The Ayurvedic View of Ageing, and its Reversal
Aging is a universal process that began with the origin of life, itself. Undoubtedly, human aging is associated with a wide range of physiological and cellular changes that limit our normal functions and make us more susceptible to death.
Aging has two main components, Chronological Aging which refers to the actual age of the person in terms of years, months, and days. This component of aging is unstoppable, unchangeable and irreversible. Physiological aging is the second component and refers to an individual’s development and changes based on certain cellular or molecular parameters. Thus, biological aging is a set of processes that triggers deterioration of health and ultimately to death as a function of chronological age. Unlike chronological aging, biological aging can be reversed or delayed. While aging in itself is inevitable, there are ways to reduce or delay the pathological effects of aging.
Aging is known as “Jara” defined as that which has become old by the act of wearing out. Ayurveda divides human life into—childhood (up to the age 16 years); youth and middle age [from 16 to 60 years (charaka) or 70 years (sushruta) and exhibits progressively the traits of growth ( 16–20 years of age), youth ( 20–30 years), maturity ( 30–40 years), deterioration ( 40 years onwards) which gradually sets in up to 60 years]; old age, wherein after 60–70 years the body elements, sense organs, strength, and so forth, begin to decay.
While describing aging, Ayurveda takes in consideration Prana (life energy that performs respiration, oxygenation and circulation). It governs two other subtle essence ojas and tejas. Ojas (the essence of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues) is responsible for the auto-immune system and mental intelligence, it is necessary for longevity. Displaced ojas creates the kapha-related disorders and decreased ojas creates vata-related reactions.
Tejas (the essence of a very subtle fire or energy) governs metabolism through the enzyme system. Agni promotes digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. Tejas is necessary for the nourishing and transformation of each dhatu. Aggravated tejas, burns away ojas reducing immunity and over stimulating pranic activity.
Aggravated prana produces degenerative disorders in the dhatus. Lack of tejas results in over production of unhealthy tissue and obstructs the flow of pranic energy. Just as it is essential to maintain balance amongst the tridosha—vata, pitta, kapha principles of motion, metabolism, structure, respectively, the dhatus and the three malas (bodily wastes); it is also important for longevity that prana, ojas and tejas remain in balance. The tridosha play a very important role in the maintenance of cellular health and longevity. Kapha maintains longevity on the cellular level. Pitta governs digestion and nutrition. Vata, which is closely related to pranic life energy, governs all life functions. Proper diet, exercise and lifestyle can create a balance among these three subtle essences, ensuring long life.
The use of Ayurvedic herbs was not only directed towards developing an attractive external appearance, but towards achieving longevity with good health. The terms of anti-aging activity described in Ayurveda are age defying, brighten skin-glow, cell regeneration, healing, nurturing, anti-inflammatory, strengthening skin metabolism and retarding aging. Many of these practices strongly depend on the season as well as daily routine has an subtle importance of its own.
Ayurveda considers Rasayana (rejuvenation and tonification) as one of the foremost branches of Astanga Ayurveda. The word Rasāyana should not be mistaken as a therapy exclusively related to old age. It can be applied from pediatrics to geriatrics. Susruta defies Rasāyana as a measure, which prolongs and provides positive health, improves mental faculties and provides resistance and immunity against diseases. Charaka states that the means of obtaining optimum nourishment to the Dhatus are called Rasayanas. Hence Rasyanas are good to be adopted to stop as well as reverse the accelerating or triggering of an early onset of aging.
Ayurveda describes several processes to address control and prevention of aging. There have been studies indicating physiological benefits of Panchakarma. Here at Sevayu we offer various rejuvenative therapies with help of special class of medicinal preparations called Rasayana that are believed to rebuild the body, mind, prevent degeneration and delay aging or rather reverse the aging process.
Anti-ageing Ayurvedic therapies include:
- Bolus Massage: Shashti Shalik Pinda Swedana
- Oleation and forementation: Pizhichil
- 3rd eye oil treatment: Shirodhara
- Application of herbal paste: Lepana
- Dry herbal powder massage: Udvartana
- Full body massage: Abhyanga
- Ayurvedic eye treatment: Akshi Tarpana
Based on your constitution, wellness needs and ageing-related concerns, an Ayurvedic specialist will recommend a specific therapeutic protocol.
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