Taking Back the Years

1 Season, 6 Episodes

While an ageing Western population spends billions of dollars trying to stave off the effects of old age, can prayer, meditation and the ancient art of Ayurvedic medicine provide an alternative route to longevity? With unique access to an Ayurvedic centre in Kerala, South India, Taking Back the Years follows a patient, Mr. Patel, through the rigorous, 90-day-long and 4,000-year-old practice of Kuti Praveshika.

Meanwhile, Canadian filmmaker Hilary Pryor – the same age as Mr. Patel – explores the latest discoveries in North American medicine and, with advice from Western scientists and fitness experts, attempts her own 90-day regime towards rejuvenation. Both are subjected to a variety of Western medical tests pre and post regime to measure any changes achieved.

The more Hilary finds out the more she is intrigued by the parallels between the scientific and holistic approaches. Holistic practitioners seek to achieve a combination of physical and spiritual practices that embrace the whole person – this is often mirrored by Western research into the mechanics of individual cells. Although both cultures are inherently suspicious of each other, there is much to be learned from one another.

Do either Mr. Patel or the filmmaker manage to “take back” any years through their efforts? Watch, and find out!

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