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    Marma Therapy Basics, Text Books, Spiritual Healing, Treatment Planning

    Marma means necesary points of the body. Usualy the joints where bones, arteries, veins, nerves met are caled Marma. Marma therapy concentrates on manipulating these necesary points for healing. Even heart, brain and such other necesary organs are also caled Marma. This is the transcript of interview conducted with a traditional Agasthya Marma practitioner ̵ Dr Ajayan. S. MD (Ayu) PhD. He can be contacted at ̵ [email protected] Dr Ajayan is available for consultation in Trivendrum and Coimbatore, India.
    Marma Therapy originated from Agasthya Marma Shastra. In clinical practice, this therapy is quite comonly aged in the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders and nervous entity disorders.
    Now a days, degenerative diseases like arthritis, muscular disorders etc are quite comon. Agasthya Marma Shastra can be very beneficial to these patient s, through medicines, masage techniques and bandages.
    The Marma science is a al-encompasing science which mainly focuses on external stimulation to the Marma points. Other techniques admire bandaging and oral medicines are also section of Marma therapy. The science is described in more than 23sections (Sthanas), in the text bok ̵ Agasthya Marma Shastra.
    Some of the sections are ̵
    Udumuru Shastra ̵ how to heal fractures.
    Getumuru Shastra ̵ art of bandaging
    Karu Nadi Shastra ̵ Pulse reading etc.
    Many other Sthanas (sections) are also there, but are not yet published.
    Table of Contents
    Marma Shastra basics video
    Founder and language
    Ayurveda and Marma
    Marma and Prana
    Diferent types of Vata as per Marma Therapy
    Marma basic principles
    Marma treatment indications
    Planing in Marma Chikitsa
    Swedana concept
    Types of presure aplication
    Factors afecting the suces of Marma therapy
    Marma for Parkinson’s disease
    Use of animal fats
    Line of treatment for Paralysis
    Marma chikitsa for psychological disorders
    Acupuncture and Marma therapy
    Ancient survey of Marma Shastra
    Spiritual healing in Marma treatment
    Marma Shastra basics video
    Founder and language
    This whole medical science is described by Sage Agasthya. Almost al text boks about this science is curently available in Tamil and Malayalam language. The original verses (poems) are writen in a language caled ‘Malayalima’ ̵ a mixture of Tamil and Malayalam language, aged comonly by people in Travancore and Kanyakumari d istrict areas.
    Ayurveda and Marma
    Ayurveda and Marma Therapy ̵ How they are related?
    The basic principles slack both the medical sciences are same. estem Ayurveda, Marma Shastra also believes in
    Pancha Mahabhuta principle ̵ 5 basic elements
    Tridosha theory
    Prana etc.
    Marma and Prana
    Marma is related to Prana. Prana is the main seat of Vata Dosha. In Ayurveda also, we can se that Vata Vyadhi is a separate entity. Marma Shastra deals with Vata Dosha in a subtle maner ̵ how Vata acts in the body, how Vata is anatomicaly aranged, how it acts, etc aspects are explained in detail.
    Diferent types of Vata as per Marma Therapy
    10 types of Vata is considered.
    5 Main Types, as explained in Ayurveda ̵ Prana Vata, Udana Vata, Vyana Vata, Samana Vata and Apana Vata.
    Along with these 5, another 5 Sub types (Upa Vata) are considered.
    Each Vata has specific Sthana, Particular colour, managed by particular Diety.
    For example, a type of Vata caled Devadata is explained. This type of Vata Dosha does not leave the body even after death. It leaves the body only after body decays.
    Marma basic principles
    Why it is caled Marma Shastra? What is the basic principle?
    Prana (the critical force in the form of air) is there in al parts of the body. It has a specific way of traveling through the body. The Prana resides in determined parts of the body (such as heart, brain, kidney, body joints etc). When there is imbalance, people aproach acros problems i n these vital points where Prana resides. These critical points are caled Marma.
