What is Agnikarma?


Agnikarma (Thermal Microcautery) is an ancient medical technique which has been well-described in Ayurveda, the Indian System of Medicine.

An Indian surgeon, Maharshi Sushruta, known as the father of modern surgery, documented the effectiveness of the Agnikarma (Thermal Microcautery) procedure for various musculoskeletal disorders in the ancient Ayurveda literature of Sushruta Samhita about 2500 years ago. (www.ancient.eu/sushruta/)

In today’s modern world, the most frequent cause of disability is the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, spondylosis, frozen shoulder etc. Long-term muscular and joint discomfort can lead to psychological distress and often negatively affect the quality of life. Modern medical drugs offer symptomatic relief, but chronic use of modern drugs is associated with serious side effects.

The Agnikarma (Thermal Microcautery) technique on the other hand, is a highly effective treatment for musculoskeletal diseases providing quick relief without side effects or complications. It is a minimally invasive cost effective procedure that can reduce the need for surgical interventions.

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Agnikarma procedure involves thermal micro-cauterization using a specialized Agnikarma Unit (Thermal Microcautery Unit) or a metallic instrument called Agnikarma Shalaka. First, depending on the patient’s constitution, the diagnosis and severity of the disease, specific points are identified on the affected body area. Then, the heated tip of the Thermal microcautery Unit or of the Agnikarma Shalaka is applied precisely to the affected area followed by application of Holistic BurnCool cream for instant cooling relief.

After the treatment, the patients can carry-on with their daily activities. Follow-up treatment may be required depending on the severity of the condition.

The Agnikarma procedure, if carried out improperly can cause complications, hence it is of paramount importance that the technique is always carried out by a trained Ayurvedic Practitioner with specific expertise in Agnikarma.

Agnikarma (Thermal Microcautery) Procedure
Agnikarma (Thermal Microcautery) Procedure


Agnikarma (Thermal Microcautery) is a highly effective treatment for both acute and chronic pain conditions such as:

    • Knee pain (osteoarthritis of knee)
    • Lower Back pain
    • Sciatica
    • Lumbar Spondylosis
    • Cervical Spondylosis
    • Slipped Disc (prolapsed disc)
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Synovitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Tendonitis
  • Migraine, Headache
  • Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis, calcaneal spur)
  • Myofascial pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Trigger Finger

Learn more about the cases treated by Agnikarma here.


  • Quick and long term pain relief
  • No side-effects
  • OPD based procedure (no hospitalization required)
  • Well-tolerated by patients
  • Cost-effective