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Marma Points of Ayurveda
The Energy Pathways for Healing
Body, Mind and Consciousness
with a Comparison to Traditional
Chinese Medicine
by Vasant D. Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc.
and Anisha Durve, M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., A.P.
Sonam Targee
Traditional Chinese Medicine Reviewer
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque 87112
Copyright © 2008, 2015 by The Ayurvedic Press, Vasant D. Lad and Anisha Durve.
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means,
including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a
reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review.
Although the information contained in this book is based on Ayurvedic principles practiced for thousands of
years, it should not be taken or construed as standard medical treatment. For any medical condition, always
consult with a qualified health care practitioner.
This book is printed on acid-free paper.
Edited by Jack Forem.
Cover design by Michael Quanci.
Illustrations by Yvonne Wylie Walston, CMI, of Creative Imagery, Inc.
Layout design by Laura Humphreys.
Project manager: Laura Humphreys.
Printed in Malaysia.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Lad, Vasant, 1943Marma points of ayurveda : the energy pathways for healing body, mind, and consciousness with a comparison to
traditional Chinese medicine / by Vasant D. Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc. and Anisha Durve, M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., A.P.;
Sonam Targee, traditional Chinese medicine reviewer. -- First paperback edition.
p. cm.
Summary: “Presents healing energetics of Ayurvedic marma points and compares them with Chinese system of
acupuncture. Based on traditional medicine system from India, provides commentaries of diagnostic and therapeutic
scope for each marma point including techniques for massage, detoxification, acupressure, aromatherapy, yoga and
meditation”--Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Acupuncture points. 2. Medicine, Ayurvedic. I. Durve, Anisha. II. Targee, Sonam. III. Title.
RM184.5.L32 2015
For more information on Ayurveda contact: The Ayurvedic Institute, 11311 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque,
N.M. 87112-0008. Phone (505) 291-9698 or www.ayurveda.com.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Foreword ix
Preface xi
The Use of Sanskrit xiii
Introduction 1
1 Introduction to Āyurveda 7
The Five Elements 9
The Three Doshas 11
Vāta 11
Pitta 12
Kapha 13
The Seven Dhātus (Bodily Tissues) 14
The Prakruti/Vikruti Paradigm in Āyurvedic Medicine 14
Introduction to Marmāni 17
The History of Marmāni 17
Mechanisms of Action 18
Functions of Marmāni 19
Communication 19
Diagnostic Indicators 19
Therapeutic Influences 19
Mechanism of Pain Relief 20
Stimulation of Agni and Detoxification of Āma 20
Calming the Mind and Balancing Emotions 20
Enhancing Awareness 20
Preventative Care and Rejuvenation 20
Classification of Marmāni 21
Location 21
Elemental Associations 21
Marmāni and Doshic Subtypes 21
Corresponding Organs And Srotāmsi 22
Degrees Of Vitality of Marmāni 22
Sadyah Prānahara Marmāni 22
Conclusion 22
The Spiritual Dimension of Marmāni 25
The Spiritual Value of Touch 25
Mahad: Innate Intelligence of the Body – and the Universe 25
Universal Mind and Particular Mind: Opening to Infinity 26
Marmāni and Mind/Body Medicine 26
Chakra System 28
Emotions: Origin, Expression and Healing 29
Go With the Flow: Marmāni and the Art of Calming the Mind 31
Āyurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine 33
The Creation Model in Traditional Chinese Medicine 33
Yin and Yang 33
The Five Principles of Yin and Yang 34
The Five Elements in TCM 36
Comparing the Philosophies of TCM and Sānkhya 37
Unity 37
Duality 37