Ayurvedic Acupuncture is a little-known branch of  Ayurvedic medicine which has a long history of use in India and surrounding countries. It is known by various names including siravedhana, marmapuncture, suchi-karma, suchi-chikitsa etc.It is also known in Sri Lanka as  Vidum Pillissum Vedakama(1) (lit. needling-moxa-treatment) which is a special branch of medicine performed for curing severe diseases by puncturing and heating vital points on the body.

"In fact, this knowledge [acupuncture] already got passed to the nearby countries around India mainly during 'Buddha' period. It is not a coincidence that almost all Buddhist countries have this knowledge and it is the Indian fortune that the origin of this knowledge is from India." (2) (Drs. Joshi, Shah & Joshi).

Using Ayurvedic medical theory (of  Prana, Tridoshas, Trigunas, 5 Elements and the Ayurvedic method of diagnosis and disease process) the practitioners of Ayurvedic acupuncture develop a method of selecting acupoints on the skin with the use of filiform needles and based on the client’s individual constitution (prakruti) and the presenting dis-ease (vrikruti) in order to balance the human organism and maintain health.

Ayurvedic acupuncture is the ancient Ayurvedic method of using needles suchis (sūci सूचि)  at specific points of the body to effect therapy, more specifically the healing ability of the body to effect its cure. Such system based on Ayurveda has been practised for thousands of years in India and later outside of India (including Sri Lanka and Tibet). Many ancient texts relate to this therapy (including the Suchi Veda- science of needling) and specifically practised by the ancient surgical and acupuncture school of Sushruta- the Dhanvantari School and written about in the ancient text, the Sushruta Samhita  over 2500 years ago.

" It is very interesting to note that [in] ancient texts by Charaka, Sushruta and Vaghbatta we find details of what is known as 'Suchi-Chikitsa' [needle treatments] akin to acupuncture. These Ayurvedic texts also describe some 107 points on the human body called 'Marmas' where the needles were inserted."

Dr. C.L. Nagpal. Modern Acupuncture. IAT&RI, Popular Printers, Jaipur, India. PREFACE.

Ayurvedic acupuncture (the word 'acupuncture' itself comes from the Latin, acus-needle and  punctūra- puncture) was referred to as siravedhana (sirāvedhana सिरावेधन piercing of pranic vessels) -needling of acupoints (sirā सिरा) during ancient Rgveda and Atharvaveda periods and later flourished in Samhita period. (4)

Today it is an up-to-date therapy which can be used in a modern clinic setting.

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"Acupuncture, as we understand it today is one of the components of  age-old Shalya Chikitsa and is the Indian study of the Dhanvantari School." (3) Prof. Dr.H.S. Sharma, Ex Dean, Gujarat University, India

Since we opened our doors in 1990, the Academy (IAAA) has been helping students fulfill their potential in the practice of Ayurvedic Acupuncture and Ayurveda. We do this through personalized instruction, working hand-in-hand with the student’s classroom lecturers for the most efficient learning. We also deliver the course via regular classes live online via webinars (web-seminars) with interactions between students and lecturer.

Ayurvedic Acupuncture

It is a misguided belief to assume  that the knowledge of Ayurvedic acupuncture (siravedhana) is only useful when we utilize acupuncture  needles. This deep and ancient knowledge can also be used without needles by applying many different body therapies, including digital pressure (as in acupressure), heat (as in moxibustion) cold, laser,  magnets, electric stimulation and even Pranic healing (akin to reiki) to the sensitive points (acupoints) of the body (siras).  According to Sushruta there are at least 700 siras (sirā  सिरा vessel)  pranic vessels which terminate on the surface of the skin forming a head or point, a shira (śira शिर head, summit) and many of these siras also form part of zones or areas of vulnerability called marmas of which there are 107 (2). Siras and marmas are connected internally by major networks of channels called nadis and dhamanis which bridge the gap between the physical and energetic bodies including the chakras. It is through this profound knowledge that we can understand when, where and why we should apply a particular therapy (not just with needles) to a patient while also taking into account the patient's own bodytype (prakruti) and thus their personal reactions to treatments and therapies. Hence the same profound knowledge can be applied with many different body-therapies by different therapists, using the ancient knowledge expounded by Ayurvedic acupuncture.


