Non invasive method of Abscess drainage



Background: Surgical management of abscess was undoubtedly incision and drainage and widely practiced. Invasive approach of has its own limitations in highly apprehended patients. An alternative to this procedure is screened from Ayurvedic treatises which have not surfaced till date.

Aim & Objective: Review of non-invasive method of abscess drainage.

Materials & Method: Available Ayurvedic treatises, texts of contemporary sciences and Clinical studies carried out at different Ayurvedic centre and published in indexed and referred [ISSN numbered journals] were included.

Observation & Discussion: The inimitable method of drainage of abscess without employing any surgical instruments is admirable. The Luke warm paste of herbs mixed with Kshara [alkali preparations] and dung of birds are applied on the abscess surface which is thin and friable. By virtue of its properties, spontaneous rupture of the surface aid in drainage of the contents. The method has noteworthy advantages of being able to drain abscess over vital areas and in surgically unfit patients. The pain scores both in intra operative and post operative is minimal in comparison. The major disadvantage and limitation of this method is, it cannot be employed in deep seated or internal abscess. 

Conclusion: Manifestation of abscess and its progress is diverse; similarly, the treatment should be based on the patient’s presentation and circumstances. A non invasive mode of drainage of superficial abscess in surgically apprehended patients is an exceptional contribution of Ayurvedic science.

Key word: Abscess, Drainage, Non invasive


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