In elderly patients, disturbance of function in one system is more likely than patients to adversely affect the function of other organs, mainly heart and the brain.(eg: a heart already affected by years of hypertension but functioning normally may go into congestive heart failure, if diabetes uncontrolled and remains undetected and untreated.)
Ayurvedic approach in geriatric care is of great significance, ayurveda always consider disease conditions us multiple pathologies, which includes both physical and mental. Almost all the preparations mentioned and used are combinations of different herbs which are having multiple actions, thus treating a major disease and caring multiple pathologies.
In ayurveda there are multiple pharmacological formulations suiting different age groups. one of the important advantages of ayurveda is its approach to digestive fire( AGNI) and almost all medications improve your digestion, absorption ,elimination. most of the geriatric conditions can be corrected by maintaining AGNI, ayurveda will do wonders in managing chronic geriatric disorders.
Ayurveda emphasis on external body treatments using oil and other liquids, the so called preparations for extenal body treatments are very good for musculoskeletal disoders affecting old age. As we all know aeging causes reduction in muscle bulk, loss of moisture , tissue damage, skin changes, lethargy, circulatory defects etc .
Here are some of the cases in which ayurveda had proven its benifits
Osteoarthiritis,parkinsons diseae, depression,CVA, dementia,hypertension,chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis,piles,enlarged prostate, chronic urinary tract infections, diabetes, hearing loss, glucoma etc.
Dr.Samson c Varghese
Cheif Research officer