John Douillard D.C. is an Ayurvedic physician, chiropractor, writer and professor specializing in Ayurvedic medicine, natural health, fitness and nutrition. He has been teaching and lecturing internationally for 25 years, has written and produced numerous health and fitness books, CDs and DVDs. With his experience and vast knowledge, he is considered a leading expert in the United States and currently directs the LifeSpa- Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, CO where he lives with his wife and six children.
John’s impressive background and list of accolades is outstanding. He received his doctorate in Chiropractic at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, completed graduate studies at the World Center of Ayurveda in New Delhi, India, and received his doctorate in Ayurvedic medicine from the Open International University in Columbo, Sri Lanka. He co-directed Deepak Chopra’s Ayurvedic Center for eight years before founding and directing the LifeSpa Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, Colorado. From 2002-2005, John sat as a board member with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and since 2001 sits as an advisor for the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. He also sits on the faculty of the Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda in Watsonville, California, the Kripalu College of Ayurveda, Lenox, Massachusetts and the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda. Plus, he is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA.
Even with his full schedule and family life, John is available for Ayurvedic consultations via telephone, Skype or in-person in his Boulder, Colorado LifeSpa clinic. We at Dia were fortunate and thrilled to have a brief discussion with John over his insight on Ayurvedic medicine. Read the exchange for some words of wisdom from John.
What are the main differences between Ayur Veda and Western medicine and how can these complement each other?
Ayurveda aims to treat the “individual” who has the disease. Western medicine aims to treat the disease itself.
What is the purpose of Ayur Veda?
The purpose of Ayurveda is to restore balance to the physical body in order to experience more mental clarity. This helps to break the unhealthy and old patterns of mental and emotional behavior - all to experience ones true nature.
Can Ayur Veda help to relieve any sort of disease?
Ayurveda has been used for thousands of years as a complete system of medicine. But today, it would be unwise to disregard the diagnostic advances of modern medicine.
Today, many people lead very busy lives. Living accordingly to Ayur Veda requires a significant amount of time. How do you see this being possible?
Of course there are many, many lifestyle tools that can keep folks busy in an Ayurvedic lifestyle. But a seasoned practitioner would only give the client what they can easily handle, get benefit from, and actually prefer.
There are many practitioners in the field. How does one choose a good Ayur Vedic practitioner? Is there an inclusive list of established practitioners?
One can go the NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) website for a list of qualified practitioners.
Ayur Veda very often uses milk in different remedies. The use of milk in the way it’s produced ( for example: issues of animal welfare) is becoming more and more debated. Can substitutes like ricemilk or almond milk be taken as well?
Sure - of course!
What message would you like to share with our readers?
Ayurveda is a system of medicine that helps folks restore balance mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is rare to find a system of medicine that includes all of these as its premise. Thank you!
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