Art of vital points

Varma (Sanskrit: marma vidya, Sinhala: maru kala) is a south Indian word meaning "art of vital points". It is a component of traditional massage, medicine, and martial arts in which the body's pressure points (varma or marma) are manipulated to heal or cause harm. The healing application called vaidhiya murai is used to treat patients suffering from paralysis, nervous disorder, spondylitis and other conditions. Altogether the human body is said to have 108 pressure points known as varmam or marma. Their number on each part of the body is as follows.

Vital Points Part of Human body
25 From head to neck
45 From neck to navel
9 From navel to arm
14 Arms
15 Legs


Following diseases have poor prognosis i.e., they are incurable diseases (based on our experience)

  • Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
  • Myopathy
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
  • Down syndrome
  • Parkinson plus
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Cerebellar ataxia
Instruction to Foreign Patients / NRI Patients / North Indian Patients.
  1. Our hospital is not a spa. We treat complicated cases. We cannot offer abhyanga, or oil massage based on the patient demand.
  2. We give simple south Indian vegetarian food only. We will give kanji (yavagu) with green gram. If needed Chappati can be prepared. No kitchadi or Prakruti based food is given. We do not have facilities to do the same. For people who studied Ayurveda in western countries and for rich people.
  3. We give mineral water. We change beds spread once in 3 days only. The water available for bath here is very very hard water, so we have difficulties to clean.
  4. Dr. L. Mahadevan cannot come for rounds every day. Senior experienced doctor with 15 years experience who are with Dr. L. Mahadevan are given responsibility to take rounds.
  5. They will discuss with Dr. L. Mahadevan and treat. First prescription and diagnosis will be made by Dr. L. Mahadevan.
Special Notes
  • Ayurveda also have certain side effects. Many of the raw drugs are purchased. Fresh herbs are collected. In Patients with auto immune disorders some of the drugs trigger, the disease. For example manifestations of auto immune hepatitis in RA patients, etc. This was documented in our hospital, but it is rare phenomena. In order not to miss this we take regular blood tests.
  • Those who want pure Ayurveda, we will give pure Ayurveda. Those who are interested to do modern blood test and investigations we will do so. If you give the freedom to us, we would like to do integrated approach only, so that we do not miss anything. This style is based on my experience in last 22 years, after treating 6 to 7 Lakh cases.
  • The hospital runs by quality of diagnosis, medicines and medical services. Our inpatient service is not as great as star hotels or spas or any other ayurvedic tourist centres. Our main customer is sick people only.

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