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  • Writer's picture Geetanjali Chakraborty

Mastering Ayurveda: The Proficiency of Pulse Analysis

I was honored to have been invited as a featured speaker at the Health Technology Forum meetup on Women's Day, where the focus was on highlighting organizations led by women. These remarkable leaders were dedicated to improving access to affordable healthcare through the development and adoption of innovative technologies, aiming to transform healthcare and enhance people's lives.

Pulse Reading and the Three Doshas

During my presentation, I introduced the foundational concept of Ayurveda, the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), and delved into Ayurveda's advanced pulse reading technology. Unlike in conventional medicine where doctors typically learn to read only a single pulse, Ayurvedic practitioners are trained to interpret three pulses.

Using three fingers, an Ayurvedic doctor carefully examines the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha pulses, allowing them to pinpoint the specific imbalance present. This technique involves a deep understanding of the physics of pulse reading, including the positioning of the fingers and the varying lengths involved. Each pulse resonates at a different frequency, which the trained fingers can detect.

Mastering this skill requires years of dedicated training, as Ayurvedic doctors must train their minds to discern the subtle differences between the pulses. This intricate process highlights the depth and complexity of Ayurvedic medicine, offering a holistic approach to healthcare.

Wearable Technology and Circadian Rhythms

During the discussion, I explored the potential for integrating wearable devices to capture all three pulses, allowing for comprehensive data analysis to identify patterns. This innovation could lead us to a future where wearables enable the identification of bodily imbalances and offer actionable insights.

Furthermore, I emphasized Ayurveda's emphasis on circadian rhythms, known as Dinacharya, which outlines recommended daily routines. Living in sync with these rhythms is essential for maintaining a robust metabolism according to Ayurvedic principles.

This presents a fertile ground for app development, as there is a significant opportunity to create tools that assist individuals in tracking their Dinacharya and taking proactive steps to restore balance when needed. Such innovations have the potential to enhance overall well-being and promote holistic health practices in the modern world.

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