Foundations of Āyurveda Part II, Lesson 7 – Saṃprāpti


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In this 5.4-hour lesson we explore how disease takes root, grows and blossoms within the dhātus and srotāṃsi. This model of disease pathogenesis proves elegant for many diseases and pathologies.

Of particular interest to students already familiar with the learning objectives for this lesson, might be the random insights and discussion woven through this lesson–for example, discussions about whether issues with dhātus or srotāmsi are more severe, why some people contract severe diseases without it having progressed through all the stages of disease or whether or not the pathogenesis of every disease fits elegantly into the model of saṃprāpti.

Regarding this particular course, you should know it is one excerpted lesson of our Foundations of Āyurveda Part II course. We are offering each lesson of that course as a stand-alone lesson–like this one–so that people can explore just one topic of interest but, if it seems a little out of context standing alone, it is because it is indeed out of context. But we feel the information presented will be valuable nonetheless.

If you would like more information on this course than what you’ll find on this page, whether it is approved for NAMA credits, etc., kindly peruse the home page–including the FAQs– for Foundations of Āyurveda Part II.

Textbooks: Dr. Vasant Lad’s Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda and Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 2, A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, You can go through this course without either text, relying only on our lectures and handouts, but throughout our lessons we recommended readings from one or the other of these books, to enhance the information.

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Drs. Svoboda and Welch answer the question, “When you learned Āyurveda, was it as condensed and concise as the information you present in this course?”


If you are more interested in improving your own personal health and daily practices than in studying Āyurveda more extensively, Dr. Welch’s Women’s Health & Hormones: Hormonal Balance & Stagnation Part I online, self paced course might be a better starting point – whether you are a man or a woman.

If, however, you have taken that already, or wish to focus on, or go further, into the Āyurvedic perspective and teachings on life and health, then Foundations of Āyurveda Part I might be a good option for you. That course is a prerequisite for Foundations of Āyurveda Part II.

If you have already taken Foundations of Āyurveda Part I or equivalent study, it would be best to take the entire Foundations of Āyurveda Part II course. This particular course you are considering is one lesson of Foundations of Āyurveda Part II, and could be good for you if you already have studied Āyurveda and just want to brush up on this one topic.


By the end of this course, if you have kept up with the memorization and study needed to assimilate what is taught, you will have achieved the following:

  1. Have a basic understanding of the six stages of saṃprāpti (pathogenesis) (good to know both the Sanskrit and English names of the stages)
  2. Be introduced to the concept of rūgna bala roga bala (strength of the patient vs. strength of the disease)
  3. Have an understanding of when and why śamana (gentle doa-palliative procedures) or śodhana (forcible expulsion of doṣa from the body) is indicated in treatment in the different stages of saṃprāpti

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