Monday, 20 July 2015

Ayurvedic Treatment for Fighting the Aging

Anti aging creams, gels, face wash, powders and what not!!!

Which actually are alluring but do we really need them? Does aging is all about changes to your skin and hair.

Clearly NO, but we being a generation with smart phones with smart cameras which is always ready for a click running only for cosmetic things.

Aging is a multi-dimensional process of physical, physiological and social changes.
Changes in the posture and gait (walking pattern) are as evident with aging as changes in the skin and hair, Changes in the muscle tissue combined with changes in the nervous system causes muscle to have less tone and ability to contract. Muscles become rigid with age and may loss tone, even with regular exercise.

Bone mass or density is deteriorated as people age, especially in women after menopause. The bones loses calcium and minerals, they become more brittle and may break easily.
Inflammation, pain, stiffness and deformity may result from breakdown of joint structure.

Almost all elderly people are affected by joint changes ranging from minor stiffness to severe arthritis. As age advances brain and nervous system also go through the changes. Slowing of thoughts, memory and thinking is a normal part of aging. These changes are not same in everyone. Some people have many changes in their nerves and brain tissue, others have few changes.

But are we really concerned about these changes. Do we ever think of maintaining bones and joints of 20’s as we put our efforts to maintain the skin of 20’s? Do we ever give a thought to healthy aging?

Let’s first understand the key points of healthy aging-
·         Low probability of disease or disability
·         High cognitive and physical function capacity
·         Active engagement with life

 As WHO advocates, it is not important to add just years to your life but add life to your years. With help of wisdom of Ayurveda Shastra and advancements in Science, we can make life livable and more pleasant while it exists. The concept of Vayasthapana in Ayurveda deals with preserving the youthfulness of a body irrespective of its age and restricting progression towards senescence, along with enhancement of longevity, intellect, physical and mental strengths, and prevention from diseases. Yapana Vasti is suggested by Acharaya Charak especially for Vayasthapana purpose. Rasayana Tantra, one of the eight branches of Ayurveda isdedicated to rejuvenation, regeneration, immune-modulation, and healthy aging.

 We cannot do away with aging, but we can make it healthy and comfortable by simply following the Ayurveda principles given below-

1.                  Including some important principles of Dincharya (daily regimen) in the daily routine, for example, Anjana (a type of eye treatment), Abhayanga (body massage), especially Shiro-Abhayanga (head massage), Nasya (oily nasal drops), Sneha-Gandusha (retaining of oil in the mouth, cleansing of feet and external orifices and exercise.

2.                  By following the other principles of Swasthavritta such as following proper rules of diet and lifestyle, to bear suppressible urges (i.e., mental fluctuations) and to expel unsuppressible urges (i.e., natural urges), regular removal of aggravated Dosha according to Ritu (season) by Panchakarma, regular utilization of Rasayana (rejuvenating treatment) and Vaajikarana (aphrodisiacs).

3.                  Achar Rasayana” is an Ayurvedic strategy for regulating the behavioral social conduct, which ensures a healthy life in a healthy society. In modern times when individuals are exposed to different types of societies in their life time, the ability to adapt to the behavioral modes of that society alone can ensure social health of the individual. In fact “Achar Rasayana” is of greater relevance in today's highly mobile society than it was when first proposed.

If one follows these Ayurveda principles, a definite output will be that elderly population in our society can remain healthier and require lesser need of curative interventions.