This article presents compiled and generic material: as such, I have borrowed some content and illustrations from Shandor Remete, a source I enjoy and respect and whose writings I recommend. Knowledge of the human body and its vital regions was an important aspect of military science in ancient Vedic times. The knowledge was applied simultaneously on the battlefield, as well as in medicine and surgery. We find 108 vital junctions over the surface of the body. They appear at the intersections of different muscular patterns, joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, arteries, veins, nerves and subtle energy currents. They are vulnerable areas as well as key points to different energetic centers of organic activity.
The Marmas of the Indian system should not be confused with Chinese acupuncture points. Yet many parallels can be found within the two systems. In a similar vein to the Nadis, the subtle energy channels to be found within the body, of the 108 marmas, 12 are said to be of vital importance, while the remaining 96 have a supporting function in relation to the 12. The twelve vital centers are situated between the center of the perineal floor (Yonisthana) and the crown of the head (Adhipati), and they include the seven Chakras. 2b1af7f3a8