How to diagnose yourself using your fingertips

According to Ayurveda, there are 3 positions for testing the (Doshas) located in the wrist of each hand. Each position has 2 points. Each one of the points can tell you something about an organ inside of your body. You can test 12 organs inside of your body just by applying pressure on one of the points using your fingertips..



By looking at the illustration, try to locate these points one by one. Start testing the first dosha in your right hand using your left-hand index fingertip. Press deep enough until you can't go any deeper (you might feel a little pain while doing this). Now relax your finger just about one millimeter or less, and without moving away from the depth try to locate a point where the pulse feels clear or stronger than in any other place. What are you feeling? Did you find it?

This is the Dosha in your lungs...

Now without removing your finger, relax your finger, moving upwards (away from the depth). Feel another point just a little below the surface. There's another point where there's a different pulse.

This is your Colon...


Right Hand:

1st Point Deep: Lungs

1st Point Light: Colon

Use your Middle Fingertip to test the 2nd two points in your right hand

2nd Point Deep: Liver

2nd Point Light: Gallbladder

Now try using your Ring finger to test you spiritual pulse...

3rd Point Deep: Spiritual Pulse

3rd Point Light: Pericardium


Left Hand:

1st Point Deep: Heart

1st Point Light: Small Intestine

2nd Point Deep: Spleen

2nd Point Light: Stomach

3rd Point Deep: Bladder Kidney

3rd Point Light: Urinary


What did you feel in each point?


Is there a strong pumping (or pulse) in one point more than the other?

Is there a point where you did not feel pulse at all? 

Try to locate and examine each point and share your feelings...


The Doshas can be understood from various points of views. My aim is to try and make it simple and straightforward as much as possible. And to provide means to understand its imbalance and how to correct it. When a dosha is in excess it shows in the points – generally – as a strong pulse. Yet, a strong pulse does not necessarily mean that there’s something wrong, or that there’s an illness. On the contrary, a strong pulse in the Stomach point indicates that there’s food in the stomach and that it’s doing well in mixing and digesting the food - Fire element is in excess. The Lungs indicates excess of Air element during the pre-final stages of turning the digested food into energy - as this digested food needs Air to turn into energy, and so on. The quality of the pulse in each point is what can tell us if there’s something wrong in the organ or not such as weakness, Ama (waste product) or some sort of a damage. There are various types of pulses, but in general, a healthy pulse is moderate, not very strong and not very weak, it doesn’t feel like there’s a (hallow) or space in it (Air or Space element), yet it doesn’t feel heavy, dull and full (earth element). A ticking pulse might indicate that there’s some kind of a more advanced disorder or imbalance in the organ, the (ticking) indicate dryness (Water Element is low), Sharp and ticking indicates too much of Fire Element. But this also doesn’t necessary mean that there’s a major problem in the organ. Sometimes the lungs dosha-pulse is ticking. But if you test it few minutes later, you might find that the ticking is gone. This can happen for example if you smell something bad such as a chemical smell. The lungs (while the dosha pulse is ticking) is handling that smell. And then after few minutes and when the lungs has neutralized the danger of that smell or gas for example, the ticking goes away. The best way to understand the doshas and what each type of pulse means is to test it more often, and to relate it to other information, such as eating, type of food, exhaustion level, anger, lethargy, anxiety, excitement and so on, and to see what happens to the doshas with each one of those changing factors.

This is only a brief about the doshas. In the next article, I’ll handle the subject right from the beginning – the very basics of doshas, its relation to the 5 elements, 5 main tastes of food, 5 senses and so on, and its relation to Ama (waste product) along with many other insights as much as possible.

Another examination:

Now try placing the three fingers evenly. Push the three fingers gently into the depth, and then reduce the pressure slowley... Try one time with the left hand and another time with the right hand... What you are feeling tells the story of the vital fluid that is moving all around the body, in the channels, and in the organs, with each organ doing its job in turning this fluid into tissues, energy and organs eventually, and getting rid of the waste product Ama.


 I'll try to explain with more details in the coming posts: 

What are the doshas in the first place? what to do to correct it?

And why herbs (or food) don't work sometimes for treating diseases? (and how to make it work)


Hint 1: Try to test your doshas in different times, for example after you eat.. before bedtime or before breakfast,, and see where the doshas are moving and how they feel.

Hint 2: Did you notice that the 12 points do not include a (mind) or (brain)..? According to Ayurveda, the Mind is not really in the brain! It's everywhere in the body, in every cell... "most part" of the mind is actually in The Heart..!

" Our body has various channels through which energies move about. Mano Vaha Srotas or the Channel of the Mind is one of the significant channels through which substances and energies move throughout our body. Each channel or Srotamsi has a root, a pathway and an opening. The root of a channel is where it originates from. According to Ayurveda, the root or the origin of the Mano Vaha Srotas or the channel of the mind is in the heart..."


Thank you very much for reading, may you always be well.

see you in the next post



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  • This is wonderful information, Hani. I will be testing these techniques. Thank you very much. I didn't know Ayurveda used pulses this way. Like Chinese medicine maybe.

    • I've found this recently. I think that it's very profound and addresses the essence / understanding of Ayurveda.

    • Thanks  for that. I see it is a lecture by Vasant Lad, I have one of his books on Ayurveda - The Yoga of Herbs. He has a lovely manner, I will watch the video some time over the weekend, just started a new full time job last week after years of self employment, and it is a bit of a change to system, so I am going easy for the weekend.! The cartoon is good :-) 

      The pulses are interesting to watch over the day. I use Triphala most days, it is the main herb I use from ayurveda. Regulates my digestion, I find. 

    • Thank you DubhLoach, I wish you a very pleasant and peaceful weakened. And I hope that you manage and find harmony in the new job routine.

    • 3279076184?profile=RESIZE_710xThank you DubhLoach. This is true, Ayurveda has many aspects and diagnoses similar to that of Chinese Medicine such as Tongue testing. While I was in Sri Lanka I got acupuncture treatment in the Ayurveda resort. And when I asked the therapist if this is Chinese acupuncture, he replied that in Ayurveda acupuncture is somehow different, it's used only on few points. What I started to notice in the recent years, that Ayurveda itself varies too much between one school and another. Some schools forbidden eating dairy and any food products that comes from animals or an animal itself, while other schools stresses on the benefits of animal's products such as Milk and meat itself. But recently, I came to a very clear conclusion regarding these differences, and what is the role that makes any food good or bad. I’ll try and share that perspective in one post, as it’s one of the essential aspects of understanding Ayurveda, and how to be treated according to its principle. By the way when I was in Sri Lanka, I tried to find “the original Ayurveda” book or source. And I was surprised eventually when I’ve found it; it was half an A4 only! And it did not include the word Ayurveda :)

      Cheers and have a great day


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