6 Ways To Treat Ageing Through Ayurveda
Ageing has been the biggest concern for human beings since ancient times. Medical science has progressed and managed to understand the ageing process and helped find ways to control issues like cancer, diabetes, respiratory infections, strokes, etc. Ayurveda offers a complete approach for all the despairs of man, including ageing.
In Ayurveda, ageing is:
- A physiological or a natural process that happens as the age progresses.
- A pathological process which happens due to early degeneration. It’s seen in people who experience ageing before time. There is dhatukshaya-degeneration on a regular basis, on a cellular level.
Lifestyle changes, exercises, and Ayurvedic remedies that help in slowing-down ageing are:
1. Regular Abhyangam Massage
It is a full-body oil therapy. Regular oleation to the body rejuvenates the cells on a regular basis. Oils used for the therapy include khsheerbala, dhanwantar oil, bala and lakshadi which nourish the body.
2. Panchakarma Therapy
Therapies like vapan, basti, matra basti, rajyapan basti, bruhan basti, and more are nourishing treatments for the body. These are recommended in Ayurveda. Yapan itself means maintenance and longevity; Bruhan means nourishment.
3. Stress Relief
Stress in any form- mental or physical, takes a toll on the health. Everyone’s body degenerates, but when someone experiences extensive stress, the body degenerates at a quicker pace and shows the symptoms of pathological ageing. Daily meditation helps in controlling many ailments and relaxes the mind deeply. Therapies like Shirodhara, Nirvana, etc take care of the mental and physical stress.
4. Sufficient Sleep
Sleep is a natural phenomenon through which the body tries to repair its cells. It’s a body’s natural mechanism to rejuvenate itself. Nidra which means sleep, is considered to be an important pillar amongst the 3 pillars of life. Hence, late nights and daytime sleeping except a few exceptions should be avoided. For people facing insomnia, herbal remedies and therapies like Shirodhara, Nasyam, Thalapothichil, Talam work wonders.
5. Regular Exercise
- Regular exercise helps in rejuvenating the body cells.
- It gives stability to mind and body.
- Generates energy and clears blocked channels.
- Exercising according to one’s physical capacity is advised to slow-down ageing and keep the cells nourished.
- Exercise also helps to discipline the mind and relieve stress, thereby helping in replenishing body cells.
- Keeping your skin hydrated is very important to avoid ageing signs like wrinkles.
- Keeping your pores clear by cleaning any make-up or cream applied on the skin; cosmetics and creams block the pores.
- Have enough fluids; clean your face with fresh water.
- Avoid sitting continually and directly under air conditioners; they block the pores.
- Use warm water for drinking and bathing.
- Sleep properly at night and avoid sleeping during the daytime.
- Ensure proper evacuation of the bowel.
- Get your diet managed by an Ayurvedic doctor.
- Focus on weight control.
- Do yoga and pranayama.