RASAYANA an updated viewDr. M.R.Vasudevan Nampoothiri MD(Ay) FORMER DIRECTOR AY. MEDICAL EDUCATION , KERALA PROFESSOR , AMRITA SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA
शतं ििव शरदो वधधमानशतं हमनतान् शतम वसनतान् ेशतं इनदािि सिवता बृहसपितशतायुषा हिवषेमं पुनददः (ॠगवेदम्) धुThe desire to live as long as it is humanly possible has been ingrained in man even from Vedic times. The benediction worded, “May you live through a hundred summers and winters” is an evidence to this.
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Clinical featuresGroup A Sodhana + rasayana :- 86% of the patients with moderate and severe illness came to the group under mild illness.Group B Sodhana only :- No change in moderate and severe illness.
Histological featuresGroup A 100% of the patients under the group ‘severe’ came to the group ‘mild’Group B No significant change occurred
Psoriasis vulgarisSodhana + Thuvaraka rasayana Sodhana only Significant changes Changes in in clinical clinical and parameters only histological parameters
Follow up - after 3 monthsSodhana + Thuvaraka rasayana Sodhana only Significant clinical Only clinical improvement as improvement, well as histological no histological changes seen,only changes mild superficial keratosis persisted
Section of Skin Before Just after After 3treatment treatment months
SAMANYA SAMPRAPTHI Nidana Dosha dushti Dhathu dushti Lakshanas Dhathu vikruthi Recurrence of the disease Secondary diseases Early ageing process
Sodhana chikitsa against Rasayana ChikitsaSodhana Chikitsa Rasayana Chikitsa Eliminates the dosha Corrects the structural vitiation deformity of the dhatus Corrects the functions of there by normalising the dhatus functions Fails to correct the Strengthens the dhathus structural deformityof Prevents the instinct of the dhatus as it acts only recurrence in the doshic level Prevents secondary diseases Prevents early ageing process
Vatakapha rogas - Prognosis Srothorodha caused by the vitiation of kapha leads to defective transformation of dhatus Agni vaishamya caused by the vitiation of vata leads to defective formation of dhatus In almost all the vatakapha rogas pitha will be inhibited resulting in agnimandya
….. Vatakapha rogas - Prognosis As agnimandya takes a major role in the samprapthi of all the diseases; it is doubled in the case of vatakapha rogas There is no such rasa which can be used commonly against vata and kapha.
Rasayana Oushadhas are not having a common rasa, veerya or guna but all are Srothosodhana and Deepana.Normal Functioning of srothases (Srothosoushtava) is highly essential to convey the nutrients to each and every cell.
Sodhana Therapy acts at the level of doshas, but rasayana drugs act still deeper, that is at the level of dhatus.Hence in deep - seated diseases rasayana chikitsa is the line of choiceAs ageing is a chronic degenerative and deep – seated problem rasayana chikitsa is the regime of choice.
“ Very few, if any, reach their potentialmaximum life span; they die, instead, prematurely of a wide variety of diseases, the vast majority being of free radical diseases ” (Dr. Denham Halman MD; PhD Father of free radical medicine)
FREE RADICALS Definition : A free radical has been defined as “any species capable of independent existence that contains one or more unpaired electrons.” Asthe body ages or is subjected to environmental pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, over exposure to sunlight, or smog, the body become overwhelmed by FR’s.
……FREE RADICALS Free radicals are generated as a result of incomplete reduction of oxygen during the course of various biochemical reactions.these highly reactive oxygen derived FR’s have a life span of a few micro seconds and their concentration at any site is miniscule. Excessive production of FR’s can overwhelm the intrinsic antioxidant defence mechanisms leading to many pathological lesions.
Anti oxidants Anti oxidants can be defined as substance whose presence in relatively low concentrations significantly inhibits the action of free radicals. All the Rasayana drugs are having anti oxidant property.
Rasayana drugs and pharmacological propertiesEmblica – Officianalis Antioxidant, nutritive(Amla) fruitTerminalia chebula Antioxidant(Haritaki) fruitWithania somnifera Adaptogenic,(Aswagandha) root antioxidantTinospora cordifolia Immunomodulatory(Guduchi) satwa antioxidantTerminalia arjuna Hypocholestrolemic(Arjuna) Stembark antioxidant. Courtesy : Prof. Dr.S.VenkataramanProfessor of Pharmacology, University of Madras.
Degeneration Means deterioration and loss of specialized function of the cells of tissue or organ, by defective blood supply or diseases. But clinically it usually refers to that of CNS & joints.
Stage of administration of Rasayanasअिसिःिायते Stage of administrationवदते ध of Rasayanas.िवपिरणामतेअपकीयतेनशयते
…… another viewKapha BalyaKaphapitha AdolescentPitha YouvanaPithavata Age of administration of rasayanasVata Vardhakya
Action of Rasayanas indegenerative diseases Pithavata Vata Agnivaishamya Rasadhathwagni mandya Increase in the malarupa kapha Vatakapha vikara
Importance of Ghritha in preventing CNS degeneration There is similarity between ghritha and brain matter Only fat and alcohol soluble materials can cross the blood brain barrier So ghritha is the only medium that can nourish brain Lack of use of milk products, especially gritha is one of the major etiology of neurological degeneration.
Some rasayanas and their indicationsBrahmarasayanam Vatika hridroga, improves immunityNarasimharasayanam Oligospermia, increases vigour and vitalityThippalirasayanam Thamakaswasa, vatasonithaBhallathakarasayanam Found effective in malignancy, vatasonithaLasunarasayanam Various neurological disorders including MND’s
Need of Rasayanas1. A vehicle with a strong axle runs its full course because of the quality of its axle. Likewise our life also will run its full course by maintaining the body carefully and systematically; if not the body decays (rapidly).
रसायनेन हसाधयो विधरे ण पयः िसदयते (सु. सं.) रसायनाििना असाधयतां यािनत (डलहण ) Even the incurable diseases respond well to rasayana
Rasayana therapy the possible mechanisms of action Nourishes and maintains the cell life (Neutriceutical action). Encourages the growth of new cells (Regenerative action). Prevents recurrent infection, expelling the damaged cells (Immunomodulatory action). Eliminates the toxic metabolites and pollutants (Antioxidant action). Maintains the balance between mind and body (Adaptogenic).Rasayana drugs act at the subcellular level.
Rasayana in the present scientific scenario“The delicate, controlled elimination of cells is called programmed cell death.”Excessive cell death - AIDS, neuro degenerative diseases, stroke and myocardial infarction.Undue survival of cells - auto immune conditions and cancer.Rasayana may help to normalise the PCD there by preventing the above clinical conditions.
Futuristic application of RasayanasThe application of genome code theory may create a disease free universe. The most important therapy of the era may be Rejuvenative.Our Rasayanas will be on top!!!
THE ULTIMATE ACHIEVEMENT THE SCIENTIFIC USE OF RASAYANAS WILL PROVIDE A GRACEFUL AGEING
“Who ever makes proper useof Rasayana attains longevity on earth and after death follows the path of sages to reach immutable”. Charaka Samhitha Chikitsasthana 1:1:80