Agnikarma, also known as Agnikarma Therapy, is a therapeutic procedure in Ayurveda that involves the application of heat or cauterization to specific points on the body using heated instruments. The term “Agnikarma” is derived from the Sanskrit words “agni” (fire) and “karma” (action).
Agnikarma is primarily used to address musculoskeletal disorders, joint pain, and certain conditions. The application of heat through Agnikarma is believed to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, promote healing, and restore balance to the affected area.
Here’s an overview of the Agnikarma procedure:
- Preparation: Before Agnikarma, the area to be treated is prepared by cleaning it thoroughly. The patient may be asked to lie down or sit in a comfortable position, depending on the specific area being targeted.
- Heating of Instruments: Specialized instruments, often made of metal or clay, are heated in a fire or using a specific heat source until they reach the desired temperature. The instruments may have various shapes and sizes, depending on the intended application.
- Application of Heat: The heated instrument is then gently pressed the affected area or specific points, creating controlled thermal injury or cauterization. The duration and pressure of the application are determined based on the individual’s condition and the practitioner’s expertise.
- Post-treatment Care: After Agnikarma, the patient may be given instructions for post-treatment care. This may include avoiding exposure to extreme temperatures, applying specific herbal formulations, Ghrita and following dietary and lifestyle recommendations to support healing.
Agnikarma is believed to improve blood circulation, relieve pain and promote tissue regeneration in the targeted area. It is commonly used for conditions such as osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and certain skin disorders like warts.