Eightfold Examination of Ayurvedic Treatment
Ayurvedic treatment is based on two basic principles. The first is called "Samanya" which means "like increases like". The second principle of the system is called "Vishesha" which means "opposites balance and so cure each other". Ayurveda has eight types
Ayurveda which means wisdom of life is an ancient medical system of the Eastern world. Many of its theories and treatments are still under study. This system is gaining more and more popularity in the Western world today. The people of the western world are frustrated with the conventional treatments and the side effects of their medicines. Ayurveda has its own way of treating. Ayurvedic treatment is based on two basic principles. The first is called "Samanya" which means "like increases like". This can be interpreted as "like attracts like". The second principle of the system is called "Vishesha" which means "opposites balance and so cure each other". Eightfold examination of Ayurveda Every medicinal system has its own way of diagnosis and treatment. Ayurveda has eight types of examination. This eightfold system is almost the same as the modern clinical examinations. 1) Pulse diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha): This is something similar to that of the modern doctors do by using their stethoscope. But Ayurvedic pulse reading is quite different from the western systems. Ayurvedic pulse reading is more effective. The Ayurvedic physician can analyze the condition of the whole body by this pulse reading. Pulse reading can reveal which of the three humors are irregular and vitiated. 2) Tongue examination (Jihva pariksha): The color, size, coating and moisture of the tongue can reveal the condition of ailments and the imbalance in the humors. For example, if the tongue is pale with most white coating, it indicates the vitiation of Kapha dosha. 3) Eye diagnosis (Drika pariksha): Dryness and twitches of the eyes can show the condition of the body. If Pitta is high the eyes will be red and irritating. 4) Touch examination (Sparsha pariksha): This examination includes detecting the temperature of the body and the palpitation in the abdomen. 5) Voice test (Shabda pariksha): Sharpness, clarity, and preciseness of the voice can reveal the nature of humor imbalance. 6) Total appearance (Akriti pariksha): The General appearance of a person can tell specific information about his/her illness of the body and mind. 7) Urine test (Mutra pariksha): Ayurveda uses certain oils to test the urine of a person. The oil drops on the surface of the collected urine tells about the quality of the doshas and the prognosis of the disease. 8) Stool test (Purisha pariksha): Stool samples are examined to find out the condition of an ailment. Data collected from the appearance, color, odor, and its reaction in water are studied. Ayurveda is a holistic treatment. It finds out the root cause of a disease though all these examinations. This eightfold examination of Ayurveda has been very effective in diagnosis and treatment.