How does the Varma Kalai Treatment work? Revealing the body vital points and varma treatment techniques.

Good evening to everyone. So today's session is about the traditional Siddha medicine, Varma treatment, and the courses available at Manipal University. The Siddha system of medicine uses a wide variety of therapies like herbals, minerals, and other animal-based products. Also, under manipulation therapy, Varma therapy is one of the unique therapies practiced by the Siddha physician Agathiyar, who is considered the father of traditional medicine.

I call it TSM, which describes 1008 vital points in the human body. There are more than 120 TSM literature available in Tamil exclusively to describe these vital points, and all these literature call these points Varma points, so it is nothing but reflexology. If these vital points are triggered or stimulated at a particular pressure, it will induce a reflex action. It is a branch of TSM that deals with the manipulation of these vital points to cure diseases. Till now, Varma therapy has been taught as a secret science, hence there are no universities offering courses to learn this therapy for healthcare providers.

Let us understand the fundamentals of Varma Therapy. If you look at the embryological concept, when the baby forms in the uterus, it starts as flat cell arrangements, then it folds to form the organs. When the embryo folds, many junctions are formed. These junctions have a lot of vital connections with many internal organs. The Varma points are arranged in these vital embryonic foldings. For example, one Varma Point called "suzhi munai adangal" is located at the junction of the left upper lip and the right upper lip. Embryologically, this part has connections with many other internal organs and other parts of the scalp or the head.

This is how by manipulating one point, we can have a physiological or beneficial effect on other parts of the scalp or internal organs. This is how there are 1008 points described in Siddha literature. There is another concept, that is 12 nadhis or energy channels, Meridian channels, and the energy which flows along the 12 nadis, which we call "vaachi" or "vaachis" energy. There are 12 nadis and 12 vaasi energy pathways in the body. Each starts from one part of the body and travels along internal organs, external organs, and finally ends in external orifices. There are nine openings in the body: the right eye, left eye, right nostril, left nostril, right ear, left ear, mouth, and genitals. Similarly, there are two internal orifices within the mouth: upper pharynx and lower pharynx. In this area, there are other minute vital points as well.

Twelve nadis are linked with twelve orifices, and they are all connected with internal vital organs. So, this is how the manipulation of these nadis can be reflected in the internal organs. All these Varma points are arranged or located along these channels. So, if you apply some pressure, mild pressure, you can exert some kind of effect. If you apply a little more pressure, you will expect some kind of effect. This is how all these points will produce pressure-dependent effects. So, that effect may be beneficial or harmful. After knowing the details about all the pressure-dependent effects of all the points, one can use this for the benefit of patient management. There are special points called adangal points.

Adangal points are very highly energetic points, and they are highly useful for therapeutic purposes. Few of the Varma points are called adangal points, and there are exclusively adangal points. They never harm the body; they will do only therapeutic benefit. They will exhibit only therapeutic benefits to human beings. So, we will be using these kinds of adangal points for treating most diseases. There are separate techniques to stimulate or manipulate these adangal points, so we call it ilaku murai or amarthal murai. There are many more manipulation techniques available, and you know that there are six Adhara chakras in the body. So, even any diseases that can lead to abnormality in the Adharam, on the other hand, any abnormality in the Adharam will affect the respective internal organs. Now, using Varma manipulation, one can correct the Adhara chakras' energy level. Again, the concept is yoga practice, asanam, meditation, chanting methods, silambattam, or even Bharatanatyam classical dances. They are nothing but self-stimulation methods of these Varma points.

So, the concept is that Varma points can be applied by the physician to the patient, whereas these kinds of self-practicing methods can lead to the self-stimulation of these Varma points for preventive care. Another important concept is Varma Pinnal Murai, which means the manipulation of each nadi separately. So, if we identify that a person is having a disease due to an imbalance or defect in the idakalai or pingalai particular nadi, then we can manipulate only that nadi after knowing its origin, its course, where it goes, and where it ends. Along these channels, vital points are there, so those channels can be manipulated by a feather-touch method, not by deep pressure, justified by the feather-touch manipulation method, which is called Pinnal Murai. It is actually very useful in the manipulation of psychiatric conditions.

Again, any traumatic consequences, mild trauma leads to skin injuries or skin wounds or ulcer formation; strong injuries lead to muscle, ligament, and nerve injuries, even fracture dislocation. All these fall under this Varma treatment. So, any fracture management, dislocation management, post-traumatic management, post-surgical management, sports therapy, these are all actually managed by using Varma therapies. This is commonly applicable for post-traumatic surgical rehabilitation and sports injuries areas. We are now applying even idiopathic diseases. Currently available, but we don't know why the disease came. Suppose a patient is very healthy in the younger age, but developed asthma recently. The reason is not known; there is no allergy or family history, recent onset. But if you take a clear history, there must be some trauma on some of the Varma points related to asthma. So, even trauma today can induce the disease or develop a disease over a period of time, immediately maybe after one month or even after 10 years. People develop other non-traumatic conditions. I mean, if the trauma is on the skeletal, on the outside the body, on the Varma point, but the disease develops in the internal organ. So, these kinds of idiopathic diseases are explained in Varma therapy, and you know these can be diagnosed by Varma nadi diagnosis.

There are three different bodies in accordance with Siddha medicine: the physical (paru udal), mental (kaarana udal), and subtle (sookuma udal) body. The physical body is what we know and see, and the psychological or mental body operates the physical body, while the mental body or the energy body operates both the physical and mental bodies. Diseases can occur in any of these three bodies, and all three bodies' diseases can be diagnosed and treated by Varma therapy. This is a special concept of therapy. Suppose you treat the patient at the physical level but not at the mental or subtle level; in that case, the disease will reappear. Only by treating all three bodies can we offer complete health for human beings, and this is done by Varma therapy.

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