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Traditional Kalari Treatments or Kalari Chikitsa
This medicinal system was originally developed by
kalari masters in order to heal battle related injuries,
as well as to improve their students fighting abilities.
Nowadays, kalarichikitsa can be applied to help a
wider range of people achieve good health. Specializing
in neuro-muscular (sciatica, spondylosis, etc.), and skeletal
disorders (sprains, fractures, dislocations,etc.) the treatments
also help one to reach beyond one's psycho-physical limitations
and are particular suitable for kalari practitioners, but also for
athletes, dancers, and stage performers.
The therapy is based on the precise knowledge of the body's energetic channels (nadis) and vital spots (marmas), the wide selection of medicines, usually homemade by the Gurukkal, is entirely organic. Thailam, or oils, medicated with leaves, roots, barks, and even dairy products can be applied externally by massage, or taken internally. Numerous internal medicines are also available: churnam (powders), kashayam (decoctions), gritham (medicated ghee), etc.Uzhichil, the full body massage system executed by the practitioner with his hands and feet, is unique to kalarippayatt. It is a very powerful treatment, which requires patient and therapist to follow a strict regimen during the whole course. It can relieve serious back problems, and also increase flexibility, stimulate the flow of vital energy, and develop mental sharpness. The treatment is given by the therapist suspending his weight from ropes overhead, and applying pressure with long strokes of the soles of his feet, after the patient's body has been prepared with specially medicated oil. He also makes use of strokes with his hands, as well as some manipulation of the joints and limbs.
Traditional Kalari Treatments
The training of a student to become a master includes the training in Ayurveda and in locating the vital points of the body. A Kalari Guru is not only a trained movement artist but also a professional in Marma Chikilsa for treating general ailments and injuries happening while the training of Kalaripayattu. Kalari has developed a traditional orthopedic system which is widely popular all over the states, especially for the setting of displaced bones. Different types of Oils, pastes, herbs etc are used only by Kalari masters to treat muscle and bone injuries.
Kalari Uzhichal ( Massage Therapy)
The initial stage of preparation of a warrior in Kalaripayatt is based on medicated oil massage known as Uzhichal. The Ayurvedic tradition of Susrutha says that diseases are afraid of approaching a body, which has been foot-massaged, just like animals in the sight of a lion.
Kalari massage is a traditional massage, using hand and feet by applying appropriate pressure on vital parts of the human body. It is a full body massage with medicated oil to stimulate the Marma points on the body.
Kalari massage helps the body in attaining a healthy constitution with flexibility, nimbleness and suppleness. It also enables proper blood circulation and easy maneuverability of the body for twisting and turning. Kalari massage relieves various aches like back pain, stiffness, dislocations, and injuries and also stimulates various bodily organs and systems.
Kalari - Marma Chikilsa (Treatment)
Kalari Marma Treatments at Nithya Chaithanya Kalari is performed by Sh. Murugan Vaidyan who is the master in Kalaripayattu and Taekwon-Do.
Kalari - Marma Chikilsa mainly treats injuries like wound, fractures etc. Marma Chikilsa is mainly performed by a Gurukal who knows about the vital (marma) spots on human body. There are total 108 Marma points in the body in which 64 are considered as deadly points. These points could be used to heel or to harm. If these points are pierced hard, it could result in trauma or even death.
Benefits of Kalari Treatment
10 BENEFITS WHICH CAN BE ACHIEVED FROM THIS TREATMENT :-
Muscle spasm or back tension and Clear troublesome emotions and psychological blocks
Sports people, dancers, body builders, martial arts practitioners and performers who need to keep their bodies supple and in tiptop condition.
Business people who are also asked to perform with demanding schedules and little time to exercise who need to maintain their energy levels and remain focused
Improve body image and encourages you to foster a sense of acceptance of your body
Stimulate the three circulatory systems of the body covering the back and front of the body, every muscle and ligament. The lymph system is the most directly affected creating a detoxifying effect and leaving the client feeling rejuvenated.
The deep kneading action alleviates fluid retention and aids in the breakdown of cellulite
Alleviate the effects of strong exercise such as stiffness and aches and pains
Relieves the deep seated tension that people have often learned to live with
Links mental and physical aspects of the body. This integration encourages self-expression, extends the capacity for mental concentration and cultivates energy and inspiration. These are the ingredients for fulfilling potential in all areas of our lives
Deepens the breathing pattern.
