Study: Rasayanas: Evidence for the concept of prevention of diseases

Abstract: Rasayanas are non-toxic Ayurvedic complex herbal preparations or individual herbs used to rejuvenate or attain the complete potential of an individual in order to prevent diseases and degenerative changes that leads to disease. The present paper reviews various activities of Rasayanas to support the above concept, its role as a prophylactic medication and significance in the prevention of diseases in both healthy as well as diseased individuals. The emerging data suggest that the possible mechanisms may be by immunostimulation, quenching free radicals, enhancing cellular detoxification mechanisms, repair damaged non-proliferating cells, inducing cell proliferation and self-renewal of damaged proliferating tissues, and replenishing them by eliminating damaged or mutated cells with fresh cells.

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Rasayanas – a brief definition

The term ‚Rasayana‘ comes from Sanskrit and is a combination of the two words ‚rasa‘ (lifeblood) and ‚yana‘ (vehicle). Rasayana can therefore be roughly translated as ‚vehicle that keeps the lifeblood in motion‘. They are an important source of nutrients for our life energy (ojas).

Rasayanas can be taken in various forms, as a paste, powder, pills or even as a drink. This makes it very easy to adapt the intake of rasayanas to everyday life and personal preferences. Rasayanas can not only consist of herbs and spices, but often also contain fruits, vegetables or even honey. The exact composition depends on what effect is to be achieved with the mixture. They therefore offer a wide range of treatment options.

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