Today, it was reported on the front page of ‘The Times of India’ (dated 27.08.2015) that Indians live 7 years longer now but spend 8 years in bad health. The article said that according to a study conducted by an international consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at a University in Washington, even though an average Indian male lives till 64yrs, almost nearly 8 years of his life are spent in ill health.
It is clearly evident that technological advancements and medical interventions have been successful in increasing human lifespan progressively. But there seem to be some flaws somewhere, which are not allowing the extended life to be healthy as well. Living longer is fine but keeping bad health in the extended life span is not what is required. There is certainly need for a solution that takes care of the stability of health during the increased life span.
A long life span was not a new concept in India before the British took over, rather it was embedded in our Indian culture.The elders used to bless by saying ‘Shatayu Bhava’ which means ‘May you live a hundred years’. The principles of Ayurveda were an integral part of a human lifespan because it, essentially was, the ‘SCIENCE OF LIFE’. Merging of our ancient health culture with the medical technologies of this day is the only available solution to achieve a long and healthy life. Appropriate amalgamation of Ayurveda and Allopathy can lead to a healthy increase of lifespan. This will not only increase the life expectancy but will also improve the quality of life. The western world is fast acknowledging the secrets of our Ayurveda and they have this to say –
‘Adding years to life, Adding life to years is the essence of Ayurveda – The Indian Art of Healing’