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Chapter 16 – The Health Benefits of Indian Traditional Ayurvedic Rasayana (Anti-aging) Drugs: A Review
- Available online 4 February 2015
Aging, a physiological state in which there is a progressive decline in organ functions, delay in regeneration, and development of age-related diseases, is a multifactorial process. Free radicals are proposed to initiate/enhance aging, and antioxidants and phytochemicals have been shown to possess anti-aging properties. These drugs are also believed to be good tonics, rejuvenatives, immune stimulators, and adaptogens. Regular consumption of these drugs is considered to enhance physical strength, increase sex drive, and improve the complexion. They are mostly polyherbal in composition, and are comprised of medicinal plants, minerals, pearls, and coral. This chapter addresses, for the first time, the benefit and scientifically validated properties of commonly used Rasayana drugs such as Amalakayas Rasayana, Triphala, Chyawanprash, Aamalaki Rasayana, Amrita Rasayana, Brahm Rasayana, Ashwagandha Rasayana, Narasimha Rasayana, Brahmi Rasayana Amritaprasham, Anwala churna, and Amalkadi Ghrita with emphasis on the possible mechanisms responsible for the beneficial effects of these drugs.
- free radicals;