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Ayurveda – An Ancient Path to Longevity

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical model that is becoming more commonly integrated with Western medicine in a symbiotic way. It has been called “the science of longevity,” which suggests its approach to health and wellness is long-term. The practice of Ayurveda explores physical, mental and spiritual issues with an emphasis on wellness and disease prevention. The traditional platform is a result of knowledge recorded in the classical Indian Vedas 5,000 years ago.

In Ayurveda, the same rules and laws apply that govern all other natural beings, including humans. These are based on the balance of natural elements of space, air, fire, water and earth. The elements vary with the seasons, as do the effect they have on our lives. These elements are expressed in the body through their combinations in three dosas. These dosas are each a combination of two of the elements and are expressed as motion, transformation and constitution aka vata, pitta and kapha, respectively. Every individual has a different proportion of each of these dosas, which can be quantified and have physical, mental and spiritual expression.

Ayurveda and Western medicine work together at an elemental level. The dosas can be effective markers and warning signs of disease long before Western medicine can make a diagnosis. Interventions can therefore prevent cardinal manifestations of disease from occurring. According to Ayurvedic practitioners, the practice of lifestyle, diet and herbal remediation can act to prevent many chronic diseases by addressing them during their early stages and then modifying the outcome.

In his upcoming lecture, Dr. Buffo will discuss how to integrate the two philosophies of Ayurveda and Western medicine. “Participants will be able to explore individualized dietary and lifestyle changes, which will effect a positive outcome on all facets of their life,” says Buffo. “Taking personal control of our individual wellness destiny is the hallmark of Ayurveda in conjunction with like-minded clinicians. The richness of this ancient wisdom when blended with modern insights has potential to lead all persons down a road to wellness, serenity and equanimity.”

Join Dr. Buffo on June 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St., Collinsville, and learn how to apply these principles to your life with an emphasis on seasonal changes. Admission is free-will donation only; donate only what you can. For more information, call 860-693-9642 or visit
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