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Chewing habit leads to disequilibrium in body constitution and affects mental health

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of Zoology, Biomedical Technology and Human Genetics, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-380009, India
  • 2Dept. of Zoology, Biomedical Technology and Human Genetics, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-380009, India
  • 3Dept. of Zoology, Biomedical Technology and Human Genetics, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-380009, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 8, Issue (6), Pages 18-22, June,10 (2019)

Abstract

Incidence of addiction related diseases have emerged as major health concern worldwide. Various types of chewing habit is predominant worldwide. These habits may have direct correlation with prakrati. The present study is carried out to investigate the mental health status and prakrati in correlation with chewers along with their chewing habits.After ethical clearance-two groups namely chewers (n=100) and non-chewers (n=100) randomly considered. After taking consent, dosha evaluation was done using standardise questionnaire (TNMC prakriti). DASS-42 of Lovibond and Lovibond was used to analyze prevalence of (DAS) anxiety and stress and depression, in both the populations. Prevalence of (DAS) anxiety and stress and depression in non-chewers was less as compared to that chewers. On evaluating their prakrati it was observed that 61% of non-chewers fall into a balanced dosha while it was and only 20% in chewers. Chewers (58%) showed vaat and pittprakrati, 14% showed pitt and kaaf type of prakrati and only 8% showed vaat and kaafprakrati. There was a significant difference (X2; p value: 31.09; 0.0001) found between both the groups. Our results showed that prakrati and mental status along with addiction is directly correlated. The disequilibrium doshas could be one of the reason for developing mental health problems and might have lead to addiction and rehab centres should consider prakrati aspect in their treatment.

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