Ayurveda's Advanced Pulse Reading
Updated: Jan 3, 2020
I was invited as a featured speaker at the Health Technology Forum meetup on Women's Day, focusing on this theme:
The event will primarily highlight organizations run by women who are improving access to affordable healthcare, through the development and adoption of innovative technologies, to transform healthcare and improve people’s lives.
I introduced the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) in Ayurveda and then shared about Ayurveda's advanced pulse reading technology. In conventional medicine, doctors learn only to read a single pulse. Ayurvedic doctors, on the other hand, learn to read three pulses.
Using three fingers, the Ayurvedic doctor examines the Pitta, Vata and Kapha pulse. This enables the doctor to confirm the specific imbalance at play. The Physics of pulse reading has to do with the position of the three fingers and the different lengths, allowing the fingers to pick up different frequencies of the three pulses based on resonance. Ayurvedic doctors have to train their mind to understand the differences, and it takes years of training.
Perhaps, given the preponderance of wearables that are out there, a device can be put together to capture all three pulses and allow analysis of the data for patterns. We might get to a point one day of harnessing our wearables to identify the imbalance of the body and provide actionable information.
I also talked about the importance that Ayurveda places on circadian rhythms referred to as Dinacharya (or recommended daily routine). The essence of the Ayurvedic guideline is to live in harmony with the circadian rhythms in order to have an effective and strong metabolism. This is a rich area for innovation in apps that help people track their Dinacharya and take corrective action when necessary.