Ayurvedic examinations generally consist of three parts
- Observation (Darshan): The practitioner first evaluates general physical health by looking the patient and observing his/her movements, body contour, color of the skin and eyes, facial lines and ridges, shape of the nose, and qualities of the lips,hair, and nails.
- Touch (Sparsha): The practitioner then employs touch, which include any or a of the flowing
- Palpation, called sparshanam in Ayurved, which is pressing down on parts of the body
- Auscultation, called shrvanaa in Ayurved, which is listening for sounds made by the internal organs
- Percussion or tapping, called akotana in Ayurved.
- There is special focus on the patient’s pulse, tongue, nails, and speech.
- Laboratory testing may also be required in some cases.
- Questions (Prashna): The practitioner asks the patient about complaints and symptoms, as well the duration of discomfort and disease progression. The practitioner also inquires about mental and psychological conditions.
Duration: Appx 1 hour
- Dosha Evaluation
- Vata – A person with the predominant Vata tends to be thin, light, and quick in thoughts and actions. If Vata is balanced, one is creative, enthusiastic, and lively. But if Vata becomes excessive, one may develop anxiety, insomnia, or irregular digestion.
- Pitta – A person with the predominant Pitta tends to be of a lively nature, muscular, smart,and determined. If Pitta is balanced, one is warm, intelligent, and a good leader. But if Pitta goes out of balance, it can make a person critical, irritable and aggressive.
- Kapha – A person with a predominant Kapha tends to be of a heavier build and thinks and moves more leisurely. If Kapha is balanced, it creates calmness, sweetness, and loyalty. But if Kapha is in excess, it can cause weight gain, congestion, and resistance to healthy change.
- Pulse analysis and diagnosis refers to an assessment of the pulse in terms of its amplitude,rhythm, volume, temperature, movement and strength. This analysis provides information on one’s heart, endocrine system and cell function
- Tongue analysis and diagnosis refers to the analysis of the tongue in terms of its shape, surface texture, thickness, color and coating. This analysis provides information on one’s pancreas, gall bladder, and digestive tract, and reveals if there be any parasitic or bacterial infestation.
- Patient History: During and following the Ayurvedic assessment, the practitioner gathers information on the following
- Family medical history
- Current lifestyle and daily routines
- Current diet and eating habits
- Menstrual cycles and pregnancies (if female)
- Past experiences to assist in understanding one’s lifestyle, natural likes and dislikes, temperament, and one’s tendency for recurrent sickness.
- Follow Up Consultations : Depending on the patient’s particular health concerns, the practitioner may advise a follow up consultation 2 – 4 weeks after the initial consultation. This is to review one’s progress and to advise on the further course of treatment.