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"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."(2)

DR. K. ROSAIAH, Governor Of Tamil Nadu  INDIA


  Frank Ros

   MD(Ayu) NPA CMA

   International Director

Some of our Staff

   Prof.Em. Dr. Subhash Ranade

    Director IAA, India

    Patron of the IAAA


  Carlos Chesta

   MD, professor of Ayurveda

   South American Course Director

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.
Excellent examples and diagrams were given throughout the course which helped not only to explain the theory but also with its assimilation.
It has proved very useful in my practice.

Wayne ButcherAcupuncturist/Marmapuncturist


The Five Elements (Pancha Mahabhutas) have been used in Ayurveda for over 6000 years and have been routinely recorded in the major classics called Vedas. Later  (2500 years ago) they were further also recorded in the Samhitas, by Charaka, Sushruta, Vagbhatta and others. These Five Elements are Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth in order of their subtle to physical forms.

The Tridoshas are the three directive forces which are made up of the Five Elements and  by the energetic force of life or Prana. Hence these three are Vata, (Ether and Air) Pitta, (Fire and Water) and Kapha (Water and Earth).

Their interactions allow the proper functioning of the human body and when they are out of balance they cause disease.

Prana or Life force energy flows through the body to ensure life continues and this flow occurs through various energetic channels (some people call them meridians) which are generically termed nadis.  Some of these, energetically connect with the Chakras or energy vortices, as generically described by Yoga, however where these nadis relate to the human organs (eg. liver, heart, spleen etc) these channels are termed dhamanis like pranic arteries carrying prana in a major way through the body, according to Sushruta.


Out of these dhamanis, a further  form of nadis branch out to reach the surface of the body/skin. These smaller pranic veins or capillaries are termed siras which terminate on the skin and each forms a point or head like the head of a pin. It is here that Sushruta explains prana interchanges with the external macrocosm or universe and where needles or suchis are inserted to cause a stimulus in order to balance the disease or imbalance. Sushruta also states that there exists 700 of these siras or acupoints all over the body, relating to Vata, Pitta and Kapha and the Five Elements.(1)

Along each dhamani or organ channel exist a number of these siras. The Five Elements (Pancha Mahabhutas) are reflected in each of these organ dhamanis as  Five Element Siras or acupoints.

(1) Bishagratna, K.L. Sushruta Samhita, Calcutta, India.


I have an advanced diploma of Ayurveda  from a nationally registered and accredited college. My clinical studies also took me to the  Dharmasthala SDM Ayurveda Hospital in Udupi Kanataka, India where I performed intensive clinical practice for a period of two months, an invaluable experience.

As a practitioner of Ayurveda I find it most beneficial to have also completed the post graduate studies with Dr Frank Ros in Marma Therapy/Marmapuncture.

I have since been using the ancient teachings of marmapuncture (siravedhana) with great success, in a wide variety of cases.

The marmapuncture course did tie in very well with my previous knowledge of Ayurveda. It was easy to understand and apply to the general Ayurvedic understanding of the body systems with the doshas and their subtypes, as well as dhatus and srotas.

I personally find that the marmapuncture course taught by Dr. Ros has given me a great advantage in not only the fact that I have a very powerful extra therapy that I can use on my clients, but it has also enhanced my sensitivity and understanding of marmas and the channels running through the body while I also do Ayurvedic massage. I have clients who comment that they feel a deep healing happening during the treatment and that when I work on certain marmapoints they feel deeply nourished by the touch in places where they always have wanted to be touched.

My experience with the outcome of using marmapuncture on my clients has by far exceeded any expectations I might have previously had. As I use marmapuncture in combination with herbal treatment and life style advice, I can truly say that I have been extremely surprised and excited about how quickly I have seen my clients improve to the point where in a short time, they do not need to come for treatments any longer.

I have myself experienced very good results from exchanging marmapuncture with my fellow students and now colleagues. My lower back pain and tension has been reduced by 80-90%, and my knees that have been painful for a while since a skiing injury a few years back, have improved.

Karina Thullesen 
Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda. Postgrad Ayur.Acupuncture (IAA)


"The development of ancient system of medicine traces back to more than 6,000 years. The Medical advancements in ancient days and their in depth knowledge on medical science is really amazing. Dhanvantari, Atreya, Charaka, Sushruta were renowned [Indian] medical practitioners. Agnivesa another famous physician wrote an encyclopedic treatise in the eighth century B.C. The art of healing was practised since ancient period.

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. Today acupuncture is practised all over the world." (2)

(2) 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

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Dr. Frank Ros has been my principal instructor in Ayurvedic acupuncture in the United States for ten years. I’m a naturopathic doctor and licenced acupuncturist in three states of the US and certified by the National Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and I find that Frank’s knowledge of acupuncture and the ability to teach it is second to none. He is the leading exponent of Ayurvedic acupuncture in the world and his  written works and his lectures set the standard for this important part of Ayurvedic medicine and integrative care. He has been the advisor for our Ayurvedic acupuncture program and Ayurvedic medicine program at Clifton Springs Hospital in Clifton Springs, NY, for a number of years. We have used him as a clinical and an academic advisor for our clinical and residential programs.

Dr. Les Moore
Director, Integrative Medicine
Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic
Clifton Springs, NY 14432


IAAA      About Us

The International Academy of Ayurvedic Acupuncture was founded on the belief that every student has the ability to learn the open, natural healing science of Ayurveda.

 The International Academy of Ayurvedic Acupuncture is a place of study or training in a specialised field: Ayurvedic Acupuncture.  It is also an institution or society of distinguished scholars, practitioners and students that aim at promoting and maintaining acceptable standards in the practice of Ayurvedic Acupuncture, specifically  and Ayurveda in general.