Integrative Ayurveda Practitioner

Named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by the Chicago Tribune, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. is a recognized international speaker, author and integrative physician specializing in Ayurveda, women’s health and the reversal of cognitive decline.

Over the past twenty-five years, she has treated over 25,000 patients using Maharishi Ayurveda (Eye-yur-VAY-duh), the natural health practice from ancient India. She is formerly the medical director of The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa, an award-winning center for Ayurvedic treatment (2000-2005), and of the pioneering Maharishi Ayurveda Medical Center in Washington D.C. (1987-2000).

Dr. Lonsdorf has a solid foundation in traditional Western medicine as well, having received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and gaining residency training in psychiatry at Stanford University. She studied Ayurvedic medicine in India and the US with top Ayurvedic physicians and scholars and has worked closely with distinguished Ayurvedic physicians throughout her 30 years of practice.  In 2011, she was awarded the Atreya Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Practice by the Association of Ayurvedic Pracitioners of North America and in 2017, the Award of Excellence in Holistic Medicine by the Holistic Doctors Recognition Board.

She offers a comprehensive program for Brain Health and reversing cognitive decline to support individuals and families implementing the ReCode Protocol as formulated by Dale Bredesen, MD, which uses Ayurvedic principles and herbals in this protocol. Dr. Bredesen’s ReCode Protocol is the first ever to demonstrate reversal of cognitive decline. It uses a multi-modality lifestyle, diet and supplement program to restore health to the brain and mind at the same time that it helps restore a state of overall health and wellness to the body.   Dr. Lonsdorf personally studied with Dr. Bredesen at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Reversing Cognitive Decline, Advanced Clinical Training for physicians.

Dr. Lonsdorf has special expertise in women’s health and has authored two popular books on the topic, including The Ageless Woman: How to Navigate the Transition Naturally, for a Long Life of Vibrant Health and Radiant Beauty.  She is also co-author of a best-selling Ayurvedic health guide for women entitled A Woman’s Best Medicine: Health, Happiness and Long Life through Maharishi Ayurveda. Dr. Lonsdorf has served on several NIH panels for complementary and integrative medicine.   She has also lectured at some of the nation’s foremost medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and George Washington University, and has been featured or quoted by numerous magazines, newspapers and on the web.

What is Integrative Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is cutting edge mind-body knowledge from the tradition of Yoga, is more than 5000 years old, and a growing number of its healing principles and recommendations have been validated by modern research.

Ayurveda seeks to align our mind, body and behavior with the intelligence of nature within to promote health and healing.”

Integrative Ayurveda” combines ancient Ayurvedic healing modalities with a broad range of evidence-based diagnostics and therapies from Western medicine, functional medicine, and worldwide healing traditions that work with the body’s inner intelligence to restore balance.

Research in the past decade has validated numerous benefits of integrative and Ayurvedic modalities including herbs and spices; diet; timing of meals, sleep and exercise; seasonal influences; stress reduction approaches, yoga and many more.