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Research article

A STUDY ON DHATUSARATA IN MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN


Deepa Makhija1*, Pratap Makhija2, Babasaheb Patil3
1,2
Research Officer (AY) scientist-2, Ayurveda Central Research Institute, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi-26, India
3
Professor, B.S. Ayurveda College, Sawantwadi, (MH), India
*Corresponding Author: Mobile No. 09911331074; E-mail: drdeepamakhija@yahoo.co.in

Received: 09/01/2015; Revised: 10/03/2015; Accepted: 15/03/2015

ABSTRACT
Sarata or excellence is described with respect to Sapta dhatu (seven body tissues) viz. Rasa
(skin), Rakta (blood), Mansa (muscle tissue), Meda (adipose tissue), Asthi (bone tissue), Majja
(marrow), Shukra (semen) and Satwa (mind) i.e. Ashtavidhasarata (eightfold Excellency). Sarata is
quality assessment of seven dhatu and Satwa. Examination of sarata is done at physical and
psychological level. The present study aims at assessing and comparing sarata of mentally retarded
children (study group) and healthy children (control group). The participants of the study were
included 24 mentally retarded children and 24 healthy children between age group of 8 months to 12
years. A proforma, specially designed on the basis of classical descriptions of sara was utilized to
assess the sarata. Findings of the study revealed that the difference in sarata between mentally
retarded and healthy children was statistically highly significant (p<0.001) except in Mansa and
Asthisarata. Satwa-sarata was almost nil in mentally retarded children

KEYWORDS: Mental retardation, dhatu, dhatusarata,sarata, sara, satwa.

Cite this article:

Deepa Makhija, Pratap Makhija, Babasaheb Patil (2015), A STUDY ON DHATUSARATA IN


MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN,
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INTRODUCTION: tissue), Meda (adipose tissue), Asthi (bone


tissue), Majja (marrow), Shukra (semen) and
Peoples appearance influences both their Satwa (mind). In mental retardation dhatus are
self-concept and their relationships with others. affected structurally and/or functionally.
During socialization, we develop an Chawla Deepa N. (2000) found in a survey
increasingly complex set of normative undertaken between retarded and normal
expectations, or schema, about how people children, sarata were poor or nil in the
should appear in their manner, speech, mentally retarded. The present study was
movement, posture, gestures, facial undertaken with an objective to assess and
configuration, body size, structure, proportions compare sarata of mentally retarded and
and behaviour. We become accustomed to healthy children.
some variability, but when, we encounter
someone whose appearance, manner, or METHODOLOGY
behaviour exceeds the limits of our
expectations, we react with emotional arousal, For assessing the sarata of mentally
anxiety, and fear, and behave differently retarded, children were selected from outpatient
toward that person (Richardson SA, 1976). department of Basic Principles, Govt.
Atypical appearance is more among people Ayurveda College Hospital,
with mental retardation than among non- Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - Study
retarded individuals (Richardson et al., 1985). group. For assessing sarata of healthy
individual, children were selected from St.
People with mental retardation experience Marys School, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram,
disparaging behaviour from others due to low and The Nest Day Care Centre and Kinder
intellect or atypical appearance (Richardson Garten, M.G. Road, Thiruvananthapuram,
and Koller, 1996). Atypical appearance is more Kerala, India Healthy (control) Group.
among people with mental retardation that
means in mentally retarded not only the mind Total 24 children between age group 8
but also various tissues of the body have been months to 12 years were selected for each
affected. The physical and health group. Well-designed proforma, prepared by
characteristics of mildly retarded persons do post graduate Department of Basic Principles,
not differ dramatically from those of non- Government Ayurveda College,
retarded individuals. The more severe the Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, was used
retardation, however, the more pronounced the for assessing sarata. Proforma was prepared on
corresponding physical defects and health the basis of subjective parameters
problems (Payne and Pattan, 1989). (characteristics) described in Ayurvedic
classics (Acharya JT, 1994).
Sarata is the essence of dhatus (Acharya
JT, 1994). Assessment of sarata is one of the The research design was approved by the
most important examinations which give an Research Review Committee of Kerala
idea about qualitative state of dhatu. To University. Permission of concerned authority,
determine the strength of dhatu or strength of Principal and parents was taken. Before
person sarata examination is essential. Dhatu assessing sarata parents of children were made
which shows maximum characters which are clear about the purpose of this study and told
mentioned in Ayurvedic classics are called as that the result of the study would be kept
best dhatu of that individual. The higher strictly confidential and would be used for
percentage of characteristics represents the research purpose only.
good quality of dhatu. The characters of dhatu
Dhatus attain their maximum Excellency
are explained at structural and/or functional
only during adulthood. They are in developing
level. Total eight types of sara are narrated in
condition in the children. Hence it is always
Ayurvedic classics (Acharya JT, 1994) viz.
expedient to assess sarata of adults. But as
Rasa (skin), Rakta (blood), Mamsa (muscle

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patients of study group (for clinical trial) were The positive points were analysed under 8
of the age in between 8 months to 12 years, it different categories viz. Rasa-sarata, Rakta-
was not advisable to compare that group with Sarata etc separately for both groups. Mean
healthy adults. Hence for comparison normal score and its percentage were calculated for
healthy children of same age were taken. Hence each dhatu. Percentage values of individual
much limitation was there and chances of some dhatu and satwa of the healthy (control) group
inevitable errors cannot be denied. were compared with the study group. To see
whether the difference of each sarata is
Statistical Analysis statistically significant or not, unpaired t-test
for equal samples was used (Table 1).
Each positive parameter (subjective
characteristic) of sarata was given one score.

