Ayurvedic Pulse Analysis

Pulse Analysis is an ancient Ayurvedic art and science of detecting the existing status of a one’s body, mind and soul and spirit. It is considered as one of the key diagnostic tools in Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a practical, clinical medical science. There are different methodologies used to assess one’s overall health. One of the methodologies known as “Ashtavidha Pareeksha” also called as Eight-fold examination involves eight clinical examinations: Pulse, Urine, Feces, Eyes, Tongue, Speech, Skin and form. The most important and subtle art is Pulse analysis. It has been used for ages in Ayurvedic Practices. For thousands of years, Vedic literature has used “Nadi” which means river of life as a common word for pulse and it is most popular term for pulse.

The art or science of pulse reading is called Nadi Vijnanam (Knowledge of Pulse). The radial pulse, which is the pulse of the radial artery in the forearm, is usually chosen as the site to read the pulse as it is convenient and readily available. The pulsation of the radial artery corresponds to the heartbeat. Heart means not only just the physical heart but also a center in our innermost being from which we perceive. Through the use of pulse analysis, the Ayurvedic Practitioner can determine physical constitution and health of a person.
Ayurveda has determined that there are three types of pulse. The Vata pulse is felt under the index finger as fast, feeble and irregular rhythm (like a snake), Pitta pulse is felt under the middle finger as strong, prominent, forceful and regular rhythm (like a frog) and Kapha pulse is felt under the ring finger as deep, slow, broad, cool and regular rhythm (like a Swan).

Early morning is the best time to read a person’s pulse and pulse should not be taken after a meal, after exercise, after shower, after any physical activity.
A person be calm, relaxed and peaceful when reading his pulse.

Deep Pulse Analysis includes: –

  • Knowing your Prakruti (Metabolic Body Type)
  • Knowing your Vikruti (Imbalances)
  • Knowing your doshas and sub-doshas
  • Knowing the health of your Organs
  • Knowing your emotional and mental constitution

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Ayurveda places great emphasis in maintaining the health by correcting diet, lifestyle, right thinking and using natural herbs . Every person is considered unique and is born with certain physical, emotional and mental characteristics that decides one’s constitution.