ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ON APANGA MARMA
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Uma B. Gopal *, Surendra Chaudhary
Abstract: The concept of marma is one of the unique principles mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Marma are the vital sites in the body where there is confluence of mamsa, sira, snayu, asthi and sandhi where prana resides. These generate the symptoms from excruciating pain to fatal effect when exposed to trauma. Ancient ayurvedic seers have mentioned 107 such vital areas in the body. Apanga marma is one among them, present in the head region, at the area outer to lateral canthus and below the tail end of eyebrow within half angula dimension. It is a vaikalyakara marma and results in blindness or visual impairment on injury. Knowledge of marma is very important in clinical field in preventing the complications during the surgical and parasurgical procedures. Details are collected from ayurvedic texts and published papers aiming to provide a comprehensive overview on Apanga marma.
Keyword: Ayurveda, apanga marma, andhyatwa, drishti upaghata, blindness, visual impairment, vaikalyakara