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In Ayurveda the state of the tongue is an important factor in an Ayurvedic practitioners treatment plan. The fundamental theory in Ayurveda practice arise from the concept of Tridosha that embrace the process of creation and evolution of the Universe and the laws of life. The functioning of the body is considered to be the complementary work of body, mind and soul and sensory organs working in unison. In Ayurveda good health is defined as a well functioning balanced state of health and a happy state of being.
Disease is also considered four fold:
An Ayurvedic doctor will make a diagnosis on his observations on what he uncovers through taking the pulse, observing the tongue, eyes, nails, hair, asking questions related to his or her health and his observation of the persons physical form diet and practices. Usually massage will be recommended along with herbs in tincture or syrup form will be recommended.
Ayurveda considers humans beings in their totality and in their relationship with the universe and views a disease or illness occurring due to imbalances in the equilibrium of the three doshas. When these doshas are returned to a balanced state, disease is eliminated. Therefore its main aim is not only to cure the disease but also to enhance the bodies vitality in order to fight the disease and to strengthen the immune system, so that the disease can be eliminated.
Ayurveda also gives consideration to how we conduct our daily lives eg: whether we get enough or the right kind of sleep, our daily routine and exercise and diet. Therefore it can safely be said that Ayurveda epitomizes the philosophy of complete and total healthcare and it is not merely a medical science but is in fact a “way of life”.
Methods used for diagnosing in Ayurveda
Pulse examination is carried out through the pressing on the radial arteries, usually in the morning when the patient stomach is empty. The diagnosis also involves the following examinations:
• Examination of skin and ear including tactile and auditory functions
• General physical examination
• Pulse examination
• Urine examination
• Stools examination
• Examination of tongue and eyes