Importance of Swa Anguli Pramana in Health Assessment: Insights from Cross-Sectional Study on Aayama Relationship
Keywords:Anthropometry, Ayu pareeksha, Cross sectional survey, Pramana sharira, Validation
Introduction: The anthropometry techniques used today share similarities with the method described in Ayurveda by the acharyas. Ayurvedic science adopts a more personalized approach to measurement, taking into account individual variations in the body proportions for a greater precision in assessing each body part. In contrast to the modern approach, which relies on a generalized view, ayurvedic science offers significant advantages. Method: Survey conducted among 400 individuals to determine the correlation between swa anguli pramana (measurement of the width of the proximal phalanx of the middle finger in the palmar aspect) and aayama (height). Result: The study found that there was a change in the average swa anguli pramana values, which caused a noteworthy difference in the aayama of the individuals. The study clearly indicates that, swa anguli pramana is positively associated with height of individual. Discussion: However, the study does not invalidate the swa anguli pramana measurement technique or elevate the contemporary day standard metric system above it. The existing metric system has limitations, such as variations with changes in gender, race, and area, whereas swa anguli standards are individualistic and not impacted by these aspects. The study suggests that revalidation of the pramanas is required, but considering it as a standard system of measurement remains relevant.
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