The text may seem to be associated with some tantric ritual, but it is actually what students of the third-year Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine, and Surgery (BAMS) are learning in their textbooks. The textbook talks about the methods that can be used to conceive a baby boy. One of the method talks about making a concoction of Banyan tree branches, urad dal, mustard seeds and curd. And the measurement are also precisely given such as the branches of the Banyan tree should be north facing and it should have grown in a stable; two grains or urad; and two grains of mustard seeds. The text has been taken from Charaka Samhita, the pre-2nd Century CE compilation on Ayurveda. Other techniques of conceiving a baby boy have also been described in the textbook, which is part of the current BAMS syllabus.
The BAMS syllabus is created under the supervision of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) in Nashik and Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, former dean of the Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College in Nanded, who is the vice-chancellor. The contents of the textbook have received criticism from various quarters, as these techniques do not have any scientific basis. Ganesh Borhade, a member of the district supervisory board of the PreConception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, had recently objected to the contents of the textbook. “Doctors with BAMS degrees have a thriving practice not just in rural areas, but also in cities such as Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik. Many people shun allopathy in favor of Ayurveda, and if this is what medical students are being taught, God help this society,” Borhade said.