Bimal Chandra Jha, Ex-Editor, Sachitra-Ayurveda
Dr. Prashant Kumar Jha, Reader, ALNRMAMC, Koppa
Abstract: The vital force to keep normal physiology working in equilibrium with reference to Tridosha is termed as Oja in Ayurveda. It is required for every single physiological action. Its defined swaroopa proves its physical existence. Based on characteristics, importance, actions and effects, it is related with collective forms of all neuropeptides. Neuropeptides small protein molecules present in every neuron. Minute screening of central control of every physiological action further strengthens the claim of similarity between Oja and Neuropeptides (all collectively). Detailed effects of non-functioning or irregular functioning of neuropeptides leaves similar effects as mentioned for kshaya.of Oja which may lead to emaciation of body and death even. Previous correlations with immunity, albumin, vitamins etc. have restricted approaches with greater scopes of objections.
Keywords: Oja, Neuropeptides, Kshaya, Hridaya, Mahat, Visharana, Vyapada, Weakness………………