CONCEPT OF PRAKRUTI & IT'S IMPORTANCE IN MAINTAINING HEALTH – A LITERARY REVIEW
Vd. Ashwini Dindokar*, Dr. S. S. Sant and Vd. Shubhangi Marathe
Ayurveda is one of the ancient science of life. It is not only deals with curative aspect but also with spiritual & preventive aspect. The prime aim of Ayurveda is to keep person healthy. Almost in all Ayurvedic classics the concept of Prakruti (constituent) has been described with its high thoughts since very beginning. In Ayurveda, unchangeable dosha predominance from time of intrauterine life to death is called as Prakruti, which affects anatomy, physiology, psychology of that person. Prakruti represents the proportion of 'Doshas' which represents the ideal state of balance & it's serves as the Goal for us to strive toward. It will manifest in us throughout out lifetime through our physical characteristics, psychological behavior, natural urges, likes & dislikes. Prakruti makes every person unique, so no one can be exactly like other person. For an individual basic knowledge of Prakruti is a vital tool in helping one to determine the most reliable lifestyle that will ensure wellness & longevity, appropriate diet regimes, herbs, exercise, medicine, therapies. According to Ayurveda some diseases are prone to specific Prakruti. Disorders such as Prameha (diabetes), Sthaulya (obesity), Raktadabavrudhi (hypertension), Amlapitta(acidity) etc are prone to specific Prakruti. So in order to prevent such disorders knowing Prakruti through Prakruti assesement is essential and also to understand our health status and select an appropriate lifestyle (daily & seasonal regimen) to suit our nature.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Prakruti, Dosha.
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