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Integrative East-West Medicine: A Commitment to Advancing Healthcare

Published August 28, 2015

Written by Ka-Kit Hui MD, FACP

The practice of medicine continues to evolve as our understanding of health and disease grows. Through a shift in patient preference towards wellness and “new” ways of looking at healthcare through alternative perspectives, the field of integrative medicine has emerged. This article follows Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, through his journey in launching the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and developing a unique model of integrative medicine that combines traditional Chinese Medicine and conventional biomedicine. The Center aspires to set an example of excellence in clinical care, research, and education in integrative East-West medicine for the advancement of healthcare globally.


Introduction to Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Published January 28, 2015

Written by Felicia Yu MD

In this article: Introduction How it Works Uses Safety Other Considerations Conclusion References   INTRODUCTION Electrical stimulation for pain reduction is not a novel idea.  Scribonius Largus, court physician to Julius Caesar, documented its use in ancient Rome as early as 63 A.D. in the form of standing on an electrical fish. It was not […]


Bleeding Gums: When just brushing and flossing is not enough

Published November 24, 2014

ORAL HEALTH SERIES: Issue 1 In this article: Introduction Bleeding gums: A sign of inflammation Western medicine perspective Integrating Eastern medicine and self-care When to seek professional help Take-home message References   INTRODUCTION According to the American Dental Association, about 100 million Americans did not see a dentist in 2007. Despite recommended semiannual dental checkups, […]


Why is knee meniscus surgery no better than placebo? An East-West explanation.

Published October 30, 2014

Written by Andrew Shubov MD

In December of 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published a randomized controlled trial demonstrating that partial meniscectomy was no better than a sham procedure involving just the arthroscopy. Interestingly, typical knee acupuncture involves fine needle insertion into locations that include those used by arthroscopic instruments in both treatment and control groups of this study. We should consider that the authors may have inadvertently provided a very strong knee-specific acupuncture-type treatment with their instruments, and this may account for some of what was referred to as the “placebo effect” in the trial.


Tai Chi and Qigong for the Treatment and Prevention of Mental Disorders

Published May 7, 2013

This summary covers a book chapter published in the text Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Psychiatric Disorders. The chapter was written by Dr. Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, an associate professor at Southwestern Law School, and Dr. Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS, a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA.


Editorial on Acupuncture for Breast Cancer Patients Beyond Fatigue

Published March 21, 2013

An editorial published in the Annals of Palliative Medicine in response to the study done by Molassiotis et al, which is the first large, multi-site trail examining the potential of acupuncture in effectively managing cancer-related fatigue (CRF) after chemotherapy.


Finding Balance through Integrative Medicine

Published January 23, 2013

Dr. Malcolm Taw, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA Center for East–West Medicine, commented Jan. 12 in a Los Angeles Times article about balance disorders.


A Patient’s Journey: East Meets West in Stress Management

Published August 23, 2012

This is a patient’s progression through suffering from the damaging influence of stress, to the intervention she received under the integrative East-West medicine model of care and ultimately, regaining health. We invite you to follow this patient along the journey as a way to learn the various basic concepts about integrative East-West medicine.


Managing Stressors for Health Cultivation: Blending East and West for Stress Management

Published August 23, 2012

While stress is an unavoidable aspect of life, successful management of stressors can help increase an individual’s resilience and decrease the damaging effects of stress. The integrative East-West medicine model of care recognizes that stress can offset balance in our systems. Integrative East-West medicine emphasizes the identification of underlying causes, and helps to develop a personalized stress management plan, and incorporates treatment strategies rooted in both Chinese and Western medicine.


Treating Gastrointestinal Problems through an East-West Approach

Published July 2, 2012

With the current prevalence of gastrointestinal problems and increasing demand for cost-effective means of treating digestive diseases, the UCLA Integrative East-West Esophageal Disorders Program embraces a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and innovative system that emphasizes individualized treatment and patient education for healthy living and the development or restoration of a well functioning gastrointestinal system.


Treatment of Recalcitrant Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Integrative East-West Medicine

Published July 2, 2012

The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery and UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) have employed a whole systems research model to gather preliminary data which suggests that integrative East-West medicine has the potential to confer safe and effective treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis as well as overall improved quality of life.


Achieving Health and Balance through the Art of Eating

Published April 23, 2012

Eastern and Western approaches to nutrition are unique and possess both strengths and weaknesses. Blending the best of both techniques will allow for the development of an integrative nutrition system that is more effective than either tradition on their own.