Updated: Sep 19, 2020
Most of the people interested in Ayurveda, not aware of what to expect from Ayurvedic Assessment. Today I'll explain what's behind these two words. I'm sure it'll be easier to decide if it fits your expectations or not.
Ayurvedic Assessment based on three main pillars:
Darshana or observation;
Sparshana - touch;
Prashna - questions;
Observation (Darshana) starts when you just come to the office. Even before you will sit on the chair and explain the reason for your visit. Ayurvedic Practitioner observe your body frame, the color of your face and hair, your voice, movements, etc. Your body's telling a story of your individual Doshic constitution as well as an imbalance of the mind/body system. If you're moving fast, have a small body frame, lean muscles, long thin fingers, your voice is low or hoarse and speech is quick you're probably a Vata constitution. If you're very motivated, have an athletic body frame, flushed cheeks, argumentative speech, the sharp voice you're probably a Pitta constitution. If you're moving slow and steady, do not like talking too much, your body frame is stocky, well-developed physique, have large hands, smooth thick lips, a pleasant deep voice you're probably Kapha constitution. Or your constitution could be a mix of two or even three Doshas.
Observation of voice, nails, hair, eyes, built are a necessary part of Darshana. One of the major tools of observation is tongue evaluation. It can tell a lot about body imbalance, especially disorders of internal organs.
On the other hand, some condition-specific observations are important. If there is obesity or swelling, where it is more located? What color of the skin or acne? Irritability, anxiety, depression can be determined in a manner how are you move and talk. Peculiar conditions like restricted movements, shaking hands can tell a lot about the nature of your disorder. Your Ayurvedic Practitioner will observe every single detail from start to the end of the consultation.
The next pillar of Ayurvedic assessment is Touch (Sparshana). There's some general and precise information that can be received through the touch. It starts from the shaking of the hand. Very simple but informative manipulation :). Small tender, rough, fissured, unsteady hand has a Vata predominant constitution. Medium, warm, strong hand mostly Pitta constitution. Large, thick, cool, oily hand has a Kapha predominant individual. Easy, it's it?
Pulse diagnosis coming in this part of the assessment. This tool can make clarity about imbalance, digestion, deep-seated toxins, etc.
When you settled on the more convenient and described your main concern the Prashna (questions) starts. You'll be wondered how many questions an Ayurvedic Practitioner will ask you. Questions will range from your lifestyle and diet pattern to specific disease conditions, from your stress level to ‘What makes you happier and what is more disturbing for you?’ The last one is my favorite actually :). In some cases, we would like to come back to your childhood or to previous health history. Why Ayurvedic Practitioner need this? Everything is important. Lifestyle, diet, sleep, stress level, bowel movement, urine, quarrel with mother or ex-husband, relationship with kids or at work, everything. Why?
After you have finished your story, a few questions can be enough to determine your constitution as well as an imbalance. We already have a conclusion about the constitution and imbalance from Darshana (observation) and Prashna (Touch). All we need are some specific questions for confirmation or elaboration. Most of the questions will help to determine the disease process, stage of the disease (according to Ayurveda), and reason (Nidana) for it. Only if we know the reason we can avoid it. When we have a full picture it comes understanding where we are. Therefore try do not to hide and be honest.
Vedic wisdom says that we should be very mindful when choosing three important people in our life: Priest, Physician, Astrologer. All of them can inspire and show the right path or send you into Abyss. Yep, it's not very easy to find. But there's nothing wrong if you go to one then switch to another, stop only when you found a trusted Ayurvedic Practitioner. It's a major point.
By the end of the Assessment, an Ayurvedic Practitioner will have a conclusion based on these three pillars. According to the conclusion, you'll get a specific diet, lifestyle, daily routines recommendations, suggestions about Ayurvedic herbs, or formulations to improve your health condition. Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, or Meditation can be advised in some cases or if desired.
All of these three pillars are important for the conclusion. That's why in my practice I avoid online consultations if there are other options. I don't say it can be done online just prefer to minimize.
I hope you much clear now what to expect from Ayurvedic Assessment. If you have any questions please put it on the comments I'll be happy to answer.