Clinical Assessment

– Week 3 –

Objectives for the current week’s lesson:

In this lesson, we cover the subject of the disease classification and examine the various ways disease is seen in Ayurvedic medicine. There is much overlap and similarity in the various classification schemes but each has pearls of wisdom to convey. We focus this class on integrating the concepts of the previous classes on nidana panchakam and samanya samprapti, overviewing our ways of sensibly speaking about disease in an organized format.

Class Objectives:

  • Introduce disease classification
  • Review the definition of Health
  • Define and discuss common definitions and synonyms of disease
  • Overview of the various concepts of samprapti
  • Define and discuss the primary broad classifications of disease
  • Define and discuss specific and structural and other classifications
  • Define and discuss prognosis of disease
  • Review of types of Lakshana
  • Integrate these classifications to an easily usable form

Refresher of the preliminary readings + Worksheet:

Textbook of Ayurveda Vol.2,


  • Ch. 1 pp. 19-21 types of Samprapti
  • Ch.3 45-46 disease over view and Amaya
  • Ch.3 p. 49 Broad classification and chart on page 52
  • Ch.3 p.52-55 lakshanam and prognosis

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Zoom video:


  • Definition Hetu/etiology Samprapti/ pathogenesis- in ayurvedic terms:give it your best shot! Ie what dosa(s) involved/ Subdoshas/ sites / dhatu(s) involved/ srota(s) involved / organs? Purvarupa/Prodromal symptoms: if they can be found Rupa/ cardinal signs & symptoms Types(doshic variations) Sadhya / Prognosis: if available Upadrara / Complications: if available General and specific treatments (keep it brief and just some simple ones for each type)
Self-care Assignment Week 3: Reflect on sushruta’s definition of health and which aspects perhaps need more attention in your life to achieve and experience this state more often and more consistently and journal about it daily for this week. What changes do you observe?


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A larger frame or larger joints would be most indicative of which constitution?
Which is an example of purva rupa for a vata disorder?
Amaja caused diseases are born out of?
When a dosha enters mamsa dhatu which pathway (marga) of disease is indicated?
Khavaigunya (defective space) is a draw for the doshas and is related to which stage of samprapti?
Spreading guna of pitta dosha is characteristic of which stage of samprapti?

Which dosha gati denotes upward movement in sanskrit?
Which best characterizes prajnaparada ?
Which is not a way that Ayurveda describes disease?
Lakshanam are best described as?

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Preliminary readings + Worksheet for the following lesson:

Textbook of Ayurveda Vol.2,

  • Ch. 4 pp. 57-58 overview of Travidha Pariksha
  • Ch. 4 p. 59- Darshan introduction
  • Ch. 4 p. 71- Sparshanam introduction
  • Ch. 4 pp. 90-94 Prashanam introduction
  • Ch.6 pp. 133- 150 overview of intake form – skim over as we will be slowly covering this subject in subsequent classes

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