Face-to-face consultation: pulse examination

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Our Manasa Ayurveda consultations are undertaken by UK registered healthcare professionals qualified as Ayurvedic therapists and consultants. As well as using traditional Ayurvedic methods of pulse examination we also use contemporary professional healthcare methods of pulse examination.

Why do we do this?

From the contemporary healthcare professional perspective, we check your pulse to measure your heart rate – how many times your heart beats in a minute. Our heart rate can be affected by things such as too much activity, anxiety, side effects of medication, too much tobacco, caffine or alcohol, heart disease, dehydration or an overactive thyroid gland.

From the traditional Ayurvedic perspective, pulse examination (nadi pariksha) can be used to obtain a range of additional information including:

  • Present state of the doshas (the three principle conditions)

  • Present state of the tissues in the body (dhatus)

  • Any kind of disturbance in channels of the body (srotas)

  • Present state of the different organ systems

  • The state of the ‘digestive fire’ or metabolic principle in the body (agni)

  • The state of any toxins in the body (ama)

  • Your basic body type or constitution (prakrti)

  • The current overall state of health (vikriti)

What happens?

  • The Manasa Ayurveda therapist will examine your pulse by placing three fingers on the inside of your wrist.

  • The arm where your pulse will be examined will be held resting on the arm of your therapist and your wrist join slightly bent and held comfortably (for men this will be the right arm, and for women the left arm)

  • According to Ayurveda, taking pulse is an art of meditation, both the therapist and patient need to be calm and relaxed.

  • The pulse will be examined at different levels so will be held tightly and gradually more softly

  • Once the examination is completed, the Manasa Ayurveda therapist will tell you the results and document findings on a pulse examination sheet

What do the results mean?

Most adults have a resting heart rate between 60 and 100 beats per minute. The fitter you are, the lower your heart rate will be.

According to Ayurveda, your pulse examination together with other consultation methods can give much information and results will be explained to you following the examination.