Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of health. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit root ayu, which means “life” and veda, which means “knowledge”. It describes a vital connection between individual life and nature as a whole. Human life, through the five elements, is a reflection of the entire universe, which consists of the same elements. These elements are the building blocks which are responsible for all physical existence. The elements dynamically combine into the three doshas are, Vata, air and ether, the principle governing all motion or movement; Pitta, fire and water, the principle governing all transforming processes; and Kapha, water and earth, which governs nourishment and structure.

Each human being born with a unique combination of the three doshas. This creates the physical, mental and emotional differences between people. By identifying and maintaining the constitutional birth type (Prakruti), Ayurveda can help each person create her or his ideal state of health. When we possess the knowledge of our Prakruti potential imbalances can be avoided using changes in diet and lifestyle. We are empowered to participate fully in our wellbeing.  

The system of Ayurvedic pulse assessment uses 14 levels of the pulse on both wrists to assess the Prakruti, the organs, the channels (meridians), the tissues, the chakras, and the Vikruti – or current state of the doshas.

Molly Leuthner has been practicing Natural Therapeutics since 1995. She specializes in Ayuvedic pulse assessment, which includes the Prakruti, nutrition and herbal consultation; Ayurvedic treatments and clinical aromatherapy; and bodywork including hot stones, lymphatic drainage, polarity therapy, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue massage and pre-natal massage and pulse consulting.