Ancient Indian medical systems like Ayurveda and Siddha uses the pulse reading (Naadi) as one of the important diagnostic methods. In olden days when a person meets a doctor or a physician for his ailments, he takes the hands of the patient and reads the pulse first. After reading the pulse only he go for the interrogation about the condition of the patient.
The human body is conditioned by Thrithoshas (three humours) consisting of Vatha, Pittha and Kapha (Wind, Bile and Phlegm). They rule over the human body like three monarchs. When there is any imbalance in any of these three humours due to food, habit, impact and other environmental factors, the individual is indisposed.
- Vatha or Wind is considered as the king Pulse. Vatha, resides in the fiery region. The Vatha pulse dwells in anus or the seat of excreta near rectum and intestines.
- Pittha or Bile pulse is found in the seat of water embracing the liver in the Solar Plexus. Pittha in the solar region. If Pittha pulse fails to beat in any dangerous illness, the patient will die slowly.
- Kapha or phlegm in the lunar region . The Kapha pulse is located in the semen in the cold lunar region, below the top of the head, embracing the pineal gland.
The study and practice of feeling of pulses must be learnt in the presence of the Master. Experience must be gained by examining thousands of patients and after many years.