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AYURVEDIC APPROACH TOWARDS WOMEN SPECIFIC GERIATRIC DISEASES

Ankita*, Shaily Jalan and Bipan Chander

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Life is a time bound phenomenon. The man is born, grows to adulthood, passes to senility and ultimately dies. Still a long healthy life is the most cherished desire of man. The process of aging is a self induced continuous process. It cannot be stopped but can be delayed by the way we earn it or we spend it. Ageing is a process of physical, psychological and social change in multi dimensional aspects. Elderly face different health issues. They can be physical, social, spiritual, psychological or emotional. The standard human life span as contemplated in scriptures is of 100 years, after which the body becomes senile and decayed to cease; although the jeeva (barring physical body) is immortal and transmigrates from one body to another. Ageing happens in every single living organism of any species. Although the elderly people face somewhat common problems irrespective of gender, yet the female elderly population has to face some peculiar health related issues. Through this article, an attempt is made to highlight the women specific health issues faced by women in old age. Ayurveda can help the elderly women in many ways in order to cope up the health issues. This review article is directed towards ayurvedic approach to deal the health issues in elderly women. Significant ayurvedic intervention in women specific geriatric problems has been incorporated in this article.

Keywords: Geriatrics, menopausal syndrome, Osteoporosis, uterine prolapse, urinary incontinence.


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