and the ancient medical texts in the Dravidian and Sanskrit traditions
share the concept of the vital
spots in the human body, which is made up of
the Pancha Bhootas (five basic elements), Earth, Water, Fire, Air and
Ether. Prana (life energy) flows through the body channeled through
marmas or vital points.
Attacking the vital spots caused the opponent to be stunned, disarmed
or even killed and is essential to the highest stage of training given
by Gurukkal to their most accomplished students in the Kalari.
Kalarichikilsa, the body of knowledge with which Gurukkal treat and
heal combat injuries by manipulating these vital points, is based on
marma chikilsa with its roots in the oldest medical practice in the
world known as Siddha
medicine, which is embodied in ancient Dravidian texts attributed
to the sage Agastya who occupies the same position as Hippocrates in
Agastya identifies 108 vital points in the body and this knowledge is
gained by the most exceptional students by dedicated study under their
Masters for anywhere between 12 to 18 years by demonstrating great yogic
ability and control of mind to avoid the remotest possibility of any
misuse of such great powers.
This form of therapy is used to give the flexibility, agility and suppleness
to Kalari students, to correct and cure orthopedic deformities and injuries
and rheumatoid disorders.
Marma chikilsa is also a complete naturalistic healing system to rejuvenate
the body by eliminating toxic imbalances to restore resistance and good
health in the highly stressful environment of modern times.