Ageing In Ayurveda

July 26, 2018
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Ageing In Ayurveda

By Dr. Sajimon George BAMS. AAA. ATMS

Ageing is not a disease but it is a natural phenomenon. Accelerated ageing, age associated diseases etc are conditions that deserve attention. Speed of ageing process depends up on many factors including genetic factors, living environment and lifestyle. In certain ethnic groups and families ageing happens slowly. In people who live in polluted environment and stressful surroundings age rapidly. Ageing results in arthritis, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, cataract, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, and memory related disorders .Globally more than 60% deaths occur due to age related diseases.

Ayurveda is defined as veda (knowledge) of Ayu (life).This holistic system contain detailed knowledge required for healthy living of every stages of life such as Balya (Child hood), Kaumara (Adolescent), Youvana (Youth), Vardhakya (Old age). Aging cause structural, physiological and psychological changes of body. Vaghbhata enlists following changes during aging. Aging decreases the quality and quantity of dhatus, reduces sensory perception and causes wrinkles of skin (Vali), graying of hair (Palithya), Khalitya (Baldness).

Ayurveda has eight specialties or branches (Ashtanga) and Rasayana chikitsa is one among them. This speciality is meant for managing age related conditions and about treatment procedures, formulations and principles behind them. Chronological aging (aging with respect to date of birth) is irreversible but by following Ayurvedic life style and undergoing treatments according to Ayurvedic Rasayana chikitsa, physiological aging can be retarded or reversed.

Ayurvedic approach

Ayurvedic principles suggest that the three basic humors such as Vatha, Pitha and Kapha will have predominance (within the physiological level not in the pathological level) during old age, middle age and younger age respectively. It is thus obvious that as age advances, body cells and subtle channels called srothas get dried up or Vatha start to predominate body functions. Functions related to sensory perception is controlled by Vatha in equilibrium. Vatha aggravation during aging impairs sensory perception leading to hearing impairment, impairment in tactile perception, visual perception etc.

While considering methods for preventing aging process concept of Aachaara rasayana is very important. It emphasizes importance of healthy mind in preventing aging process. Suggested measures for achieving healthy and slow aging or aachaara rasayana is leading a good lifestyle by not indulging in material life and attachments, patience, truthful, leading a life obeying rules lay down by sages. Ayurvedic classics say that such a person doesn’t even require any rejuvenative medicines. All medicines used for rejuvenation are light and easy to digest, appetizing, nutritive, and hence won’t cause blockage of subtle channels or srothas. We can understand that when someone lead such a pious life he will be emotionally very calm and free radical production in the body will be minimum.

Ayurvedic management

Rasayana chikitsa specialty of Ayurveda deals with management of age associated disorders and its prevention. Rasayana treatment may be done to young adults to old people. In the case of old people it may be done till the body can withstand treatment procedures. Impact of aging can reach every organs and systems. Hundreds of formulations are mentioned in Rasayana specialty to address each of these problems.

Treatment starts from accepting the truth that aging is natural, denial of this truth only will increase stress associated with aging. Treatments increase dhatus or body tissues quality and quantity wise.

Rasayana specialty is done in two ways.

  1. Kuteepraveshika B.Vathaathapika.

A.Kuteepraveshika rejuvenation

It is the superior mode of treatment. But while undergoing this method, patient needs to go through very strict procedures and stringent restrictions. Whole treatment is done in a building in auspicious, ideally ventilated place. The place should be free from dust, fumes; patient should abstain from sex and emotional disturbances. Only after completing the whole three stages of treatment procedures the patient will come out of the building.

Stage 1 Purification procedures

Patient should undergo all panchakarma or detoxification procedures such as Vamana, Virechana, and Vasti and Nasya.

Each of this detoxification procedures are done in a very classical manner.

Based on the system most affected by the aging, medicines for each procedure are selected. Prior to Vamana (Medicated vomiting), Virechana (Purgation), Vasthi (Medicated enema) and Nasya (Nasal drops) suitable medicated oil/ghee is given for oleation. After sweating procedures these purification procedures are given.

Stage 2 Peyaadikrama or light food regimen.

While undergoing treatment procedures digestive power may get affected. Hence after each purification procedure, patient is given very light to digest semi solid food for two to three days. This restriction helps in regaining normal digestive power.

Stage 3 Administration of specific Rasayana or rejuvenative preparations

B.Vathaathapika rejuvenation

Here patient can have the rejuvenative preparations while living in the normal environment without undergoing purification procedures or light food regimen. Since patient is allowed to take medicines along with his normal life it can be applied to anyone.

Large numbers of rejuvenative formulations are given in classical texts addressing different health problems of aging.

Following are some of the formulations given by Vaghbhata

  • Brahama rasayana: General preparation for retarding aging process and specifically mentioned for intellect related senile changes.
  • Thriphala rasayana : General rejuvenative and specially for eye diseases
  • Pancharavinda Rasayana : Specifically for the age related weakness of male sex glands
  • Gokshura rasayana (Tribulus terestris): Specifically for male sex glands rejuvenation.
  • Thuvaraka rasayanam (Hydnocarpus laurifolia ): Specially for skin diseases
  • Thippali rasayana (Piper longum): Especially for joint diseases.
  • Lasuna rasayana (Garlic – Allium cepa): Specifically for nervous system disorders.
  • Bhallathaka rasayana(Marking nut, Semicarpus anacardium) : Specially for Diabetes, Skin diseases, Non bleeding piles.
  • Chitraka rasayana(Plumbago indica ): Nervous system and skin related disorders
  • Mandooka parni (Centella asiatica ) : Specifically for intelligence related senile changes
  • Yashti madhu(Glycyrrhiza glabra) : Specifically for intelligence related senile changes
  • Guloochi (Tinospora cordifolia): Specifically for intelligence related senile changes.
  • Thila rasayana (Sesame seeds): Especially for teeth and bones.

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Disclaimer: In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.

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In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.


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