International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies
2016, Vol. 3 Issue 1, Part B
Hypothermia induced reversible state of unconsciousness/insentience in snails (Achatina fulica) and the therapeutic effect of a meditative chant on this state
Unconsciousness in humans or insentience in animals is a state when a living being or organism is unaware or lacks the ability of perceiving its self or its environment. Proving consciousness or sentience in animals is a big problem as they lack the ability to express and communicate like humans and therefore keeping aside the experience of consciousness the presence of its existence can be evaluated. This paper is a series of two studies, one which attempts to prove sentience or consciousness in simple invertebrate organisms by inducing a hypothermic reversible state of unconsciousness or insentience in snails, Achatina fulica
. The second study suggests a therapeutic effect of vibrations and frequencies generated by a meditative chant â€œOm Mani Padme Humâ€ on this hypothermic induced state of unconsciousness or insentience in these snails. Significance in recovery time was observed against the increasing exposure time to hypothermic stress, with a complete recovery in snails induced for 30 and 45 minutes of hypothermic stress. Snails showed a time based recovery in movement and crawling after being knocked out as a loss of sentience or consciousness for all groups, which increased in accordance to the increasing exposure time. Snails exposed to the meditative chant that were exposed to hypothermic stress for 30 and 45 minutes during the period of loss of sentience or consciousness, showed a significant reduction in recovery time in comparison to the group that was not exposed to the chant. Based on the results from Study 1, it can be confirmed that 15 to 20 mins exposure to hypothermic stress is an ideal time range for inducing a state of unconsciousness/insentience for this snail species, as no irreversible short and long-term effects were noted. Results of Study 2, revealed a faster recovery from the hypothermic induced state of unconsciousness/insentience when exposed to the meditational chant â€œOm Mani Padme Humâ€, indicating direct therapeutic effects of the vibrations and frequencies generated from this chant.
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Contzen Pereira. Hypothermia induced reversible state of unconsciousness/insentience in snails (Achatina fulica) and the therapeutic effect of a meditative chant on this state. Int. J. Fauna Biol. Stud. 2016;3(1):97-104.