Table 1. Mean score and standard deviation of individual dhatu and satwa in both groups

Variables Healthy group Study group t P


(Sarata) Mean % S.D. Mean % S.D. Value value
Score Score
Twaka 11 62 2.1 3.58 19.88 1.25 28.54 <0.001
Rakta 9.12 39.65 3.6 5.04 21.91 1.5 5.79 <0.001
Mamsa 3.25 10.15 2.8 2.8 8.75 2.2 0.63 Not
sig.
Meda 3.7 20.55 1.46 2.17 12.05 1.27 3.748 <0.001
Asthi 1.58 9.29 1.95 1.25 7.35 0.8 0.75 Not
sig.
Majja 3.87 24.18 1.5 1.17 7.31 1.14 7.13 <0.001
Shukra 4.41 16.96 1.23 2.46 9.46 1.5 3.89 <0.001
Satwa 2.41 13.38 1.8 0.17 0.944 0.38 5.98 <0.001

OBSERVATION intellectual functioning and in adaptive


behaviour manifested during the development
Table1 shows that percentages of each period (American Association for Mental
sarata were higher in healthy (control) group Retardation, 2002). In mentally retarded
than study group. In healthy children, people, atypical appearance is more than
percentage of Twak sarata (62 %) and Rakta among non-retarded one that means in mentally
Sarata (39.65 %) were found maximum than retarded various tissues (dhatu) of the body
other sarata. The difference was statistically have been affected
highly significant at 0.001 level in Twak,
Rakta, Meda, Majja, Shukra and Satwa sarata. Sarata is described with respect to seven
Percentage of Mamsa and Asthisarata did not dhatu i.e.Twak (skin), Rakta (blood), Mansa
differ significantly in both groups. The (muscle tissue), Meda (adipose tissue), Asthi
corresponding t-values were statistically (bone tissue), Majja (marrow), Shukra (semen)
insignificant. Satwa sarata was almost nil and Satwa (mind). It is a quality assessment of
(0.944 %) in study group. seven dhatu and satwa (mind). Examination of
dhatusarata is done at physical and
DISCUSSION psychological level. In Ayurvedic classics
characteristics are mentioned to determine
Mental retardation is a disability
dhatusarata. The higher percentage of
characterized by significant limitations both in
characteristics represents good quality of dhatu.

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Assessment of sarata is important for knowing of status of the dhatu in the form of structure
bala (strength/ physical fitness) and and functions. The symptoms mentioned for
ayupramana i.e life span of person. The Satwasara are the reflection of the state of
objective of the present study was to examine mind with respect to the presence of
dhatu sarata in healthy (control group) and predominant level of satwika qualities.
mentally retarded (study) children.
Sarata is mentioned for the assessment of
The present study revealed that bala (strength) and Ayu-pramana (lifespan) of
Dhatusarata in healthy children was better than individual. Bala means strength or power to
mentally retarded one. Twak sarata was found perform body activities and also resistance
more developed than any other dhatu in healthy towards diseases. Earlier Scientific study
group followed by Rakta sarata since sarata of revealed the positive correlation of dhatusarata
Rasa and Rakta dhatu starts developing early in and physical fitness (Jagruti Chaple et al.,
the life. Characters of Twak sarata like 2013).
unctuous, smooth, soft, clear skin manifest
early in the life. Likewise characters of Rakta CONCLUSION
sarata like unctuous, red and handsome ear,
The present study revealed that dhatu
eye, face, tongue, nose, lips, palm etc. develop sarata in mentally retarded children was less
at early age. In this study, Insignificant developed than healthy children. Satwa sarata
difference in Mansa sarata and Medasarata was almost nil in mentally retarded children.
between healthy and study group was found
because their development manifest during Inference and recommendation
adulthood. Characters of Mansa dhatu like
temples, forehead, nape shoulder, axillae, joints Present study will be helpful to know the
etc. equipped with firm, heavy and good quality and strength of dhatu (body tissues) in
looking muscles develop later on during mentally retarded. Further study on dhatu
adulthood. Likewise characters of Asthi dhatu sarata in mentally retarded adults needs to be
like prominent heels, ankles, knees, elbows, conducted. Clinical study to assess effect of
collarbones etc. develop during adulthood. Rasayana chikitsa (rejuvenation therapy) on
dhatu sarata in mental retardation needs to be
Satwa (mind) sarata was found very less
carried out.
developed in mentally retarded children.
Excellence of mental faculties were almost nil ACKNOWLEDGMENT
in study group.
Authors gratefully acknowledge the kind
The physical and physio-psychological
characteristics of different sara described in the guidance and support given by Dr. K.
classical texts of Ayurveda are the reflections Sundaran, during the course of the study.

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