CONCEPT OF VARNA AND VARNYA WITH ITS UTILITY IN IMPROVING SKIN COMPLEXION ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA
Health is equilibrium of Dosha, Dhatu, Mala, Agni which leads to happiness of atma(soul), indriya, and mana(mind). In indriya 5 sensory organs viz eye, ear, nose, tongue and skin are included. Thus, good skin complexion is also important aspect of health. Varna word in Ayurveda denotes skin complexion. Means or methods through which varna can be improved is called Varnya. The concept of Varna and Varnya is scattered throughout Ayurvedic texts. In this article compilation of the terms Varna and Varnya is done from Bhruhattrayee which illuminates in understanding these concepts and further help in its application in practical life. This study shows that complete skin care is mentioned in Ayurveda which if harnessed well can contribute towards acquiring naturally glowing skin desired by one and all.
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