Ancient Non – invasive health monitoring system – Ashtavidha Pariksha

Ayurveda is science of life, and it focuses on the complete physical, mental, social and spiritual health of an individual. The principles of Ayurveda are based upon Tridosha- Saptadhatu- Agni and its role in maintaining health harmony. Impairment of single or multiple elements often leads to health hazards.

For diagnosing impairment within the body or for assessing underlying changing pathophysiology, Ayurveda had mentioned a very unique, Non-invasive eightfold examination system called Ashtavidha Pariksha. Acharya Charak mentioned this unique, non-invasive diagnostic tool approximately 5000 years ago in Charak Samhita. By conducting this examination with a patient thoroughly, one can conclude impaired Dosha and its probable effects on systems of the body or can diagnose particular disease.
A very unique feature of this diagnostic tool is that it can diagnose early stage of diseases, prognosis, pre-clinical stage, probable side effects on other systems and also helps in diagnosis of root causes for particular disease.

Eightfold diagnostic tools -

1. Nadi Pariksha - (Pulse diagnostics)

According to Ayurveda, pulse is the representation of underlying Tridoshik entities of the body. It is examined with respect to its rate, volume, tension and type of pulsation. Predominant Dosha within the body can be assessed by feeling pulse at different points.
Various velocities of Nadi are also mentioned in texts like Hansa gati, Sarpa gati, Manduka gati etc.
This tool of pulse examination is very unique, pinpoint can be used for further management.


2. Mutra Pariksha - (Examination of Urine)

Particular questions and some tests are illustrated to be carried out for urine examination. Quantity, frequency and appearance like color, froth in urine etc. are main parameters used for assessment of underlying pathologies.

3. Mala Pariksha - (Stool Examination)

It is similarly conducted like a urine examination. Color of the stool, frequency, smell and consistency are some parameters used for diagnosing underlying vitiation of Doshas.

4. Jihwa Pariksha- (Tongue Examination)

Color of the tongue, coating on the tongue and appearance should be assessed for further diagnosis.

5. Shabda Pariksha - (Voice Examination)

Quality of voice, strength should be assessed for further diagnosis

6. Sparsha Pariksha - (Skin Examination)

Skin color, changes in skin color, texture, temperature and any discoloration should be examined for accurate diagnosis.

7. Drik Pariksha - (Eye Examination)

Complaints related eyes should be noted for knowing underlying pathophysiology.

8. Akrti Pariksha - (General appearance Examination)

General build, body physics, changes if any should be noted for conclusion of diagnosis.
By conducting an eightfold detailed examination, it is very easy to diagnose accurately. This ancient Ayurvedic medical diagnostic tool is the actual boon for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

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Welcome monsoon: Ayurveda way

Lush green surroundings, running waterfalls, showers of rain and a long drive. This is a picture-perfect monsoon. After an exhausting summer, the monsoon (varsha rutu) always brings energy and happiness everywhere. Hot tasty pakodas, samosa accompanied by tea are truly monsoon companions. But many times, these taste bud stimulator foods are troublesome to our health typically in the Monsoon. Take a pause and analyse your health with the concept of Rutucharya

Everyone knows that monsoon is the season of extended bouts of illnesses including seasonal cold, allergies, diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, etc. Couple of weeks back, newspapers reported that monsoon related diseases and pandemic together may put strain on the healthcare system. Children may suffer more in the upcoming wave. We all are finding natural and simple ways to take extra care of health to avoid all said complications. The apt answer for all this situation is to follow Rutucharya: rules and regimens for diet and lifestyle to acclimatize seasonal enforcement.

Why monitor your Agni (Metabolic Quotient)?
In Ayurveda, the term Agni is used in the sense of digestion of food and metabolic products. Turyaa Wellness compute and monitors the metabolic quotient of health through the principles of nadi parikshan. Usually, Agni decreases to its minimal level during monsoon due to increase in cold, wind and cloudy weather. Furthermore, the accumulated Vata dosha from the summer season also starts provoking during the monsoon. This impaired metabolism along with provoked vata cause above mentioned diseases, recurrences and complications.

Monsoon care for seniors:

Senior citizens often complain about bloating, constipation, flatulence and indigestion. It is observed that problems worsen during Monsoon due to decreased metabolic quotients. Further, irregular food intake and fluctuating meal timings make them uncomfortable. This also leads to aggravation of joints and bone disorders too. General fatigue, body ache, and headache are their common monsoon complaints.
To accelerate metabolism and balance the Agni, Turyaa Wellness recommends:

  • Food Care
  • Warm water and clear soups
  • Vegetable soups (green moong soup)
  • Mixing 2 tsp castor oil in the flour while making chapati
  • Restriction of nonveg, bakery products
  • Appetizer before food prepared from ginger juice, Lemon juice and rock salt or jaggery and ginger
  • Eating 2/3rd to stomach capacity during every meal
  • Extra Care
  • Massage with sesame oil and steam with castor or nirgudi leaves
  • Light exercises

Monsoon care for kids:

Most impacted and vulnerable group in the monsoon is kids. Cough and cold related problems are observed recurrently in children during monsoon. Asthma, skin allergies, itching etc. get aggravated during Monsoon. Cold food items, irregular meals, bakery food, excess milk and dairy products are typically seen to aggravate above problems in children, as they are heavy to digest.
To boost growth and development and disease-free monsoon, Turyaa Wellness recommends:

  • Food Care:
  • Do not force your child every time for food, as the kid’s appetite is usually irregular in monsoon.
  • Restrict dairy, nonveg, bakery products in kids.
  • Include appetising vegetable soups, moong dal kadhan, non veg broths, steamed finger foods as part of their evening snack options
  • Adding khichdi or rice based options at dinner time work as easily digestible and nourishing.
  • To add milk in their diet, go for cow milk + pinch of sunth powder, pinch of roasted Ajwain + lemon juice + rack salt for proper digestion
  • Drink boiled and cooled down water


  • Extra care:
  • Abhyang with warm oil typically to chest region and steaming
  • Warm, dry clothes, fumigation,
  • Deworming is seen as very effective.

Monsoon care for mid-age:

People prone to acidity, sour burps, skin rash, migraine etc. are also seen frustrated during monsoon due to on-and-off complaints. Excess use of pickles, curd, buttermilk, tamarind, excess use of pulses especially tur dal and horse gram etc., fried food, irregular meal and sleeping time and stress are the reasons behind acidity related problems.
To care and correct your accumulated pitta, Turyaa Wellness recommends:

  • Food care:
  • Include healthy light foods, adhering to regular meal timings
  • Consume food 3/4th to your stomach capacity.
  • Adding preferably old grains, slightly roasted before use.
  • Restrict use of pulses and legume (preferably moong and masoor).
  • Compliment all your meals with cow ghee 2-4 tsp daily.
  • Soups ( veg, Non- Veg), kanji, semisolid diet, and warm beverages to include.
  • Restrict dairy, raw, unprocessed, bakery products, nonveg, spicy, fried food items at dinner time.


  • Extra care:
  • Monitor the triad of your appetite, digestion related problems and bowel cleaning.
  • Keep the surrounding dry and clean.
  • Use fumigation methods with karpur, vekhand (calamus), neem leaves, loban in offices and home to avoid vector borne and moisture related complaints.

Monsoon is such a beautiful season. By adapting the above Rutucharya, you may now create your own Monsoon song, enjoying a steaming plate of hot pakodas, grilling corn and sipping a hot cup of chai, sitting near rushing lake or waterfalls under the falling raindrops, it will not harm your inner health but will be caring for you and your loved ones together.
Have a happy and safe Monsoon.

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

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