As the science of life and longevity, Ayurveda aims to improve quality of life and self-dependency rather than just extend the years of life.

Elderly health: An Ayurvedic perspective

Understanding elderly health

Ayurveda doesn’t view aging as a disease process but as a natural, inevitable progression where the mind and body can remain healthy (2). As the science of life and longevity, Ayurveda aims to improve quality of life and self-dependency rather than just extend the years of life (1). The aim of Ayurveda is to achieve total overall good health on all levels. Jara Chikitsa or Rasayana Chikitsa is one of the eight specialised branches of Ayurveda and is dedicated to elderly/geriatrics and rejuvenation therapy. This is one of Ayurveda’s key strengths (3).

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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