"The modern acupuncture system owes its origin to Sushruta Samhita. History reveals that Sushruta dealt with the idea of a needling therapy in connection with Marmas- ‘vital points’. Marma treatment was used for therapeutic purpose in the old tradition of Sushruta." (5)

DR. K. ROSAIAH, Governor Of    Tamil Nadu  INDIA

*Jivaka KumarBhaccha,

-the Buddha's personal  physician

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In fact, [the] 24 channels (meridians) are nothing else than Sushruta’s 24 Dhamanis while [the] points on channels are the 700 Siras of Sushruta*.

Sushruta  has very authentically mentioned that Siras are embedded in Dhamanis. Similarly, external Marmas are also composed of these Siras. (2)  

Drs. Joshi, Shah & Joshi

Also by the same author

The Lost Secrets of Ayurvedic Acupuncture

Dr. Frank Ros

First published in 1994 as an introduction to this ancient art

Lotus Press USA

ISBN-10: 0914955128

also published in French, Italian, German

and in India by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

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Sushruta Samhita, Chpt VII : 2

 (1)  http://worldscientists.ru/biology-and-medicine/85-traditional-and-ayurveda-medicine-in-sri-lanka.html

 (2) Vedic Health Care System (Clinical Practice of Sushrutokta Marma Chikitsa and Siravedhana-highlighting Acupuncture) Drs. R.L.Shah, B.K.Joshi, G.Joshi. New Age Books New Delhi. 2002 (p viii).

 (3). Vedic Health Care System (Clinical Practice of Sushrutokta Marma Chikitsa and Siravedhana-highlighting Acupuncture) Drs. R.L.Shah, B.K.Joshi, G.Joshi. New Age Books New Delhi. 2002 FOREWORD.

 (4) Vedic Health Care System (Clinical Practice of Sushrutokta Marma Chikitsa and Siravedhana-highlighting Acupuncture) Drs. R.L.Shah, B.K.Joshi, G.Joshi. New Age Books New Delhi. 2002 (preface).

(5) Address by His Excellency  DR. K. ROSAIAH, Governor Of Tamil Nadu at the  World Acupuncture Day Celebrations at Valluvar Kottam, NUNGAMBAKKAM, Chennai, INDIA.  19/10/2014     www.tnrajbhavan.gov.in/Speeches/2014/Sp191014.pdf

* Sushruta (Suśruta सुश्रुत) physician period somewhere between 1200-600 BCE]

"I found the course on Marmapuncture comprehensive, practical, explained in a logical sequence and able to hold my interest as I progressed through the course.
It has proved very useful in my practice
Wayne Butcher Acupuncturist/Marmapuncturist

" In ancient India there was a similar treatment to acupuncture and even treatment by massage as well. In the old texts of Buddhism, the words acupuncture and moxibustion appeared sporadically and the famous physician of India, Giba [Jivaka]* is said in one of the texts such as the Chikitsa Vidya, to have been born with an acupuncture needle in the right hand and a drug container in the left hand in about the 5th century B.C."

         Dr. Yoshiaki Omura. MD.               Acupuncture Medicine- Its Historical and Clinical Background. Japan Publications, Japan, 1996.(p.15).

Have you ever tried unsuccessfully to use acupuncture within an ayurvedic framework or use ayurveda within acupuncture practice?

Often you may find much difficulty in synthezising both systems within the clinical setting and this is where Ayurvedic acupuncture as taught by our college can assist.

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Sushruta Samhita, Chpt V : 5

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You can learn how to regulate the body’s flow of energy (Prana) via the energetic pathways (nadis) in order to balance the functions of the mind and body through the Ayurvedic principles of  Siravedhana or Ayurvedic Acupuncture.

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