Anti 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.
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.