Secrets of the Pulse: The Ancient Art of Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis – Vasant Dattatray Lad

Thousands of years ago Ayurveda described multiple levels of the radial pulse that could be used to interpret the status of the organs and systems of the body as well as the mental and physical constititions of the individual. For the first time in the west this book presents this ancient are and provides a method by which anyone can learn to read his or her own pulse. Imbalances and potential disease states can be detected in their early stages, giving one the opportunity to correct them before they affect the quality of life. With practice and guidance, one can acquire the proficiency to use this knowledge to heal self and others.

This book will give guidelines to think about various ways of feeling, reading and gathering information through the pulse. It is quite difficult to put subjective experience into words. It is an attempt to express these simple ways of feeling the pulse.

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Table of contents :
Contents
Illustrations
Editor’s Notes
Preface
Acknowledments
CHAPTER 1 – Nadi Vijnanam
The Art of Reading Pulse
Sankhya – The Flow of Consciousness and the Pulse
Celestial Elements int he Breath
Nadi Prediction
General Characteristics of Vata
Gati (Movement)
Vega (Rate)
Tala (Rhythm)
Bala (Force)
Akruti (Volume and Tension)
Tapamana (Temperature)
Kathinya (Consistency of the Vessel Wall)
CHAPTER 2 : Prakruti and Vikruti
Balance and Imbalance
The Seven Levels of the Puls
CHAPTER 3 : Organ Pulses
Levels Seven and On Kala
Kala
Seasonal Time
The Biological Clock and the Pulse. A Symbolic Representation
A Symbolic Representation
Organ Pulses
Colon
Lungs
Gallbladder
Liver
Pericardium
Circulation
Small Intestine
Heart
Stomach
Spleen
Bladder
Kidney
CHAPTER 4 : Subtypes of Doshas Through the Pulse
Level Three
Samprapti – The Process of Disease
Subtypes of Doshas Through the Pulse
Vata
Pitta
Kapha
CHAPTER 5 : Dhatus Through the Pulse
The Examination of Biological Tissues. Level five
Disorders of the Dhatus
Rasa
Rakta
Mamsa
Meda
Asthi
Majja
Shukra and Artava
Other Aspects of the Fifth Level Pulse
Pregnancy
Gandakala in the Fifth Level Pulse
CHAPTER 6 : Ojas, Tejas, Prana
The Subtle Refined Essences of the Tissues. Level Four
Treatment of Depleted Ojas
CHAPTER 7 : Manas Prakruti and Vikruti
The Mental Constitution and the Present Flow of Consciousness
Levels Six and Two
Planetary Principles in the Nadi
Chakras in the Nadi
The Present Flow of Consciousness
CHAPTER 8 : The Effects of Gemstorxes and Crystals on the Pulse
Ruby (padmanabha mani or manika)
Pearl (moti)
Gomed (tapomani)
Yellow Sapphire (pushkaraja
Red Coral (pravala
Diamond (vajra)
Blue Sapphire (nalam)
Lapis Lazuli (indranila)
Emerald (panna)
Cats Eye (vaiduryat, lasnya)
Suryakanta
Quartz Crystals (sphatika)
Onyx (tribhuja
Bloodstone (lohita
Jade (nephrite, yashava, haritamani, bhisama pashan)
Amethyst (nila sphatika)
Opal (sagararaja, varuna)
Alexandria (hemaratna, harshal)
Aquamarine (harita nila mani)
CHAPTER 9 : Other A spects of the Pulse
Pulse Conditions in Various Diseases
The Pulse in Prognosis
Other Pulses
Glossary
Bibliography and Selected Readings
Index

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