A Review on Agnikarma an Unique Therapeutic Approach W.S.R. to Plantar Fascia
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition associated with injury or trauma in heel. The plantar fasciitis sometimes observed as consequences of other conditions like; calcaneal knob, bursitis, orteomyelitis and bony spur. It is characterized as bony outgrowth on the heel that results painful heel, it may occur due to the deposition of calcium on heel bone, strain on ligaments, strain on foot muscle, plantar fascia stretching and tearing of heel bone membrane. Ayurveda correlates chronic plantar fasciitis with Vatakantaka as Snaya Asthi Sandhi Aashrita. Ayurveda mentioned involvement of Asthisanyugata vata in such type of painful conditions. The management of such condition requires use of medicine along with para surgical and surgical procedures. Surgical treatment and excision of calcaneal spur may suffer some disadvantages like; pain, wound scar and incomplete relief. Therefore some other therapeutic modalities of Ayurveda can be used for the management of plantar fasciitis. Agnikarma involves use of heat on particular body part to reduce inflammation and pain. Present article described role of Agnikarma in the management of plantar fasciitis.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Plantar Fasciitis, Vatakantaka, Painful Heel, Agnikarma.
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