Marma Shastra - " The Vulnerable Spots"
The vulnerable spots are the life giving spots of human body. According to the 'SidhaVaidya', which is a Dravidian science of medicine, in human body there are 108 vulnerable spots and 51 anti vulnerable spots. If any injury occurs in the vulnerable spots, then we will have loss of consciousness, fatigue and convulsions. Those who lose consciousness like these we can bring them back to the original state by knocking the anti-vulnerable spots (Adangal). If we don't do this they may die or may become handicapped.
Kalaripayyattu 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), air, water, earth, fire 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.
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.
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.
Since this is a very dangerous type of application the guru used to teach this only to those disciples who are noble and trust worthy. According to scientific books this knowledge which was created by Lord Siva reached man kind through saint Agastya with Lord Subramanian's favor. Divine persons like Agastya, Bhogar and Therayar have described in the books of Marmashastra that the science of vulnerable spot should be taught only to those disciples who carry out the instructions of guru patiently for 12 years and after taking the apt gift from him.
These types of application to the vulnerable
and anti-vulnerable spots are described in the southern system which
is the Dravidian art of warfare. In Naalumantra and Bheeman vazhi importance
is given to this type of training. But today, those who know about these
are very rare.