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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121-124

Ayurvedic management elderly constipation

1 Associate Professor, Dep’t. of Kayachikitsa, Govt. Ayurvedic College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Assistant Professor, PG Dep’t. of Kayachikitsa, Univ. College of Ayurveda, Dr. S.R Raj. Ayu. University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Surendra A soni
Associate Professor, Dep’t. of Kayachikitsa, Govt. Ayurvedic College, Vadodara, Gujarat
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Constipation is a symptom not a separate disease entity and generally this term used in broader sense to describe the difficulty in bowel movements. It is reported that the prevalence of constipation increases with age, especially those over the age of 65 years. In elderly patients, the prevalence of constipation is much higher. Likewise; elderly women are 2 to 3 times more likely to report constipation than males. According to Ayurvedic principles, in later span of life or in old age there is relative dominance of Vata dosha in body along with Agnimandya and Dhatukshya. The Ayurvedic approach of management stress on Vatashamana, Vataanulomana, Agnideepana and balancing Dhatukshya with the dietary and life style modifications, Panchkarma procedures like Abhyanga, Swedana, Basti etc. and use of drugs having Vatashamaka, Anulomana, Deepana, Balya and Rasayana properties like Ajmoda, Shunthi, Eranda, Triphala, Bala, Madhuyashti and Giloya.

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