Role of Yashad Bhasma in Geriatric Skin-Care

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Nishakumari PR, Sujnan Jain


The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the 'Decade of Healthy Aging' and asked WHO to lead the implementation. Every human being passes through various stages of age in their life. As age increases, numerous changes happen in our body. In Ayurveda, old age is called Vriddhavastha or Jirnavastha. The Vata dosha is predominant in vruddhavastha, and dhatus degenerate as age advances due to prolonged structural and functional changes happening in our body. Aging affects the physical appearance of a human being first. The complexion and texture of the skin reduce as age increases. Most signs of aging start from the skin. Skin becomes saggy, dry, pigmented, and wrinkles. The Human skin loses its antioxidant ability with age. Zinc deficiency is commonly seen in old age. Zinc is an essential micronutrient required for many biological processes, including growth and development, neurological functions, and immunity. Zinc is mainly present in Bones, teeth, hair, skin, liver, muscle, and leukocytes. Zinc is an important nutrient for healthy skin.

Ayurveda has mentioned minerals & herbs for skin care. In Ayurveda, Zinc is used in the form of Yashad bhasma. Use of the Yashada Bhasma cures Zinc deficiency, cold and cough, eye diseases, hair loss, and graying of hair in old age. Antiaging treatment includes two types of therapies: Urjaskara (promotive) and Vyadhihara (curative). Zinc is an essential mineral for the production of collagen and elastin, these proteins that keep our skin looking plump and wrinkle-free. Due to its astringent property, it helps in regulating oil or sebum production on the skin. Yashada bhasma as a whole is best in Geriatrics.

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