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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 516-519

A critical review of concept of aging in Ayurveda

1 Lecturer, Department of Swasthavritta and Yoga, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Lecturer, Department of Basic Principles, Pt. K.L.S. Government (Auto.) Ayurvedic College & Institute, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Reader, Department of Basic Principles, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Ayurveda, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Durgawati Devi
Lecturer, Department of Swasthavritta, National Institute of Ayurveda, Madhav Vilas Palace, Amer Road, Jaipur - 302002, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.82030

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Ayurveda has a holistic approach toward all the miseries of man and aging is one of these. It is classified as one of the natural and Yapya (palliative) diseases. It is the process of becoming old and decaying. As age advances, several changes take place in the body, in the external appearance, in the condition of Dosha, Dhatu, Mala, Agni, Oja, and so on, as well as in the mental and cognitive functions. Elderly people are susceptible to several chronic diseases also. The problems of the elderly are becoming a matter of great concern as increased life expectancy due to better medical services and improved technology is resulting in an increasing population of the aged. By the year 2020, the World will have more than one billion people aged 60 and over, and more than two-thirds of them will be living in the developing countries. A major concern related to the rapid increase in the population of the aged is that there will be an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases and disabilities, both being conditions that tend to accompany the aging process. This burden is increasing day by day. In the Ayurvedic texts, a comprehensive description has been given of aging. The aim of this conceptual article is to compile and re-evaluate the various principles related to different aspects of aging.

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