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Diagnostic Approach To The Patient In Maharishi Ayurveda

Ailish O'Driscoll
University of London

The main principle underpinning Maharishi Ayurveda is that consciousness is the cause of the physical body. Three mind-body types/constitutional types referred to as Doshas, whose origin lies in consciousness, are the fundamental factors governing the physiology. In the Maharishi Ayurveda diagnostic approach to the patient, primary attention is given to diagnosing the state of balance and imbalance of the Doshas. There are two aspects to the diagnosis focusing on diagnosis of the patient (Rogi Pariksha) and diagnosis of the disease (Roga Pariksha). The relationship between the patient constitutional type and the nature of the imbalance will determine the course of treatment. In order to determine this information, Maharishi Ayurveda employs of a three-fold approach to diagnosis. These are inspection (darshanam), palpation (sparshanam) and history (prashnam). This presentation aims to set out how the assessment of both the patient and the disease is carried out and further explain how this information can influence the type and intensity of therapy. Each area of the three fold approach to diagnosis will be examined. Focus in particular will be given to pulse diagnosis, a key component of the MA diagnostic approach.



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