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Editorial – November

In press release of Nobel Assembly in 2017 for Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm evidently cited the adaptation of life on earth to the rotation and impacts of planets. Indian Astrological Science relates such impressions of planets proportionating to time of birth. Nine planets are suggested in Indian Astrology. Moon is prominent among them ruling the mind, emotion and senses. Impacts based on daily basis is determined by lunar phase cycle and relation of moon with other planets. As the moon represents kapha in medical astrology, conjunction of moon and sun in astro-chart is corroborative to tendency of laziness. It can also be interpreted in terms of life-cycle with late rising fortunes but providing with mysterious knowledge.
Lunar phase cycle (new moon to new moon) is 29.5 days and 15th day of dark phase of every lunar month is termed as Amavasya in Veda. Amavasya is the day when the sun and moon are in conjunction. It is also reflected from astro-chart of that particular time. Moon does not exhibit its complete characteristics on individual’s life-cycle when in conjunct with sun astrologically. Traditionally, many of studies worldwide suggest the effect of increased gravitational pull on earth
and changed electromagnetic field on brain. Some works have shown the effects of lunar cycle on fertility, menstruation, melatonin level etc. Works also expose the
association of human and animal behaviour with lunar cycle. Options of researches are there to relate the secretions of neurochemicals and excitement of specific nerves after the variations of electromagnetic radiations due to changing lunar cycle. Bevington (2015) in Pathophysiology have shown the lunar gravity as insufficient mechanism for effects on humans. It might be true with selected research designs or when direct impacts are measured, but whether the effects are studied based on contributing factor or long term effects? A cross-sectional study under controlled laboratory setting published in Current Biology by Cajochen et. al. (2013) showed decrease in delta activity by 30% through EEG. Delta activity during NREM of sleep cycle was taken as indicator of deep sleep. So, many such mental and brain related activities and researches can be unveiled if appropriate research design and instruments are selected.

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