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Ayurvedic acupressure (also known as Marma therapy) is a particular kind of massage or an alternative medical treatment, which integrates the knowledge of ancient Ayurveda and the principles of acupressure, allegedly to completely heal and cure physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses.
According to Charaka Samhitā, an early text on Ayurveda, the cosmos and its correspondence – the human body, are composed of both physical (Visible) and metaphysical (Invisible) forces.
Ayurvedic acupressure talks about 10 elements – 5 physical and 5 metaphysical.
- 5 elements(not exactly elements but like forms of matter exists in our body and environment) or Panch Tatva: – Electricity or flow of charges (not space as it does not exist in our body and environment) , Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
- 5 metaphysical elements: – Time, Direction, Mind, Soul and Tam (Origin).
In Ayurveda the pressure points or the meridians are called Marma points. These are considered as energy points, just as Chinese refer them as pressure points, and they help in stimulating not only circulation, but also improve mental and emotional outlook. The Marma points are located throughout the body.
Treatment in Ayurvedic Acupressure can be easily done without needles by:
- Applying pressure with finger
The Acupressure shodh prashikshan evam upchar blakpipol sukh sansthan Allahabad is a non government organization working for the last 20 years in popularizing the Ayurvedic Acupressure
There are many branches of acupressure/acupuncture as we know it today. They are
These are just some of the forms. The scope and theories of each are a bit different.
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