Abstract
AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFECT OF AGNIKARMA FOLLOWED BY TIKTAKSHEERA BASTI IN THE MANAGEMENT OF VATAKAPHAJA GRIDHRASI VIS- A VIS SCIATICA

Manal V. M.*, Shreyas D. M. and Kiran M. Goud

ABSTRACT

Sciatica refers to the low back pain radiating to lower limb in a dermatomal distribution, Sciatica is a common cause of pain and disability; it is more persistent and severe than low back pain. Its prevalence from different studies ranged from 1.2% to 43%. Physical activity at work and occupational work load, such as lifting, work related twisting of the trunk, occupational exposure to whole body vibration for example machine operators, motor vehicle drivers have also been suggested to be risk factors for Sciatica. Obesity has previously been linked to Sciatica. All these factors create pressure on spinal cord producing low back ache and radiating pain. Signs and symptoms of Sciatica show close resemblance with Gridhrasi. As per Acharya Charaka, while explaining about prime line of treatment for Asthi pradoshaja vikara Tikta ksheera basti has been mentioned. In Gridhrasi as there is involvement of Asthi this basti will yeild better results and while explaining Chikitsa sutra for Gridhrasi by Acharya Charaka, Agnikarma has been mentioned as the line of treatment. A minimum of 10 subjects who fulfilled the diagnostic and inclusion criteria were subjected to the intervention. The overall results in the study revealed statistically highly significant result.

Keywords: Gridhrasi, Sciatica, Tiktaksheera basti.


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