Virender Sodhi, MD (Ayurveda), ND

HEALCon 2024

Nutrition, Ayurveda, and the Epigenetic connection

Date: Friday, April 26

Time:  3:45-5:15 pm

Speaker Bio

Dr. Virender Sodhi became an Ayurvedic doctor in 1980 and worked as an Ayurvedic Medical professor until 1986 before becoming the first Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician in the United States in 1988. He is credited with founding Ayush Herbs and pioneering bringing Ayurvedic botanicals and knowledge to the United States.

His experience with Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicines has resulted in extensive lecturing worldwide on these subjects and he is the author of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Comprehensive Resource for Ayurvedic Healing Solutions.  He currently practices at the Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Bellevue, Washington with a focus in Oncology. 


Ayurvedic philosophy offers valuable insights that can significantly contribute to the field of epigenetic medicine. Ayurveda has considered nutrition as an essential causative factor in both human health, and human illness through its effects on the various Dosha of the body. Today, epigenetics continues to elucidate some of the same concepts discussed millennia ago in Ayurveda. Moreover, this philosophy aligns well with the essence of epigenetic medicine, which recognizes the influence of environmental factors, including diet, stress, and lifestyle, on genetic expression. By understanding Ayurveda and modern epigenetic theory, techniques to prevent negative epigenetic changes and treat current conditions that stem from environmental and epigenetic factors are possible. This lecture will review the crossroads of environmental medicine, genetics, and Ayurvedic nutrition to enrich participants’ understanding of unique approaches to treating the whole person and harmonizing health down to the cellular level. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of epigenetic changes, their role in health, and the current medical literature understanding clinical applications of epigenetics including foundational concepts such as DNA methylation and histone phosphorylation or acetylation.
  • Achieve an understanding of the mechanisms by which the environment (air, water, food chain, and other socio-economic factors) creates epigenetic impacts.
  • Understand the parallels and differences between the Ayurvedic understanding of epigenetics and its effects including Dosha disturbances, Ama accumulations, Dhatu (tissues) affected, and in what sequence.
  • Be introduced to the modern concept of “Ayurgenomics” – the body of research looking to link Ayurvedic recommendations with epigenetics in modern genetic understanding.
  • Contextualize the body/mind/spirit aspects of Ayurveda and the current evidence that supports this approach in the medical literature. (For instance, Meditation has been associated with health benefits, but moving meditations created better epigenetic changes per a microassay analysis of global mRNA)
  • Apply various Ayurvedic strategies and expand their materia medica with an understanding of both the herb’s utility from an Ayurvedic lens as well as its modern molecular understanding, including epigenetic influences where properly documented.