Ayurvedic Pain Therapy Gets NE Makeover With Naga Chilly

Imlikumba Jamir.

Based on an acupuncture therapy, it has been developed by a Naga practitioner.

A ‘mainstream’ ayurvedic pain therapy has been given a north-eastern twist with betel leaf and Naga Chilly, one of the hottest on Earth.

Naga Chilly (Capsicum chinense), also known as King Chilly, is more popular as Bhot Jolokia which derives its name from the popular belief that it originated in the hills of Bhutan.

Ayurveda prescribes a pungent paste to be used as shoolaprashamana, or pain reliever. What I have done for osteoarthritis of knee joint is replace some traditional ingredients following the pain-gate theory in acupuncture to give more pain to an affected part for reducing or killing the original pain,” Dr Jamir told The Hindu.

The 32-year-old, now a medical officer at the North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) in Pasighat.

NEIFM is under the Ministry of AYUSH, which expands to Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy.

Read more: Ayurvedic Pain Therapy With Naga Chilly

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