Old age is an age of physical decline when body functions slow down. Old age is viewed as an unavoidable, undesirable and problem ridden phase of life. Problems of aging usually appear after the age of 65 years. Changes in the nervous system have a marked influence on the brain. Atrophy is particularly marked in the spleen, liver and soft organs. The aged are also prone to heart disease, other minor ailments and chronic diseases. Tremors of hands, feet, jaws tend to occur.
The hair starts falling, nails become thin and teeth start to loosen up. Due to the weakening regulatory mechanism, the body temperature is affected. Therefore the old persons feel the change in climate more profoundly than others. They suffer from digestive troubles, insomnia. Due to dental problems they are not able to chew or swallow well. The old are more accident prone because of their slow reaction to dangers resulting in malfunctioning of the sense organs and declining mental abilities, the capacity to work decreases. With advancing age, the sexual potency decreases along with a waning of secondary sex characters. Women go through menopause generally at the age of 45 – 50 years accompanied by nervousness, headaches, giddiness, emotional instability, irritability and insomnia. The movements of the aged are fewer co-ordinates. They get fatigued easily.
Homoeopathy has a vast literature of medicines that can help to manage and treat all of the above listed age-related problems.
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