An Overview of Geriatric Care and Concept of Anti- Aging in Unani System of Medicine
Keywords:Geriatric, Unani Management, Hararate Ghariziya, Tadabeer e Mashaikh
Geriatrics is the science that deals with the study of disease and their treatment peculiar to old age. Aging is a multi-dimensional process and refers to the process by which organism proceed through a physical deterioration of the body. According to philosophy of Unani Tibb, the people above 60 years of age are considered as Mashaik (aged/ older people),while in modern medicine geriatric care is concerned with the people aged 65yeas and above. According to Unani System of Medicine, human life is categorized into four stages. • Sinne Namu • Sinne Shabab • Sinne Kahoolat • Sinne Shaikhookhat According to Unani Concept, in Sinne Shaikhukhat (old age) decline in Hararate Ghariziya (innate body heat) occurs due to increase in Tahleel of Ratoobat. Ghariziya (dissolution of innate moisture) leads to decline in Quwa (faculties) which results in Nuqsaan e Afaal e Tabayiya (decline in normal function). Management for adulthood ailments are often successfully attained by Ilaj bil Tadbeer wa Ghiza and Ilaj bil Dawa. Unani Atibba (physicians) described different types of regimes (Tadabeer) for the care of Mashaikh (i.e., Riyazat, Dalk, Hammam, Nutool, Hijamah, Fasd) and management through plant, mineral and animal origin drugs which delay the aging process. In the present paper the concept of ageing, principles of geriatric care, its prevention and management in Unani System of Medicine are going to be discussed in detailed.
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