VedaPulse: Precise Ayurvedic Pulse Analysis
VedaPulse is based on the fact that a pulse can show the state of liver, colon and other organs.
This was well known by the ancient doctors.
VedaPulse is a modern tool that now allows us to read the pulse with even greater precision.
Let’s look at what traditional and digital pulse diagnosis are actually reading.
What do they have in common and what is different?
Traditional Ayurvedic Pulse Analysis
In traditional Oriental analysis a pulse wave is investigated in 6 points on wrists – three on the left, and three on the right. A pulse wave varies depending on how a particular organ and system works. During palpation these changes are felt differently in these 6 points. There is a superficial and deep pulse.
An experienced diagnostician evaluates many characteristics of a pulse wave. This is a very complex art, which is studied for years.
VedaPulse: Digital Pulse Analysis
In digital pulse analysiswe study a change in the heart rhythm. The duration of each cycle of the heart is different from the previous one. The device estimates it to within one millisecond. Sequential changes of cardiac cycle duration forms a complex rhythm that is analyzed by the computer program.
As in any profession, experience comes with time. However, the friendly interface of the program, equipped with numerous pop-up notes, allows a novice to master basic techniques within few hours.
What are the similarities?
Seemingly different things — a pulse wave in arteries and a heart rate variability. Those who only learn about VedaPulse before buying it, often ask this question. To answer it, we must at least in general terms learn the functioning of a circulatory system, and a basis of a pulse analysis.
A net of blood vessels penetrates the whole body. Blood movement begins from ventricles of the heart, then reaches most remote parts of the body by arteries and capillaries and returns to the atria through veins.
The branched circulatory system constantly responds to different changing needs of the body. For example, in order to do any physical work, a serious flow of blood is required for muscles, for digesting food the blood flow rushes to the stomach.
A circulatory system must respond to other needs of all internal organs in the same way. This response to changing needs is manifested primarily in the changing of heart rhythm: it’s like the heart listens to internal organs and adapts itself to their needs. A pulse wave change is a consequence of a heart rate change.
Factors Affecting Analysis
A mandatory requirement in both pulse diagnosis by palpation and the “VedaPulse” digital pulse diagnosis is the need to exclude such powerful factors as
- physical exercises, and
- a hearty meal.
These both cause such a strong pulse change that “echoes” of other organs and systems become difficult to differentiate for a diagnostics.
In order to provide all organs with blood, the nervous system collects the information about the needs of organs and systems and regulates the work of the heart and blood vessels. The goal of any pulse analysis (both traditional and digital) is to find out how a circulatory system responds to the needs of internal organs and body systems.
Let’s simplify this scheme.
The circulatory system and internal organs are closely connected.
We should concentrate on the fact that an initial impetus of the blood begins in the heart, and then this impulse can be seen in arteries as a pulse wave. The heart sets a rhythm for blood circulation on the whole.
As long as the heart beats, the blood will pulse in the arteries. The further away a signal is from an initial source, the more it is distorted.
In the farthest point of the blood movement from the heart – in thin vessels – it is impossible to palpate this initial impulse. Only modern photoplethysmographic sensors may detect the pulse in capillaries of fingertips.
The initial response to the needs of internal organs is a change in the heart rhythm.
A structure of a pulse wave is a consequence of the changing heart rate.
Ancient doctors could measure a cardiac cycle to within one millisecond. Therefore, they “listened” to the pulse wave. So they worked with a secondary rhythm.
Can you see the difference?
There is an original rhythm, and there is a thundering echo.
It’s like an earthquake on an ocean floor. The further away from an epicenter, the more gentle the waves are. When these gentle waves meet with a shoal, a tsunami is formed. An observer located in high seas at an earthquake epicenter needs accurate devices to detect this earthquake. Otherwise, the earthquake may not be noticed.
An observer located on the beach, definitely won’t miss aftermaths of this earthquake, when they become a tsunami.
So ancient doctors had found such “shoals” where there was a resonance of primary impulses of the heart.
Chinese call these points the Cun, Guan, Chi.
Each frequency corresponds to some inner organ or system. So a judgement about the state of the body or a system depends in which of the points there was a resonance and at which depth. If the response was very strong, it indicates a hyperfunction of the organ, if it was weak – an insufficiency.
A healthy person has an equal pulsation in all points, under a weak or a strong finger pressing.
The pulse wave diagnosis works with a secondary signal which is very much contaminated. A resiliency of arterial walls, a presence of cholesterol plaques – all of this make it difficult to form a pure pulse wave.
Doctors in India, China and Tibet developed the art of “listening to the music of a heart” for thousands of years, and they are very good at it.
VedaPulse works with a primary signal and can register such details, which were not available to doctors in the past.
Developers of the VedaPulse found an association between frequencies of the heart rate variability and various organs and systems of the body. The algorithm of the VedaPulse program reflects the understanding of hypofunction, normal state, and hyperfunction of the organ.
Here, for example, is the spectrogram of a man with a stomach ulcer.
Do you see the strong activity peak at the frequency of 0.165 Hz?
This is the manifestation of a hyperfunction of a stomach meridian – the result of a gastric ulcer exacerbation.
Below you can see how the program interprets this surge in the Meridians tab (the Chinese scheme).
Here is the Ayurvedic scheme:
The value of mapping meridians in the Ayurvedic scheme is that they are grouped based on the kind of dosha which governs them.
In this case, it is clear that a stomach meridian relates to Kapha dosha.
The progress does not stand still.
VedaPulse creators believe that the development of traditional pulse analysis ideas has to move forward. The ability to synthesize the heritage of the Oriental medicine and modern scientific proven and recognized techniques is also crucial.
In the VedaPulse software analysis of the heart biopotentials there are internationally recognized algorithms for analysis of regulatory mechanisms (analysis of the nervous system functional state), and my algorithms (Dr. Oleg Sorokin), based on ideas of the traditional pulse diagnosis.
This integrated approach allows extending possibilities of the diagnosis.