The first Ayurvedic classic to describe pulse examination is Saarangadhara Samhita (13th century A.D.). Ayurvedic physician touches your wrist to sense pulse to probe deep into general state of health, illness and even bad prognosis. The wrist pulse on the right hand is for the men and on the left hand for the women.
During pulse examination, Ayurvedic doctors look for various factors, they are:
- Gati (Movement)
- Vega (Rate)
- Tala (Rhythm)
- Bala (Force)
- Akruti (Volume and Tension)
- Tapamana (Temperature)
- Kathinya (Consistency of the Vessel Wall)
Investigation reveals the prakrti and vikrti of the patient.