Ayurveda has special treatments for aged people as it aims at a holistic approach towards healthy body and it aims to achieve those through an overall development of the body.
Ayurveda has a holistic approach towards all the problems of the human body including aging. As the human body becomes older, it undergoes several changes both externally and internally.
According to Ayurveda, the human body is based on the balance of different ‘doshas’ in the body and in old-age the balance changes and this causes some internal and external changes. That is why elderly people are usually susceptible to several chronic diseases.
Ayurveda has special treatments for aged people as it aims at a holistic approach towards healthy body and it aims to achieve those through an overall development of the body. This involves treatments for both mental and physical improvement. In Ayurveda, old age is referred to as “Vardhakya” and the branch of Ayurveda that deals with the health of aged people is called as Jara Chikitsa or Rasayana. This particular branch is responsible for vitalizing, stimulating, fortifying, rejuvenating and thus preventing the human body from aging symptoms.
Ayurveda is not just about extending the number of years of a human life; and rather aims to achieve an improvement in the quality of life. In this regard, Ayurveda recommends an overall change in the lifestyle which includes yoga, exercises, meditation and the use of some natural herbs. Even dietary changes are required to achieve better physical strength, mental stability, psychological power and a healthy skin.
As mentioned above, Ayurveda believes in the presence of Doshas called, pitta, vata and kapha in the body. With aging, the balance of these doshas might change. Some external factors also contribute to the changes. For instance, due to stress, imbalanced nutrition and even psychological weakness vata constituent might get aggravated. The aggravation of vata can lead to improper functioning of the human body like respiration, digestion etc which can lead to severe problems like heart disorders, diabetes, depression, etc.
Ayurveda believes in the old saying of “prevention is better than cure” and that is why it recommends a balanced lifestyle that can improve the immunity of the body and make sure that the body stays healthy. For this, we need to follow a strict routine that includes physical exercises and a nutritious diet. Other treatments like yoga and meditation can also be helpful. Rasayana treatment is also found to be helpful for the elderly. It is a treatment that helps in revitalizing the aging body and thus helps the body to regain the strength. It also strengthens the immunity and in turn helps the body to fight against diseases and also speed up the recovery process.
Other important treatments for the elderly include herbal massages like Shirodhara, Padabhanga and Abhyanga. These massages include herbal oils that help in revitalizing the body and reduce stress and pains in the body. These massages can be done for specific pains and also for rejuvenation. It will help the body to restore the lost energy. Since these pains are very common among aging people, these massages are mostly effective for them. It can also be helpful for the treatment of chronic diseases like arthritis, asthma, sciatica etc.