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Marma Treatment

In marma treatment, very good results are achieved in sleep disorders, fatigue, concentration disorders, nervous heart problems, migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, stress-induced or nervous gastrointestinal complaints, nasal sinus cramps

For millennia, Ayurveda has used the stimulation of the body's energy points (marma) as an important treatment to cure health problems. Marmas are points that relate to organic functions and metabolism, but also to our emotional states.

A marma point is defined as an anatomical site where muscles, veins, ligaments, bones and joints are found (mamsa, sira, snayu, asthi and sandhi). This does not mean that all structures must be present at the same time in a marma. According to the Ashtanga Hridaya, these are points where important nerves called dhamani coincide along with other structures like muscles, tendons, etc.

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Composition of Marma Points

Mamsa: Several structures such as facies, serous membranes and muscles can be compared to mamsa.

Sira: They are like channels that provide water or energy to the body. 

Snayu: These are sub-tissues that link bones and muscles. There are four types: ligaments, tendons, sphincter muscles and aponeurosis.

Asthi:  They can be classified into bones, cartilage, teeth and nails.

Sandhi: The bony joints are classified into mobile, partially mobile and immobile.

Marma points are the seats of life. The marmas are also places where not only the tridosha (Vata, pitta and kapha) is present, but also their subtle forms prana, ojas and tiles (agni) are present with satwa, rajas and tamas. Therefore, it is a specific area of ??the body, which is related through the pranic channels with several internal organs. According to another definition, they are vital areas that if they are damaged they can cause death. At other times, without causing death, they cause diseases that have a difficult cure.

Types of Marma

According to the structure:

  • Muscle (mamsa): 11
  • Arteries and veins (sira): 41
  • Tendons and aponeurosis: (snayu): 27
  • Bones (asthi): 8
  • Articulations (sandhi): 20

According to the place of the body:

  • Legs: 22.
  • Abdomen and chest: 12.
  • Arms: 22.
  • Back: 14.
  • On the clavicle: 37.

According to the measure:

  • Width of a finger (anguli parinama): 12.
  • Two fingers: 6.
  • Width of three fingers: 4.
  • Width of a fist or four fingers: 29.
  • Width of a finger and a half: 56.

Some of the important Marma Points are-

1. Kshipra

Type & Measurement: Snayu, 1/2 anguli. 

Location: Located between the big toe and index finger of each hand.
Characteristics: Control Rasavaha and Pranavaha srotas, the heart and avalambaka kapha. 

Treatment: This marma should be massaged for stimulation of the heart, lungs, and also for the control of avalambaka kapha. Vacha powders (acorus calamus), oils such as calamus or mustard, or aromatic ones such as cinnamomum, cassia and salvia officinalis may be used.

2. Talahridaya
Type & Measurement: mamsa, 1/2 anguli.
Location:  Located in the center of the palm, facing the root of the middle finger of each hand. 
Characteristics: Control Pranavaha srotas, heart, lungs, respiration and avalambaka kapha. 
Treatment: Massage this marma to control Pranavaha srotas. Narayan oil is used for massage.

3. Kurcha
Type & Measurement: Snayu, 4 anguli. 

Location: Located about 2.5 cm from the wrist joint and the root of the big toe, on the maria Kshipra. Located in both hands. 
Characteristics: Control Alochaka pitta. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for Alochaka control. Massage done with sandalwood oil and aromatic oils like rose or lotus.

4. Kurcha-shira

Type & Measurement:  snayu, 1 anguli.

Location: On the sole of the foot, where the calcaneus bone begins. Control mamsavaha srotas. 

Treatment: Agnikarma. A rod of incandescent iron must be applied to the sensory site for the treatment of the calcaneus spur. Massage is done with grass oil (cynodon dactylon), ushiradi oil (vetevera zyzanoides) or canarium luzonicum aromatic oil.

5. Gulpha

Type & Measurement: sandhi, 2 anguli. 

Location: Articulation of the ankle, where the tibia and calcaneus meet. 
Characteristics: Control medovaha, asthivaha and shukravaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage is done to this marma point with  Ashwagandha oil (withania somnifera) for controlling asthiva.

6. Indra basti

Type & Measurement: Mamsa, 1/2 anguli. 

