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Ayurveda, & Natural Rhythms Clinic, Now On Bridge Way

by Kirby Lindsay Laney, posted 14 July 2017


Located on Bridge Way, near the Aurora Bridge, the Natural Rhythms Integrative Clinic is now open.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May '17

Located on Bridge Way, near the Aurora Bridge, the Natural Rhythms Integrative Clinic is now open. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May ’17

In East Fremont, on Bridge Way, a new health clinic has recently opened, allowing for a blending of east and west, ancient and modern, and the natural wellness that can be found from mixing naturopathic, Ayurvedic, acupuncture and chiropractic medicines.  Natural Rhythms Integrative Medicine offers clients a place to improve their health, as well as learning more about their personal care.  Anup Mulakaluri, N.D. created the Natural Rhythms clinic to provide clients with more accessibility to quality health care practitioners, collaborating and partnering for better health for all.

Within The Clinic

“The reason for me to put this together,” Dr. Mulakaluri explained about Natural Rhythms, “My clients were in need of different modalities of care.”  The clinic, located in a small office building near the Aurora Bridge, has several practitioner rooms leased by care providers complimentary to the mission of Natural Rhythms.  Dr. Mulakaluri practices Ayurvedic Medicine, and he has assembled a quality team of providers.

Dr. Mulakaluri has welcomed to Natural Rhythms such independent practitioners as Emily Paul, EAMP, LAc, an acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner, and Jason Taylor, EAMP, LAc, ADS, an acupuncturist and East Asian Medicine Practitioner.  He has also outfitted a consultation room for chiropractor Mason Greenslade, DC.  Dr. Mulakaluri pointed out that Dr. Greenslade uses the Activator Method in his chiropractic work, making it easier for the body to accept and maintain adjustments, as it “helps the body to come into its natural alignment.”

In addition, Natural Rhythms has the ‘Soul Care Room’, as Dr. Mulakaluri proudly described consulting rooms set aside for clients in need of mind and soul care, through counseling and meditation.  The room can also be a place for future consultations and mentorships.

One of the Ayurvedic Treatment Rooms at Natural Rhythms.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May '17

One of the Ayurvedic Treatment Rooms at Natural Rhythms. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May ’17

Two Ayurvedic Therapy Rooms at Natural Rhythms fulfill a long-held dream of Dr. Mulakaluri, to provide a place for patients to receive Ayurvedic body treatments.  Dr. Mulakaluri provides Ayurvedic consultation on herbs and diet, and he can work with clients in the Natural Rhythms kitchen on detox and digestion.  With the Therapy Rooms, Afrin Sopariwala, AWC, will now provide clients with Ayurveda body treatments, to address chronic illnesses such as Crones disease, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.  Ayurvedic treatments also help with skin conditions, and treatments direct to the skin.  “The skin is the biggest organ,” Dr. Mulakaluri observed, “and the most absorbent.  Applying medicated oils through the skin gives systemic widespread therapeutic effect that can benefit many chronic, painful conditions.”

In addition to providing more health care for his clients, Dr. Mulakaluri welcomes the sharing of information that comes with having health care professionals collaborating together.  “The talking and sharing among practitioners,” he explained, was another central reason why he opened Natural Rhythms Integrative Medicine.

The clinic opens on a large, comfortable room where Dr. Mulakaluri offers events and classes.  He sees this sharing of information, among clients and practitioners, as instrumental in creating more quality care.  He looks forward to meeting prospective clients at events, along with welcoming practitioners he has yet to meet.  He also looks forward to building partnerships, including offering classes and teaching sessions through the Kerala Ayurveda Academy.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurveda is, literally translated, the science of life (Ayur means ‘life’ and Veda means ‘science’.)  Ayurvedic is Indian Traditional Medicine, and the primary medicine of Dr. Mulakaluri’s native country of India.  When he chose to study medicine, Dr. Mulakaluri knew, “there were so many streams I could enter,” but he found himself called to study the medicine of his childhood, and his grandmother.

“Growing up, when I was sick, like with sleep issues, my grandmother would talk to my mother about my air element, my fire element…” Dr. Mulakaluri recalled.  He never understood what she meant, but he knew that his grandmother could be counted on for a dish of food, a tea or a lotion that would abate or remove the symptoms and, perhaps more importantly, make him better.

