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Is Ayurveda right for me? With Dr. Sheila Patel

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By Sofia Health Staff on February, 28 2024
Is Ayurveda right for me? With Dr. Sheila Patel

In this episode of Sofia Unfiltered, Riley and Dr. Michelle resume their conversation with Dr. Sheila Patel. Dr. Sheila is the Chief Medical Officer for Chopra and a board-certified family physician. She’s also one of Deepak Chopra's lead educators in meditation, ayurvedic lifestyle, yoga, and coaching. 

Ayurveda's Impact on Chronic Conditions

Ayurveda is all about a holistic approach. Small lifestyle changes like meditation and sensory therapy can create significant positive shifts in managing trauma, anxiety, and chronic conditions. Simple yet powerful exercises, such as choosing music or calming visuals, can influence inner states positively.

Dr. Sheila Patel elaborates on Ayurveda's role in treating chronic diseases by addressing root causes like inflammation and gut health. Through practices like meditation, aromatherapy, and nurturing touch, Ayurveda offers a dynamic and personalized path to true healing and disease prevention, going beyond mere symptom management.


Who Can Benefit from Ayurveda?

Ayurvedic medicine, in conjunction with an appropriate Ayurvedic diet, presents a holistic approach to tackling various health issues. It has shown promise in addressing conditions such as:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
  • Perimenopausal problems
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and cramps
  • Asthma
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Herpes
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • And more!

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The Chopra Center Study: How Meditation Rewire Your Genes

A study was conducted at the Chopra Center, where participants underwent meditation retreats and exhibited remarkable changes in gene expression related to inflammation and longevity. Lifestyle choices, including meditation, exercise, and dietary habits, can influence telomerase activity, a marker for healthy aging. Dr. Patel underlines the practicality of Ayurvedic principles, offering simple dietary recommendations to her patients with irritable bowel syndrome, illustrating how Ayurveda can be integrated seamlessly into modern healthcare.


Expert Ayurveda Tips for Beginners

Dr. Patel offers valuable insights for newcomers to Ayurveda, emphasizing accessible resources like articles on and introductory books such as Deepak Chopra's "Perfect Health." She highlights the importance of understanding Ayurveda's mind-body-spirit approach and suggests starting with simple lifestyle adjustments aligned with one's dosha to promote balance and well-being.

Ayurveda's relevance in modern healthcare is underscored by Dr. Patel, who advocates for a holistic approach that integrates Ayurvedic principles with conventional medicine. She emphasizes the role of Ayurvedic practitioners in guiding individuals towards optimal health and offers reassurance that Ayurveda can complement existing medical treatments. Dr. Patel's message resonates with the idea that Ayurveda isn't just about treating symptoms but empowering individuals to thrive and reach their full potential by understanding and aligning with the natural rhythms of their bodies and environments.

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Check out the full episode of the Sofia Unfiltered podcast, "Ayurveda: Addressing Chronic Conditions Naturally (Pt. 2)", available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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