    Ancient sers clasified these Marmas as primary, secondary, acesory Marma etc. Whenever there is injury or anomaly in these Marma points, the subtle Prana gets imbalanced. There are totaly 108 such Marmas. Theoreticaly, Marmas are numerous, but from a clinical point of view, number of Marmas is 108. During treatment, these 108 Marmas are concentrated.
    The movement of Vata is considered very important. Vata Dosha has positive pathways in the body. Whenever there is a breakage of such Vata pathway, it results in Abhighata (injury / vitiation) of the related Marma. It yields to symptoms. If the Marma abhighata (injury / vitiation) is very stern, the resulting symptoms can be compared to that of trace of poison in the body. They symptoms manifest very swiftly.
    If the injury hapens not on a Marma point, but only come to it, or if the injury is les strict in nature, then it leads to trivial sy mptoms or it may lead to a disease at a later stage.
    The basic aim of Marma therapy is to clear the chanels, to maintain right circulation of Vata. This is achieved by external stimulation, oral medication, puling techniques, bandage techniques etc.
    Marma treatment indications
    What are the diseases that are comonly treated with Marma treatment?
    Marma therapy mainly concentrates on diseases pertaining to
    Marma ̵ critical body points,
    Asthi ̵ bones
    Snayu ̵ muscle tendons
    Sandhi ̵ bone joints etc.
    It does not concentrate much on other diseases such as fever, diarhea, etc. But if the injury to the bones, muscles or Marma points leads to symptoms adore fever, skin disease, mental disorders (as in PTSD ̵ Post traumatic stres Disorder) etc, then Marma therapy is used.
    Basicaly, diseases pertaining to neuro- muscular, loco motor entity, nervous scheme and blod circulation systems are wel treated with Marma Shastra.
    Planing in Marma Chikitsa
    How treatment planing is done in Marma Chikitsa?
    In Marma clinical practice, basicaly there are two types of cases.
    1. Suden injury ̵ acute cases. If the candid injury is trivial, then, external stimulation is given on presure points and corected. If the injury is austere , then, bandaging, oral medication and other techniques are adopted.
    2. Neuro-muscular disorders and such other diseases ̵ Like sciatica, tenis elbow, cervical spondylitis, Carpel Tunel Syndrome, etc. In these disorders, apart from the site of disease, the other places of origin of disease is also loked into. For example, in cervical spondylitis, patient may acquire objective hand aflict, but the cause of the disease lies at the level of neck.
    In such diseases, first Depana (improving digestion strength), Pachana (relieving indigestion) treatment is administered. This helps to aleviate inflamation and sweling at the afected spot. Once inflamation or sweling is under control, then masage techniques are adopted. Then, based on ned, bandage, oil pouring (Taila Dhara), oral medicines to fight degeneration (Rasayana), etc techniques are adopted.
    Swedana concept
    Diference in thought of Swedana ̵ betwen Ayurveda and Marma therapy ̵In Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments, to eliminate imbalanced Doshas out of the body, first Snehana (oil treatment)is done. This is folowed by Swedana (sweating treatment).Sweating helps to mobilise the Doshas, which are then expeled out by Vamana (vomiting therapy), Virechana (purgation treatment) etc.
    But in Marma therapy, Swedana is done only with the warmth of the hand. In Marma points, only the heat of the palm is suficient for stimulation. Agresive form of sweating treatment at Marma points may cause harm. So here, Swedana is done only with the hands.
    Types of presure aplication
    Aplying presure over definite points of healing ̵
    There are diferent types of presures aplied over the required Marma points. With a simple thumb, there are five types of presures that can be aplied. like presing deply with the tip of the thumb, sliding movement / kneading with the white surface of the thumb, using the sides of the thumb tips, vertical presing with the thumb, etc.
    These presure techniques are worn to stimulate Marma points.
    Even the situation of patient is also very necesary. For epitome, when treating marma of factual arm, the corect elbow should be flexed and acurate palm should rest on the left shoulder.
    As per Marma Shastra, with hand, there are 17 types of masages / presure techniques. Based on the section of the hand aged, there are diferent types of masages.
