Aging Management – Modern and Ayurvedic Perspective
The world right now is a competitive place where almost everyone is dissatisfied with how they look. The entertainment industry has set unrealistic standards of fitness, beauty and youth. Medical science is developing methods – fair as well as unfair – to defy the effect of time on the human body. Everyone is secretly hoping technology finds a way to keep us young and alive forever. What serves as the motivation behind all of this is the jiveshna – the pursuit of life, which is instinctive in all organisms. While aging is compulsory (so is death), Ayurveda can actually help an individual to cooperate with their body in its natural process, consume vital herbs to replenish its losses, and even enjoy being fully alive and aware.
Aging – the nightmare of men and women alike – is the body’s natural process and we’re not going to lie – it is unavoidable. Although everyone can list a few things they think they won’t be able to do when they are older; there are only a few of us who know (or want to know) why and how our bodies age. Aging management begins with the realization that aging is unavoidable. Only those conditions can be treated that are recognized.
Did you know that recognition of aging was an eye-opener for Buddha?
Buddha was a prince and he was intentionally kept away from all signs of death and decay. But one day he discovered that every tree decays, and every animal dies, and that was the moment he renounced the world, and later attained enlightenment.
We are not Buddhas (yet), and that’s why we are discussing aging management here. Let’s at least acknowledge aging, and understand what it is.
Aging can simply be explained as the wearing out of the body due to extensive use over time. We use our bodies for so much work, and it gets old, like the tea pot you bought years ago doesn’t shine as much now, like your house isn’t as ‘new’ as it was when you had built it. While the house can be renovated and you can always buy new utensils, the body’s degeneration isn’t as small a deal. This is why we are all running away from aging.
Who wants to age?
Had man been granted just one wish that nature would fulfill, it would be eternal youth. Children, adults and the elderly – all look up to the young man and admire his strength, energy and liveliness. Youth is admired by all, for youth is the zenith of life. Right from the moment of conception, life force starts gathering strength from all available sources and builds the best possible body. This process goes on until the highest level of life energy is reached. This level of energy is called youth. Like the Sun cannot always stay overhead, youth too doesn’t stay, it starts declining, and by the time we realize this decline, we are too afraid to cherish the life we still have. We start looking for ways that could make us stay in our bodies for longer. The most popular resorts are modern ‘anti-aging treatments.
The Modern Perspective: – Medical Interventions in Aging Management
It is scary that there is much going on in the medical world regarding aging management, much more than anti-aging creams. Cloning, organ transplantation, genetic and hormonal modification, the list only gets longer. And the scary factor about it is that these technologies interfere with the course of nature. Man is planning to live forever by replacing all organs that expire, little does he know that nature doesn’t accept technological interference and eliminates all external components like it would eliminate waste. The only way to make aging more of an enjoyable activity is by supporting the body’s natural course.
What Ayurveda Has to Say about Aging
A healthy person can immediately be spotted if he has these key characteristics in his behavior
I.e. Aahara, a diet that is balanced, and vihara, a routine that is best suitable according to the season, the region, the time of the day, and the doshic constitution of the individual. Not only aahara and vihara are essential components of an ideal Ayurvedic routine, they have also been mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita as key factors contributing to a seeker who wishes to be established in yoga.
The Ayurvedic definition of aging is loss of the dhatus, or the elements that have formed the body. This loss can be replenished by feeding the body with essential herbs that not only reduce the effect of the atmosphere, but also nourish the deepest cores of the body so that it keeps functioning at its best as long as it is required.
Levels of aging
Aging affects the body at all levels, and while we see only grey hair, lack of reproductive energy, or loss of eyesight, aging actually begins at cellular level where cells work to carry out the processes of the body. According to Ayurveda, aging occurs at various levels of the body in the following order
- Loss of Reproductive Ability of Cells
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Loss of Lubrication from the Joints and Optic Nerves
- Loss of Bone Density
- Loss of Tissue Density
- Loss of Blood Cells
- Finally, Loss of Body Fluids
Ayurveda aims to treat a problem as soon as the first sign appears. This prevents the manifestation of the disease at deeper levels.
What You Can Do
It must be noted that aging is not a disease but a natural process; hence it needs management rather than treatment. Besides a fairly balanced diet consisting of fresh ingredients, the following tips prove beneficial for everyone
- Mental health should be taken utmost care of.
- Yoga should be practiced under expert supervision.
- Diet and lifestyle that promotes brain health should be adapted, since mental health greatly depends on the physical health of the brain.
- Consume more foods that balance out excess mucus, for example, sour foods, and those high in vitamin C and iron.
- Revitalizing herbs can be consumed upon recommendation from an Ayurvedic physician.
- Ayurvedic oils should generously be used for application on the body.
Ayurvedic Tonics for a Healthy Aging Process by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda is a GMP certified herbal manufacturing unit offering products across all over the world. These formulations are prepared under the guidance of ayurveda expert by following the strict ayurveda principles. They provide various herbal formulations for the management of numerous health ailments.
Some of the effective formulations for Ageing are listed below
- Brahmi Chyawanprash
- Shilajit Capsules
- Amalaki Rasayan
- Kumkumadi Oil
1. Brahmi Chyawanprash
Brahmi chywanprash is an ayurvedic jam prepared with traditional herbs mentioned in ancient ayurvedic literature. The ingredients of this formulation includes
- Brahmi (Bacopa monieri)
- amalaki (emblica officinalis)
- amalaki (emblica officinalis)
- bala (sida cordifolia)
- Ashwagandha (withania somnifera)
- Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri)
- shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and various other herbs
This formulation shows wonders in restricting the ageing process as it is classically mentioned as rasayan (rejuvenator). Thus provide strength, luster to skin and body, and sustain normal functioning of body
Dosage- 1 tsp twice daily with milk after meals.
2. Shilajit Capsules
This is a safe single herbal formulation prepared using the standardized extract of Shilajit (Asphaltum Punjabinum) which is a resin that forms and seeps through the rocks of the Himalayas. It is a dark colored extract which is purified and then made into capsules to be used as a vitalizer. It is an amazing antioxidant thus detoxifies all the cells and boosts the immune system of the body.
Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.
3. Amalaki Rasayan
Amalaki rasayan is a safe herbal product offered by Planet ayurveda for ageing. The primary ingredient of this formulation is amla (Emblica officinalis) which is the richest source of naturally occurring vitamin C, and should be taken as a tonic for eye and skin health. Amalaki Rasayan capsule is an ayurvedic formulation packed with high quality amla fruit pulp blended with other herbs required during preparation. It modulates the immunity by increasing the fighting capacity of the body with infections. Along with that it also pacifies the tridosha and maintains the normal body functioning.
Dosage - 2 Capsules, twice daily with water, after meals.
4. Kumkumadi oil
Kumkumadi oil is a classical ayurvedic preparation consisting of around 15 herbs that prevent skin cell degeneration. It is used for local application on the face. The ingredients aid in managing the ageing, detoxifies the skin cells and provide lustre and glow to the skin.
Dosage- Quantity sufficient or advised by the physician.
Thus, we can conclude that the above provided herbal formulation gives very effective results in slowing the process of ageing. These products are totally safe and free from adverse effects. Then, what are you waiting for? Use these formulations and keep your skin everlasting and growing! Remember, nothing can beat a healthy lifestyle that is backed by Ayurveda. For further queries you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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