ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: SKIN COLOUR EVALUATION BY DARSHAN (OBSERVATION) AND NARROW BAND REFLECTANCE SPECTROPHOTOMETER (MEXAMETER INSTRUMENT) ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT DEHA PRAKRITI
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Suwarna Deepak Vyas, Deepak Madanmohan Vyas *
Abstract: Ayurveda is holistic science of life. Prakriti is a unique concept of Ayurveda. According to this concept every individual is different from other. These differences are at Physical, Physiological and Psychological levels. The differences in skin colour are found in individuals according to different Deha Prakriti. This was a cross sectional study, carried out with objective to compare skin colour by Darshana Pariksha (observation) and narrow band reflectance spectrophotometer (Mexameter) according to different Deha Prakriti. For this study the volunteers were enrolled from various colleges of the city. Only Unmarried healthy female students' age in between 18 - 30 years were selected. 1187 volunteers were initially screened as per inclusion and exclusion criteria. Screened 904 volunteers were assessed for Prakriti Parikshan until getting dominant Prakriti. (Participants having more than 65% lakshana of single Prakriti). Out of 904 volunteers 58 had Vata Dominant Prakriti, 70 had Pitta Dominant Prakriti and 61 had Kapha Dominant Prakriti. Out of 58 Vata Dominant Prakriti 50 volunteers, out of 70 Pitta Dominant Prakriti 50 volunteers while out of 61 Kapha Dominant Prakriti 50 volunteers were randomly selected by computer generated random number table. Skin colour evaluation was done by observation and by Mexameter. Correlation analysis (Spearmen correlation coefficient) was applied for results obtained. It showed that p value is 0.0007 for Vata Prakriti, 0.0089 for Pitta Prakriti and 0.034 for Kapha Prakriti, which is found to be highly significant. Hence there is correlation between skin colour evaluation by observation method and by instrument (Mexameter).
Keyword: Prakriti, Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Mexameter