Ayurveda expert bats for ‘Gender medicine’




BHOPAL: Ahead of an upcoming international Ayurveda seminar, experts of the subject are strongly advocating adherence to the controversial ‘Punsawan Vidhi,’ which claims to determine sex of a child through an intervention in the early months of pregnancy.

An integral part of Charak Samhita, ‘Punsawan Vidhi’ is a controversial topic. “The system very much exists in Ayurveda. We help parents through this process if they seek assistance,” said Ayurveda practitioner Dr Rachna Jain.

‘Punsawan Vidhi’ is a process where an Ayurvedic concoction is poured through the nostril of a woman in the first month of pregnancy. It is claimed that if the medicine is poured in the right nostril, she will conceive a boy, and a girl if it’s in the left. India’s laws are strict on sex determination, but this practice perhaps falls in a grey area. And faith seems to be the driving factor rather than scientific proof.



“At a time when people opt for one child, we help them decide on the sex of their children through the knowledge of Ayurveda,” said Jain, who is a professor of swasth vritta and yoga at a city-based private Ayush college. ‘Punsawan Vidhi’ has raised eyebrows and was also pulled off the syllabus in some Ayurveda colleges.

 National spokesman for Ayush Medical Association, Dr. Rakesh Pandey, said, “In present times, the focus should be on the birth of a healthy child. We need to adhere to the law than to determine sex of the child.”
Earlier, the executive committee of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) upheld the teaching of ‘Punsawan Vidhi’. The committee stated, “We don’t agree to the removal of ‘Punsawan Vidhi’ from the syllabus of various Ayurveda courses since it is an integral part of Charak Samhita.”
CCIM is a statutory body under the Department of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and homeopathy. A seminar on the holistic approach of Ayurveda and yoga towards psychosomatic disorders would take place in Bhopal on Friday.



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