Modern medicine and ancient remedy: a dynamic duo in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa?
In the past forty years, integrative medicine—conventional treatment infused with traditional healing methods—has become increasingly popular around the world. In 1991, the National Institutes of Health established National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NCCAM), which receives nearly $150 million in research funds annually. Since 1976, the World Health Organization has acknowledged integrative medicine as the most effective way to tackle both maladies and the disproportionate rate of traditional healers and conventional doctors to patients in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Wayne Jonas, President of the Samueli Institute, a nonprofit research organization exploring the science of healing, and Dr. Ossy Kasilo, Program Area Coordinator of Essential Medicines and Health Technologies at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, join us to assess the impact of integrative medicine in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: AP Images).