This week on Healthy Happenings Dr. Sodhi walks us through the basics of Ayurvedic medicine. It is the oldest system of healing in the world with its basic tenant translating to “what is true in the universe is true in our bodies”. We want to create a balance like in nature, but it is constantly changing like the weather. Following the simple laws of mother nature really is what Ayurvedic medicine boils down to.

To treat cardiovascular health in North America, the doctors look at the history of statin drugs. Taking Ayurvedic principles like a vegetarian diet, weight reduction and stress reduction have historically shown to greatly improve cardiovascular health. Following principles like eat foods that are in season because your body needs the nutrients in them for that particular time of year. Dr. Sodhi compares President Bill Clinton who has suffered severe heart issues and recently looks exponentially better after lifestyle changes and switching to a vegetarian diet.

MIndful practices like yoga connect to cardiovascular health because they fight stress levels. Dr. Sodhi states that the body follows the mind and the problem is we have too much clutter in our brains. When you meditate, your mind calms down, therefore lowers stress and incidence of disease. Changes can even be seen in genetic phenotypic expression through this sort of mindful work. The bigger pieces to the puzzle are eating well and not overeating as well as getting enough sleep. These are all effective lifestyle changes that can be a great option over the clinical routine of taking pharmaceuticals and pushing through a stressful and unhealthy life.

We now have statistics available starting from the 1980’s. While some clinical studies may show short-term results, they do not show long term results. For example a drug can help lower cholesterol temporarily, but there can be premature deaths because of symptoms whereas a person who chooses to implement these Ayurvedic practices can reverse many of these common diseases. When looking at using herbs for treatment, Dr. Sodhi recommends Rauwolfia for hypertension because it can help to remodel the blood vessels and helps solve the long term problem. Terminalia Arjuna used in conjunction with Rauwolfia can help make the effects even more potent. What is wonderful is that the safety margin of many of these herbs are excellent. Curcumin is also very effective in lowering LDL’s, increasing HDL’s, and helping to clean the liver. Dr. Sodhi has observed that simple herbs can have a profound effect.

Dr. Virender Sodhi was the first Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician in the United States. Dr. Virender Sodhi graduated in 1980 from the Dayanand Ayurvedic Medical College in Jalandar, India. After arriving in the United States, Dr. Sodhi enrolled at Bastyr University, a nationally recognized school of natural medicine in Kenmore, Washington. He received his N.D. degree from Bastyr in 1988. He was subsequently invited to join the faculty at Bastyr to teach Ayurvedic sciences. Dr. Sodhi finished fellowship in Integrative Oncology with Dr. Mark Rosenberg in 2012. Dr. Sodhi has taught at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Des Moines University in Iowa

In addition to educating students at academic institutions, Dr. Sodhi has educated the general public about the benefits of Naturopathic medicine both nationally and internationally. He has been featured on several radio and television programs across the country, including an hour-long talk show titled Ayurveda: Wealth of Health featured during the summer of 1997 on KEZX, a local radio station in Seattle, Washington. His recent radio program every Saturday from 1-2 PM on Desi 1250 AM, “ Your body is your Natural Pharmacy”, a very popular radio show. He shares his knowledge of Ayurveda by lecturing in hospitals, conferences, and other universities in the United States, as well as in Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Dr. Sodhi has served on the Panel of Experts with Dr. Andrew Weil for Natural Health magazine, and has been featured in the Ask the Experts column many times. He is the most quoted naturopathic physician in the reference book Alternative Medicine: the Definitive Guide, and is featured in The Textbook of Natural Medicine. His articles have appeared in several publications including the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, World & I magazine, India Post and the Ayurvedic News Quarterly. He was also served as the Appointed Advisor for Natural Products to the government of Australia. Dr. Sodhi has spoken at several of AANP, WANP, ONAP, CANP and many more conferences. He even has the privilege to speak at Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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