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.