‘Varma kalai’ is a Tamil word meaning "art of vital points".
‘Varmam’ is the branch of Siddha system of medicine which involves a special kind of therapy based on vital points called varma points present in the body. Though it is closely related to the ancient Dravidian martial art ‘varma kalai’, it was developed and used by Siddhars as a healing science. This healing application called ‘Varma Vaidhiya’ is used to treat patients suffering from paralysis, nervous disorder, spondylitis and other Joint disorders. It is believed that Lord Shiva the first siddha taught the art of Varmam to his son Murugan. The lineage extends to Nanthidevar, Siddha Agathiar, and their disciples. Most of the Varmam texts available in Tamil language were written in the name of Siddhars Agathiyar, Thirumoolar, Bogar, Therayar, Romarishi, Ramadevar. Varmam art has been sustained and nourished for centuries by the tradition of aasan (the master) and disciple. The master would take up the responsibilities of passing his own verified, experimental and textual knowledge to his trusted student who would continue the same process down the line. This art survived and strengthened its roots through this process for centuries and still exists even today on the Same Principle.
Historical evidences of Varmam
We can get reference of varmam from `Tholkappiam’. This is an ancient text which is the base for grammar in Tamil language and literature period of (7000 BC- Tholkappiam) use the term `ValiAatral’. There are nearly 120 books in various titles available in the name of varmam. Around 30,000 verses speak about varmam and its units. Most of them are available in palm leaf name scripts. All these texts have names from the heritage of siddhars – Agasthiar, Bogar, Ramadevar, Thirumoolar, Theraiyar. According to varma theory, there are points in the body which are vital energy (Prana vayu) storing points through which vital energy is transmitted to various parts of the body and all the functions of the body are mediated. Totally 108 varma nilaigal (points) are defined and these are used to stimulate energy, heal disease or stimulate the immune mechanism. Siddha texts like ‘Varma kannadi’ and ‘Varma suthiram’ have described about these 108 vital points. Varmams have been classified based on the type of pressure or the nature of source by which injury is caused.
In Varma literature the following classes of varmams are mentioned.
Padu varmam (varmam due to injury)
Thodu varmam (by touch)
Thattu varmam (by blows)
Thaduvu varmam (by massage)
Nakku varmam (by lick)
Nokku varmam (by stare)
The widely used ones are the 12 Paduvarmams and 96 Thoduvarmams as there is less consistency with the other categories because of the way of application and the deeper knowledge needed to apply them. In these categories the Nokku varmam is rarely seen practiced, as those masters who were able to do this are almost extinct. To stimulate the varma points Pressure should be applied in these points at a particular and given strength as mentioned in Varma literature. However, the same points if wrongly activated may cause pathological changes or diseases and may even result in death. Trauma or injury to tissue or organs around these vital points is harmful and causes diseases which are mentioned in Varma Literature. The practice and method of pressing the varmam points need a great expertise and even a slight deviation may cause adverse results or danger. Among the 108, 12 are major points which control the functions of the vital organs of the body.
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