Location:  The point midway between the posterior aspect of the calcaneus and the popliteal fossa (behind the knee). 
Characteristics: Control Agni, the small intestine and Annavaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for stimulation of Agni, Hingu Trigunadi oil (garlic, asafoetida and rock salt) is used. For the improvement of the small intestine and annavaha srotas, massage with aromatic fenugreek oil (foeniculum vulgare) or celery (apium graveolens).

7. Janu

Type & Measurement: Sandhi, 3 anguli. 

Location: In the knee joint. 
Characteristics: The right marma controls the liver, and the left marma controls the spleen. 

Agnikarma- In the case of sciatica, a sensory point located near the marma (4 anguli) is selected and a heated golden rod is applied to the point. 

Lepam (paste application). 

For the treatment of knee pain, Bhallataka (semicarpus anacardium) oil is applied in the area of ??most pain. Take care that this oil does not cover other than the sore area. 

Massage is performed for the improvement of liver function.

8. Ani

Type & Measurement: Snayu, 1/2 anguli. 

Location: About 5 cm above the center of the knee joint and the popliteal fossa. 

Characteristics: Control Udakavaha srotas. 
Treatment : Massage is performed in the marma points for the control of Udakavaha srotas with Amalaki oil.

9. Urvi

Type & Measurement: Sira, 1 anguli. 

Location: Halfway along the line connecting the center of the inguinal ligament and the medial condyle of the femur, over the femoral artery. 
Characteristics: Control rasavaha and udakavaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage to this marma point is done to improve the functions of rasavaha, it is advised to massage with cumin oil (jeerakadi oil), almond oil or aromatic pine oil.

10. Lohitaksha

Type & Measurement: Sira, 1/2 anguli. 

LocationAbout 5 cm Lateral to the pubic symphysis, where the femoral artery passes. 
Characteristics: Control rasavaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the control of rasavaha and its diseases, Tulasipatradi oil (basil oil) is used. The use of jasmine oil is also beneficial.

11. Vitapa

Type & Measurement: snayu, 1 anguli. 

Location: One two cm. Lateral of the pubic symphysis, where the spermatic cord passes. 
Characteristics: Control shukravaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the control of shukravaha srotas. It is advised to use musk oil (floral hibiscus).

12. Guda

Type & Measurement: mamsa, 4 anguli.  

Location: Located in the year. 
Characteristics: Controls the first chakra and the urinary, reproductive, menstrual channels, in addition to the testicles and ovaries. 
Treatment: Massage. Birch (betula lenulata) is used to improve the functions of mutravaha. For emenagoga purposes, we will use saffron oil (crocus sativus) or myrrh oil. To increase sexual function we will use musk oil. For the control of obesity, we will use Asana bilwadi for massage.

13. Basti

Type & Measurement: snayu, 4 anguli. 
Location: Located between the pubic symphysis and the navel. 
Characteristics: Control mamsavaha srotas and Apana vata. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point to control Vata. Oils used are sesame oil or Narayan oil.

14. Nabhi

Type & Measurement: sira, 4 anguli.  

Location: Behind and around the navel. 
Characteristics: Control the third chakra. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point to increase the digestion. Use Bay oil (pepper racemosa), ginger or fenugreek for Lepa (paste). The application of sandalwood is also useful for the relief of pitta in the small intestine.

15. Hridaya

Type & Measurement: sira, 4 anguli.  

Location: About the heart area. 
Characteristics: Control rasavaha srotas, Sadhaka pitta, Vyana and Prana vata, Ojas, avalambaka Kapha and the fourth chakra. 

Hridbasti- It is very effective for the control of aggravated Vata, in cases of irregular heart rhythm, angina, etc. 

Massage this marma point for the relief of pitta, in the case of inflammatory diseases of the heart like pericarditis, massage with sandalwood oil or lotus aromatic oil or henna (lawsonia inermis).

16. Bruhati

Type & Measurementsira, 1/2 anguli.  

Location: About 6 cm above the lower angle of the scapula, at the inner edge. 
Characteristics: Control the fourth chakra and rasavaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the improvement of the functions of rasavaha. Heasagara oil (asparagus, rubia cordifolia, manjishta and kushmanda) is used. For annavaha srotas, aromatic oil of enogreco or thyme (thymus vulgaris) is used.

17. Amsaphalaka

Type & Measurement: asthi, 1/2 anguli.  

