Marma Chikitsa: A Guide to Ayurvedic Vital Point Therapy

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What is Marma Chikitsa?

The word "marma" means a vital point or a junction where different tissues anatomically meet, such as muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, etc.

According to Ayurveda, there are 107 such important points in the human body, and each one is connected to stimulate a specific organ or system or specific physiological process.

With knowledge of Marma Experts, manipulating these specific points with specific techniques, one can utilize these in the body for management of specific diseases.

What are the benefits of Marma Chikitsa?

Marma Chikitsa has many benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health. Some of the benefits are:

  • Relieves pain, stiffness, inflammation, and spasms in various parts of the body.

  • Improves blood circulation, oxygenation, and detoxification.

  • Boosts immunity, digestion, metabolism, and hormonal balance.

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, fears, and phobias.

  • Enhances memory, concentration, creativity, and intuition.

  • Promotes relaxation, sleep quality, and well-being.

What are the indications of Marma Chikitsa?

Marma Chikitsa can be used for various conditions that affect the body, Some of the indications are:

  • Migraine

  • Tremors

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Nervous system disorders

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Fears and phobias

  • Cervical spondylitis

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Digestion problems

  • General aging problems

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Hypertension

What are the side effects or precautions of Marma Chikitsa?

Marma Chikitsa is generally safe and effective when performed by a trained practitioner. However if its performed without knowledge on Marma points and techniques, possible side effects or precautions are:

  • May cause temporary soreness, bruising, or bleeding at the site of pressure or massage.

  • Emotional triggers like depression, may release in some people who have suppressed trauma or emotions.

  • certain conditions may aggravate such as fever, infection, inflammation, pregnancy, menstruation, etc. if not done with proper care and guidance.

  • It may interfere with some medications or treatments such as blood thinners, pacemakers, etc. if not informed to the practitioner beforehand.

What to expect during a Marma Chikitsa session?

A typical Marma Chikitsa session lasts for about an hour and involves the following steps:

  • Marma expert will ask you about your medical history, current symptoms, and health goals.

  • Practitioner will select the appropriate marma points to be stimulated according to your condition and need.

  • Apply gentle or firm pressure on the marma points using his/her fingers, palms, Elbows, or special tools such as sticks or stones. The pressure may be applied in a circular motion or in a tapping or rubbing manner. The practitioner may also use oil or herbal paste to lubricate the skin and enhance the effect.

  • Advise you to relax and breathe deeply during the session. You may feel some sensations such as warmth, Tingling, pulsation, or pain at the marma points or other parts of the body. You may also experience some emotions such as joy, sadness, anger, or fear. These are normal signs of energy movement and release. You should try to observe them without judgment or resistance.

  • After the session, the expert will guide you with specific instructions to take care of yourself after the treatment.

If you are interested in trying it out or learning more about it, you can consult an Ayurvedic doctor at Dr. P. Alikuttys Ayurveda & Modern Hospital Kottakkal to address your health concerns

Marma Chikitsa is a powerful and holistic therapy that can help you get better when applied rightly.

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