This book reflects over twenty years of study, practice and research on traditional Indian medicine, referred to as Ayurvedic Medicine or Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine has many different branches, one such is Ayurvedic Acupuncture. This can be termed as an accessory therapy since it was used in conjunction with other forms to effect healing. It belongs more correctly to the branch of surgery, one of the eight medical disciplines of Ayurveda.
Acupuncture is the most unique and conspicuous feature of Chinese medicine. Ayurvedic medicine does not contain such a clearly visible system of pressure point therapy in its practice today as does acupuncture. yet it does contain traces of such a system. Ayurvedic books contain classifications of special points, called marmas or "sensitive" points.