Dr. Christine Tara Peterson



Dr. Christine Tara Peterson PhD, AHP, RYT works with busy executives and professionals around the globe looking for meaningful solutions to their health ailments. She offers affordable Ayurvedic consultations, both in person in northern San Diego and remote via Skype for patients around the globe.

A personalized program is created for each unique patient that includes personalized diet, herbal formulas, lifestyle recommendations, yoga and breathing practices, stress reduction techniques, and purification or rejuvenation programs in some cases.  Your program will be complementary to any treatment you are currently receiving from your primary care physician or other providers.

A new patient visit will include pre-research of your case using your completed Ayurvedic assessment questionnaires and any other documentation that you would like to provide.  Your intake visit will be in-person, via Skype or phone and include a full Ayurvedic exam (tongue diagnosis, pulse reading, constitution and imbalance assessment, medical intake, etc) that takes from 90 minutes to 2 hours.  Your case will then be fully researched, your Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances diagnosed, and your personalized Ayurvedic treatment plan (personalized diet, herbal formulations, diet and supplements) will be designed and emailed to you.  A Review of Findings follow-up call, which takes about 45-60 minutes, is included in  your New Patient Visit to go over your personalized Ayurvedic Treatment Plan, answer any questions, and make any needed modifications.  A follow-up visit can be used to modify a current treatment plan later in the year, identify creative solutions for compliance, or address any new symptoms or health issues that arise.     

Dr. Christine Tara Peterson One Great Gut Center of Excellence for Integrative Health at the UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Peterson presenting at The Center of Excellence for Integrative Health at the UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Peterson is not taking new clients in private practice in 2019. She is committed to a Triphala Synbiotic Clinical Trial currently running at UCSD.
If you are local in San Diego and over 60, you may be eligible for the Triphala clinical trial.


“I met Dr. Peterson through my daughter.  I had been ill for a number of years and getting worse.  My doctors were not helping me get better.  My body swelled with fluid so that I couldn’t get out of bed and my wife had trouble lifting one of my legs.  I thought I was going to die.  Dr. Peterson saw the larger picture and recommended diet and supplement changes and yoga poses that I could do in bed that helped remove 100 pounds of fluid from my body and eventually I could get myself out of bed and to the bathroom on my own. Dr. Peterson was the only one to show me there is light at the end of the tunnel. To this day, I do the yoga poses, and eat healthier without the red meat and potato diet I had.” – James V.  – Corporate Attorney

“The most fun that I’ve ever had in a Doctor’s office.”  – Kriss B. – Holistic Health Coach

“I was declared infertile by my doctors.  I was devastated.  We didn’t want to do IVT and I had given up hope.  Dr. Peterson recommended some dietary changes to start with.  I was pregnant within a few weeks. I was astounded. It seemed like a miracle.  My husband and I are blessed with a healthy girl, our miracle baby. Every time I look at her beautiful face I am reminded of the importance of diet and simple changes that can make such profound differences in our health.” – Susan H. – Research Scientist


Dr. Christine Tara Peterson PhD, AHP, RYT  – Received her PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine where she studied the structure and function of the gut microbiome in sub-therapeutic antibiotic-induced obesity using metagenomics, metaproteomics, and metatranscriptomics methods. In addition to being a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCSD, Christine is a Research Scientist at the Chopra Foundation and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Dr. Peterson is studying the gut microbiome in the context of cardiovascular disease and risk factors such as obesity and in a variety of therapeutic approaches including dietary, probiotic, Yoga-based, and Ayurvedic interventions. Christine is also a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner. Christine combines these areas of study to help others learn how to self-heal, obtain radiant health, and realize their full potential. She has particular interest in gut illnesses and dietary interventions, and an ayurvedic herbal and botanical approach to Fecal Microbial Transplant protocol.

Selected Publications:

2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – Prebiotic Potential of Herbal Medicines Used in Digestive Health and Disease. With: Vandana Sharma, PhD, Sasha Uchitel, Kate Denniston, BS, Deepak Chopra, MD,Paul J. Mills, PhD, and Scott N. Peterson, PhD

2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – Therapeutic Uses of Triphala in Ayurvedic Medicine. with Kate Denniston  BS and Deepak Chopra, MD

2016: Nature: Identification of Altered Metabolomic Profiles Following a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic Intervention in Healthy Subjects: The Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI)

2014:  The Journal Of Translational Immunology – Immune homeostasis, dysbiosis and therapeutic modulation of the gut microbiota