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Madhumita Panigrahi
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Purpose: Jara is generally venerable to all of us. In today’s era most of the people are suffering from premature aging because of changing life style, unbalanced diet, physical and mental stress etc. Rasa Vagbhata has also mentioned Pantha (excessive walking) and Manas Pratikulata (unfavorable condition to mind) as specific causes of Akalaja Jara in each decade of life. Old age is a stage of Dhatu Kshaya (due to Kala Prabhava) where the destructive (Hrasa) phenomenon occurs due to Rukshadi Gunas of Vata Dosha. The factors mentioned in Svastha Chatuṣka of Charakasamhita helps to achieve and maintain Arogya and Taruṇya, ruling out the principle of ‘Shiryate Iti Shariram’. Ayurveda advocates an excellent approach Abhyanga, which is a unique therapeutic methodology to delay Akalaja Jara and to minimize the intensity of problems occurring in this degenerative phase of one's life. Results & Conclusion: Ayurveda reckons Abhyanga as a daily regimen owing to its univocal properties like Jaraapaha, Pushtirit (nourishing), Shramahara, Drishtrikara, Prasadkara, Ayu-pushtikara (prolonging age), Swapnakara, Vata shamaka. It is mentioned that Abhyanga should at least be done to the head, ears and feet regularly. Old age people experiencing physical, mental and emotional stress that can contribute to feeling of emotionally disconnected with each other, and from the world. Abhyanga encompasses basic relaxation, stress relief and is also a beneficial tool in fighting many of the symptoms of aging. The chief aim of Jara is to “Add life to years” rather than “years to life.”