How I Finally Balanced Over 6 Years of Digestive Issues With Ayurveda


Stocksy/Nadine Greeff

I recently went on a wellness retreat and realized that even as someone who sees all the healers—a functional medicine doctor, a gastroenterologist, an acupuncturist, a bodyworker, and a shamanistic facialist, to name a few—I had never yet seen an Ayurvedic practitioner. Whoa, I thought. Where have I been?

Luckily for me, during a recent stay at Rancho La Puerta, a luxury wellness and fitness resort in Baja, Mexico, I had the opportunity to meet an on-site Ayurvedic counselor. In true “teacher’s pet” form, I showed up to all her lectures and signed up for a one-on-one with her before she left the ranch. I was clearly intrigued, but for someone as open as I am to woo-woo things, I was also somewhat skeptical. Could she really tell I had scoliosis by looking at my tongue? Does my heart really beat differently than someone with a different dosha than mine?

But I checked my doubt at the door the moment I walked into her open-air office and stuck out my tongue. She told me that my colon was clogged (I’ve struggled with GI issues for six-plus years), that the detoxification in my body was not up to snuff (I have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease for unknown reasons), and that I’m plagued by anxiety (true). The ailments she named only got more real and more specific after listening to my pulse points.