The timeless practice of Ayurveda isn’t only a practice in India – it can be applied across cultures, time zones and geographical locations. The challenge is that as Ayurveda is gaining popularity in the west, traditional herbal formulations are not always available, herbs are becoming endangered, and regulations regarding herbal medicine limit what can be used in North America. Western herbology has a rich heritage of medicinal plant use which include herbs such as valerian, burdock, lemon balm, dandelion and much more. When you apply Ayurvedic principles to local herbs – from understanding their heating or cooling nature to the impact on doshas – you can expand your repertoire of local, sustainable botanical medicine.

BioDr. Leena Athparia is a Naturopathic Doctor & Ayurvedic Practitioner based in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and further pursued her studies in Ayurvedic medicine while running a practice focussed on chronic disease and pain management. Blending modern diagnostic methods with traditional systems, Dr. Athparia treats the whole person with therapies such as: Ayurveda, TCM & acupuncture, cupping, nutrition, lifestyle, counselling, homeopathy and botanical medicine.

Dr. Athparia is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and Ayurveda Association of Canada (AAC) She contributes regularly to the naturopathic and Ayurvedic professions through teaching, seminars, writing articles, and speaking at conferences. She enjoys travelling and practicing yoga & meditation which has brought deeper insight into health.

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Dr. Leena Athparia

B.A., B.Sc., ND, AAWC
Ayurvedic Applications of Western Herbs