Planetary positions may have a strong influence on people’s health, suggests the initial findings of a University Grants Commission (UGC) project.
The five-year study, nearing completion, is being conducted by the Delhi-based Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha’s department of medical astrology.
The department has been recording the birth details of patients and their medical history from Delhi hospitals, and has a databank of over 1,000 horoscopes. In nearly 75 per cent cases, a strong co-relation is found between the prediction of occurrence of a disease at a specific time and its occurrence,” Dr Prem Kumar Sharma, head of the medical astrology department, told HT.
With a Rs 32 lakh grant, the project is studying the impact of planets on the heart, diabetes and mental diseases. Doctors from AIIMS, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Moolchand have been involved. “As planets move through the 12 zodiac signs during a lifetime, it affects health depending on whether the planet is moving through inimical signs or/and friendly signs,” said Project Deputy Co-ordinator Jyotish Behari Lal Sharma.
Sumitra Padmanavan, head of Science and Rationalists Association of India, argues that astrology is not a science. “It developed 2,500 years ago when our knowledge of astronomy wasn’t complete.”