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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 528527, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nep005
Review Article

Theories and Management of Aging: Modern and Ayurveda Perspectives

1Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune, Pune-411007, India
2Himalaya Health Care, Research & Development, Makali, Bangalore 562 123, India

Received 17 October 2008; Accepted 13 January 2009

Copyright © 2011 Hema Sharma Datta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aging is a complex phenomenon, a sum total of changes that occur in a living organism with the passage of time and lead to decreasing ability to survive stress, increasing functional impairment and growing probability of death. There are many theories of aging and skin remains the largest organ of the study. Skin aging is described as a consequence of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The most common amongst visible signs of skin aging are wrinkles and there are various therapies including antiaging cosmeceuticals, sunscreens, chemical peeling, injectable agents, such as botox, fibrel, autologous fat grafting as also few surgical procedures have been used. Ayurveda, the Indian traditional medicine, describes aging with great details. This review provides modern and Ayurvedic perspectives on theories and management of aging.