ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: UNDERSTANDING AIR POLLUTION INDUCED EPIDEMICS FROM THE VIEW POINT OF INDIAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Vyas K *, Sharma V, Ekta, Arya D and Sharma OR
Abstract: Air pollution is one of the major causes of widespread disease manifestation in current era. Surprisingly, a treatise of an Indian Traditional Medicine, i.e. Ayurveda, has mentioned an identical condition centuries ago, under the name of Janapadodhwamsa. Here, Janapada means a locality or area and Uddhwamsa means destruction. Thus, Janapadodhwamsa means an epidemic destruction due to disease or calamity. It is necessary to understand the causes and consequences of Air Pollution from the view point of Ayurveda, in order to add on knowledge about solutions to Air Pollution induced epidemics. For this purpose, the third chapter of the third section (Vimana sthana) of Charaka Samhita, a treatise of Ayurveda, was studied thoroughly with the help of commentary- Ayurveda-dipika to understand the concept in depth. For collecting data regarding Air pollution and its consequences, systematic search was done on the search engine Google, PubMed, AYUSH Portal DHARA and Linked in etc., using relevant key words. Also, various Published power point presentations and online Newspapers were fetched to collect important facts. At the end of all these efforts, great similarity was found in the causes and consequences of Air Pollution and Janapadodhwamsa, which encourages finding out a new solution to Air pollution by rectifying unrighteousness and errors of intellect in human beings.
Keyword: Ayurveda, Charaka Samhita, Error of intellect, Janapadodhwamsa, Unrighteousness, Vimana sthana