone. When it is met with constant pressure, calcium deposition occurs beneath this bone and if the pressure continues, the deposition takes the shape of spur, causing pain. Pain on standing or while walking is the characteristic feature. People who need to stand for a long period of time, or those who walk on uneven surfaces tend to cause pressure beneath the heel bone, triggering calcaneal spur. Calcaneal spur condition of painful heel can be understood under the term Vatkantaka. In Ayurvedic literature. Acharya Sushruta has advised Agnikarma as a treatment modality for the management of Vatkantaka. This Agnikarma therapy is local management which relieves pain instantly I.e Sadyafaldayi chikitsa.

Keywords: Agnikarma, Calcaneal spur, Mruttikashalaka, Vatkantaka.


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