Estimation of IQ in the Young Population with Pre-Determined Prakriti: A Project-Based Article from the Insight of First-Year Ayurveda Undergraduate

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Krupal Dahake, Kiran A. Tawalare, Rhutika B. Bagde, Nayan Khekade, Shubhashri Lande, Suyash More, Priyanka Gotephode


Background: The intelligence quotient (IQ) serves as a purpose in predicting intelligence status. It is a measure of a person’s reasoning ability. According to Ayurveda, Buddhi (intelligence) is affected by Prakriti (body constitution) which depends on the predominance of Tridosha and Triguna. There is a paucity of studies to examine their association. The study was designed to examine variation in IQ as per prakriti; and to find out their relationship with primary (Anubandhya) and secondary (Anubandha) doshas with intelligence in young adults. Methodology: Students (n=155) of age 19-25 years from different Ayurveda colleges of Hanuman Nagar zone Nagpur, were considered for the study, they responded to a questionnaire to examine prakriti first and thereafter assess IQ using WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence scale) IQ test. Separate regression analyses were done to look for associations. Observation & Results: Out of 155 students, 3 students were of vata prakriti, 10 were of pitta prakriti, 30 were of vata-pitta, 88 were of pitta-kapha, 19 were of vata-kapha, 5 were of tridosha. No students were of kapha prakriti. Based on categories of IQ, the superior IQ score was found in pitta-kapha group and i.e. 9 students and extremely low IQ was also found in pitta-kapha i.e. in 4 students. Conclusion: Most of the students were observed with average IQ level. Group of prakriti dominating pitta kapha dosha were observed with all the variabilities of IQ levels.

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