A diagram of the three doshas in Ayurvedic Medicine.  Provided by Afrin Sopariwala

A diagram of the three doshas in Ayurvedic Medicine. Provided by Afrin Sopariwala

When he began his higher education, Dr. Mulakaluri explained, “I thought I would study Ayurveda for a year, before going to medical school.”  Diving in to the science and common sense of Ayurveda, he was surprised to discover how much his grandmother and her traditional ways had to teach him.  “I always thought Grandma was uneducated,” he admitted, yet “She actually knew something.”

Ayurveda breaks down the components of all living things into five elements.  “It provides a lens through which we can see nature,” Dr. Mulakaluri explained.  While different from Galen, Chinese and Native American medicines, Ayurvedic isn’t far from these other ‘folk’ healing practices.  The similarities, in the basic mechanics, can be striking.

The five Ayurvedic elements can be described as:

  1. Space – open, subtle, crowded, holding, pervasive
  2. Air – variable, smells, active, drying, absorbing other facets
  3. Fire – hot, sharp, illuminating, inflaming, intelligent, consuming
  4. Water – flowing, containing, cohesive, gravity defying, emotional, changeable
  5. Earth – physical, stable, solid, dense, inert, grounded, self-aware

We all contain these elements, in different proportions, and need different balances.  Ayurvedic Medicine actually takes the three humors (the dosha) to find proper balance to our individual health.  The dosha are:

  • Vata – space and air
  • Pitta – fire
  • Kapha – water and earth

“Each dosha has its susceptibilities,” Dr. Mulakaluri explained.  Those inclined toward Pitta (Fire) will more often deal with inflammation, headaches and indigestion, while those with Vata (Space & Air) deal with nervous complaints and those tending toward Kapha (Water & Earth) more likely face problems of the lungs and kidneys.

Dr. Anup Mulakaluri at the Natural Rhythms Integrative Clinic he's started, on Bridge Way.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May '17

Dr. Anup Mulakaluri at the Natural Rhythms Integrative Clinic he’s started, on Bridge Way. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May ’17

By looking at a person, and their humors, it is possible to find their susceptibilities to ill-health.  Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on balancing the physiology, and finding treatments to address core concerns to allow the body to self-heal.  Balancing diet, sleep, exercise, breathing and other basic lifestyle routines, specific to a patient’s humors, can achieve healing and health.  Dr. Mulakaluri helps clients identify the herbs, oils, and other basic health routines that will lead to wellness.

By educating clients about basic Ayurveda language, Dr. Mulakaluri knows that many can find their own answers, and their own health solutions.  Applying the Ayurveda language to our physiology, we can better understand where our symptoms started and where healing can be found.

At Natural Rhythms, Dr. Mulakaluri can also recommend clients to further treatments, including Ayurvedic therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic.  Dr. Mulakaluri also hopes to have counseling available soon at Natural Rhythms, to help clients dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Our Healthiest Selves

For Dr. Mulakaluri, healing is about helping clients attain their healthiest selves.  As he observed, “Nature gives us so many options,” to wellness, yet, “people wait until they are very sick, and end up on a drug.”  Most often, Dr. Mulakaluri said, “we end up seeing people after they’ve exhausted the drugs and harsher treatments.”

One of the acupuncture treatment rooms at Natural Rhythms Integrative Clinic, in East Fremont.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May '17

One of the acupuncture treatment rooms at Natural Rhythms Integrative Clinic, in East Fremont. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, May ’17

Dr. Mulakaluri attended Bastyr University, for his N.D., and worked at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health teaching clinic on Stone Way in Fremont.  “I really appreciated the area,” he said of Fremont and Wallingford, “People are very present in this neighborhood, and very engaged.”  After graduating, he practiced in Bellevue, at the Ayurvedic Naturopathic Medical Clinic, with his mentor.  When he chose to set out on his own, Dr. Mulakaluri chose to return to this community for his practice, and to bring Ayurveda to Fremonsters at the Center of the Universe.

Ayurvedic Medicine, and all the Natural Rhythms’ practitioners, can help clients looking for a more balanced approach to their health.  “Clients find themselves in the medicine,” Dr. Mulakaluri said of Ayurveda.  “The definition of health in Ayurvedic,” he explained, “is balanced humors, balanced metabolism, balanced physiological function, healthy tissues, regular elimination, joyful mind, senses and a peaceful soul.”

Visit Natural Rhythms Integrative Medicine, in person and through its website, to find your own balance, of mind and soul.



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