Aging is a process of physical, psychological and social change in multi dimensional aspects. The World population of the elderly is increasing and by the year 2050, adults older than 65 years will comprise 1/5th of the global population. In India 3.8% of the population are older than 65 years age.
The cause of morbidity and mortality world over is shifting from communicable diseases a few decades ago to non-communicable diseases. The leading causes of mortality among aged people comprise respiratory problems, heart diseases, cancer and stroke. Significant causes of morbidity among this group are chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, psychiatric disorders, parkinson’s disease and age.
Ayurveda, the Indian traditional holistic health science has got the potential for prevention of diseases by promotion of health and management of diseases occurring in old age. It has a focused branch called Rasayana which deals with the problems related to ageing and methods to counter the same.
Rasyana stands as an answer in preventing premature ageing and to solve the problems due to ageing; it also ensures healthful longevity including mental health and resistance against various geriatric disease conditions. The observance of dietetics, rules of hygiene are essential for the success of treatment prescribed for healthy longevity of life and rejuvenation.
Rasayana Chikitsa (rejuvenation) is a unique branch of Ayurveda. The word “Rasayana” means the way for attaining excellent Rasadi Dhatus. The improved nutritional status and the better qualities of Dhatus lead to a series of secondary attributes of Rasayana, which bestow longevity, impart strength, Ojabala, etc.
Rasayana drugs are commonly used to improve health and longevity by balancing between Tridosha, Saptadhatu and Trimala.
The specific actions of Rasayana drugs in the Poshaka Rasa level (nutrient supplement),Agni level (metabolic appreciation) and Srotas level (tissue nourishment) are well acceptable.
DR RITESH LAHOTI M.D (AYURVEDA)
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