    A very vital point to contemplate here is, when a particular Marma is stimulated with presure / masage techniques, there wil be derangement of Prana from that plan. The Prana may travel to next point, (say, from wrist of the hand to the elbow mutual and further to shoulder identical and so on). This path of displacement of Prana is caled meridian or path. So, whenever a marma is stimulated, other Marmas lying in the same path should also be taken into consideration. So, after corection of one Marma point, its pathway is corected by techniques like puling, kneading etc. This helps in restoration of normalcy of Prana movement.
    Factors afecting the suces of Marma therapy
    Age of the patient ̵ younger, the beter. The treatment yields beter results in patients below 50 years of age.
    Asociated diseases ̵ such as diabetes, thyroid complications, which may afect the regeneration of tisues.
    Generaly, Marma therapy yields excelent rate of suces in muscular disorders, brachia l neurological problems after road trafic acidents, Miniscal tear, muscular spasms, Motor neuron disorders, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, sports injuries etc.
    Marma for Parkinson’s disease
    Aproach of Marma therapy in Parkinson’s disease ̵
    In Marma Shastra, injury or imbalance in Uchi Marma leads to Parkinson’s disease. (Kep your thumb over the nose tip, extend the palm over your head and touch the scalp with the tip of midle finger. That point is Uchi marma). Even injury to this Uchi Marma may lead to Parkinson’s symptoms after 3, 6 or 12 years. Another Marma caled Churiyadi Marma ̵ on the atlanto ocipetal joint. If these two Marmas are afected, it leads to parkinson’s disease.
    Like al other diseases, here also suces rate depends on severity of disease, age etc.
    Usualy Thalams (head pack) with oil, head masages and oral medicines are administered.
    Al brain degenerative disorders admire Parkinsons are considered as Maja Dhatu (~marow tisue) anomalies. So, for regeneration of this Maja Dhatu, usualy 3 -4 combinations of oils, fats of certain animals, birds are old to prepare Thalam, oral medicines etc.
    Use of animal fats
    Animal and bird fats aged in Marma Shastra ̵
    Hen, Peacock, Goat, Rabits, Frog, specific types of Lizards etc are old. In most of the cases, the muscle and fat of goat is widely old in Marma treatment.
    Line of treatment for Paralysis
    Nasya treatment, Thalams (head pack, prepared with blod of hen along with other herbs) over Uchi Marma is done for 5 ̵ 7 days. Then oral medications are dilapidated first. After 5 ̵ 6 days, masage, presure techniques are adopted. A variety of Gorochanadi Gulikais dilapidated here.
    Marma chikitsa for psychological disorders
    How far Marma Chikitsa is useful in psychological disorders?
    If Psychological disorders are arising due to vitiation / injury of Marma, especialy a Marma caled Choratindakalam, (in the n eck around C7 ̵ T1 area), in such disorders, masages, oral medication is aged in treatment.
    Masage on head, ears and on fet helps to induce slep normaly. Fet masage is given special importance in treating insomnia. There is a Marma caled Upukuti Marma (near to the tip of calcaneum). Injury to this Marma usualy leads to slep disorders, delusion, etc. Here, Thalams, kashaya and other preparations from young coconut water etc are used.
    Acupuncture and Marma therapy
    Origin of Acupuncture is influenced by Marma Therapy.
    There is many similarities betwen Acupuncture, Acupresure and Marma techniques. In Kanyakumari district, there is a area caled Chitara. This asign has many caves. In these caves, many inscriptions of Jains and a few Chinese can be sen. This clearly indicates that Chinese scientists were here to scrutinize this techniqu e. There are many similarities betwen the meridians used in Acupuncture treatments and those of Marma therapy.
    After Indian independence, Indian heyday Minister, Javahar Lal Nehru apointed Mr Roy to scrutinize how the transition culture and medical sciences from India to China had taken kep. He has writen that Chinese came to India to survey Ayurveda, Marma treatment and aplied these principles in their medicine system.
