Dr Anju K Bhardwaj
Abstract: At the biological level, ageing results from the impact of the accumulation of a wide variety of molecular and cellular damage over time. This leads to a gradual decrease in physical and mental capacity, a growing risk of disease, and ultimately, death. Advancement of age usually creates numerous problems in the individual. Geriatric problems may be mainly divided into four categories: physical, psychological, emotional, and social. Ayurveda, has got the potential for prevention of diseases by health promotion and management of diseases occurring in old age. Jarachikitsa or Rasayana is a unique therapeutic methodology to delay ageing and to minimize the intensity of problems occurring this degenerative phase of ones life. Future aging can be reduced before the occurrence of old age. Vayasthapana (Anti-ageing herbs) are specialized rasayana drugs that reverse degenerative changes, increase life span with quality health. Ayurveda has potential to offer effective and safe approach is prevention and management of geriatric disorders. It is the demand of the hour to develop an effective holistic protocol for geriatric care by combining Rasayana, Panchkarma, Dietetics, Ayurvedic medicines and Yoga.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Geriatric Healthcare, Rasayana, Yoga