(Ref: Charaka Samhita)
When the doshas in the body are in an imbalanced/deranged state, this stage is called Vikriti. Any Vikriti in the body can lead to diseases.
To determine the strength of the disease, we need to examine the strength of :
- Hetu -Causative factor,
- Dosha- Vata, PItta, Kapha
- Dooshya- Dhatus and Malas,
- Desa – Place
- Kala – Time
Vikriti examination helps to determine the strength of the factors that cause disease and also helps in predicting the prognosis of the disease.
For Example: If these factors and the signs and symptoms of the disease are strong, then the manifesting disease will be severe. If these signs and symptoms along with these factors are weak, then the manifesting disease will also be weak.
So, without assessing the strength of these factors, the severity of the disease cannot be determined.