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ROLE OF RASAYANA IN GERIATRICS (JARACHIKITSA) AND MENTAL HEALTH (MANSIK SWASTHA)-AN AYURVEDIC REVIEW

*Dr. Arunesh Kumar Dwivedi, Dr. Archana Tiwari and Dr. Hemlata

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Geriatric health care is the process of planning and coordinating care of the elderly with physical and mental impairments to meet their longterm needs, improve their quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible. India has, acquired the label of "An aging nation with 8.3% of its population being more than 60 years old. Due to increased elderly population, the prevalence of Geriatric specific disease condition is also increase number of psychiatric complications like Dementia, Delusional disorders, Hallucinations, Depression, Anxiety, Personality alterations, Alzheimer's disease and age related neurological problems. Geriatrics or JaraChikitsa or Rasayana in Ayurveda is a method to control or slow down or arrest the aging process in the human being during the degenerative phase of life and act as micronutrients. Some of these Rasayans are organ and tissue specific. Those specific to brain tissue are called Medhya Rasayan. In Ayurveda Medhya Ras ayanas' e.g. Mandukparni Swaras, Yashtimadhu Churna with Ksheer (Milk), Guduchi Swaras, and Shankhapushpi Kalka are known to be beneficial to improve the intellectual. Medhya Rasayana drugs are used for prevention and treatment of Geriatric disorder. These drugs promote the Dhi,Dhriti, Smriti. This helps the mental patients to get relieves from stress anxiety and depression.

Keywords: Gara Rasayan, Chikitsa, Medhya Rasayan.


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