Abstract
SCOPE OF AGNIKARMA IN CURRENT PRACTICE

*Farzana Akbar Ansari, Aparna Raut, Ramesh Ahire, Ashish Hastak and Shubhangi Wankhedkar

ABSTRACT

Acharya Sushruta, Father of Surgery has described various surgical procedures along with some parasurgical measures. Agnikarma is one of the parasurgical modality mentioned in Ayurveda lauded for its magnificent results. Agnikarma= agni+ karma, means application of heat directly or indirectly at the affected part by different materials. It has been given a special place in surgery by Acharya Sushruta and is believed that diseases treated by agnikarma never reoccurs, while diseases which don’t get relieved by other measures are relieved with agnikarma. Modern cauterization procedure has its basic origin from agnikarma. In this fast lifestyle, patients need instant relief for pain. Agnikarma is one of the fast procedure to reduce different vedana i.e. pain. Along with this, it is one of the best ways for hemostasis. Apart from this Acharya Sushruta has mentioned different variations of agnikarma using different dravya which needs to be evaluated as they not only give immediate result but also do not have any side-effects. This paper deals with details of various aspects of agnikarma, their applications according to different disease and dravya along with different techniques. Sushrut samhita and its commentaries are the main source of this paper.

Keywords: Agnikarma, Cauterization, Pain, Hemostasis.


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