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MARMA THERAPY AND YOGIC PRACTICES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT

Dr. Madhulika D. Tiwari*

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Marma are vital centres or subtle energy fields of the body. Marmas are important aspect in yogic practices with which ayurveda is closely connected. Marmas are related to the 7 chakras (energy centre) and 14 nadis(subtle channel)systems emphasized in yogic thought. Yoga not only has a sophisticated system of physical postures, it also recognizes the power of Prana(life force) which is reflected through the marma points on the surface of the body. Through manipulation of marmas via yogic practices, prana can be directed to remove blockages, improve energy flow or tap hidden energy reserves. Pain is a commonly encountered problem and it is particularly prevalent in elderly age group. Persistent pain may be the result of musculoskeletal conditions, neuropathic conditions, malignancy and its treatment, trauma or limb amputation, surgery or other invasive procedures/therapies are also associated with pain. Marma Therapy and Yogic Practices can be used along with all ayurvedic therapies from detoxification to tonification and rejuvenation from self care to intricate clinical procedure like Panchkarma. The present study is a review article about how marma therapy can be used along with yogic practices (i.e. Asana, Pranayamas, Pratyahara) in healthy and diseased individuals for alleviating pain. Marma points can be manipulated in yoga postures with the help of pressure, heat, needles, massage oils, herbs or aromatic oils and even self Marma Therapy which helps to remove the blockages, swelling thus decreasing pain. To popularize Marma Therapy it is important to observe the effect of Marma Therapy in different orthopedic and neuromuscular diseases in a large scale.

Keywords: Marma, Panchkarma, Asana, Pranayamas, Pratyahara.


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