origin in Ayurveda
Author: K. Kannan
Publication: The Hindu
Date: April 3, 2001
could bring about a change in the current perception of Ayurveda, a practising
Ayurvedic doctor from Haldwani has claimed that the roots of Chinese acupuncture
are to be found in this ancient Indian science.
to Dr. Binod Kumar Joshi, who has been conducting research for some years now on
the undisclosed subjects of the ancient treatise ``Sushrut Samhita'' , there was
perfect corroboration between ``Marmas'', vital energy points in the body, and
with his colleagues -- Dr. Ram Lal Shah and Dr. Geeta Joshi -- Dr. Joshi has
been working on this for quite some time now. While interpreters have thus far
said that the ``marmas'' were masses of tissue surrounding vital organs, they
actually represented the stimulating points that contained the vital force, the
acupuncture, it is believed, there are channels and meridians that traverse the
body along certain important points that hold the vital energy. The three
doctors now claim that these are very well described in ``Sushrut Samhita'' in
exactly the same manner. Their significance was, however, lost due to wrong
interpretation and translation of Sanskrit texts, he said.
Capital recently to share his findings, Dr. Joshi said they stumbled on this
discovery when they found that the size of the heart described in the ancient
text does not match its real size as described by modern science. In fact, it
was quite small, almost representing a point. The same was true of other organs
as well as was revealed in their study.
therefore, seems to hold a mirror to a holistic health management system with
the vital points, or ``dhamnis'', controlling the body mechanism and its
functions. Together with the ``siras'', which number around 700 and were akin to
the various other microscopic points of acupuncture, they represented the vital
it was thought that the ``dhamnis'' and the ``siras'' represent arteries and
veins and, therefore, whenever a damage used to occur, the first move was to
preserve the concerned tissue. But then, these are actually the channels and
meridians controlling the vital energy flow,'' Dr. Joshi said.
to the practitioner, the 107 ``marmas'' described in the ``Sushrut Samhita''
were the topographical points of the inner vital organs. These ``marmas'' were
important groups of ``siras'' and not just tissues to be saved during surgical
conclusion is that the ``Sushrut Samhita'' is the base of the so-called Chinese
acupuncture. It is actually the `Siravedhan of Sushrut', he argued, adding that
their research could shed light on the as-yet unexplained theories of Ayurveda
as well as acupuncture.
also claim that even the approach to Ayurveda will change as a result of this
discovery. They are publishing their research in the form of a book which is to
be published by Motilal Banarasidas. ``We are practising these theories on
patients with wonderful results'', Dr. Joshi says.