Effect of Deha Prakruti on Intelligence - An Appraisal
Keywords:Ayurveda, Prakruti, Medha, Intelligence quotient, Smruti, Memory
Ayurveda lays great emphasis on the concept of Prakruti (body constitution) in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Panchamahabhoota (five basic elements of the universe) in different permutation and combination form Tridosha (three humors of the body). Prakruti is formed depending on the predominance of any one or two or three Dosha at the time of conception. Prakruti is of two types: Dosha Prakruti or Deha Prakruti and Gunamayi Prakruti or Manasa Prakruti. Deha Prakruti is of 7 types. Vataja, Pittaja, Sleshmaja, Samsargaja [combination of two Dosha] i.e., Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Sleshma, Sleshma-Vata and Sannipataja [combination of three Dosha] i.e., Vata-Pitta-Sleshma. The person of each Prakruti is mentioned to be endowed with different characteristic features which includes physical and psychological features, abilities etc. Medha (intelligence), Smruti (memory) are psychological factors differentiating one person from other with respect to ability to perform any task. Prakruti is the deciding factor of various psychological characters including Medha. This article aims at studying the effect of Deha Prakruti on intelligence.
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