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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-52

Syringing method as an alternative to Śṛṇga therapy in Vātakaṇṭaka

1 Department of Panchakarama, KLE University Shri BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalya, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Panchakarama KLE University Shri BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalya, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
3 AYUSH Chair, Professor in Ayurveda, School of Pharmacy Faculty of medical Sciences University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

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Hemant D Toshikhane
Ayurveda School of Pharmacy, Mount Hope Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago
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DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.150782

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Calcaneus forms the bone of the foot. Due to abnormal pressures, foot muscles and ligaments are stretched beyond their normal limits that lead to chronic plantar heel pain, among which calcaneal spur tops the list. In Ayurveda, it can be correlated to "Vātakaṇṭaka" (pricking sensation in the foot)-a painful condition of heel caused by its improper placement on the ground. To assess the effect of syringing method (modified Śṛṅga) in the treatment of Vātakaṇṭaka. A 10 ml syringe was for ease, hygiene, and to enable the case to be managed in the outpatient department. A diagnosed case of calcaneal spurs with pain, tenderness, and swelling visited KLE University's Shri BMK Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre, Belgaum, Karnataka, India. After Snigdha Patrapoṭṭali sveda (a form of sudation therapy), bloodletting was performed by syringing method. In total procedure was performed for 4 times on the patient. Marked subjective relief was observed. Pain from 8 visual analog scale (VAS) came to 2 visual analog scale (VAS) and tenderness and swelling relived completely.

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