Kalari Marma Chikitsa (Traditional classical treatment based on vital points of the body)
This is one of the most ancient treatment system based on the vital points of the body and it evolved along with the development of martial arts which was essential to keep the country’s freedom at that time and all the times where more injuries and casualties were happened. The masters of the Kalari (the combat training school) were good physicians too. They developed a scientific and systematic treatment stream and preserved it through their disciples. As any injury to marma is very dangerous, the Kalari Physicians transferred this knowledge very confidentially and still continues the system.
Raksha Thirummu – Massage with hands and feet for treating different ailments along with internal medications
Kachcha Thirummu – Massage with feet for vigor, vitality, strength and flexibility. For martial artists, sports persons, dancers, etc.
Sukha Thirummu – Massage for relaxation and rejuvenation for normal persons without diseases
Kalari Massage and Ayurvedic Treatment
Kalari treatment is a specialised Ayurvedic treatment most suited for arthritis, rheumatic diseases, backpains, spondilytis, muscular injuries, energy loss, sprains, dislocations, joint paints, disc prolapse correction, paralytic stroke, etc. Kalari Gurrakkal knowledgeable in human anatomy and marma, the vital parts of body effectively detects and cures such damages.
Kalari treatment is done using medicated oils, pastes and tonics specially prepared in Kalari from herbs, leaves and natural oils after diagnosing the sickness and the psyche of the patient.
Shiro Dhara ( Duration - 7 to 21 days )
Medicated oil is poured slowly over the forehead. Shiro Dhara is highly beneficial in treating headaches, mental tension, Insomnia, Stress and disorders of the central nervous system. Medicated oil is also poured onto the body, which is beneficial in curing neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism and general debility.
Pizhichil (Duration - 7 to 21 days)
A piece of cotton is soaked in medicated oil, squeezed and poured over the body. This is highly beneficial in curing spondylitis, hemiplegia, and arthritis. It is immensely rejuvenative.
Navarakkizhi (Duration - 7 to 21 days)
This is a massage treatment using a bundle of cooked rice. It is a great revitaliser particularly useful in emaciated conditions like muscular degeneration associated with neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism, burning sensation of the body etc.
Shirovasti (Duration - 7 days)
Medicated oil is poured into a tall leather cap that retains the oil on the head. This cures headaches, hairfall, and diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.
Kizhi (Duration - 7 to 21 days)
A cloth bundle containing medicinal leaves and powders is used to massage the body. It is useful in muscular - skeletal disorders, other degenerative disorders and neurological problems. It boosts blood circulation and infuses brightness and vigor.
This ancient and time - tested system of healing is on a path of revival with that of medication and yoga. The inherent beauty of these various process are that it is not imposed up on anybody but a resource to be drawn upon freely and to used according to the unique needs of the individual in his or her particular environment. Our task is to work continuously towards completeness. Completeness of body mind and spirit. Let it be through Ayurveda..
Different Kalari Treatment
The different treatment methods used in Kalari Chikitsa are
1. Uzhichil - It is a complete system, which rejuvenates the nervous and muscular systems of the body and stimulates the blood circulation. Uzhichil is the systematic application of pressure on the muscles according to their structure, at the same time stimulating the nervous stem and the circulatory system. This is done by oiling and massaging the various parts of the body. The practice helps in preparing a healthy body for Kalarippayattu training. It can also enhance the general fitness of a common man. The oil used for Uzhichil depends upon the Prakrutham or physical nature of the person. In general cases, a specially prepared Mukkoott oil is used.
Uzhichil is of two types- one with the hands (Kaiuzhichil) for children, old and people of light build and the other with the feet (Chavuttiuzhichil) for young and healthy persons. Uzhichil is always done so as to minimize the pressure on the heart and on the nerves to the heart, massaging from the waist downwards and upwards to the upper part of the body. The pressure and the force of massage is increased day by day till the 4th and then reduced so as to reach the minimum again on the 7th day. The massage is also done for the face and the head.
2. Kizhithirummu - In this method, specially prepared herbs and leaves are bundled in a cloth bag, known as Kizhi. This Kizhi is dipped into a Thailam (Medicated oil) the temperature of which is determined according to the physique of the patient. The combination of the oil also changes depending on the nature. The Kizhi is applied with certain pressure on the body where there is pain and swelling. Kizhithirummu is very effective in treating osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. This is also useful to treat age-old bruises and disorders. Njavarakizhi, a particular type of Kizhi is used to stimulate the nerves and to strengthen the muscles. Njavara, a kind of paddy having medicinal properties is boiled in Kashayam (medicinal decoction) and the Kizhi is made with this boiled Njavara. The Kizhi is dipped in a mixture of milk and medicinal decoction and is applied all over the body.
