The section Nidana Sthana deals with principles of diagnosis of diseases.
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- 1 Preamble of Nidana Sthana (Section on Diagnosis)
- 2 References
Preamble of Nidana Sthana (Section on Diagnosis)
Fundamental principles of diagnosis
Important aspects of knowledge of disease
Image 1: Aspects of Nidana Section
Nidana section studies diagnostic principles in view of two important aspects like knowledge of roga (disease) and rugna (patient). It always considers interaction between the individual and the affecting pathological entities. It also considers the prognosis and inter-relation of different diseases or co-morbid conditions.
Analysis of the individual
The first being an evaluation of the self-healing capacity of the body which depends upon equilibrium of five components, namely dosha (regulatory functional factors of body and mind) , agni (digestive and metabolic capacity), dhatu (body tissues), mala (metabolic waste products) and psycho-spiritual state. Health is a state of equilibrium, whereas disease is a state of dis-equilibrium of any of these factors. According to swabhavoparam vada, the resolution / destruction of the existing always happen naturally in the course of time. So the nature itself heals disequilibrium.(Cha.Su.16/27) This aspect of host defence mechanism is important to be assessed for knowing natural healing capacity of an individual. In the fourth chapter,Prameha Nidana, the process of onset of disease through interaction between aggravating and pacifying factors is described (Cha.Ni.4/4). If the host defense factors are stronger than aggravating ones, then the disease will not occur and vice versa. Therefore, before making diagnosis of a disease, examination of patient is important with emphasis on his prakriti (basic constitution), sara (quality of tissues) etc described in context of ten fold examination of patient(Cha.Vi.8/94-131). Every person has a unique constitution and hence the same biological investigations cannot be precise to assess his health status completely. Personalized assessment is important to diagnose normal and abnormal state of the individual.
Analysis of disease
The second part provides comprehensive knowledge of disease with its causative factors, premonitory signs and symptoms, clinical features, complications, aggravating and pacifying factors. Complete cure in curable diseases and management of palliable diseases can only be achieved after Nidana Parivarjana (avoiding the cause). If the cause is removed, then half the treatment is done, because it stops progression of disease as well as helps the host to return to the normal state. The current healthcare system focus more on disease management after its complete manifestation; while Ayurveda emphasizes on identification of abnormality at an early stage, to prevent its further progression. The journey of a disease from the initial stage of accumulation of vitiating factors to complete manifestation of its symptoms shall be studied well for its complete knowledge. The phenomena of a disease causing another disease is described as Nidanarthakara roga. Upadrava (complications), Udarka (marks of disease after it is cured) are applied for knowing the cause-effect relationship in pathogenesis of disease.
Thus, this section on knowledge of diagnosis, points to two fold principles of management of disease in brief and to reverse the process by modifying the etiological, aggravating and pacifying factors of disease.
Importance of eight chapters
This section comprises eight different chapters as described below:
- The first chapter, Jwara Nidana , introduces basic principles of diagnosis of a disease as well as the disease jwara with involvement of rasa dhatu as dushya.The chapter discuss diagnosis of disorders of hyper-pyrexia and various types of fever.
- The second chapter, Raktapitta Nidana, deals with various pathologies related to rakta dhatu.This chapter details the diagnosis of bleeding disorders.
- The third chapter, Gulma Nidana, deals with mamsa dhatu(muscle tissue) predominantly. This chapter describes diagnosis of lumps in abdomen, tumors.
- The fourth chapter, Prameha Nidana, involves meda dhatu (tissue fat) predominantly. This chapter describes the diagnosis of disorders of lipid metabolism and diabetes.
- The fifth chapter, Kushtha Nidana, involves seven dushyas (vitiated factors). This chapter deals with diagnosis of skin disorders.
- The sixth chapter, Shosha Nidana, deals with the pathology of emaciation. This chapter describes diagnosis of degenerative disorders that involve depletion of body tissues.
- The seventh chapter, Unmada Nidana explain insanity and psychotic disorders.
- The eighth chapter, Apasmara Nidana deals with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
These eight chapters represent major pathogenesis of diseases described in details in this section. The eight chapters of this section represent variety of pathogenic process related with vitiated dosha acting upon various dhatu to cause disease.
Guidelines to diagnose anukta vyadhi (new or untold diseases in text)
There are innumerable disease. Major diseases are mentioned in this text.(Cha.Su.18/42-43) Therefore one may not find complete description of certain diseases seen in contemporary era. Any new or unknown disease should be studied by investigation of vitiated dosha and dushya (vitiated factors). All endogenous diseases start with vitiation of dosha. The causative factors elucidated in the detailed history of a patient’s diet, lifestyle, psychological frame and others direct the vitiation of a specific dosha. Then their status (increase or decrease) can be assessed based on the premonitory signs and clinical features. Then after evaluation of aggravating (anupashaya) and pacifying (upashaya) factors is done. The sequence of events in the pathogenesis of a disease is understood and accordingly treatment protocol is formulated. Prajnaparadha (intellectual errors, or knowingly violating rules) is one of the fundamental cause of all endogenous and exogenous diseases. Asatmendriyarthasamyoga (improper union of senses with their objects) and parinama(time) are other two causative factors . These principles reveal that all idiopathic diseases of unknown etiology also have a definite cause,that needs to be searched and removed for its proper management.
- A team of researchers compiled all Sanskrit texts of Nidana Sthana in a project report.
- Shrirang S.G. have done a critical study on Nidana Sthana with special reference to Prameha Nidana 
- Shashirekha H. K. has studied Shosha Nidana described in Nidana Sthana. 
The new learners of Nidana sthana can read all abstracts of chapters of this section on the Abstracts- Nidana Sthana page.
- Available from http://spokensanskrit.org/index.php?mode=3&script=hk&tran_input=nidana&direct=au accessed on May 02,2019
- Critical Edition of Charaka Nidana Sthana available from http://ayushportal.nic.in/EMR/LITERARY_FINAL_REPORT-1.pdf downloaded on 17/04/2019
- Shrirang S.G. Thesis on Critical Study Of Caraka Nidana Sthana With Special Reference To Prameha . Department of Samhita . Institute for Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar . 2000
- Shashirekha H K . A Study On Caraka Nidana Sthana With Special Reference To Shosha . Swasthavritta . Dr. Basavaraj Nagur Memorial Rural Ayurvedic Medical College And Hospital (Dr. B N M R), Bijapur .2010