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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-13

A Scientific Exploration of Psychological Development of Fetal Origin in Purview of Ayurveda

1 Department of Rachana Sharir, Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, Delhi, India
2 Department of Anatomy, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Kaumarbhritya, Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, Delhi, India

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Pooja Sabharwal
Department of Rachana Sharir, Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, Delhi - 110 073
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DOI: 10.4103/AYUHOM.AYUHOM_6_22

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Ayurvedic aspects of the psychological development of the progeny should be studied under two major headings – prenatal and postnatal aspects of development. There are various factors which influence the mental state of the gravida and those will successively affect the fetus. A state of contentment is conducive to the health of the fetus, whereas discontent, exasperation, anxiety, and fear of the gravida will influence the fetus dreadfully. The well-designed maternal regimen with dietetic follow-ups, favorable maternal circumstances along developing a specific psychological force, such as desire and temperamental disposition of the mother gives anticipated results on the fetus in respect of its constitution, complexion, sex, and its psychological makeup. The aim and objectives of this study were to understand the Ayurvedic aspects of psychological and temperamental makeup of progeny, to explore the factors influencing the psychological development of progeny as per classical and contemporary science, and to suggest protocol to achieve appropriate psychological health of progeny. Ayurvedic literature and contemporary science on the subject of Garbhavakranti (embryology) were explored and physiological bases for prenatal child development were studied in detail, data obtained were critically analyzed and presented. Ayurvedic literature related to genetics and epigenetics advocates that conglomeration of mainly four procreative factors, i.e., Atmaja (~soul), Rasaja (~nutritional), Satmyaja (~wholesomeness), and Satvaja (~psyche), play a vital role in the appropriate psychological development of the fetus, during the prenatal period. Proper preconception and prenatal counseling, along with good antenatal care and a suitable mode of conduct of mother and father, have a major role in achieving appropriate psychological health of progeny.

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