Time-Tested Ayurvedic Technique of Diagnosis – Nadi Pariksha


Nadi Pariksha also known as Nadi Chikitsa or Pulse Diagnosis is an ancient Ayurvedic technique of diagnosis through the pulse. It can accurately diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances as well as the diseases. It is a non- invasive science that enables to reach the root cause of health issues and not just address the symptoms.

Nadi Pariksha understands the vibratory frequency of the pulse at various levels on the Radial artery. Subtle vibrations are read at seven different levels vertically downward that help in ascertaining various functions in the body. The pulse, when examined, reveals both physical & mental characteristics of the patient. This is interpreted in the form of symptoms along with their prognosis, which helps in understanding the cause. Thus, Nadi Pariksha forms the basis for addressing any ailment in an individual. Additionally, it is also the scientific tool that enables an individual to secure their personalized wellness regimes that range from therapeutic massages, personalized diet, exercise programmes, rigorous detoxification and lifestyle transforming experiences.

The time tested and age-old natural way of healing, Ayurveda, has taught that any presence of disease in our system will be indicated as an imbalance in our ‘doshas’. The key to cure and keep our body in good health is to balance the doshas and bring back balance to the body system. The principles of Ayurveda follow the natural way to diagnose diseases and bring back balance to the body, and one such mode of diagnosis is ‘Nadi Pariksha’.

Nadi Pariksha was initially identified in the books of Sharangdhar Samhita in the 13th century highlighting the correlation between Nadi and Tridosha. Later, in the 16th century it was again mentioned in ‘Bhavprakash’ scripted by Shri Bhav Mishrji.

However, Nadi Pariksha gained its significance during the 17th century in Yogratnakar through 48 shlokas, detailing the science of Nadi. The scripture highlights details such as the appropriate time for Nadi Pariksha, rules for the Vaidya or Ayurvedic physician as well as the patient and also the rules to be followed before and after Nadi Pariksha.

Clinical Examination of the Pulse

This method of frequency analysis of pulse is a mathematics technique by which a complex periodic wave can be broken down into a series of sinusoidal waves having a fundamental frequency of the original wave and harmonics having frequencies that are integral multiples of the fundamental frequency. Thus, with the help of frequency analysis, a complex periodic wave like pulse can be broken down into its simpler form giving the numerical value of each.

There is in clinical medicine no physical sign more basic or important than the arterial pulse. The pulse reflects disease of the heart and arteries from which most patients succumb. For clinical examination of the pulse, the radial pulse is generally chosen, since it is easily accessible and lies against the bone (radius). Examinations of the pulse provides evidence of great value both as to the state of the circulatory system and the general condition of the subject. Whatever examination is to be made, palpation of the pulse in the first observation to make. If the subject is nervous or emotionally disturbed, or has lately hurried, the observation is repeated later when the pulse has settled.

The rate of the pulse is stated as so many beats a minute. It is counted, not when the fingers are first laid upon the pulse, but when any quickening due to nervousness of the patient has subsided and the pulse has resumed its normal rate. Counting of beats is not made less than half minute.

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