Effect of Abhyanga on Vaatvridhi: A Case Study

R Kiran, Pabitwar
2017 Greentree Group © IJAPC Int J Ayu Pharm Chem   unpublished
Ageing is a process of physical, psychological and social change in multi dimensional aspects. The World population of the old persons is rising and it is estimated that up to the year 2050, persons having age more than 65 years will reach up to 1/5th of the global population. In our country older persons more than 65 years are of 3.8% of the population. It is postulated that by the year 2050 tentative number of old persons in our country will be around 113 million. Previously the emerging
more » ... y the emerging predisposing cause of morbidity and death throughout the world was communicable diseases but now days the cause is shifting to non-communicable diseases 1. Ayurveda has mentioned three different biological variations of Tridosha with relation to three certain factors like Vaya (age), Ahoratra (diurnal variation), and Bhuktam (meals). One has to take care that there should not be imbalance in constitution of Dosha. Improper life style and diet habit results in vitiation of Dosha resulting in Dosha vriddhi. Vriddhavastha(Geriatric stage) is one of suitable area for hosting Vaatadosha to accumulate and grow. Dourbalya(generalized weakness), Malavibandh (constipation), Pralaap (irrelevant talk), and Nidranash (insomnia) are certain manifestations of Vaatvridhi. There is no significant and safe treatment in modern science to overcome situation because of limitations. Ayurveda is useful in such condition due to its safe and soothing approach. Ideal guidelines suggested in Dinacharya (daily life style) plays key role in overcoming senile complaints. Abhyanga, a pattern of gentle massage of oil on overall body helps to normalize vitiated Vaata. A case of elderly person with age 85 years got relived from his complaints by induction of Abhyanga. This article will elaborate on a conceptual study on therapeutic utility of Abhyanga in Vaatvridhi.