Kriyakala refers to the recognition of the stage of a disease's progress, which helps to determine appropriate measure to correct the imbalance in Doshas.
Ayurveda categorizes the development of disease into six stages = Shat Kriyakala
Each stage provides an opportunity to halt and possibly reverse the spread of the disease.
Naturally, the earlier a disease is detected, the easier it will be to neutralize it.
Kriyakala = the recognition of the stage of a disease's progress, which helps to determine appropriate measure to correct the imbalance in Doshas.
Comprised of Kriya and Kala:
Kriya = the choice to treatment (medicine, food and daily-routine) used to improve the disturbance in Doshas.
Kala = to the stage of progress of a disease.
Sanchaya = accumulation is the first stage of Kriyakala. Poor diet, negative thoughts and feelings, or an inappropriate lifestyle contribute to the build up of a doshic imbalance. Usually here the symptoms are vague and ill defined.
Prakopa = aggravation stage: symptoms increase. The dosha imbalance overflows and the first signs of illness appear.
Prasara = dissemination marks the spread of the disease to other parts of the body. Because the overflowing dosha (or combination of doshas) is spreading throughout the body, symptoms can occur sporadically and in different areas. This makes it difficult to diagnose the problem with traditional Western methods.
Sthana Samsraya = relocation, the aggravated dosha takes root in a particular organ and more serious symptoms appear.
Vyakti = manifestation, symptoms are fully present and the disease is recognizable.
Bheda = disruption, the disease has reached its most dangerous level. It may become chronic, incurable, or even cause complications and the development of secondary or tertiary illnesses.