Location: In the scapula, on the marma bruhati, about 2 cm lateral to the fifth, sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae. 
Characteristics: Control Pranavaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the enhancement of the functions of Pranavaha. Mahanarayan oil or Melissa officinalis aromatic oil will be used.

18. Amsa

Type & Measurement: snayu, 1/2 anguli. 
Location: Between the neck and arms, in the trapezius muscle, about 2 cm. Lateral to the fifth cervical vertebra. 
Characteristics: Control the fifth chakra, Bhrajaka pitta, Udana vata and the brain. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the control of bhrajaka pitta, jasmine oil is used. For Udana vata, aromatic oil of myrtus comunis is used.

19. Phana

Type & Measurement: sira, 1/2 anguli.  

Location: Located on both sides of the nose, 
Characteristics: control the organ and the sense of smell. 
Treatment: Massage is performed on this marma point. Cinnamon aromatic oil (cinnamomum zeylanicum) is used to treat the sense of smell.

20. Apanga

Type & Measurement: sira, 1/2 anguli.  

Location: On the side of the orbital fossa of the eye. 
Characteristics: Controls the organ of the sense of sight. 
Treatment: Massage is performed in this marma point. Triphala oil or vetiver aromatic oil (vetivera zizanoides) is used for the treatment of the sense of sight.

21. Vidhura

Type & Measurement: snayu, 1/2 anguli.  

Location: Behind and below the ear pavilion, just under the mastoid bone. 
Characteristics: Controls the functions of the organ of the sense of hearing. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the treatment of the organ or the sense of hearing, dhanvantara oil is used.

22. Shankha

Type & Measurement:  asthi,1/2 anguli. 

Location: Between the swallow of the ear pavilion and the side of the corner of the eye. 
Characteristics: Controls the organ of sense of touch and vata in the large intestine. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the treatment of any problem of the sense of touch, ashwagandha oil (withania somnifera) is used.

23. Utkshepa

Type & Measurement: snayu, 1/2 anguli.
Location: On the upper edge of the helix of the ear. 
Characteristics: Control vata and the organ of the sense of smell. 
Treatment: Massage is performed in this marma point. Bala oil (Sida cordifolia) is used for the control of Vata disorders.

24. Adhipati

Type & Measurement:  sandhi, 1/2 anguli.
Location: Frontal frontal (articulation between occipital and parietal). 
Characteristics: Control the seventh chakra, Majjavaha srotas, Prana vata, Tarpaka Kapha and Sadhaka pitta. 
Treatment: Massage this marma point for the treatment of Sadhaka pitta in the brain, Bramhi oil (centella asiatica) is used. 

For the treatment of Prana disorders, dhanvantara oil or violet leaf aromatic oil (viola odorata) is used.

For the treatment of Tarpaka Kapha problems, cedar oil is used.

25. Sthapani

Type & Measurement: sira,1/2 anguli.  

Location: Between the eyebrows. Position of the third eye. Control the 6th chakra and Prana. 
Treatment: Shirodhara- For the treatment of disorders of the sixth chakra and Prana vata, shirodhara treatment is very useful.

26. Simanta

Type & Measurement: sandhi, 4 anguli. 

Location: Coronal, sagittal and lamboid sutures in the skull. 
Characteristics: Control Majjavaha, rasavaha and raktavaha srotas. 
Treatment: Massage is performed in this marma point by application of medicated oil, dhanvantara. Keeping an oil (Pichu) over the point is also useful. The daily use of sesame oil on this marma point is useful for Vata control and maintenance of health.

Often, acute complaints can be successfully treated by the physician or medical practitioner in just a few minutes. Typical examples of this are neck or back pain in the case of vertebral blockages, tension headaches, umbilical colic of the children, gastrointestinal cramps, abdominal cramps before or during menstruation. In the case of HWS syndrome, the short, dry (without the use of oil) pressure is often enough, as well as attentive stroking or flicking of a few key arms and nadis, in order to loosen or loosen the blockage in a strikingly fast way.


Chronic complaints and diseases naturally require repeated applications and other accompanying, as natural as possible treatment measures.


Even the treatment of simple everyday problems can be very effective. For example, very good results are achieved in sleep disorders, fatigue, concentration disorders, nervous heart problems, migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, stress-induced or nervous gastrointestinal complaints, nasal sinus cramps and generally in psychosomatic diseases. Immediate relief is a Marma self-treatment in acute colds with runny nose, nasal constriction, cough and bronchitis).

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