Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a system of medicine, originating in India, which provides an integrative approach to preventing and treating health concerns. Wellbeing, according to Ayurveda, is a delicate balance between the body, mind, spirit and the environment.  It is based on the understanding that the forces and principles found in nature, also exist in humans.  Ayurveda outlines three fundamental energies that govern the inner and the outer environment: movement, transformation and structure. These three energies (doshas) are known as Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth). These represent the primary forces that determine one’s physical and mental constitution.

An Ayurvedic assessment identifies your constitution and helps you understand various factors that are contributing to your health concerns such: as seasonal changes, environmental toxins, exercise & posture, diet, and stress.  This assessment is integrated into the naturopathic initial visit and includes a detailed health history, questions on lifestyle and personality, and physical exam which involves tongue, pulse & nail diagnosis.

Ayurveda emphasizes prevention with daily self-care techniques (dinacharya), lifestyle habits and customized nutrition. Specific treatments are used to treat chronic and acute health conditions to prevent worsening disease and to improve vitality.  Treatments may include customized herbs, lifestyle recommendations, therapeutic oil massage & ayurvedic therapies.

Ayurvedic Therapies offered by Dr. Leena Athparia, ND: 

  • Ayurvedic Nutrition – customized to constitution & season
  • Botanical medicine – tailored herbal treatments 
  • Abhyanga – full body oil massage
  • Shiroabhyanga – head & Neck massage
  • Nasya – face massage & nasal application of herbal oil
  • Gharshana – exfoliating herbal massage
  • Kati Basti – localized herbal oil treatment for spinal issues

Common Conditions Treated:

A full naturopathic intake, integrating Ayurvedic assessments can identify the underlying cause and manifestation of the disease, in addition to highlighting potential concerns that need to be addressed. Imbalances of Vata, Pitta & Kapha in the body and mind can lead to chronic conditions over time. Some examples of these concerns include:

Vata conditions:

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  • Joint pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive concerns
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Constipation

Pitta conditions:

  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Hypertension & Heart disease
  • Skin conditions
  • Ulcers
  • Anger & irritability

Kapha conditions:

  • Weight gain
  • Edema
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory concerns
  • Depression
  • High Cholesterol
  • Fatigue

Dr. Leena Athparia is one of the few naturopathic doctors in Toronto with experience integrating Ayurveda into her Naturopathic practice. If you would like to learn more about how Ayurveda can address your health concerns or to book an appointment, please contact Dr. Leena Athparia, ND