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TO EVALUATE THE EFFECT OF AGNIKARMA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER (AVABAHUK) - A CASE STUDY

Dr. Rajendra Sonekar, Dr. Pratik Devrao Gaikwad* and Dr. Aruna Sonekar

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Background: Frozen shoulder medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis. It is a painful condition of unknown etiology with restricted movement of shoulder. It occurs in three stages, painful phase, stiff phase and thawing phase.[1] In textual references of Ayurveda frozen shoulder is closely related to Avabahuk. In this condition vata is localized in the shoulder region getting aggravated, dries up the bindings (ligament) of shoulders constricts the siras present there and causes Avabahuk.[2] Modern medical science plays very less role in management of frozen shoulder. In Ayurveda various Para surgical procedures were mentioned for diseases of vata and kapha, agnikarma is one of them, that has been recommended in various musculoskeletal disorders.[3] Hence a case study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of agnikarma in frozen shoulder. Aim: To evaluate the effect of agnikarma in the management of frozen shoulder (avabahuk). Methodology: Here we present case of frozen shoulder (avabahuk) with comparing the symptoms before and after agnikarma. Result: Patient get symptomatic relief. Conclusion: Agnikarma a unique Ayurvedic therapeutic procedure has an instantaneous effect on the deep pain of frozen shoulder. Promising improvement in the range of movements and stiffness of the shoulder joint was observed in the study. Agnikarma is a simple, safe, cost effective, less invasive OPD procedure and can be recommended as a therapeutic procedure for frozen shoulder.

Keywords: Agnikarma, Frozen Shoulder, Avabahuk, Panchloha shalaka.


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