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Ayurveda Insights on Physiology of Sweating and Thermoregulation


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1 Department of Kriya Sharir, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221005, Uttar Pradesh, India
 

Physiology of sweating and thermoregulation was well conceived by Ancient Ayurveda scholars. The detailed description of Svedavaha Srotas (channels carrying sweat), Sveda (sweat) as Mala (waste), its mechanism of formation on exposure to heat, therapeutic application of heat for inducing sweating under the concept of Svedan Karma (sudation) for purification and balancing the Dosha for management of disorders reflects the deep understanding of Ayurveda scholars about the physiology of sweating and temperature regulation. Keeping these facts in mind a detailed review has been done as an attempt to understand the physiology of sweating and temperature regulation mechanism described in Ayurveda in view of contemporary sciences and recent researches.

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Dosha, Mala, Swedan (sudation), Temperature Regulation.
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Authors

Vandana Verma
Department of Kriya Sharir, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221005, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sangeeta Gehlot
Department of Kriya Sharir, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221005, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sonam Agrawal
Department of Kriya Sharir, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221005, Uttar Pradesh, India

Abstract


Physiology of sweating and thermoregulation was well conceived by Ancient Ayurveda scholars. The detailed description of Svedavaha Srotas (channels carrying sweat), Sveda (sweat) as Mala (waste), its mechanism of formation on exposure to heat, therapeutic application of heat for inducing sweating under the concept of Svedan Karma (sudation) for purification and balancing the Dosha for management of disorders reflects the deep understanding of Ayurveda scholars about the physiology of sweating and temperature regulation. Keeping these facts in mind a detailed review has been done as an attempt to understand the physiology of sweating and temperature regulation mechanism described in Ayurveda in view of contemporary sciences and recent researches.

Keywords


Dosha, Mala, Swedan (sudation), Temperature Regulation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18311/jnr%2F2019%2F23761