Clinical Application of Satmya Theory

Monika Agrawal, B K Dwibedy

Abstract


Satmya means suitability to some things, which are favorable for one’s own self. Satmyan naam tad yadaatmanyupshete. Satmya is also known as upashaya. Hita and pathya are frequently used synonyms for satmya. Satmya (homologation) is one of the investigable points of dashavidha pareekhsa described in Ayurveda. Dashavidha pareekhsa advocates to examine the Prakriti (constitution), Vikriti (morbidity), Saar (constitution of the dhatus), Samhanan (compactness), Praman (measurement), Satmya (suitability), Sattwa (psyche), Ahar-shakti (power of intake and digestion of food), Vyayam-shakti (power of exercise) and Vaya (age) of the patient before application of medicine. It is because strong, moderate or mild medicines are advised according to the superior, medium and inferior strength of the patient as well as disease respectively. Satmya is one of the important considerable issues during application of medicine or diet. Efficacy of medicine depends upon the Satmya as the diet or medicine which is not Satmya to the person does not act properly and sometimes it may cause reactions also. Satmya is that which being used constantly has wholesome effects. It brings comfort to the soul; we have all experienced ‘symptoms’ in our lives. Symptoms are the mind and body’s warning system of a deeper underlying imbalance. Ayurveda, the oldest holistic medical system in the world, considers each person to be completely unique physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. According to Ayurveda, we create and re-create our state of health, wellness and happiness each and every day. What may enhance healthfulness, happiness and ease of life for one person may create imbalances and disease for another person. Ayurveda considers a strong Satmya-asatmya theory, one of the most important factors for our health. When our satmyta-asatmyta are strong, we can take in energy and information from our environment, extract whatever is beneficial to us, and eliminate everything we don’t need.


Keywords


Satmya, Oka satmya, Dashavidha pareeksha, Asatmya

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