Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.N.

Staff Physician

Dr. Valencia Porter is the Chopra Center’s Director of Integrative Medicine. Board-certified in both general preventive medicine and integrative holistic medicine, she has an integrative approach that incorporates many areas of health and healing, including Ayurveda, functional medicine, environmental medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, and biofield (energy) therapies. As a Vedic Educator, she is certified to teach Primordial Sound MeditationPerfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle, and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

In addition to her clinical practice at the Chopra Center, Dr. Porter is an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She lectures to a wide variety of audiences and has published numerous scientific and popular articles and book chapters.

A graduate of Tufts University, she received her medical degree from the University of Southern California; completed a residency in general preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego; and completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where she was a Bravewell Collaborative scholar. Dr. Porter also earned a master’s degree in public health, focusing on environmental health, from San Diego State University. She is passionate about food, nutrients, and our interaction with our environment, from the microcosm to the macrocosm.


Articles by Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H., FACN

A diet based on raw fruits and vegetables seems like a healthy choice for anyone, but that's not necessarily the case. Depending on your dosha type, a raw food diet might not be the best option for you.Read More
Even moderate alcohol consumption might have more risks than benefits. Find out whether that daily glass of red wine is as good for you as you think.Read More
It's normal to crave sweet things, but not all sweeteners are created equal. Find out which ones are best, and which ones you should avoid.Read More
People are sniffling and sneezing to your right and left, but that doesn't mean you have to catch a cold. Even if you share an office, plane ride, or home with someone who's sick, you can stop it in its tracks by incorporating these immune-boosting superfoods into your diet.Read More
Don't let PMS throw you off course. Use these Ayurvedic tips to kick your period symptoms to the curb.Read More
It’s easy to get nervous as you head into the sun. With skin cancer rates on the rise, it’s important to be mindful of the sun’s potentially harmful effects on your skin. But the ingredients of many sunscreens on the market may be cause for concern, too. The UV protective ingredients are either...Read More
Summer is the best time to enjoy the outdoors and connect with the healing power of nature. But there are pros and cons that come with sunshine. Find out how to protect yourself against overexposure to UV rays, while ensuring you get your dose of Vitamin D.Read More
Juice cleanses. Raw foods diets. Carb starves. The master cleanse. Confused on how to detox the right way? Get the whole rundown on the do's and don'ts to detoxing, so you can make sure you meet your health goals.Read More
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but it is preventable and controllable. Many lifestyle-related factors are known to have a direct impact on cardiovascular health. To celebrate American Heart Month this February, take the following steps which are an important...Read More
Having chosen a path embracing non-Western approaches to health, it surprises some to learn that I have chosen to take the flu vaccine. Because this has elicited such a variety of responses, I would like to share some of the reasons why I chose to do so. First, you have to understand where I am...Read More
We might also ask, Wouldn’t you rather be peaceful, centered, and awake? Meditation is a time-honored practice for accessing a deeper state of pure awareness, beyond the noisy mental chatter that so often dominates our experience. Meditation is effortless, silently dissolving old conditioning and...Read More
For the past few years, hormone replacement therapy has become a well-publicized and highly debated topic, and many women are looking for natural alternatives to “standard” hormone therapy. In the reproductive years, varying cycles of estrogen and progesterone, as well as their effects on...Read More
The prescription I handed to the woman was so unlike any that she had ever received from a physician that she smiled and told me she was going to tape it to her bathroom mirror. It read: “Do something just for yourself once daily. Refills unlimited.” For many of the patients I see, the act of self-...Read More
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you frequently wake up throughout the night, unable to drift back into a restful slumber? Do you feel exhausted when you get up in the morning, wishing you could crawl back under the covers for another hour or longer? If you answered yes to any of these...Read More