Diagnostic Techniques- In Ayurveda
Posted on December 10, 2021

Ayurveda has come a long way in terms of its global acceptance. Today it is revered for its holistic approach towards innate illnesses found in the human body. The diagnostic methods in Ayurveda are passed down from ancient times and still are useful for modern ailments. In fact, these diagnostic techniques in Ayurveda can hold their ground against our medical equipment. Many people approach renowned practitioners for the ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment when they are diagnosed with severe ailments that require intrusive and expensive surgeries. In some cases, it would be too late for a permanent cure. So it is advisable to consult your Ayurveda practitioner in time for an effective solution. 

Why Ayurvedic Consultation is Important?

Ayurvedic consultation is a crucial part of your therapy since it allows you to gain an understanding of your physical, mental, and emotional health and sickness. Ayurvedic consultations are distinct from other types of consultations in that they examine your lifestyle, sickness, vital energy (prana), metabolism, and the level of harmful residues in your body. Individual consultation is helpful since Ayurveda is extremely holistic, and it allows us to personalize lifestyle recommendations such as nutrition, exercise, meditation, and daily routines for you that will complement Ayurvedic medications and therapies as needed. Having an Ayurvedic consultation before having any Ayurvedic treatment will assist you in determining the most appropriate treatment for you as well as the oil/herbs for the treatment based on the season, allowing you to reap the most advantages from your treatment.

Diagnostic Techniques in Ayurveda

According to Madhava, the 5 main types of diagnostic methods in Ayurveda, involve an examination of Ashtavidha Pareeksha (physical examination), Purvarupa (prodromal symptoms), Rupa (manifested symptoms), the conduct of Upasaya (therapeutic tests), and Samprapti (pathogenesis).

Ashtavidha Pareeksha (physical examination) is a unique stage in which a complete evaluation takes place. It is information that is abundantly furnished with recommendations that, if strictly and consistently followed, would avoid the misery of illnesses. The physician examines the patient's Drik (eyes), Nadi (pulse), Sabda (voice), Kruti (appearance), Sparsa (touch), A Mutra (urine), and Mala (feces). It does not need clinical or expensive research.

Purvarupa (prodromal symptoms) is a term used to describe the early symptoms of a disease that eventually lead to the full-fledged symptoms of the sickness manifesting in patients. Purva rupa are early warning signals of sickness. These symptoms emerge before the commencement of any sickness and serve as warning indicators that the disease is about to develop. Each illness has its own set of early warning symptoms. Purvarupas should be investigated if there is any doubt regarding a specific diagnosis owing to similar symptoms or causal variables. For example, in the case of epilepsy, the Purvarupas include heightened scents or tastes, blurred eyesight, and pulsating agony throughout the body.

Rupa (manifested symptoms) is the collection of issues and diseases that the patient brings to the Vaidyan's attention, who then employs touch and percussion to assess the individual's health. Rupa, or illness symptoms, signify the start of the manifestation phase. When rupa emerges, the condition gets more severe, with evident and well-defined symptoms. The rupa is a more advanced variation of the warning signals (Purva rupa). The severity and quantity of symptoms present inform the doctor about the physical consequences, the potential of cure, and the amount of time recovery may take.

Samprapti (pathogenesis) tracks the development of symptoms in the patient all the way back to the Nidana stage, i.e., the patient's personal and family medical history In this case, the patient's metabolism, age, and general physical and mental health all play important roles in the diagnosis. Samyak means "property," and Prapti means "to get." Samprapti aims to learn everything she can about the disease's progression. This gives a comprehensive understanding of the disease's course, beginning with the origin, doshas involved, and the site where exacerbated doshas collect (Dooshya). This category includes all body changes that occur between the time of exposure to the causal factor and the development of disease and its expression.

Upasaya (therapeutic tests) are the natural medicines and lifestyle changes that work against the illness and its spread. Certain illnesses have similar etiology, early indicators, and symptoms. Fever, for example, can be a sign of typhoid, malaria, or pneumonia. Upashaya helps in exact diagnosis in ancient times when current scientific testing procedures did not exist. This includes researching and removing certain ailments through diet, natural treatments, or physical therapy that can aid in making an accurate diagnosis. In the instance of a fever, the doctor may try prescription quinine to see whether the symptoms improve. If this lessens the intensity of the patient's symptoms, it indicates that the patient has malaria. If quinine has no effect, malaria can be ruled out as a probable illness. Similarly, dietary adjustments may be suggested by a doctor to corroborate a suspected diagnosis.

Unlike allopathy, patients feel more comfortable approaching an Ayurvedic Doctor. If you feel like you need a consultation for that strange-looking mole or the constant exhaustion or anything that seems out of place, contact the Best ayurvedic doctor in Dubai at Dr. Jasna’s Ayurveda Clinic in Al Mamzar.