Agnikarma therapy is based on Ayurvedic principle for treatment of certain disease using heat burns. This is similar to cauterization, but is a part of Ayurvedic surgical treatment. According to this principle, some diseases are not curable by medicines or surgery. Such diseases can be effectively treated using the Agnikarma method. It is believed that Agnikarma cures the ailments completely and the chances of recurrence are very less. It can also be termed as intentional therapeutic heat burns.
Agnikarma therapy has been proved to be effective in conditions like cervical and lumbar spondylitis, sciatica, frozen shoulder, joint pains, calcaneal spur, acute and chronic inflammatory condition of joints and soft tissues. It is also useful in treating headaches, migraines, sinusitis, abdominal discomfort, piles, epilepsy or schizophrenia. Certain skin lesions like corn, keloid, cyst, eczema can also be cured by this method.
The process of agnikarma is done using a probe made up of certain metals, which are heated at prescribed temperatures. These are then used at particular sites on the patient’s body depending on the ailments. The probe can be made from different metals like gold, silver, copper, iron or Panchadhatu (combination of metals).
There are certain pre-operative measure that are followed like, preparing the patient, taking aseptic precautions, cleaning the site with prescribed solutions, etc. The site is decided depending on the disease and its nature. The number and depth of heat burns also depend upon the ailment. As a post operative measure, certain Ayurvedic medicines are given orally, and some are given to apply on the site. If required the specialist may consider giving other medications also. Dressing of the site needs to be done as prescribed.
All instructions given by the physician need to be followed correctly. Additional sittings may be required in certain chronic ailments.