April 2011 Training Programme
A training workshop was held by Mrityunjay Mission on Marma Science and Therapy in Haridwar from 24th to 28th April 2011. It was mainly residential with some local participants. Registered participants were 26 while many other participants were also present for some sessions. They included a mix of doctors, medical students, Yoga students and lay persons.
Interesting Concepts on Marma Science Presented at the Inaugural and Valedictory Functions
- At these functions speakers included importants political personages, doctors, Vedic scholars and leading Sannyasis of the region.
- Divinity or Universal Energy was intimately connected with health and was specifically invoked in Indian scriptures as the Destroyer of disease and Giver of good health.
- Prana was generally equated with air or ether but actually this was the Universal Life Force. This resided in our individual self as well and Marma points were the sub-stations in our body of this Prana. When stimulated appropriately, they cured disease.
- Linked with these ideas was the other important point made of selfless service, not corrupted by commercial or other gains, as necessary for successful Marma Chikitsa.
- Despite the initial difficulties that it will face, Mrityunjay Mission will establish Marma Therapy as the therapy of the future, it was asserted.
The training course could broadly be divided into teaching, practical training and confidence-building.
This included lectures and demonstrations and covered the following areas:
- Historical background of Marma including Vedic Medical Sciences.
- Anatomy and Physiology and Location of Marma Points in the Body, and their therapeutic relevance to parts of the body and diseases.
- The relationship between Yogic practices and stimulation of Marma points was exposed. This included the effect of the above on health as well as spiritual gain.
- A routine of certain Yogic practices, Self-Marma practice and recitation of Mrityunjay Mantra was taught to the participants, to be practiced daily by them as a means of improving their capacity as a Marma Chikitsak.
- Precautions to be followed in administering Marma Chikitsa were also dealt with extensively.
The method of stimulation for about 50 Marma points, out of 107, were taught practically with volunteers or participants taking turns as patients. The diseases these points covered were common diseases including
- Frozen Shoulder
- Painful knees/osteo arthritis
- Urinary disorders
- Diseases of lings, kidneys, spinal chord and vertebral column.
Tables relating diseases to points were made available as well visual materials showing the method of stimulation of the points.
Patients already under treatment were called to the venue of the training course and Marma treatment was given to them by Dr Sunil Joshi and his assistants in the presence and participation of the trainees. The trainees were thus exposed to
the treatment procedure and response of patients suffering from
- cerebral palsy,
- multiple sclerosis,
- osteo-arthritis, painful knee joints,
- diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
- epileptic seizures and its sudden management by Marma therapy.