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Kaveri Kuttapp

Kaveri Kuttapp, Program Director-Integrated Health Centre - WELLBEEING

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Integrative Medicine, The Future of Health Care

Rising incomes, health awareness on these life style related diseases and increase in insurance holders is driving awareness on preventive care.

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Hospital is a place where you hardly see a happy face, and one dreads to visit. Visiting a hospital and waiting for the attention of a doctor who is busy with patients, is a moment of anxiety, frustrating waiting time and matter of concern for many.

Over 75% of the hospital beds are filled up with complications and last stages of lifestyle disorders such as Diabetes, Cardiac problems & other health disorders. These are increasing in working populace (10% YOY), as well as middle aged and youngsters because of deviated life style & increased stress.

Mostly these problems go unrecognized in the initial stages, between the age of 25-45 years since awareness on preventive health is even to this day is very low in the country. Individuals in this age group are carriers of these problems – but often ignorant about the consequences of merely managing this by medication alone. This is the phase when most experiment with too many clinicians, follow Google answers, influenced by family, friends and media. The body is abused with too many things tried at the same time.

Most often, these are diagnosed accidentally when the symptoms show up, or when it comes to an advanced phase, surprising many. This is when a medication regime becomes compulsory. The conventional approach (modern medicine approach) towards these disorders is controlling or managing them for a long-term with mere medication, and this is believed to be normal, although this approach often suppresses the problem or delays the complications.

Modern systems of medicine offer symptomatic relief but does not reverse or cure these disorders. Ayurvedic / Naturopathy clinics and spa may fail to address the acute symptoms. Neither of the system alone can address all these concerns at a time.

Hence, the better of the two systems bridges the gap. Addressing both - symptomatic relief as well the root cause, can reduce the ill effects of excessive medication.

WELLBEEING, an Integrated Lifestyle Health centre in Sahakarnagar (a 3 years old start-up), has just started this trend and seen excellent results in over 200 individuals suffering from lifestyle disorders with their ‘Diabetes Reversal’, Thyroid reversal, Hypertension reversal programs. The Physicians and Diabetologists at the centre work very closely with Ayurveda and Naturopathy Physicians functionally and have created an experiential atmosphere within the centre which is homely and caring for those who are seeking preventive health care and long-term remedy for lifestyle disorders.

Rising incomes, health awareness on these life style related diseases and increase in insurance holders is driving awareness on preventive care. Increased unexpected hospitalization costs are resulting in erosion of finances & wealth among many families. With increased awareness on sustained wellness life styles, people are realizing hospitalization can be avoided by timely & right intervention and support. Preventive health care with counseling on other approaches of medical interventions, importance of physical exercises such as Yoga & other Physical Exercises, Nutrition is drawing larger populace across the globe.

Future of Healthcare


Through INTEGRATED SYSTEM of MEDICINES we can say ‘NO’ to long-term medicine, and ‘Yes’ to well-being.

The disorders that are caused within the body (not from external force or infection) logically should have the capacity within to heal, provided the imbalances are corrected.

Researches and many evidence across the globe have been exploring this area for the last few years now, and have been practicing ‘Integrative medicine’, CAM, etc. in many eminent health centers, universities and well known hospitals in US and UK.Helping individuals come out of medication and the ill effects of both disorder and medication is the motto behind the concept of ‘Integrated system of medicine’, while understanding the need, and ensuring that this delivery platform addresses the gaps in the conventional medical ecosystem.

The root cause of all lifestyle disorders being deviations in lifestyles, the effective reversal of these ailments need to be attempted with lifestyle modifications and correcting these deviations, rather than gradually increasing the potency of long-term medication in the name of managing the disorder.

This understanding provides a new dimension to healthcare, where the emphasis is on both treatment and prevention of diseases. A hard evidence based holistic, scientific protocol centric approach to treatment & follow-up will be the best fit and also can be a game changer.

Creating a sense of responsibility and ownership on one’s own health and wellbeing can create a new perspective to the way health is viewed today. It requires great influencing factors on the habits and behavioral pattern of individuals to make a change in mitigating the problem.

The system of integrated system reaffirms the importance of the relationship between doctor and patient, focuses on the whole person, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and evidence based disciplines to achieve optimal health and well-being. This offers benefits of saving the cost on unnecessary hospitalization, reduces long term risks, dependency of long term medication, and thereby protecting the health of individuals, the right path for one’s well-being!

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