Also known as Vedhan is one of the eight Shastrakarma (surgical measures) mentioned in Sushrut Samhita.24 This is a sterile procedure which includes piercing the points  with special hollow needles considering the anatomy of Marma (vital points) as per Ayurveda. The piercing leads to painful mechanical stimulus which causes release of endorphins thereby, causing immediate pain relief. Another procedure called as Vidhaagni (combination of Vedhankarma and agnikarma) is also practiced in painful conditions with varied results.

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