Origin of Anti-Aging Therapy – maharishi ayurveda hospital

Anti-Aging TherapyAnti aging mainly means reversal of aging. It is mainly rejuvenation and different types of rasayana therapy are prescribed in Ayurveda which increase immunity power. Ayurveda says by taking rasayans we can overcome aging and be free from disease. Rasayana means Nectar of Life.

The best way to understand aging is to look at the biological markers of aging. These include blood pressure, body fat, muscle strength, auditory and visual thresholds, hormonal levels, immune function, metabolic rate, temperature regulation, bone density, skin thickness, skin wrinkles, cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, antioxidant levels, sex hormone levels, sugar tolerance, muscle mass, muscle strength, immune functions, etc. It is well documented that these biological markers of aging are reversible. It is possible to reverse biological aging by at least 15 to 20 years as compared to chronological age.

It is believed that the ancient sage Maharishi Chyavana first propounded the idea of anti-aging therapy. When the Maharshi was bogged down by old age, and low energy levels, and married a young lady, he started taking chyavanaprasha, an astonishing tonic and anti-aging medicine known as a rasayana. He soon found himself on the road to complete recovery and the rasayana also helped him to rediscover his youthful vitality and vigour.

Gooseberry [Phyllaanthus emblica or amla] is the main constituent of this rasayana. The herb, thanks to its anti-aging attributes, holds a pre-eminent place in the treatment of dementia, or loss of memory – medhakshaya – which afflicts the elderly in all climes.

Gooseberry is a useful medicine for old age diseases, thanks to its memory-boosting properties, improved results in vision. Also, when taken with honey, it makes a refreshing combination, and improves energy levels in all age groups.

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Rasayana is a special ayurvedic treatment. It has two modules – kutipravesika and vatatapika. The first ascribes itself to confining the patient in a small shelter and follows a rigid routine. The length of stay for the patient is subject to the nature of the illness and its severity. During the treatment, the patient is evaluated and given suitable rasayana, following which there is total restoration of health and freedom from illness.

Vatatapika form of treatment is less rigid and the patient is given appropriate rasayanas and routine.

Whatever the treatment procedure of either rasayana treatment, the objective, however, is the same – to cure the patient from disease and promote youthful longevity.

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RELEVANCE OF AYURVEDA IN TODAY’S LIFESTYLE – Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital

Ayurveda is composed of two words-‘ayur’ meaning life and ‘veda’ meaning ‘science’ i.e. Ayurveda can easily be understood as the ‘science of life’. When in today’s world science and technology are buzz words, the relevance of the ‘science of life’ itself cannot be lost.

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Ancient ayurvedic texts have been researched and a lot of hidden knowledge has been brought to surface light. For most people today’s life is busy, fast, challenging and thus not without stress and fatigue. By understanding the fundamentals of Ayurveda and adopting the simple tips in our life; can be very helpful in coping up with the fast paced life and taking care of the toll it takes on our physiologies.

We all follow some routine; a certain time to reach office, completing assignments on given dates, meeting deadlines etc. To lead a healthier life today and in the long run; we only need to sync this routine to an Ayurvedic routine. Ayurveda suggests having a routine ‘that rises with the sun and ends with sun’. Literally, one’s routine shall be in sync and inspired by the nature and should reflect the laws of nature. One of the keys to good health and feeling great all day long is living in tune with nature’s cycles.

We do not require running away from the responsibilities that we have to follow and adopt a lifestyle that is accordingly to nature. Instead what is required is that we incorporate few simple changes in our lifestyle that fulfills both the purposes of being healthy and fulfilling our responsibilities & dedicating our time demanded in the daily life.

Sunrise to Mid Morning: 6 am to 10 am of the day is dominated by the Kapha energy.  Kapha is said to be associated with laziness and lethargy; so if one leaves the bed after 10am one might not feel that fresh and active. So, it is the best time to wake up, energize and stimulate the body. It helps for a great start of the day. One should rise early, have a bath, meditate, exercise and have breakfast within two hours of waking up.

Mid- Day to Afternoon: 10 am to 2 pm in this time period Pitta is aggravated. Pitta is associated with Fire and functions to control the digestive system of the body. This means that having full meals at this time of the day will aid and improve the digestion. One should walk 100 steps after meals.

