Marma is a Sanskrit word signifying the sensitive or vulnerable points on the body. Marma points are positions on the body where flesh, veins, arteries, tendon, bones and joints meet. They may also be described as the junctions where vata, pitta and kapha meet; where satva, rajas and tamas meet. Any injury to these points may cause sudden or slow death.

Ayurveda treats marmas with massage, oils and aromas. There are 107 prime marmas according to the Sushruta Samhita. These are the points that could be used to heal or harm. A healer may use these points to heal, and a warrior may employ these very same points to harm.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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