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 India...so 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 world...open to more integration, more healing, more wholeness for us all.
All the best through the holidays and a very happy 2015 -
Funda M. Gulmen, N.D., M.S. - Naturopathic Physician
2505 Main Street, Suite 224
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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