An injury is one thing every child and adult is prone to. It can happen at any time, any place, by many factors. From a minor cat scratch to terrible lacerations, the wound can appear in any degree of severity based on the cause and the location. The injury is defined as the discontinuation of the living tissue caused by material stress. The causes are innumerable; blunt force, sharp and piercing kinds of stress, burns, toxins, overexertion, etc are a few of them. Injury can be broadly divided into intentional and unintentional. Intentional injuries are the ones that are inflicted during conscious violence or self-harm. Unintentional injuries occur as an effect of road traffic accidents, accidental burns (thermal, chemical, and electrical), unintentional poisoning, or a fall. Traumatic injuries to internal organs, blood vessels, and nerves can lead to death or lifelong disabilities.
A sports injury is an example of injury caused by overuse of a particular ligament, tendon, or muscle. 2021 demographics show that approximately 4.4 million people die worldwide due to grave wounds, among which more than 3 million are by unintentional injuries and the rest, intentional. About 10 percent of global non-fatal injuries are reported to have led to disabilities, both temporary and permanent. There is even a field of study curated for gaining a deeper understanding of traumatic injuries and their management, named Traumatology.
Abhighatha is the term used by ancient Ayurvedic scholars to denote trauma or injury. An injury can happen to sira (blood vessels), snayu (ligaments), kandara (tendons), mamsa (muscles), and marma. A marma is a vital spot where the structures like ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves meet. An abhighatha to marma is reflected in the body in different ways- some marmabhighata can result in just pain or disabilities while some others may even bring death. Managing the effects of such abhighatha is critical.
The Malayalam word ‘murivenna’ is the combination of two words ‘murivu’ meaning injury and ‘enna’ meaning oil. It is a traditional herbal oil prescribed in Keraleeya Ayurveda chikitsa for treating wounds and pain. It effectively manages cuts, bruises, burns, inflamed ano rectal conditions, and the inflammation of the bowels. In joint-related disease conditions like arthritis and its variants that involve inflammation, Murivenna thailam does a great job in reducing pain and oiling the site. Infused with the goodness of Karanja (Pongamia pinnata), Kumari (Aloe barbadensis), and Sigru (Moringa oleifera) fortified with a base of coconut oil, it remains the most efficient external medicine for injuries. Its benefits include alleviating pain through enhanced blood circulation, stimulating the healing of fresh and old wounds with its antiseptic, antimicrobial action, managing burns by their cooling nature, and relieving the signs of inflammation like redness, swelling, and pain. Murivenna also mitigates pain and itching over the anorectal area associated with fissures, fistula, and hemorrhoids, and helps in wound repair in a short period. It reduces muscle spasms and sprains and improves blood circulation to that area.
Murivenna can be used in the management of headaches also. Different types of headaches like migraine, sinusitis, tension headache, and cluster headache are effectively relieved with this formulation. It can be given for skin conditions like acne, scaling, and psoriasis.