Ayurveda is the type of naturopathy I practice. It is a beautiful and rewarding alternative medical system, rich with history and highly effective traditional therapies. An ayurvedic consultation can provide you with greater insight into certain conditions and help you establish new routines to improve your physical and mental health, energy & wellbeing.
I am a Doctor of Naturopathy and Ayurvedic Practitioner accredited with the Confédération des Praticiens en Médecine Douce du Québec (CPMDQ). I have over ten years of ayurvedic clinical and teaching experience and have completed 5000 hours of training in naturopathy. As result, my naturopathy and ayurvedic consultations are tax exempt services often covered by insurance and are deductible from income taxes.
What is Ayurveda? And how I can help you
Originating thousands of years ago in India and often considered a sister-science to yoga, “ayurveda” means the ‘science of life.’ Along with Chinese medicine, it is considered the world’s leading traditional medical practice by the World Health Organization. The focus of ayurveda is to restore the body’s innate balance through food, herbs and techniques specifically for you.‘
I discovered ayurveda five years into my yoga teaching career and it was life changing. At the time, I was experiencing digestive issues and it was only through ayurveda that I experienced relief. As result, I began my studies in ayurveda in 2009 and since then, it has become more than a profession. It is my passion to teach others how to heal themselves using ayurvedic principles.
My work is designed to help you enhance your health and improve your lifestyle. We start by addressing your main health goals through specific food plans, breathing exercises, herbs and/or other ayurvedic healing routines. Most of my clients book ayurvedic consultations for guidance on how to best manage stress, boost energy, increase immune function, balance hormones and improve digestion.
An ayurvedic consultation can support and/or address the following:
- Digestive issues
- Constipation / diarrhea
- Hormonal balance
- Headaches / migraines
- Allergies / food intolerances
- Women’s health / fertility /menopause
- Autoimmune diseases
- Acne / skin disorders
- Candida / yeast infections
- Anxiety / Depression
- IBS / Crohn’s disease
What is the difference between Ayurveda / Naturopathy & Western Medicine?
Firstly, an ayurvedic consultation is not meant to be a substitute or replacement for Western medicine, but rather as a complement to it.
Western medicine (also known as allopathic medicine) basically helps patients survive and ayurvedic medicine helps people thrive. Both are needed for ultimate health and wellbeing.
Ayurveda, and naturopathy in general, work best as preventive medicine. In many cases, mild conditions like headaches, sleeplessness, low immunity, digestive problems and menstrual issues can be addressed before they become serious.
Western medicine is mostly designed as emergency care, made to help a patient survive a serious injury or illness. If a patient is suffering and/or their life is at risk, Western medicine is almost always the best root to follow.
However, ayurveda is a wonderful complement to the allopathic system. Not only can it help people prevent serious diseases, it helps improve digestion, balance immune function, sleep better, increase their energy and manage stress while receiving allopathic treatments.
What to expect during an ayurvedic consultation
A first-time Ayurvedic consultation with me is about 75-90 mins. (If you are just curious or want general info, I also have a 20-30 minute mini consultation option.)
Prior to your ayurvedic consultation, you’ll fill out an in-take form. This assists me in getting to know you and your health history.
During our ayurvedic consultation, we’ll discuss your main health concerns as well as your diet, lifestyle, stress triggers, and family medical history. All the information you share with me is completely confidential. In order to determine the root cause of your concerns, I may also read your pulse (if our consultation is in person), and check your tongue and eyes.
What you receive
- My undivided attention during our consultation;
- An assessment of your ayurvedic constitution (your primary and secondary doshas);
- An ayurvedic analysis of your imbalances;
- A customized food & lifestyle plan based on your dosha or doshic imbalance;
- Yoga & pranayama (breathing exercises) to practice at home;
- Herbs and/or supplements may also be recommended; (All the herbs suggested are natural whole food supplements that are gentle yet effective and do not interfere with medication)
- Insurance receipts issued under Naturopathy and can also be used as a deduction on income taxes.
Except in particular cases, a follow-up is usually scheduled in three to six weeks. These follow-up ayurvedic consultations are approximately 45 minutes and help us review the developments in your well-being and routine.
Kindly advise me with a 24-hour notice if something comes up and you cannot make it to your appointment. Fees may apply for no-shows or cancellations less 24-hours of the appointment.
Due to the current situation, I am currently offering ayurvedic consultations exclusively via video conferencing.