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Indian Journal of Scientific Research
Year : 2010, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 81) Last page : ( 85)
Print ISSN : 0976-2876.

Principles and practice of Panchkarma therapy in geriatric diseases

Srivastava V. K.a,1, Vaibhay A.b, Antiwal M.c, Tiwari S. K.d

Department of Kayachikitsa, I. M. S. B. H. U., Varanasi, India

aE-mail: srivast_25@yahoo.com

bE-mail: drvamit@gmail.com

cE-mail: antiwalmeera@gmail.com

dE-mail: sktkayachiMtsa@yahoo.in

1Corresponding author

Online published on 14 October, 2011.

Abstract

Panchakarma presents a unique approach of Ayurveda to the therapy with specially designed five procedures of internal purification of the body including the gross channels (Gastro intestinal tract Respiratory Tract etc) up to the subtlest levels (like cells, molecules, cell membranes etc). Such purification permits the biological system to return to normalcy and to rejuvenate spontaneously and also facilitates the desired therapeutic effects to curative remedies administrated thereafter. Panchakarma therapy is not only a prerequisite for all the therapeutic procedures and medications, but has also a full therapy role as promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative procedures. During last few decades there has been a significant rise in the average life expectant of the people in India and abroad. With the growing number of elderly people in today's society i.e. from 3.3% of 1950 to 14.8% of 2050; health problems of old age are becoming more and more evident. Accordingly Geriatrics is emerging as a major medical specialty world over. Disease pacifying treatment should be planned according to disease affected; mostly the Geriatric disorders have flourished during old age which is the best period for vitiation of Vata dosha and sarva dhatu kshaya.

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Keywords

Panchkarma, svedana, anuvasan.

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