IMPORTANCE OF GHRITA AS ABHYANTARA SNEHA IN VRUDDHAVASTHA
The prevalence of illness increases as we age; at the same time, life expectancy decreases. Ayurveda, as ancient science has potential for prevention of diseases by health promotion and management of geriatric. Management needs not only curative but also preventive, rehabilitative and terminal care. In Ayurveda, Ghrita is indicated Nityasevaniya Rasayana and also in old age being best among all the Snehas and Vayasthapana. Ghrita plays an important role in controlling Vata Dosha, which is the main causative factor of old age. The presence of Mahabhutas and Gunas in Ghrita helps to maintain the health of old age persons from deterioration. Being best among all the Snehas and Vayasthapana, maintains the normal functions of Doshas, Dhatus, Malas and adds to the essence of Ojas. Therefore Ghrita is considered as par excellence and drug of choice in old age. It is the need of the time to develop an effective holistic aproach for geriatric care by combining Rasayana, Panchkarma and Dietetics, Ayurvedic medicines, lifestyle and Yoga.
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