Nowadays, ageing gracefully is the buzz word and there is no better science than Ayurveda which can help you achieve this in the most effective and safe way. So, rather than an ‘anti-ageing’ approach, Ayurveda offers rasayana chikitsa—a holistic rejuvenation of the body and mind. This therapy includes a nutritive diet, restorative massages and herbal elixirs that work to repair and revitalize tissues at the cellular level.
Rasayana diet consists of foods that build ojas, our vital essence, and balance the vata dosha, the body’s air element that dries and shrivels skin as we grow older. A few foods that are part of this diet include almonds, walnuts and sesame which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that plump the cell membrane, making the skin soft, moist and elastic. Colourful fruits like pomegranate, papaya, mango, fig, watermelon, guava and grape are traditional srikamya or complexion enhancers, and for good reason. Leafy green vegetables promote shodhan or cleansing, flushing toxins from the lymphatic system, while root vegetables like carrot and beetroot are ahar rasayanas, dietary tonics that strengthen connective tissue. Ghee is a potent emollient, reaching deep into body tissues to soothe and nourish mature skin. And lastly, Turmeric, the miraculous spice that is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic. It cleanses the blood, lymph and liver and regenerates cells to smoothen out wrinkles, fade age spots and tighten sagging skin.
Rasayana chikitsa also involves therapies and predominantly involves abhyanga or massage. Daily self-massage lubricates the face and body, drains lymphatic toxins, improves muscle tone and releases emotional stress stored in cellular memory. The best massage oil for ageing skin is sesame oil. For Ayurveda, ageing is not a disease but a way to enjoy life better and more healthier. Leading Ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala have anti aging therapies to help lead you a better life.