Burning Sensation (Grahani)

Burning sensation due to drinking.

When the warmth generated by (excessive) drinking and involving the pitta and rakta reaches the skin it produces a severe burning sensation. It is known as madyaja daha and should be treated like the pittaja variety.

The heat generated by drinking being aggravated by bodily pitta and blood of an intoxicated person, escapes through the surface of the skin and causes a feeling of intense burning (Daha) which should be remedied with measures and therapeutic agents prescribed in connection with the aggravation of pitta. (Susruta p.487).

Raktaja burning sensation.

The vitiated rakta pervading the whole body produces a severe burning sensation. The patient experiences warmth and thirst, has a coppery lustre (of the skin) with copper red eyes, emits iron (metal) like odour from the mouth and the body and he feels as if surrounded by fire.

Pittaja burning sensation.

The burning sensation of pittaja origin is similar to that observed in a case paittika fever and should be managed on the same lines.

Burning sensation due to the suppression of thirst.

Due to the suppression of thirst there is a loss of the watery content of the tissues resulting in aggravation of pitta. This produces an internal and an external burning sensation and a dulling of the senses. There is dryness of the throat, palate and lips and he trembles protruding his tongue.

Burning sensation due to blood in the body cavities.

A collection of blood in the body cavities (koshtas) gives rise to another variety of burning sensation which is unbearable.

Burning sensation due to tissue depletion.

In a case of burning sensation due to tissue depletion, the patient suffers from fainting, thirst a feeble voice and a diminution of activity and is excessively distressed with depression.

Burning sensation of traumatic origin.

In a case of burning sensation of traumatic origin, due to abstinence from food and also on account of various anxiety states the patient suffers from a sever internal burning sensation, thirst, fainting and delirium.

Burning sensation due to injury of the vital organs.

The seventh variety of burning sensation due to injury to the vital organs is considered incurable.

All patients suffering from (burning sensation) developing coldness of the body should be discarded from treatment (as incurable). ( Madhava Nidana p.329)

Remedies for daha.

In the case of a rich patient. The body of such a patient under the circumstances should be smeared at the outset with Chandana (white sandalwood) pastes made cooler by the contact of cold beams of the moon, pearl necklaces and the water produced from melted ice. He should try to alleviate the burning feeling by strolling on the banks of a tank in a garden in the soft, cool and sweet breeze bearing on its wings the soft perfume of Kalhara (red) lotus and water moss dancing in the adjoining tank. Water cooled and charged with Usira, Balaka and white sandal paste should be sprinkled over his body, or he should be made to sport in a cleansed tank filled with freshly collected water embalmed with full blown red and blue lotus flowers and scents (e.g. sandal pastes) after being smeared with sandal pastes and with the hairs of his body standing on their roots with the magnetic touch of beloved female hands. Here he should take his bath with young, gay and beautiful damsels skilful in aquatic sports refreshing him with the lotus like touch of their cold hands, thighs and mouth and hard (i.e. full grown) breasts and their sweet words. (Susruta p.488).