Diagnosis in Ayurveda
In Ayuveda diagnosis is always done of the patient as a whole. A careful note of the patient’s internal physiological characteristics and mental disposition is taken and other factors as the affected bodily tissues, humours, the site at which the disease is located, patient’s resistance and vitality, his daily routine, dietary habits, the gravity of clinical conditions, condition of digestion and details of personal, social, economic and environmental situation of the patient are studied. The diagnosis also involves the following examinations:
· General physical examination
· Pulse examination
· Urine examination
· Examination of the faeces
· Examination of tongue and eyes
· Examination of skin and ear.
The same disease might appear in different forms in two persons because their constitution is different. Due to this variation, the medicines and treatment may differ for two people with the same illness. This difference in treatment methods according to the constitution brings back the natural balance of the biological humors. The constitutional approach is the essence of the Ayurvedic system. Understanding one's constitution helps one to lead a life style that is most befitting his constitution, thus optimizing his health and creative potential.
Ayurvedic treatments can be classified under two groups- tonification and reduction. Reduction therapies decrease excesses in the body while tonification methods nurture insufficiency in the body. Reduction therapy has two parts called pacification and purification. Pacification is done with herbs, fasting, exercise, sunbathing and exposure to wind. Purification is a special form of therapy for elimination of the disease causing humors. The power of Ayurvedic elimination therapy is its system for guiding the toxins to their sites for elimination. A vast variety of plants, metals, minerals, animals, birds and even mud and sand are used as medicines. Back to Treatment in Ayurveda