Ayurvedic Treatment for Age-related Disorders

DrSri By DrSri, 18th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1gjam76p/
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Ayurveda, which literally means “complete knowledge for long life”, is not merely a path to treat diseases, but is a science for a good and healthy lifestyle. The two main objectives of Ayurveda are prevention of diseases in healthy individuals and treatment of the diseased.

Ayurvedic Approach to Treat Age-related Disorders

Ayurveda, which literally means “complete knowledge for long life”, is not merely a path to treat diseases, but is a science for a good and healthy lifestyle. The two main objectives of Ayurveda are prevention of diseases in healthy individuals and treatment of the diseased. The first aim is given more importance so that every individual can live a healthy and disease free, long life.

In our body, destruction and construction go on simultaneously. But as we age, the destruction process is more predominant and as a result of which, the cellular functions of the body start deteriorating. According to Ayurveda, the structural and functional destruction in the cells of the body leads to vitiation of vata dosha which is predominantly seen in old age. Therefore, vata predominant disorders are more common in old age.

Ayurvedic approach to mitigate age –related disorders includes prescription of Rasayana Therapy. Rasayanas are powerful anti-oxidants which prevent the formation of free radicals thus preventing the cellular destruction. These Rasayanas act at various levels in our body, such as cellular level, agni (metabolism) and the strotasa (channels) and help in rejuvenation of the body. Ayurvedic herbs used in Rasayanas, which are advised in old age, include Amla, Haritaki, Brahmi, Giloy, Gokhshura, Shatavari etc.

Some of the disorders that are predominantly found in old age and their treatment as per Ayurveda, are mentioned below:

Joint Disorder like osteoarthritis, arthritis, gout: It is a vata predominant disorder leading to pain and swelling in the joints. Ayurvedic herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora Mukul), Nirgudi (Vitex Negundo), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and certain calcium containing products like praval pisti, mukta bhasma, kapardika bhasma, kukkutandtvak bhasma, etc, besides Ayurvedic preparations like Mahayograj Guggul, Yogaraj Guggul are used for treating joint-related disorders..

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy: Enlargement of prostate is a common age related problem in males leading to increase frequency of urination. Ayurvedic treatment involves prescription of Kanchnar guggulu and Chandraprabha vati. Herbs like Gokhshura (Tribulus terrestris), Varuna (Cratavea nurvala) are also useful in treating BPH.

Alzheimer's disease: It is an age related degenerative disorder of the brain and can be prevented by the regular use of Ayurvedic rasayanas such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and herbs like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Guduchi (Tinospora cardifolia), Yashtimadhu(Licorice), etc.

Memory Loss: This can be prevented and improved by regular use of Medhya Rasayanas such as Shankhpuspi churna, Brahmi churna, Brahm rasayan, Smriti sagar ras, Saraswatarishta, etc.

Loss of Vision: Loss of vision, which takes place due to deterioration of macular cells, can be prevented by regular use of Saptamrit lauha with Triphala Ghrita and milk. Ayurvedic purification techniques like Trataka Kriya and Netra Darpan are also helpful in improving vision.

Insomnia: It is a common disorder in aging individual, caused due to vitiation of vata dosha. Ashwagandha churna, Ashwagandharishta, Sarpagandha Churna, Jatamansi Churna, Tagara churna are favored Ayurvedic preparations, which help in improving quality of sleep. Ayurvedic rejuvenation technique like Shirodhara can also be a useful remedy for insomnia. It relieves the stress and improves the sleep and memory related disorders.

Besides these, several other disorders which prevail in old age such as hearing loss, constipation, loss of appetite, etc, can be prevented by improving our lifestyle, and adopting Ayurvedic diet; besides practicing Yoga, Pranayama, regular walk and exercise daily.

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author avatar Val Mills
20th Feb 2011 (#)

Interesting article. Unfortunately I've never heard of most of the treatments above and imagine they may be quite expensive in my country, New Zealand.

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author avatar Ajith kumar
24th Jul 2011 (#)

Intresting article.these disease r comn in our society.and also use ful in ayurvedic students. Because i am a ayurvedic student.i expect detail of more diseases

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