treats disease on a mental and emotional level, as well as on a gross physical level. A vaidya has studied all three aspects of healing.
Illness and health are seen in the context of a person's overall
personality and circumstances, including family life and daily
habits. Vaidyas must study not just medicine, but all aspects of life
– individual and cosmic.
The vaidya diagnoses imbalances through
observation of the face, eyes, skin and through pulse diagnosis,
known as nadi vigyan. The pulse is taken with three fingers
representing the three doshas (basic energies): vata, pitta
and kapha. The vaidya also observes the patient's personality
and asks questions about lifestyle and diet.
Once a diagnosis is made, the vaidya
recommends changes in diet, lifestyle and daily routine to correct
imbalances. The vaidya may also suggest herbal remedies and other
natural healing methods.