The beginning of the 2018 was marked with an outstanding event - an article on the use of HRV for determining Dosha imbalance has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (J-AIM), which is internationally circulated open access SCOPUS-indexed journal on traditional medicine. The article is publicly available at ScienceDirect.com.
This pilot study, performed by Dr. Oleg Sorokin (author of the VedaPulse technology) and Dr. Ram Manohar, Scientific Director of Amrita University of Ayurveda, Kerala, India, is an in-depth comparison of the data of spectral analysis of heart rate variability with clinical evaluation of pathological state of doshas.
This is a big step in the development of our system, as it rapidly gets international recognition and scientific acknowledgement, proving that HRV method and Ayurvedic pulse analysis are closely interrelated.
The study is a comparison of the data of spectral analysis of heart rate variability with clinical evaluation of pathological state of doshas. The calculated cardiointervalography values are combined into three integral indexes, which according to the authors' opinion reflect the influence on heart rhythm of vata, pitta and kapha, the regulation systems of the body known as doshas in Ayurveda. Seven gross dosha imbalances were assessed to test the agreement between the two methods in this study. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) spectral data was collected from 42 participants to make the comparison with the clinical assessment of dosha imbalance.
Clinical method of dosha assessment and method of calculating integral indexes by cardiointervalography data showed substantial agreement by Kappa coefficient statistic (k = 0.78) in assessment of gross dosha imbalance. The results of the data generated from this pilot study warrant further studies to rigorously validate the algorithms of HRV analysis in understanding dosha imbalance in Ayurvedic clinical practice and research settings.
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