With an increased life expectancy around the world, health concerns during the later adult life have become increasingly relevant. Common ailments that affect one during old age are usually degenerative disorders and metabolic imbalances. Most of these are positively managed by following natural healthcare principles of Ayurveda. Preventing worsening of diseases and maintaining a vigorous and wholesome lifestyle during old age is possible through regular Ayurvedic monitoring and treatments.

Joint pain and arthritis – Degenerative joint disorders including arthritis are commonly seen in older adults. Painful joints with or without swelling is a common symptom seen in this condition. Effective pain management with substantial relief in symptoms can be achieved from traditional Ayurveda treatments. Application of medicated oils, herbal pastes, poultices etc are beneficial in reducing inflammation and pain, at the same time helpful in regaining muscular and skeletal health.

Osteoporosis – Weakening of bones making them prone to higher risks of breaks and fractures is a common condition popular in old age, particularly in post menopausal women. Early detection and preventive measures can definitely reduce the risks associated with the condition. Ayurvedic treatments focus on strengthening of the body tissues with the help of powerful herbal formulations along with proper external application of nourishing medicaments leaving extended wellness to skeletal health and bone strength.

Urinary incontinence and disorders of kidney – Reduced strength of nerves and muscles associated with the Urinary system including the kidneys can be seen as a result of ageing. Metabolic disorders like Diabetes can also result in urinary incontinence and Kidney diseases. Kidney health requires special care even before the onset of old age. Following customized ayurvedic regimen in diet and lifestyle and also seasonal detoxification treatments are proven to be helpful in maintaining proper urinary system function. Specific herbs and formulations that support kidney functions and urinary disorders are being effectively used by Ayurvedic professionals around the world. Panchakarma treatments like Virechana, Vasti along with proper preparatory therapies are also highly effective in relieving urinary incontinence and other disorders related to kidneys.

Insomnia and sleep disorders – During the later adulthood, it has become very common that people are becoming increasingly insomniac and restless. Increased usage of gadgets and other lifestyle changes in diet and sleep patterns could take the blame for this to an extent. Over stimulation of the sense organs and lack of proper relaxation can result in profound consequences in almost all systems of the body. When the body clock or the circadian rhythm start getting affected, the nervous system itself can be directly impacted and may lead to secondary disorders involving sleep and cognition. Organic methods in restoring normal sleep patterns are more beneficial in geriatric management and it can be availed by following wholesome Ayurvedic treatment principles and practices.

Hypertension – Perhaps the most common lifestyle disorder of modern era, hypertension is slowly becoming increasingly prevalent all around the world. Fast paced life and stressful work and personal spaces are creating too much of pressure on human functioning and this is reflecting through rising numbers of such ailments. Hypertension can be due to various underlying causes and proper management of such causes can reverse the condition to a greater extent. Identifying the causes and following a more disciplined lifestyle can help a lot in this direction. Relaxing treatments like Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Pizhichil, etc are beneficial in case of stress related hypertension conditions where as further internal medicaments and treatments can be considered in case of other systemic causes if present for the Hypertension condition. Herbal remedies like Sarpagandha  may be used under supervision.

Cardiovascular health – Similar to Diabetes or hypertension, Cardio vascular disorders also have their onset most commonly in the later adulthood. Deterioration of the heart muscle strength and also that of the blood vessels further escalates the condition. Metabolic weaknesses leading to higher levels of certain blood components and their accumulations along the blood flow could cause blockages within the vessels and cause acute cardiovascular events. Heart health has been dealt with utmost importance in Ayurvedic texts and specific herbs and formulations are also being suggested. Detoxifying treatments based on comprehensive Ayurvedic Panchakarma principles and their Pre and Post therapeutic procedures are highly effective in restoring heart health.

BPH and prostate health – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition in older men. It involves the enlargement of the prostate gland, mostly non cancerous, which can lead to urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty in starting and stopping urination, weak urine flow, and the feeling of incomplete passage of urine. Ayurveda offers holistic approaches to support prostate health and manage BPH with the help of natural ingredients like Brihathi, Gokshura, Shilajit, etc. to name a few and also treatment procedures including Panchakarma.

Menopausal disorders – Menopause is a significant milestone in a woman’s life. It brings a vast array of alterations that could be physical, mental or emotional. It is a very difficult stage that a woman has to go through and any amount of support and backup can still be incomplete. Menopausal stage can cause physical difficulties like fatigue, sleep issues, burning sensation, inflammations, etc. or mental and emotional difficulties like anxiety, depression, irritability, etc. Proper support from the family along with timely therapeutic interventions in preventing worsening of these conditions can go a long way in the well being of an individual. Ayurvedic gynecology has effective protocols including internal and external relaxing treatments that can reduce the symptoms and bring overall well being of women in her menopausal journey.

Memory loss and cognitive disorders – Ayurveda recognizes the importance of deteriorating body function and strength during old age and has a dedicated branch that focuses on preventing extreme geriatric health concerns in one’s life by following a disciplined lifestyle and undergoing regular balancing treatments based on specific protocols unique to each individual. Preserving one’s cognitive abilities and brain function is top of the list there and a multitude of formulations can be found in ancient Ayurvedic textbooks beneficial in this direction. Herbs like Brahmi, Sankhapushpi, Aswagandha, etc are a few examples of ingredients with immense benefits in cognitive support and well being as mentioned in Ayurveda.

Vision Problems – Eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration can affect vision in older adults. Ayurveda suggests eye exercises, eye drops with herbal extracts like Triphala, and a diet rich in antioxidants to support eye health.

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