Kalarichikilsa (Kalari Therapy)
Kalarichikilsa (also called Kalarichikitsa, Kalarichikiltsa) or Kalari Therapy is a system of medicine based on Ayurveda, specializing in treatment of orthopedic disorders, sports injuries and neuromuscular problems like back pain, spondylosis, arthritis, inborn imperfections of human body etc. It is a form of therapy which evolved from Ayurveda and developed further in a more specific direction, as a result of the needs of a speedy recovery from sports injuries for the warriors of ancient Kerala.
The practitioner, i.e. The Gurukkal does the treatment like bone setting and massages using specially formulated oils and herbs. He undertakes specialized studies in the science of marmas (vital spots). In the human body there are certain spots where a bruise or a blow can cause death or numbness of some organs .These spots numbering to 107 are called the marmas or the vital spots. The knowledge about these marmas plays a major role in the effective practice of Kalari Chikilsa.
The underlying principle of Kalari Chikilsa is that an abnormality to any system of the human body such as nervous system, musculoskeletal system can happen only if anyone or more of the 107 vital spots are bruised. The treatment is all about detecting the vital spots affected and curing them to normalcy.
The different methods of treatment used in Kalari Chikilsa are Uzhichil, Kizhithirumu, Njavarakizhi & Nasyam. The fact is Kalarichikilsa concentrates on treating the affected vital spots, ie. on curing the root cause and not the symptoms, makes it the most suitable method for the treatment of sprains, bruises, fractures and dislocations.
In Kalarichikilsa, nothing hostile to the body is used and nothing toxic is left behind, unlike Allopathic treatment. This makes Kalarichikilsa free from side effects, and ideal for special care areas like Sports Medicine. Several cases where surgery is a must in modern techniques of therapy can be cured by Kalari Therapy with out the surgical blade coming into play. Also there have been so many cases in which Kalarichikilsa has succeeded where modern therapy was helpless.
The saga of success of Kalarichikilsa is continuing with its glory and fame reaching new heights day by day…