What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis (or porous bones) is a bone disease in which the bones become weak and fragile. There is a reduction in bone mass and disruption in the architecture of bones, leading to decreased bone strength and increased risk of fracture
Osteoporosis has reached epidemic levels in the 21st century. It is estimated that, worldwide, approximately 200 million people suffer from osteoporosis. The prevalence of osteoporosis is found more among urban women, which may be due to faulty urban lifestyle habits.
According to Ayurveda, osteoporosis is known as Asthisoushirya or Asthikshaya. The word Asthikshaya consists of two words “Asthi” which means “that which is present in its own state for a long time” and “Kshaya” meaning “that which decreases or the kriya which causes the reduction”. Therefore, the meaning of Asthikshaya is decrease or reduction in the bone tissue.