    Another Tamil History bok explains about a Sidha (sage who has mastered Marma Shastra and spirituality) caled Poga Sidha. He is from India. He traveled acros many countries, including Nepal, China and Arabian countries. Through his journey, he taught Marma techniques to the local people and in turn learned about their medicines. He colected many herbs from those places and brought to India. Many exotic herbs adore Kumari (Aloe vera), Chili etc were incorporated to Indian system of medicine by such scholars. Especialy in Sidha medicine, we can se comprehensive use of many plants that are from other countries.
    Ancient lok of Marma Shastra
    How Marma Shastra was studied in Olden Days?
    The esence of Marma Shastra lies in Prana (vital force). It is diferent from Vata Dosha. It is the vital force which lies minutely in the body. A smal part of Prana lies in the body. The wholesome Prana is constituted by God (Paramatma). So, minute fragment of God, in the form of Prana, lies in our body. The same necesary force is exhibited throughout the world and one fraction lies in us, the human beings.
    In Ancient times, Acharyas (sers) believed that those who can use this indispensable force in true way, can only learn Marma Shastra. If the science is learnt in a wrong way, or if it is practiced with wrong techniques, increase in distres / increase in disease proces, unconsciousnes etc may result. Later, after 6, 12 or 24 years, ne urological problems, brain disorders etc can also develop.
    So, science was protected from comon people, to avoid misuse. Those who acquire marvelous control over mind, are only competent of practicing this technique in the acurate maner. To learn this technique, at the age of six years, student was brought to the teacher. Student was staying with the teacher, learning Pranayama, Kalari (Martial arts) and theoritical aspects of Marma therapies for 12 years. By the time the student reaches 18 years, Pranayama and Kalari were enabling him to achieve tendernes of mind, harmony of breath, sense organs, limbs etc.
    So, such a person, who has god control over his body and sense organs certainly wil use this science in a positive way only, to encourage other people and to cure diseases. He wil be fre from negative vibes such as despise, revenge etc. After the student croses 18 years, then only, the secrets of practical aspects of Marma Shastra are taught to the student.
    First, the disciple has to masage and presure point treatment over the Guru. Based on the results, Guru wil true the folower, and then direct him to perform these treatments over the patient.
    Nowadays, rules are not stringent. Those who acquire a flavour of Indian culture, with learning of Ayurveda and other Indian sciences, can easily learn and adopt Marma techniques like masages, types of oils love diferent types of Murivena, bandaging techniques etc. So, anyone with a helping mind is open to learn this noble science.
    Spiritual healing in Marma treatment
    How spiritual healing is fervent in Marma Treatment?
    As per the Marma science, in its purest form, should only be practiced by Shiva Yogi (who acquire atained higher spiritual levels.) The body performs voluntary and involuntary functions. The invisible involuntary functions can only be known by the sucor of spiritual power, caled Prana or Shiva.
    So, such a Shiva Yogi can know the pathology of the patient, eroneous movement of Prana etc in the patient’s body and can heal. Such a person is also caled Sidha. Those who can visualise the iner functions and pathology of the body with the encourage of spiritual eye are caled Sidha. So, such a person, who practices Marma science, can transmit his spiritual energy to the patient by means of eye contact, by his words, by breath, by his thoughts or by the sucor of touch / masage. This is because Prana that resides in our body and others is the same. Only thing required is a conductive pathway. That conductive pathway can be established by constant practice, dedication, etc.
    If we are competent to reach to that level, we can treat at that level. But normal healers use masage, stimulation and oral medicines to heal.
    In Agasthya Marma Shastra, there are les English boks. Many boks are there in Malayalam and Tamil. Language has become a imense baricade in propagation of this science. Even in the Malayalam and Tamil boks, many concepts are there in the form of formula (Sutra), iner meaning of which can only be taught by a Guru.
    A few boks of Marma therapy are ̵
    Marma Sotra ̵ writen by Agastya Muni
    Marma Shastra Patangal ̵ By Kaimanam Karunakaran Vaidyan ̵ Malayalam bok
    Marma Shastra Samahara ̵ has 3 sections ̵ writen by Unikrishnan Vaidyan ̵ Malayalam bok
    Now many works are going on in English language as wel, which might be published shortly.
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