According to ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda, the accumulation of “ama” (toxic substances), poor nutrition, insufficient sleep, poor digestion, polluted environment can lead to imbalance in the body and consequently to health disorders.
In order to regain the balance of the doshas, Ayurveda uses various methods and therapies limited to two main stages: purification of the body from accumulated toxins and recovery process.
When conducting the healing therapies, Vedic medicine uses only herbal and mineral products, which are applied individually or in combination as part of a process of purification and recovery.
However, before initiating treatment, it is important to localize the imbalance in the body, so the patient must pass Ayurveda diagnostics.
Unlike modern medicine where a diagnosis is given only when there is a disease in Indian medicine, diagnostics can be performed as a preventive measure to protect the patient from developing the disease.
Types of diagnostics in Ayurveda
Translated, Nadi Pariksha literally means “wrist reading”. This type of diagnosis is the oldest procedure for establishing the physical and mental constitution of an individual that can determine the state of balance and imbalance of the doshas.
How does it work?
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas in each one of us – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas create their own “rhythm” that pulsates in our bodies.
For easier understanding, the rhythm, frequency and amplitude of the wrist pulse are likened to the movements of some animals.
The pulse of an individual with Vata dosha is like the movement of the snake – fast, slow, irregular, headlong, creating an uneven rhythm.
The pulse of people with Pitta constitution resembles the frog’s jump – a continuous “jumping” from normal to rapid rhythm.
Pulse of Kapha resembles swan movements – slow, wide, majestic, calm.
Described like this, pulse diagnosis seems like a very simple method, but the truth is that in order to be able to diagnose using “wrist reading”, Ayurvedic doctors have to be trained for years.
Patient contact time, exchange, and empathy of the information that Vedic doctors draw through pulse diagnostics is not only clinical but also psychological and spiritual. “Wrist reading” is an act that requires a precise relational context and is performed only if the patient wants it.
Through Nadi Pariksha, we can find out which dosha is responsible for our discomfort and determine the most appropriate Ayurveda therapy to deal with the problem.
Pulse diagnosis requires sensitivity and listening ability that are learned through meditation and many years of practice.
Tongue Diagnosis (Jihva)
According to Ayurveda, the tongue is a map that allows the specialist to see if the patient has a problem with the heart, kidneys, pancreas, intestines, spleen, liver, lungs, etc.
When diagnosing the tongue, the Vedic doctor pays particular attention to the size, surface, edges and colour of the tongue to determine the imbalanced organ. If, for example, the colour of the tongue is pale, it is a sign of anemia, if it is yellowish – the patient has problems with the gall bladder or liver, if it is greyish – the heart is not well.
If the tongue is coated – most likely there are accumulated toxins in the stomach and intestines, and if the tongue ends are rough – the problem is in the intestine.
Face, lips, nails and eyes Diagnosis
Each part of the body reflects the internal balance, the health or the problems of different organs. In face diagnosis, Ayurvedic doctors examine the lines that stretching on the forehead and the area around the mouth.
In lips diagnosis, it is important to pay attention to their colour, shape and hydration. For example, if there is a problem in the right kidney, it will affect the right part of the lips. If the problem is heart, it is reflected in the middle of the upper lip, and if the intestines do not function normally – this can be understood from the lower lip.
The presence of longitudinal lines on the nails is a sign of poor digestive system and the horizontal lines – of irregular diet.
Once the Vedic physician has completed Ayurveda diagnosis and identified which of the organs is in imbalance, treatment can be commenced to address the problem in order to restore the balance of the doshas.
* Detoxication is the first healing therapy that the patient undergoes. The toxins accumulated in the body are pulled out by a variety of techniques including nasal, cleansing, medical vomiting, medical bloodletting, and others.
In order to restore balance to the intestinal flora, Ayurveda recommends consuming “clean” foods and applying ayurvedic massage with herbal oils for deep cleansing.
The therapeutic cleansing treatment itself consists of three phases:
- Purvakarma or preparatory therapy;
- Panchakarma (basic purification), which consists of five types of purification;
- Relaxing and rejuvenating therapy;
Relaxing and rejuvenating Ayurveda therapy includes specific massages. In Ayurveda, the massage is sacred because it serves not only to relax the body and shake off the stress, but also to improve the elasticity and flexibility of the whole body.
In fact, Ayurvedic massage stimulates blood circulation and lymph circulation, has a toning action and a lifting effect. They help to fluidize compressed energies, reduce nervous tension, increase energy, and restore vital functions.
Through Ayurvedic massage one connects with the deeper part of themself, so Indian medicine calls it “soul massage”.
* The second Ayurvedic therapy focuses on the balance of the soul. For this therapy, meditation, yoga, rest, walks and quiet are recommended.
* Rasayana – This ayurvedic therapy is aimed at toning and rejuvenating the body. For this purpose, special herbs, powders, ointments, specific mineral and herbal products are used, which are suitable for both toning and rejuvenation of the face and for each dosha.
During Rasayana, Vedic doctors apply a combination of specific exercises, yoga, breathing exercises, massages and recommended the intake of the brahmi.
Brahmi is the most rejuvenating and restorative herb that has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. The beneficial properties of this aquatic plant are extreme.
Brahmi is excellent for improving memory and cognitive functions, reducing stress, depression, anxiety disorders. The herb is also useful for strengthening the immune system and improve the work of the adrenal gland.
*The last therapy aims to achieve mental and spiritual healing. It helps the patient to release the emotional and psychological stress, and the best way to do this is tantric meditation, crystal therapy and aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massages.
What distinguishes Ayurveda from any other alternative medicine is the individual approach to each person. Ayurveda provides the physician with the necessary logical and scientific means to understand the patient in their “complexity”. In Indian medicine, care and balance therapies do not apply only when there is a problem or when traditional medicine cannot cope.
Ayurveda Diagnosis is able to accurately assess the processes that take place in the body, as well as make a true estimate of what changes can be expected in the future. This way, it is easy to prevent disease, to tone the body and help the patient to better understand their specific needs and the ways they can take care of their body, soul and spirit for the future and at home.
In addition, Ayurveda is a unique philosophy for rest and relaxation. With the help of various health and beauty treatments, you can save yourself from everyday stress, restore your physical and emotional strength and, most importantly, feel real ease in your body and soul.