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CLINICAL RESEARCH
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-81

A study on Tailabindu pariksha-An ancient Ayurvedic method of urine examination as a diagnostic and prognostic tool


1 Senior Research Fellow (Ayurveda), National Institute of Indian Medical Heritage, Hyderabad, India
2 Principal, Sai Ram Ayurvedic Medical College, Chennai, India
3 Associate Professor, SRM Medical College, Chennai, India
4 Research Officer (Ayurveda), NIIMH, Hyderabad, India
5 Asst. Director, NIIMH, Hyderabad, India
6 Assistant Professor, JSS Ayurvedic College, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Pavan Kumar Sangu
Senior Research Fellow (Ph.D.- Ayurveda), National Institute of Indian Medical Heritage, 3rd Floor, Osmania Medical College Building, Putlibowli, Hyderabad
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.85735

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Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda has a great history. Researchers in India have tried to corroborate ancient wisdom with the modern scientific practices. Tailabindu pariksha is a diagnostic tool of urine examination developed by the medieval Ayurvedic scholars, and also throws a light on the prognosis of the disease condition. This study aims at using this ancient wisdom to diagnose the medical conditions and to study about their prognosis, and studying about how it can be applied to modern medical practice and its limitations. For the purpose of the study, 30 volunteers were divided into 3 groups. Group I consisting of healthy volunteers, group II of those patients who suffer from curable conditions and group III consisting of patients suffering from chronic diseases which can be regarded as incurable. The urine collection, oil drop instillation and evaluation, were all done according to the guidelines laid down in Ayurvedic practices. Upon the evaluation of the color, appearance, consistency and pattern of oil drop spreading in different patients of different groups, it could be seen that the data could be correlated to what has been provided in the literature in majority of the cases. In today's modern medical practices, there is a plethora of urine diagnostic examinations available. These act as an added financial burden to the patients. In the midst of this, making use of Tailabindu pariksha for urine examination, will not only prove economical, but also is a time-tested and scientifically proven method. More in-depth studies on larger groups of patients, suffering from various diseases need to be done to standardize the procedure and make it scientifically more acceptable.


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