Oksana Mulyukova, ND, EAMP
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal
health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing
process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
In my work as a dual lisenced physician I can utilize conventional medical treatments such as clnical and laboratory diagnostic testing, prescription medication, intramuscular injection therapy, but focus on Naturopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, to assist my clients in attaining optimal health. I believe that a holistic model of treatment provides the most effective therapeutic result.
Even though I don't provide primary care, I work with patients of all ages for a variety of health concerns. My particular areas of clinical interests and success are pain management, including back and neck pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and stress management, gastrointestinal health, fertility, and facial rejuvenation.
In my practice I rely on the following principles of naturopathic medicine:
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
- Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
- Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Homeopathic Point Injection Therapy
Homeopathic point injection therapy involves the injection of small amounts of specific homeopathic remedies into acupuncture points. Very fine needles are used to inject the remedy into specific acupuncture points or trigger points just under the skin or into muscles. As the name suggests, this therapy evolved from acupuncture and has been a very successful therapy for various painful conditions used by acupuncturists in China.
Most people, especially those who are apprehensive about injections, are surprised how quickly and easily Dr.Mulyukova administer these injections.
Homeopathic injections are safe. They yield dramatic results. They address both somatic and visceral symptoms using neural therapy subcutaneous injections of specific homeopathic solutions. The positive effects of these procedures sometimes far exceed most other approaches available in our naturopathic or western medicine portfolio of treatments.
Homeopathic injections are excellent tools for treating acute muscle spasms/injury and chronic muscle, nerve or joint pain. Homeopathic injections can help patients who reach a plateau in improvement using another therapy.
Chronic pain patients receiving cortisone injections can often forgo this treatment once we begin homeopathic injection therapy. Many patients are able to dramatically reduce or discontinue their NSAID analgesics, removing them from the risk of death or long-term injury from chronic use of this class of drugs.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is safe, effective and holistic alternative to more invasive and toxic allopathic methods of "face lifts". Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is done with hair-thin needles that are inserted into various points on ears, face, head, neck and body.
These acupuncture treatments intend to increase local circulation of blood and lymph to the face, increase collagen production and muscle tone diminishing the appearance of fine and deep lines and bags under the eyes. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may also firm jowls and tighten the pores.
Dr. Mulyukova tailors each treatment to address the whole person and work on individual patient's needs. She combines, dietary modifications, naturopathic supplements and acupuncture to regulate hormonal imbalance and thus reduce acne outbreaks. The treatments also improve the ability to cope with stress, reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia, improve energy and overall well-being.
The suggested course consists of 12 treatments. The effects become most noticeable after 50% of treatments completed.
Facial rejuvenation is contraindicated for individuals with pregnancy, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, migraines.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time, I can achieve results far beyond what you’d receive from a conventional massage therapy session.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage therapy. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words — "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle stretching techniques are applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.