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East Meets West in Westlake Village Office

The practice, provided by staff of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, serves patients throughout Ventura County and the Conejo and San Fernando valleys. Physicians, acupuncturists, massage therapists and others who are trained in the principles and techniques of both Western biomedicine and TCM work together to optimize patient care and outcomes. “Most of our patients have gone through the gamut of Western medicine, having seen multiple specialists and trying many different treatments before coming to us for an alternative approach,” says Malcolm B. Taw, MD, an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine who sees patients in the Westlake Village practice. “But increasingly, we are seeing patients earlier in the process as a way to add value to primary care.”

Conditions treated include various pain disorders, symptoms from cancer or side effects related to treatment, degenerative arthritis, sports and overuse injuries, as well as other conditions such as sinusitis, esophageal reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. The Westlake Village team incorporates therapies that include TCM acupuncture and therapeutic massage in conjunction with Western techniques such as trigger- point injections and prescription drugs. Nutrition therapy is offered from a TCM perspective, with counseling on “hot” and “cold” foods depending on the individual’s biology and symptoms. Diagnostic techniques incorporate acupoints — sensitive or tight spots throughout the body that can indicate underlying internal dysfunction — as well as tongue exams, which can offer a window into a better understanding of many conditions, Dr. Taw explains.

To read more about the UCLA CEWM’s services at Westlake Village, click here to view the UCLA Health Vital Signs Winter 2015 Newsletter.

Dr. Justin Laube on “Integrative & Holistic Primary Care”

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine


Integrative & Holistic Primary Care

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7:00-8:30PM

Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center – Auditorium

1250 16th St. Santa Monica, CA

Justin Laube, MD, UCLA internal medicine physician, will explore the philosophy behind UCLA’s new East-West primary care clinic at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and discuss the meaning of holistic and integrative medicine, new approaches to primary care and ways to enhance well-being through self-care.

RSVP: (800) 516-5323

Click here to view the event details in UCLA’s Vital Signs – March Community Health Programs.


Primary Care East-West Medicine Services

We are happy to announce that UCLA Center for East-West Medicine will now be offering Primary Care services.

High quality, patient-centered continuity care is vital to the health and well being of our patients. We are excited to work with those who are looking for a more personalized approach to their health.

This one-stop health center will provide full-service patient care which is seamless between evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and referral. Our model of care emphasizes a patient-centered and problem-solving approach, while incorporating many diagnostic approaches and therapeutic modalities originating from traditional Chinese medicine.

Drs. Edward Hui, Justin Laube, Felicia Yu are available to see primary care patients here at the Center for East West Medicine.

If you have any questions regarding our primary care program and what is has to offer, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To Make an Appointment:
(310) 998-9118 Phone
(310) 829- 9318 Fax

Malcolm Taw, M.D. on “The Potential Benefits of Integrative East-West Medicine”

MTawANA2014On August 9-11, 2013, Dr. Malcolm Taw, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, led a workshop on “The Potential Benefits of Integrative East-West Medicine” in the management of symptoms from acoustic neuroma at the ANA 21st National Symposium in Los Angeles, CA.

The Acoustic Neuroma Association published an article summarizing Dr. Taw’s presentation, which briefly defines integrative medicine, integrative East-West medicine, and myofascial pain, explains what acupuncture and trigger point injections are and how they work, and details the conditions for which these treatments can be effective. The article also illustrates several acupuncture and acupressure points that may be helpful to patients.


To view the entire publication, click here.

Editorial on Acupuncture for Breast Cancer Patients Beyond Fatigue

Although prior small-scale randomized controlled trials have shown the potential of acupuncture in effectively managing cancer-related fatigue (CRF) after chemotherapy (1), the study by Molassiotis et al (2) is the first large, multi-site trial examining this question. In their study, 302 outpatients with breast cancer experiencing persistent long-term fatigue were assigned to one of two groups: usual care, consisting of an information booklet related to fatigue, or acupuncture plus usual care. In the acupuncture treatment group, acupuncture were standardized 20-min sessions that consisted of needling three acupoints (ST36, SP6, LI4) with the addition of alternate points chosen by the therapists to reflect real, individualized Chinese medical practice. The primary outcomes related to general fatigue were measured through self-reports by patients using the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI) at 6 weeks. Mental fatigue, activity, and motivation, anxiety and depression, and quality of life were also measured. Results found significant improvements on all measured outcomes for the acupuncture plus usual care group. The study thus demonstrated acupuncture’s effect on the successful management of clusters of symptoms rather than single symptoms alone. The investigators suggest that future studies should include an active control arm such as education, alongside a no treatment or wait-list arm, such that the nonspecific effects of acupuncture can also be evaluated. Bower (3) elaborated further on the Molassiotis study by addressing the need to determine an optimal acupuncture protocol for treating CRF, and pointed to the potential of including other promising nonpharmacologic treatments to enhance long-term effects. We applaud the study team for conducting a trial of this magnitude and significantly advancing scientific knowledge in this field. In this editorial, we would like to contribute to this important discussion by sharing our own clinical approach at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM). We begin with a discussion of acupuncture treatment for fatigue, using this as a springboard for a broader invitation to consider the ways in which an integrative East-West health model, such as that in place at CEWM, can be used to create a unique system of person-centered care that is also able to address multiple problems simultaneously.


Click here to read the full editorial.


Editorial citation: Hui KK, Zhang L. Using acupuncture as part of a comprehensive program in helping patients with breast cancer beyond fatigue. Ann Palliat Med 2013;2(1):4-6. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2224-5820.2013.01.14