Varmam Therapist Diploma


To deliver the benefit of the knowledge of the great Tamil system of Varmam to health seekers through “hands-on” training and make them employable by hospitals.

Competency generated

Therapist who completes this course will be eligible to practice under an Ayurveda or Siddha doctor.

Varmam Knowledge Center

Varma Kalpa Rejuvenation Center (VKRC) has been recognized by TDU as the “Varmam Knowledge Center” for this program. VKRC is responsible for content development , training, education and competence based evaluation of students from different walks of society including doctors, healthcare professionals, yoga therapists and trainers, housewives, techies and local health practitioners. In the past 7 years, VKRC has mentored more than 700 students of which more than 80% of the students are practicing.


  • Experts from VKRC
  • Faculty with Varmam expertise
  • Ayurvedic physicians

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any individual aged 18 and above with minimum qualification of 12th standard pass or its equivalent in science discipline
  • An accredited folk healer.

Outline of Syllabus

{on admission detailed curriculum is available in Varmam handbook}

  • Overview of Classical and Folk Healing systems
  • Anatomy of human body from various perspectives
  • Physiology
  • Clinical concepts of Siddha System of Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Ayurveda
  • Introduction to Panchakarma procedures
  • Introduction to Acupuncture, Yoga and other systems of healing.Understand Pathology & basic interpretation of medical records
  • Practice of Varmam therapy, its resource base, its theory of life energy, Saram, benefits of stimulation, whether cure is available or not, duration within which cure is available, the procedure for relieving a trauma, traumatology caused on an injured varmam location, analyse through symptoms the varmam that has been affected. Relieving techniques for the same.
  • Major Varmam locations, Adangals, Applied system for healing, procedures, Dos and Donts for healing. Protecting self while healing. Pros and Cons of Varmam.

Unique features

  • Unique design of curriculum and hand on practical training by Varmam experts.
  • Support of doctors and therapist.
  • Continuous evaluation process.
  • Experiential learning.
  • Credit System – on completion of each module.
  • Evaluation of competence at all stages of learning.
  • Follow Grit system of learning.
  • Focus is on Cognitive, Psychomotor and Affective domains of learning.
  • Knowledge delivery through domain experts.
  • Internship under a domain expert at his place.
  • Audio-Visual aids to enhance the assimilation of knowledge.
  • Case studies analysis and demonstration.
  • Clinical practice under doctors.
  • Personality grooming.
  • Participate in campus to strengthen skills.
  • National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) standards.
  • Placement assistance.

Anticipated level of learning

Different topic in the syllabus will be expected to be learnt at varying degrees of depth. In respect of some topics only awareness may be anticipated. In other topics it may be expected than that the student has awareness, knowledge and skills. Yet other topics it may be only the awareness and knowledge. The levels of learning anticipated are specified in the hand book on the course.

Evaluation system

Students are evaluated based on their competency. A Continuous evaluation method is followed.


Successful students will be awarded ‘Varmam Therapist Diploma’ by TDU.

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