Human life is a time-bound phenomenon. The man is born, grows to adulthood,
passes to senility and ultimately dies. Still a long healthy life is the most
cherished wish of man for which ancient Indian scripture Vedas pray -
"Jivema Ïaradaí Ïatam,Pashyema sharadah shatam"
The standard human life span as contemplated in scriptures is of 100 years, after which the body becomes senile and decayed to cease; although the jeeva (barring physical body) is immortal and transmigrates from one body to another.
Aging is also affected by a range of environmental factors such as nutritional deficits, stress, the climate, free radical injury, immune disorders or endocrinal factors etc.
Ayurveda has a specific branch of medicine called Rasayana (Rejuvenation) which is devoted to dealing with problems related to aging by counteractive methods.
Geriatrics or Jara cikitsa or Rasayana in Ayurveda is a method to control/slow down/arrest the aging process in the human body during the degenerative phase of one’s life. Rasayana is normally advised during this degenerative phase which starts from around 45 years in both male and female.
Ayurveda approaches this condition holistically through two types of methods.
One is known as Kutipraveshika Rasayana: a radical approach in which it recharges the whole metabolic process of the body by eliminating the toxins from the system by a three to four months rigorous and organized process. However, this process is seldom practiced due to the extreme intricacy of the physiological process involved.
The second and more popular approach of Ayurveda is Vataatapika Rasayana – which can be administered the daily routine of a normal day. This type of Rasayana is especially relevant in the current scenario as it has a relatively easy mode of administration without any restrictive pre-conditions.
Apart from this, Rasayana includes some specific brain tonics, eg: Shankhapushpi, Mandukaparni, Yashtimadhu and Guduchi.
Inevitably, the strength of Ayurveda in the context of care for the elderly is Rasayana therapy, which is unique because of its ability to promote longevity and influence all aspects of health in a positive way. Describing the effects of Rasayana, the classical texts of Ayurveda say that from Rasayana one attains longevity, improved harmony and intelligence, freedom from disorder, youthful vigour, excellence of skin luster, complexion and voice, optimum strength of physique and senses, command over language, respectability and brilliance.
Ayurveda considers the physical structure to be composed of 7 dhatus starting from Rasa (Rasadi Dhatus) and Rasayana is the tool to create premium dhatus (body tissues). The main utility of Rasayana therapy is in functional and degenerative disorders that have a chronic or long standing nature.
At Pranava we believe in such cases, Rasayana is the only solution from the point of view of effective management in any system of medicine. Rasayana becomes more fruitful and effective if it is preceded with suitable panchakarma (purificatory therapy).
Please come to our centre for a detailed consultation on what solutions will best work for the care of the elderly of your family and how to make these years comfortable for them, with the right remedies according to their needs.
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