Diagnosis in Ayurveda – 4 Lip Diagnosis

Like other organs of the body the lips too reflect the health or disease of the various organs in the human body.  The shape, surface, colour and contour of the lips are very important.  Like any other organs, lips are also affected by some imbalance in Vatu, Pitta and Kapha Doshas.

If the lips are dry, this indicates dehydration. It means Vata is not in balance. In case the lips are thin and dry then these libs are Vata lips.

If the lips are dry, these indicate the imbalance in Pitta. There could be tremors on the lips and these are a sign of fear or anxiety.

In case the lips are thick and oily, this is an imbalance in Kapha. There could be brown spots on the lips and there could be the sign of chronic indigestion and there could be the presence of worms in the colon.

Types, Symptoms and Treatment of Diseases

Diseases of the Lips (Oshtaroga): There are eight categories of diseases of the lips. These are due to the characters of Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Sannipata, Raktaja, Mamsaja, Medoja and Abhighataja. Most of these diseases can be treated with the use of Ayurvedic remedies.


1 - Vataja Lip Disease: This disease is caused due to the imbalance in Vatta. Pain cracking and dryness of the lips are the primary symptoms. Vataja lip disease is treated with  Ayurvedic remedies used for the general diseases of the mouth. Besides this the medicated oil snuff, oily plaster and poultices can also be used.

2 - Pittaja Lip Disease: This disease is caused due to the imbalance in Pitta. It is caused by the aggravated function of the related nerves.  The primary symptoms are eruptions and blisters. It can be treated with the Ayurvedic remedies for abscess.

3 - Kapahaja Lip Disease: This disease is caused due to the imbalance of Kapha.  There are colourless and painless eruptions on the lips.  It is treated with the general remedies for pacifying Kapha.

4 - Sannipataja Disease: This disease is diagnosed by complicated eruptions. This disease is not curable, however it can be maintained with symptomatic treatments. In such a state the qualitative changes of tridoshas take place.

5 - Raktaja Lip Disease: This disease is caused due to the pathogenic defects in the blood.  It is caused by the imbalance in pitta.

6 - Ostharbuda (Cancer of the lips): This is correlated with the cancer of the lips. It is caused by pathogenic defects of blood.  It develops generally due to the persistent bleeding condition. This disease is also like the raktaja lip disease and treated like that.


7 - Mamasja Lip Disease: This disease is caused due to the pathogenic defects in the muscular tissues of the lips. Its primary symptom is the abnormal growth of muscles. This disease is curable. However, it can be maintained with the treatment of muscular defects of the tissues.

8 - Medoja Lip Disease: This disease is caused due to the pathogenic defect of fatty tissues. This disease can be treated with steam application, puncturing to let out the discharge and cauterization.

9 - Abhighataja Lip Disease: This disease is caused by trauma. The main symptom is coagulation of blood and itching. It is treated with the same process followed with the character of Pitta.

10 - Jalarbuda (Cancer of lips in the form of blisters): This is caused due to the imbalance in both Vata and Kapha. It is a very rare disease. It can be treated with the general Vata-Kapha treatments with some specific remedies.

In fact every disease in any of the organs is caused due to imbalance in any of the three doshas. Ayurveda is not just a pattern of treatment; it is rather a way of life – an herbal way of life. We can keep ourselves healthy and fit by following this way.

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