Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma) in Ayurveda

The Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma) has been described in the Ayurvedic literature of Sushruta Samhita, which is written by the legendary Vedic Indian surgeon Sushruta, often referred to as the father of modern surgery, where he has described Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma) effect on disorders of Asthi (bone), Sandhi (joint) and Snayu (ligament/tendon).


Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma) is effective in conditions of acute pain, as well as chronic pain.

Conditions like Knee pain, Back Pain, Sciatica, Lumbago, Lumbar spondylosis, Slipped Disc, Neck pain, Cervical Spondylosis, Osteoarthritis, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Heel pain, Plantar fasciitis, Myofascial pain, Chronic fatigue pain, Tendonitis, Frozen shoulder, Migraine etc. can all be treated with the help of Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma) treatment.

Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma), although currently rarely practiced, is a clinically established para-surgical treatment. When Thermal Microcautery (Agnikarma) is practiced correctly, it does not produce any further complications, and its effectiveness is well documented in the Ayurvedic literature.

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स्नायुसन्धिसिराप्राप्ते कुर्यात् वाते विचक्षणः ||

When vata is affecting the snayu (ligaments), sandhi (joints), and sira (veins), it should be treated with Sneha (oleation), agnikarma (thermal Microcautery), bandhana (bandaging) and unmardana (hard massaging, squeezing or trampling on the body part).