the 1990s, a Harvard study unveiled a seismic shift in global health
care, revealing that billions of people around the world were
accessing complementary or alternative medical treatments in lieu of
or in addition to traditional, hospital-based care.
medicine wasn’t really helping their issues," said Dr. Rose
Kumar, founder of the Ommani Center in Pewaukee. "It wasn’t
coming from a place that was healing people. They were basically just
popular pathway to wellness is integrative medicine, which combines
the science of traditional medicine with the evidence of the
effectiveness of complementary treatments such as acupuncture,
massage, psychotherapy and yoga.
our patients based on the data we see," Kumar says. "So if
we give them blood pressure medicine, we want to make sure that it’s
working and their blood pressure is coming down. So in that sense, we
keep our patients safe by tracking the evidence."
traditional medicine depends on data to determine results,
complementary medicine relies more on individual outcomes.
patient says ‘my knee feels better’ when they get acupuncture
where it was hurting before, we rely on what they’re telling us in
that there’s improvement."
combining the two approaches enables a more comprehensive course of
treatment for patients, more effective preventive care and in the long
run, lower health care costs. "It makes more sense to heal what’s
causing the problem, not just managing symptoms. It’s become more
accepted because it works better. This gets to the root of why people
are really ill."