Identifying Diseases

Identifying Diseases involves various Steps taken in a scientific manner such as:

  1. Seven things to be confirmed by a physician, for Diagnosis of a disease:
  • Strength of cause: How severe is the cause,
  • Dosha: Prominence of ‘Vata’, Pitta’, and ‘Kapha’,
  • Dushyas: The state of wastes in the body (Urine, Stool, Sweat),
  • Constitution: The status of Dhatus (Blood, Plasma, Fat, Marrow…),
  • Place: The place a person lives (Different places affect the Doshic Balance differently, like a very dry and breezy place, people may be found to have high ‘Vata’,
  • Time: Which time of the day the symptoms are most prominent, like ‘Kapha’ is prominent during morning hours,
  • Symptoms: What a patient is complaining of…
  1. Ashtasthana Parikhsa (Examination of the Eight Seats):
  • Akriti Parikhsa or examination of general appearance: A thin (Vata), agile (Pitta) or Obese (Kapha) body,
  • Shabda or voice examination: Vata vitiation would render hoarse & rough voice, Pitta vitiation would render the voice to crack or stammer and Kapha vitiation would render the voice heavy,
  • Netra or eyes examination: Such as dry eyes signify Vata vitiation; Red or Yellow eye Photophobia signify Pitta Vitiation and watery eyes with discharge signify Kapha vitiation,
  • Sparsha or skin examination: Aggravation of Doshas in their natural seats including GI Tract render an unhealthy skin. Rough & Dry skin signifies Vata vitiation, Yellowish-Hot skin signifies Pitta vitiation & a cold-wet skin with plenty of hair signify Kapha vitiation,
  • Mutra or urine examination: Colour, viscosity of urine etc. are considered here,
  • Purisha or stool examination: Hard & dry stool signifies Vata vitiation; Thin & yellow stool signifies Pitta vitiation and The one which is mucous with/without discharge would signify Kapha vitiation,
  • Nadi or pulse examination: An expert science out of reach of most in modern times,
  • Jivha or tongue examination: Dry, rough & cracked tongue would signify Vata vitiation [Cracked tongue also signifies pain in the body]; a red tongue would signify Pitta vitiation and a white coated tongue signifies Kapha vitiation/AMA build up in the body. Finally, a pink-Clean Tongue indicates a Healthy Body. 
  1. Knowing The Nature of a Disease:
  • Nidana (Etiology-Etymology, Study of Cause-Origin of Disease): Diseases are caused by Derangement (Vitiation or Diminution) of Doshas. The Disease happens due Excessive, Insufficient or Improper use of:
  • The Senses: Unwholesome contact of senses with objects.
  • Actions: Relates to body, speech and mind, and includes Conduct, Urge, Posture, Concern, Emotions, Thoughts, Decisions…
  • Seasonal Factors: Covered in Detail elsewhere…
  • Purvarupa: Un-manifested symptoms, which are predominant, before the onset of disease, and will eventually progress onto a disease,
  • Rupa (Signs and Symptoms): Visible signs/symptoms of disease,
  • Upasaya (Therapeutic Suitability): Suitable use of drugs, diet and behaviours (such as to see if they would Pacify or Aggravate a condition),
  • Samaprapti (Pathogenesis, or, The Progression of a Disease): Few further subdivision are:
  • Samkhya (Number): There are 8 types of Fevers, 5 types of Gulma (cysts, tumours etc.), 7 Leprosies… The Physician tries to ascertain here which type of a fever a person is afflicted from…
  • Vikalpa: The strength/weakness of various Doshas,
  • Balakala: Aggravation (of disease) is related to predominance of place, season, day/night, method of food intake (You take food standing/walking regularly, no power on this Earth can save you from getting sick; or if you have this suicidal habit of taking litres of water with / right after your food, no power can save you from acidosis, uric acid, gastritis etc.!)
  • Site of Origin: The Site of Origin could either be AMASAYA (Stomach), or PAKWASAYA (Colon).

The above information is not a Medico-Legal advice. The information above is not intended to diagnose-treat-cure… any disease and you may use the above information at any/which way at your own risk and with own responsibility. 

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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.