Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.

~ Donella Meadows
Funda M. Gulmen, N.D., M.S.
Naturopathic Physician
- natural family medicine - 
Integrating Paradigms
December, 2014

Dear Friends,

Some of you may know that I took a trip to India this summer as part of a medical team working in a small village near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The medical team was composed of MDs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, non-medical volunteers and myself. One would expect so many differences in such a far away land...and there were.  For instance, the first patient I treated had an opium addiction, which is common in that area of the country. But there were other surprises as well. While we may have assumed that this was a community with few medical resources, actually they seemed pretty well supported. Medicine is very well subsidized in access doesn't seem to be an issue even in small villages like the one we were in. One person came in with a plastic bag of eight different anti-inflammatories they had already tried for their headache that they had for the past six months. Once we established that the headaches were coming from their misaligned posture (as a farm worker they were carrying upwards of 100 lbs on their head every day) we sent them to physical therapy for education and exercises...within 20 minutes of working with them the headache was gone. In India, there are three tracks of medical training: conventional/Western medicine, homeopathy and Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine). Private hospitals specialize and only offer services one of these areas while government hospitals offer each type of medicine in different wings of the hospital. A group of Indian nurses had come to support our efforts in the clinic. Their head instructor was observing our medical approaches through the week. He was surprised that someone such as myself was training in all three tracks of medicine and was able to integrate these modalities when working with patients to the extent that he invited me to speak to the entire staff at his hospital. There were also a lot of good conversations with the other medical team members about strengths and weaknesses of the various medical approaches. So it seemed the trip served not only the members of the small village where we were stationed but perhaps helped to build bridges among medical specialties so that we can all work better together in the future for all patients. So I hope...

Here is to being open to new ways of being and doing in the to more integration, more healing, more wholeness for us all.

All the best through the holidays and a very happy 2015 - 

Dr. Gulmen

Funda M. Gulmen, N.D., M.S. - Naturopathic Physician

2505 Main Street, Suite 224
Stationhouse Square
Stratford, CT 06615

Integrating both traditional (nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathy) and modern therapies (pharmaceuticals, radiological imaging, minor surgery),
Dr. Funda M. Gulmen is a licensed naturopathic physician who offers natural medicine for the whole family through her private practice in Stratford, CT.

Additional services include: stress management, mind-body medicine, therapeutic movement, lifestyle counseling, cleansing programs, food allergy/lab testing, supplement reviews, annual physical exams, yoga/meditation instruction, Reiki and integrative medicine seminars/publications. Hablamos espanol.

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some of the villagers greeting us upon arrival

medical clinic India - day one

medical clinic after a monsoon came

morning medical team meeting in our makeshift pharmacy
(photo: S. Khan)

with Akshi one of the many
AFS-India volunteers who came from all over India to translate with patients in the clinic - incredible spirits of warmth and generosity
(photo: Vedang Bhatt)

Jodhpur, India - "The Blue City"
many homes are painted blue with indigo as a sign of worship

"street singers"

India photos: F. Gulmen

To see more photos from the trip, please visit:

"Ayurveda" & nutrition - integrating traditional Indian medicine approach to food

Ayurveda literally means the "knowledge of life" and is a system of medicine practiced for thousands of years in India. It is a holistic paradigm of medicine using methods such as diet, herbs, massage and yoga to bring the body and mind into balance and harmony. As many of you know, I have been using Ayurvedic herbs as part of my practice for many years (integrating them with other botanical traditions such as European, Native American, South American and Chinese). For those of you who are interested in exploring Ayurvedic food counseling as well, I am now offering Ayurvedic dietary evaluation and suggestions as part of my practice. Ayurveda considers food from more of an energetic basis (heating, cooling, etc) rather than a mechanistic one (macro/micro nutrients). This service will expand my practice rather than replace anything that I have offered in the past...a new tool and paradigm to continue supporting people in optimizing their health. If Ayurvedic food counseling is something of particular interest to you, please call the office to schedule an appointment - 203.895.5534.

cardamom tea
to keep lungs healthy

Cardamom is a common cooking spice which can help relieve some lung conditions. In India it is used to help with productive coughs and also help soothe asthmatic lungs. To use as a tea, add two pinches to a cup of boiling water, let sit 5 minutes then drink. Cardamom can also be combined with other spices for different effects:

- 2 pinches of cardamom + 2 pinches of turmeric: great to drink when you first feel a cold/flu coming on as turmeric is a natural antibiotic. I went to the kitchen of the hotel where we were staying and asked for these herbs to make tea when I felt like I was catching something during the trip...I woke up the next morning just fine.

- 2 pinches of cardamom + 2 pinches of cinnamon: cinnamon also helps to increase circulation so is good to help decrease congestion, remove toxins and improve mild fever

- 2 pinches of cardamom + 1 pinch of clove: clove also helps with congestion in lungs and sinuses and can also help with a sore throat or general achiness

Each of these tea combinations can be taken 2-3 cups a day. Traditionally these teas are made from whole milk but whole milk can increase congestion in the respiratory system. Try reduced fat or vegetable based milks (almond, coconut, etc) instead of water if desired. One teaspoon of honey can be added per cup of tea. Take caution with these herbs if you have an ulcerative digestive condition.
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Classical homeopathy for atmospheric headaches: Calc-carb

One of the reasons why the villagers were happy to see us was that we brought the rain - actually a monsoon - with us.
Typically in that region of India the total average annual rainfall is only 18 inches -- a monsoon came in the week of our visit and offered them 40 could literally see the grass grow overnight. But with big atmospheric changes some people really suffer with pressure headaches. One person on the trip had had these kinds of headaches since she was young. She found the usual antiinflammatories were not helpful for her condition. After a few doses of homeopathic "calc-carb"  she was fine within a couple hours. Homeopathy is a type of energy medicine that is often helpful for symptoms that initially seem a bit unusual or where usual treatments are not effective.


teaching events

Dr. Gulmen was invited to offer an "Introduction to chair yoga" seminar at several venues this year including the APTAR Corporation in Stratford and Sullivan-McKinney Elder Housing in Fairfield. Chair yoga is a great way to learn mindful movement when strength or balance is more challenging such as during times of illness or injury. It is also a nice way to get back a little balance during long times at the work desk or computer.

Dr. Gulmen was also commissioned this past year by the New Haven Ballet to design a nutrition curriculum for their outreach program DanceAIR. Dancers from the company go to local public schools in New Haven to teach young children about dance, movement, health and nutrition. The nutrition program was tailored to 2-4th graders in both English and Spanish. Dr. Gulmen will also be giving a seminar on healthy nutrition for young dancers age 11 - 17 from the company in January.

As more organizations are becoming interested in finding out more about healthy living options they are offering health fairs to help educate their members. Dr. Gulmen was happy to participate recently at health fairs at both the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority and Yale-New Haven to answer questions about utilizing natural medicine to improve health.

In February 2015, Dr. Gulmen will also be giving a free public lecture on natural medicine approaches to heart health at Nature's Way health food store in Stratford, Tuesday February 3rd at 6:30pm. Email to register - space is limited.

If you have interest in having Dr. Gulmen design a seminar, publication or other project for your specific group so they can learn more about natural medicine, please email For a list of previous seminars, please visit:


Additional Reading

For previous issues of this newsletter and other publications by Dr. Gulmen, please visit: www.naturesourcecare/publications
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