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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 238-242

Concept of Rasayana therapy with special reference to AIDS

1 Research Officer (Ay), CCRAS Head Quarter, Institutional area, opp. D Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi, India
2 Lecturer, Dept. of Kaumarabhritya, I.P.G.T.& R.A., Jamnagar, India
3 Director, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Guj. Ayu. Uni., Jamnagar, India

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Banamali Das
Research Officer (Ay), CCRAS Head Quarter, Institutional area, opp. D Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi
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The word Rasayana means the way for attaining excellence of Rasadi dhatus. The attributes of Rasayana therapy as mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts are to bestow longevity, impart strength, Oja and Bala etc. Oja is the factor responsible for Vyadhikshamatva (immunity) of an individual. Rasayana therapy has been classified differently in Ayurveda viz. i) Kutipraveshika (Indoor) Rasayana vidhi and Vatatapika (Out door) Rasayana vidhi ii) Kamya, Naimittika and Ajasrika Rasayanas iii) Shodhana and Shamana types etc. Achara Rasayana is also a variety of Rasayana therapy, which is just like a code of good conduct and habit. This is a non-drug approach to Rasayana. By this without using a pharmacological recipe, one can gain all the benefits of Rasayana. Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a dreadful disease, constituting a great challenge to public health. The full consequence of this phenomenon may not be evident for several years because of the silent spread and slow evolution of this infection. The disease is as mentioned, produced due to the infection of HIV virus, which has the ability to destroy the T-helper cells that play an important role to maintain the immunity of the body. After the infection with HIV virus, the person gradually looses his immunity, as a result of which other opportunistic pathogenic organisms affect the person and gradually the health deteriorates and ultimately he dies with one of the manifestations. Therapeutics need to be found out to maintain the immune system of the body of the person suffering from HIV/AIDS. Rasayana drugs are considered to play a vital role in improving the immune system of the body, that way it may be helpful to promote the health of the person suffering from AIDS.

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