|Etymology/ Definition||लाभोपायो हि शस्ताना रसादीनां रसायनम् च.सू.१/१/७|
|Reference||C.Chi.1/16, S.Su 1/7, A H.U.39/1-2|
|Literary Meaning||M / W – a medicine supposed to prevent old age and prolong life, a measure, which when used stabilizes the life process, retards aging and repairs the damages caused to the body constituents by the disease process.|
|Implied Meaning||The Rasaayana drugs have beneficial action on all the ingredients of human life viz. The S`hareera , Indriya ( sense organ ), Sattva and Aatman ( soul ). It improves Rasa substantively, qualitatively and functionally, which ultimately results in stability of age, improves functionality of sense organs and mind. It also gives a sense of wellbeing and even emancipation after a fruitful and healthy life.|
Entity facilitating generation, passage of Aahaara Rasa from Kosht`ha to Dhaatu for their conversion.
|Elaboration||Rasaayana is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda . Rasaayana Dravya nourishes ( Apyaayanam ) each and every body tissue ( Rasaadi Dhaatu ). This results in extended lifespan, good health, good memory and intellect as well as toned up Dnyaanendriya and continued youthfulness. Rasaayana are of two types|
Vaataatapika Rasaayana is one, which is administered to an individual even when he is exposed to Vaata ( wind ) and Aatapa ( sun ). It can be taken while continuing with other daily schedule.
Classification as per D`alhan`a
Kaamya – One which boosts Praan`a and Medhaa ( intelligence )
2 Naimittika – As per status of disease or for a certain period e. g. S`hilaajatu , Chitraka
3. Aajastrika ( Ksheera , Ghrita ) – To be taken regularly for nourishment of all Dhaatu .
Naimittika Rasaayana is more focused in its action. It could be disease specific. It is useful to strengthen the weaker tissue ( Dhaatu ). It improves Dhaatubala by purifying or pacifying Dosha. Examples of Rasaayana in particular diseases are:
Udara ( Ascites )( Pippali Rasaayana
Madhumeha ( Diabetes )( S`hilaajatu
S`hotha ( Generalized oedema )( Punarnavaa
It acts at various levels by boosting Dhaatu , by stabilizing Vaya , by developing functions of various organs, and by nurturing Dhaatvaagni .
|Synonyms||Jaraanaas`hana , Vyaadhi Naas`hana|
|Contemporary Colloquial||Tonics, Adaptogens, Immunomodulators, Mood elevators, Rejuvenators|
Last updated on June 16th, 2021 at 09:29 am