Conceptual study of Asthibhagna in relation to Ayurvedic and Modern views
The indigenous system of medicine Ayurveda is not only limited to the basic prevention and management of diseases but it also has various specialized fields which can provide treatment to the serious illnesses. Asthibhagna is one such specialized branch which deals with the traumatic injuries of musculoskeletal system. Traumatic injuries are increasing day by day due to the rash driving, traffic load, speedy driving, etc. Bhagna Chikitsa has been described properly by the great scholar Sushruta in his classics, elaborating the classification of the injuries and their surgical and conservative treatment. Sushruta elaborated the basic principles of Bhagnasthapna, Sthirikarna, Sukhcheshta prasartwam, Bandhanas etc. for the management of such injuries. These principles are also mentioned as Reduction, Immobilization and Rehabilitation in the modern medicinal system. Orthopedics is the branch of modern medicine which deals with the management of deformities of the bones and muscles. Asthi (bones) are considered as the most important supportive framework of the body and therefore Bhagna chikitsa plays very important role in restoring the functional ability of this framework. One can trace the history of trauma management from the time of Vedas which is still relevant and applicable. The following article is trying to elaborate the traditional and modern views in relation to the Bhagna.
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