DO THE ANTHROPOMETRIC PARAMETERS VARY AS PER PRAKRITI (PHYSICAL CONSTITUTION) OF INFANTS.

  • Niraj Kumar Srivastava Reader, department of Kaumarbhritya/Bal roga Government Ayurvedic college, Varanasi (UP)
  • Sangeeta Gehlot Professor and Head , Department of Kriya Sharira , Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
  • Sanjay Kumar Singh Associate Professor , Department of computer sciences , Indian institute of techanology, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
  • Brij Mohan Singh Professor and Head , Department of Kaumarbhritya/Bal roga , Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
Keywords: Anthropometry, Crown heel length, Deha Prakriti, physical constitution, Infants, Weight.

Abstract

Introduction: Prakriti (physical and mental constitution) is a unique and one of the basic concepts of Ayurveda that explains the individuality.To assess many important characteristics meant for determination of Prakriti (physical constitution) and to assess the strength of sick baby essential for the planning of therapy, Pramana pariksha(~Anthopometry) is considered. The anthropometry is a valuable indicator of health, growth and development of infant. To get the utility of Anthropometry in assessment of Prakriti is considered for the study.

Material & Methods:

Prakriti of 216 infants was assessed by Prakriti assessment performa developed in department of Kaumarbhritya/Balroga. Anthropometry was measured with recommended tools and data were analyzed to get the trends in accordance to individual Prakriti.

Result:-Result of this study shows that maximum weight, head circumference, and chest circumference was found among Kapha Prakriti infants while it was minimum in Vata Prakriti infants. Maximum mean crown heel length was observed in Pitta-kapha Prakriti infants while it was minimum among Vata-pitta Prakriti infants. On applying one way ANOVA and Post Hoc Bonferroni tests, significant variations were observed in all the pairs.

Discussion & Conclusion:

Vata Prakriti individuals are Krisha (lean and thin), it means, they will have lower weight, CHL etc. It is due to predominance of Vata, having Ruksha, Guna while Kapha Prakriti individuals are Sthulanga (stout body built) with better weight and CHL. Kapha Prakriti individuals also have Prithu Peena Vaksha (big and elevated chest), while in the present study, relatively higher chest circumference is found in Pitta-Kapha Prakrit. Not any study available for relation between infants Prakriti and Anthropometry.

KEYWORDS: - Anthropometry, Crown heel length, Deha Prakriti, physical constitution, Infants, Weight.

 

Author Biographies

Niraj Kumar Srivastava, Reader, department of Kaumarbhritya/Bal roga Government Ayurvedic college, Varanasi (UP)

Reader, department of Kaumarbhritya/Bal roga
Government Ayurvedic college, Varanasi (UP)221006

Sangeeta Gehlot, Professor and Head , Department of Kriya Sharira , Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
Professor and Head , Department of Kriya Sharira , Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, Associate Professor , Department of computer sciences , Indian institute of techanology, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
Associate Professor , Department of computer sciences , Indian institute of techanology, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
Brij Mohan Singh, Professor and Head , Department of Kaumarbhritya/Bal roga , Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.
Professor and Head , Department of Kaumarbhritya/Bal roga , Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University (U.P) India.

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