Good health in old age, the Ayurveda way
Ayurveda elaborates prevention and then talks about disease management. Regimens are devised for daily life with seasonal specificity. These instructions provide the platform for an individual to minimize the probability of a person suffering during old age. Added to this, a total change of lifestyle, pollution, erratic eating habits and lack of will to focus on one’s own health add up to the imposing challenge for a healthy old age with reference to current generation.
Ayurveda’s medicinal solutions and therapies are unique as all the above factors are taken into account. At every therapy advocated by Ayurveda, either restrictions are mentioned or lesser grade of treatment for old age are specified.
Old age health care is practiced in adherence to classical Ayurvedic principles with aid of modern diagnostic modules. Integrative medicine is implemented from the stage of recording the suffering to the treatment process by combining yoga and specific ayurvedic diet recommendations. Abhyangam ( therapeutic massage) Swedanam(herbal fomentation or sweating therapy) Dhara, Pizhichil etc. are applied after proper scrutiny of the patient.
Two forms of rasayana therapy Kutipravesika
While acquiring the treatment of kutipravesika, the person has to stay indoors. In the meantime, he/she consumes the rasayana, as prescribed by the Ayurvedic practitioner. To perform kutipravesika, elaborate arrangements are done. A special type of cottage is constructed for the purpose, wherein the individual is treated. The person follows a prescribed diet, strictly, while undergoing kutipravesika. Before taking this form of rejuvenation therapy, the person has to undergo Panchkarma therapy (detoxification of body).
While performing the vatatapika method of rejuvenation therapy, the person is given different types of Ayurvedic herbal preparations, as prescribed by the practitioner. This treatment is especially suitable for those, who cannot stay at an Ayurvedic clinic for a long time. This treatment suggests that the person should take the medicines at dawn on an empty stomach. Vatatapika can be opted for even without undergoing the Panchakarma therapy.
Benefits of rejuvenation therapy
1. It improves the overall health of the person undergoing the treatment.
2. It increases concentration and memory power.
3. The skin looks youthful and radiates a natural glow, after the person undergoes the rejuvenation therapy.
4. It brings calmness and de-stresses the mind, relieving it from anxiety, depression and stress related problems.
5. There is a higher resistance to diseases – Optimum strength of the body is assured by the Rasayana therapy.
Dr. Gowthaman is Director, rVita
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