The Wellness Muses: Doctor Karina Klimtchuk

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Like many in the fields of functional and integrative medicine, Dr. Karina Klimtchuk’s path of healing has taken her to many unique ports of call. Graduating with a dual major in sociology and psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Dr. Klimchuk earned a Psya.D in Psychoanalysis, while also picking up additional training in yoga, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She later mastered Chinese herbalism and acupuncture enough to teach at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, and also served as faculty member for Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles. Her LA-based clinic, Kai Wellness, synthesizes all of the treatment modalities that she’s mastered along the way for clients in need of responsive, caring and holistic medical and spiritual care.

“Dr. K,” as we call her, epitomizes the qualities of wellness Medicine Box Wellness upholds. She’s smart, open-minded and deeply compassionate, and we’ve learned much from her insights into herbal medicine. It only made sense to share some of her wisdom with you. And if you’re interested in working with her, feel free to contact her at www.kaiwellness.com.

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Q: Tell me about your background with herbalism and how you choose the nutraceuticals that you work with for your specific clients.

I grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in nature. Folk medicine was very much the norm where I was living. I was living between Armenia and Russia. And in those places, people basically don’t go to the doctor (laughs) unless they absolutely have to. So in school  I studied Chinese medicine for seven years. That’s where my [doctorate] comes from. I studied in China and Japan with a few interesting mentors and master herbalists. I also studied quite a bit of Western medicine, Western herbalism. 

I tend to go with the companies that have been well-established, do a lot of research and have a lot of independent researchers assess their research and just have a superior product. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to working with nutraceutical companies. I like to go to the best and I also have a strong intuitive sense, where I feel something, when I tune into the frequency of something I can tell if there’s a pathogenic quality or not. 

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Q: You’ve been with us since the dispensary days and the original Equanimkty. What can you tell me about working with that formulation?

It’s a superior product. It’s pretty broadly applicable, because the herbs that are in there are synergistic with other herbs and other nutraceuticals that I’m recommending for people. I don’t want to say this without sounding too woo-woo, but it’s an energetically clean and quality product. So I enjoy recommending it.

Q: We also have Happy Belly. How important is gut health to a person’s overall well-being?

The immune system starts in the gut, first of all. Emotional health has its roots in the gut. The gut is basically responsible for every aspect of the human body’s functioning. If we’re not absorbing and digesting and metabolizing and properly assimilating nutrients, then every single system in the body has the potential to be compromised, sometimes very severely and significantly. And there’s been a lot of research lately about the gut-brain axis. In fact, there’s a beautiful book called The Yellow Emperor’s Treatise of the Spleen and Stomach. And that dates back over 3000 years and it’s saying that the base of every single disease in the body is in the gut. So bringing the gut into a state of health, especially now when food is so de-nutritionalized in the soil in this country, when there’s so many pesticides, so many toxins, so many stressors that affect gut health, it’s absolutely essential to start there and to keep the focus there. While they can never be eradicated altogether, auto-immune diseases, I’ve found, go into remission if somebody keeps their gut in a good condition and emotional health, it helps you to function optimally and show up for your day, every day.

Q: Talk about the mushrooms in our products. How do they work with herbs and with hemp?

[Mushrooms are] wonderful synergistically in combination with other herbs. I don’t always recommend mushrooms. if you’re familiar with small intestine bacterial overgrowth, that’s a place where mushrooms absolutely don’t belong.  But for the majority of people, not only is it safe, but mushrooms are the ultimate superfood. They’re gonna save the planet when all the other food choices disappear! So I think it’s great and exemplary that you guys are adding mushrooms to your product. That’s one of the things that makes you guys stand out in the CBD world and in the herbal world in general.

Q: Speak to the Seven Pillars How does living right add to one’s health?

To me, that’s essential, and that’s the thing that got me so interested in Medicine Box. Of the tens of thousands of CBD products out there and cannabis products out there, I’m specifically choosing to recommend Medicine Box exclusively, because they reflect my own values and the values of my practice and the values that my patients hold and trust. Because what I do is not for money. I love money and I make plenty of it, but I’m not in this to be a businessperson. I’m not in this to be anything other than of service. Part of my passion and my life’s service is, it just comes from the heart, so I want to practice that way, not driven by profit, but by values.

Q: Have you gotten any interesting feedback from people who have tried the product?

People have responded really well to Equanimity, in terms of loving the effects and I had a few comments about it from people, one colleague, also a functional medicine doctor. Another one is a patient who is a very, very sensitive person. Her body will pick up anything. She can smell a drop of blood in the ocean a mile away. Feedback from both of them is that this is a really potent product that has a higher energy about it. And a couple other people that i heard from said that they really, really liked the effects in terms of downregulating their anxiety and allowing them to enter sleep faster and stay asleep through the night better. And one patient who’s a stroke patient who’s used it for, we used it with him for inflammation.

Q: Have you gotten any interesting feedback from people who have tried the product?

People have responded really well to Equanimity, in terms of loving the effects and I had a few comments about it from people, one colleague, also a functional medicine doctor. Another one is a patient who is a very, very sensitive person. Her body will pick up anything. She can smell a drop of blood in the ocean a mile away. Feedback from both of them is that this is a really potent product that has a higher energy about it. And a couple other people that i heard from said that they really, really liked the effects in terms of downregulating their anxiety and allowing them to enter sleep faster and stay asleep through the night better. And one patient who’s a stroke patient who’s used it for, we used it with him for inflammation.

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Psychedelics and mental health
While the past 60 years have certainly obscured it, psychedelics were once explored for a plethora of mental health disorders, including a few that would shock people. Childhood schizophrenia, autism, addiction — considering the excesses and the resulting stigmas attached to them now, it’s hard for many to imagine ethically treating these illnesses with them today.

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Herbalism and the sleep secret
There’s something to be said for using and harvesting plants and herbs grown in the wild – also known as foraging or wildcrafting. Clearly, a balance must be struck if one is to do it at all. But we at Medicine Box have found that nature does the best R&D imaginable, and if done properly, wildcrafting gives one a golden opportunity to understand a plant’s full curative expression.

This article was initially distributed by Medicinebox.green. Peruse the first article here.

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