Afternoon to Evening: 2 pm to 6 pm the Vata energy is at the highest. It is associated with elimination, movement, nervous system etc. It also activates the mind and thus enhances creativity.  One should not indulge in physical activity during this time of the day and instead should opt for mental work, since the physical strength is low as compared to mental strength.

Evening to Night: 6 pm to 10 pm the cycle of the day is complete and again at this time Kapha energy starts to direct the body. It is the time to unwind and relax with the family. One should practice Meditation, have early dinner, walk and then go to bed.  There should be maximum of two hours gap between dinner & going to bed.

Such simple changes in life are practical as well as promote good health, resulting in better energy levels, less fatigue and also less chances of meeting with a disease.

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Ayurveda & Monsoon Routine – Swasthasy swasthya rakshnam – Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital

The primary objective of the Ayurveda is to safeguard the health of a healthy individual. To achieve this Ayurveda recommends following different diet and lifestyle schedule in each season which helps to maintain the health. Achaya Charak has compared our body to a vehicle which requires regular cleansing and occasional servicing. The former is compared to Dinachrya (daily routine) and the later is compared to Rituchaya (seasonal routine) that one needs to observe and adopt.

The year according to Ayurveda is divided into Six Ritus or seasons (Shishir, Vasant, Grishm, Varsha, Sharad, Hemant) the two kaalas-aadan kaal (Uttaryan) and visarg kaal (Dakshinayan). Each Kaala or time period comprise of three ritus. This division of the time periods is according to the position of the Sun. In Aadan Kaala the Sun and Wind are powerful; the Sun takes away the strength of the people. It is a depilating period.

In Visarg Kaala, the Sun releases the strength to the people. The moon is more powerful, the earth becomes cooler due to rain and cold wind. Varsha ritu is the ritu of Visarg Kaala.

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Ayurveda describes aggravation of vata dosha in varsha ritu, so the food and lifestyle should thus be such which helps in balancing the vata.

DIET—Agni is weak during the varsha ritu so the metabolism is sluggish. Water available in the reservoirs is also comparatively heavy to digest. An individual is likely to experience digestive problems during this period. Keeping this in mind one needs to make the following changes in their diet—

  1. Consume light and fresh food prepared from barley, rice and wheat
  2. Include cow’s ghee, lentils and green gram in daily diet
  3. Consume small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal
  4. Eat warm food and avoid eating uncooked foods and salads
  5. Avoid leafy vegetables during monsoon
  6. Drink boiled and cooled down water mixed with honey
  7. Avoid curds, one may take buttermilk instead of curds
  8. Avoid drinking excess of fluids at this time as this further slows down the metabolism
  9. Ginger, black pepper and lemon juice may be taken to reinforce appetite. Use of honey is recommended
  10. Maintain a balanced diet comprising of foodstuffs of 6 tastes but increase intake of sweet, sour and salty food
  11. Classics state that consuming haritaki (terminalia chebula) with rock salt is beneficial for this season.

LIFESTYLE—Only taking healthy diet may not provide desired benefits unless supported by a healthy lifestyle. The important changes that one should make in one’s lifestyle are-

  1. Avoid overexertion and over exposure to sun. Avoid moving out in afternoon sun.
  2. Always keep the surroundings dry and clean. Don’t allow water to get accumulated around.
  3. Avoid sleeping during day time.
  4. Wear light cotton clothes and keep yourself dry and warm.
  5. Go for an oil massage regularly and have warm water bath daily.
  6. Panchkarma treatment can be done. This season is ideal for Basti treatments; Vaman and Virechan are also recommended.
  7. Avoid getting wet in rain. If you happen to get wet, change into dry clothes as soon as possible to avoid getting infections as immunity is low during this season.
  8. Drying clothes with fumes of lobhan and dry neem leaves is also recommended in Ayurvedic texts. Use of perfumes is advocated in this season.

According to Ayurveda when the season is changing; an individual changes his diet and lifestyle to suit the particular season, the change must be gradual over a period of 15 days. Slowly try to give up the earlier lifestyle and adopt the new one.

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