Marma Chikitsa in Ayurveda
What is marma chikitsa? It is a powerful instrument of Ayurveda that originated 5,000 years ago. It is a process and a therapy that works with 108 subtle and sensitive energy points to open energy channels in the body called marmas.
According to Sushruta, author of Sushruta Samhita, the ancient treatise on ayurveda, human body contains 107 marma points which, when struck or massaged, produce desired healing or injurious results.
Using the knowledge of marma in treatment is called marma chikitsa. It helps in diseases due to Srothorodham and also in used to balance the tridoshas. Specialized massage is generally applied in the Marma treatment.
There are four basic purposes of marma chikitsa:
1) It removes blocks in energy channels called strotras.
2) It pacifies vata dosha, (air and space elements ), bringing it to its normal path— especially vyana vata, (a sub-dosha which controls the autonomic nervous system.)
3) It creates physical, mental and emotional flexibility. Because of ama (toxins) and because of vata, human beings after 35 or 40 years of age become rigid — and this happens to animals and plants too. As vata increases in our body, we experience degeneration. This rigidity can mean becoming fixed in ideas, emotions and physical movements.
4) This gentle treatment creates an opportunity to experience powerful and dynamic transformation at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels by building a positive link with the unconscious mind. Many times people are not able to go outside their ‘comfort zones.’ They think they have absolute limitations. After marma is done, they can start taking positive risks.
Marma chikitsa is beneficial for many conditions, including the following:
Muscular and joint pain
Digestion and elimination problems
Nervous system disorders
Headaches and migraines
General aging problems
Anxiety and depression
Stress response, fears and phobias
Confusion, memory loss and mental focus
Low energy and fatigue
Breaking through limited belief systems