STUDY OF JATHARAGNI (DIGESTIVE FIRE) COMPUTED THROUGH NADI PARIKSHAN USING NADI TARANGINI AS PER RUTUS (SEASONS) QUOTED IN THE AYURVEDA TEXTS.: AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY
Keywords:nadi parikshan, jatharagni, rutucharya, Nadi Tarangini
Background: The world is one holistic entity where everyone is viewed in relation to the surrounding environment. The direction of the sun’s movement makes the season-wise different periods and has effects on our body, mind and circadian rhythms in terms of our daily work, food habits, digestion, and metabolism. Ayurveda, the ancient science of wisdom, provides answers for these effects and influence on our health through rutucharya (seasonal regimen). Objectives: to study the correlations between jatharagni, ahar (food) and rutucharya for different prakrutis (body constitution). Materials and methods: We used nadi parikshan (pulse based examination), one of the most popular methods of ashtavidha pariksha (eight fold clinical examination). We observed jatharagni (digestive fire) computed through Nadi Tarangini[1,2] (a commercial wrist nadi recording system) throughout the year and further studied it as per the rutus described in Ayurveda. Results: For 25437 subjects, we found the digestive jatharagni to be low in the monsoon, high in the winter, and also have dominance with vishamagni (irregular fire), tikshnagni (strong/sharp fire) and mandagni (weak/less fire) for vata, pitta and kapha prakrutis respectively. Conclusion: We emphasised the evidence and importance of jatharagni in rutucharya to avoid lifestyle oriented disorders.
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