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Marma, the life changing Ayurvedic therapy and the foods which support it

Marma means secret or essence in Sanskrit and in Ayurveda it pertains to those points in the body which are the meeting junctions of two or more types of tissues like ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. The human body is said to have 107 Marma points that are the pressure centres that control the body vitality and are said to be a getaway to the 7 chakras that control the flow of energy. The 108th Marma point is said to be the soul. Before starting any marma therapy, a good marma doctor would usually place a little balm on the 108th point to invoke the prana inside you. These points maintain the delicate health balance and an injury or clouding of these points may cause anything from pain to life threatening conditions. In ancient times, Ayurvedic physicians, specially trained in Marma have been documented to have healed the wounded soldiers in war by aligning the Marma points with the use of massage and healing herbs.

The science of practicing Marma massage is thousands of years old and it aims to remove the doshas of the body, thus healing several of its ailments by realigning the points, the disturbance of which is said to be the root cause of diseases.

According to Sushruta Samhita, the ultimate gospel of ancient Indian medicine, the specific marma points in the body control the flow of prana in living beings.

Benefits of Marma

Marma helps clear the chakras, thus enabling the flow of energy which means getting rid of disease from the body. While Marma helps in the overall improvement of health , some specific benefits are:

  • It helps in the removal of toxins in the body.
  • Enables better digestion and increase in metabolism, thus promoting weightloss for obese people.
  • Makes skin clearer
  • Improves mental abilities
  • Gets rid of joint pains and aches
  • Enables better mental control and helps in anger management
  • Helps in management of ailments like arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune diseases and even cancer.

What does it involve

It is a series of procedures that include everything from a controlled diet to oil massages, pressure application, use of herbal packs and medicines. It needs to be done by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner who is well versed in the science.

Marma and Food

What should be your diet like, while undergoing Marma treatment? The process of Marma may take several hours and may also involve the massage of different parts of the body.

  • One should have a light meal before Marma and wait for at least half an hour before starting the treatment.
  • You can have fruits, buttermilk, unprocessed cereals in limited quantity or light vegetables, before the treatment.
  • In case your treatment stretches through the day, you can take a break and eat a light lunch which should be low on fat and light on stomach so that is easily digested.
  • A fistful of rice or two chapatis along with a bowl of vegetables can be consumed as lunch.
  • It is important to rest for a while post meal, before starting the treatment again, to allow food to settle down or it may cause vomiting.
  • You can drink moderate amount of water during the treatment as hydrating the body is helpful in absorption of herbs the paste of which is applied to the body during the treatment.
  • The Marma treatment may stretch for a couple of days and hence it is important to maintain a proper diet during this extended period.
  • Foods you must consume should help in the treatment.
  • Must have foods during the treatment are-beetroot, pomegranate, fresh curd, ghee, fresh vegetables and legumes.

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