PUMSAVANA KARMA IN AYURVEDA: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
All parents have a dream of begetting the healthy, intellectual and beautiful progeny; this is also evident from the reference of the word like “Suputrkameeya” in classics. The influence of diet, psyche and other routines of mother on the fetus has been talked since ages. Ayurveda describes simple methods to procure a healthy offspring and the planning of which starts from the selection of partner. These methods are popularized as ‘garbha samskara’ worldwide. Pumsavana Karma is one of the Shodasha Karmas (Sixteen rituals) performed in various stages of life in ancient India. It deals with the technique of genetic engineering to ensure healthy progeny and to determine the sex of the child. The practice of Pumsavana Karma is misapprehended among the Ayurvedic community that, it can be only practiced for getting the male baby. In some states of India such as Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra etc. many quacks misuse and malpractice in the name Pumsavana Karmaand loot money from the people by giving false drugs. Govt. should consider amending the PNDT act (1994) for specific use of Pumsavana Karma in pregnancy by certified specialists (MS in Prasoothi and Streeroga) and also take care of misuse of Pumsavana Karma.
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