3. Nasyam - It is a method of Kalari Chikitsa where the medicated oils are administered through the nose. 'This treatment is effective for sinusitis and other ENT infections.
Kalari and Orthopedics
Kalari has also developed a traditional orthopedic system, which is popular all over the state especially for the setting of displaced or fractured bones and neurological complaints. Here too traditional medical preparations like the herbs, barks and leaves of plants locally available constitute the major ingredients. These medicines are pulverized and made into a paste by adding oil, ghee or white of an egg and put around the area of bone setting. After placing the bones in correct position, twigs will be used as a support to effect immobilization.
The common medicated oil used in Kalari therapy is Murivenna (oil for wounds), which is a traditional folk preparation. An analysis of the medicine used in the Kalari for bone setting and massage will show that the Kalari master of the olden times were influenced by the folk medical knowledge, Ayurveda and siddha medicine.
Who needs Kalari Therapy?
The different categories of people mentioned below can benefit tremendously from Kalari Therapy -
Persons who drive vehicles on a regular basis.
Persons who are engaged in jobs that require minimal movement. (Usually seated).
Persons engaged in adventure sports and games.
I.T. Professionals who are at the risk of constantly being exposed to radiation from electronic gadgets and equipments.
Persons who travel extensively.
Persons suffering from mental and physical stress.
Kalari Therapy helps to check and set right damages, injuries or health blocks that happen to the human body. Kalari Therapy makes the body pliable and supple. It helps to reduce and curb all physical discomfort that can affect the body.
Diseases that can be treated by Kalari Therapy
There are certain diseases that have the best treatments in Kalari Therapy. Kalari Therapy is best suited for -
Arthritis (64 types)
Migraine (which is of 6 types)
Spinal chord disorder
Joint problems affecting knees, elbows, shoulders
Back pain, hip pain, menopause and postnatal discomforts in women
Marma & Kalari Treatment
As per Kalari system there are 108 vulnerable parts or marma points in a humanbody and out of these 12 points are considered tobe most dangerous. They are called ‘Padu Marma’. The master or Sri Buddha Institute of Martial Arts is an expert in Marma. He can make a cock, a goat or any other animals in an unconscious state with a simple hit in the Marma point. With another hit the cock will be in conscious level without any harm.
In our martial school Back pain Treatment, Marma Treatment, Massage etc. are done with ease.
Back Pain Treatment: We are proud to announce that we have completely cured a number of patients, suffering from, severe back pain. Most of them approached us after undergoing many other systems of treatment for years. The useful period of treatment is around 12 days and the progress is visible even from the third day. We are using specially medicated oils for the back pain treatment.
Marma Treatment: Marma Treatment is a science of life in its entirety, primarily focussing on leading a healthy life. The definition of health according to this method of treatment encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual planes of life. The marma treatment which identifies the vital points (marmas) in the body for suitable pressing and nudging to correct muscular and neurological problems.
Our Master Dr. Suchith has written a book on the science of marma - ‘Marma Sastra’. The preface of the book is given by the most revered member of Travancore Royal Family His Highness Sree Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma, in which he has praised the efforts done by Dr. Suchith and Sri Buddha Institute of Martial Arts in the field of Marma Treatment.
The Massage: Here, we are doing both styles of massage Kai Uzhichil (massage with hands) and Chavitty Uzhichil (massage with legs). The massage restores energy, reduces stress and strain, relieves body aches, improves complexion and skin texture and gives a healthy and euphoric feeling. The chronic illness due to back pain, spondylosis, rheumatism, arthritis etc, can be relieved to a great extent with this treatment.
Kizhi, Dhara & Pizhichil: Kizhi, a cloth pouch filled with medicine, heated in boiled oil is applied on the body. Kizhi is useful in removing swells and for the treatment of rehumatism, back pain etc.
Dhara is a method of treatment by pouring warm medicated oil on different parts of the body and head using a particular equipment. Dhara is divided into three-
Moordhania Dhara (Dhara done on head)
Sarvanga Dhara (on the whole body)
Ekanga Dhara (on any particular part of body)
Pizhichil: Pizhichil is similar to Dhara, but no equipment is used, it is done by hand.