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UCLA Summer Course – MED180


In this course, students will learn about integrative medicine and its role in health cultivation and in the medical system from UCLA faculty and guest speakers at the forefront of the field, engage in experiential workshops on self-care and different healing and medical modalities while discovering the science behind them. More information can be found here: http://cewm.med.ucla.edu/education/summer-course/.

Acupuncture and Trigger Point Injections for Fibromyalgia: East-West Medicine Case Report

In “Acupuncture and Trigger Point Injections for Fibromyalgia: East-West Medicine Case Report,” published in the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Dr. Lawrence Taw and past fellow Dr. Eve Henry present a case report of a fibromylagia patient who was successfully treated with an integrative approach that combined acupuncture with trigger point injections.


Fibromyalgia is a clinical syndrome characterized by chronic widespread pain that is often accompanied by ≥1 concomitant symptoms (eg, fatigue, poor sleep, cognitive alterations, and mood disturbances). In 2005, an estimated 5 million people in the United States suffered from fibromyalgia, and its growing effect on health related quality of life is substantial. An increasingly popular hypothesis proposes that noxious, peripheral sensory input might contribute to the initiation and perpetuation of the diffuse pain seen in patients with
fibromyalgia. That theory has led to the evaluation of multiple interventions to stimulate distal areas as a means to modulate the peripheral and central nervous systems. It has been the authors’ experiences that the combination of trigger point injections and acupuncture provides improved clinical outcomes.

Click here to read the full case report.

2015 Nobel Prize Winner Tu Youyou and the UCLA CEWM Visual History Project

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In the mid-1950s, the Chinese government began its efforts to create a new medicine, integrative East-West Medicine (EWM), by combining the best of western biomedicine with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The Chinese government ordained numerous existing western medicine trained doctors and researchers in China to undergo rigorous clinical and research training in traditional Chinese medicine. Likewise, some Chinese medicine trained doctors also learned Western medicine. Over the last five decades, these integrative medicine (IM) pioneers and Traditional Chinese Medicine leaders have yielded important research discoveries. In order to preserve this invaluable intellectual heritage and to document the development of integrative medicine, in 2006, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) started the Visual History Project, an effort to document and impart through video the key figures and issues on TCM and IM.

Tu Youyou — Visual History Interview

hui_tuyouyou_cacms1Tu Youyou, MD, Director of the Artemisinin Research Center at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who recently won the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine and the 2011 Lasker Award in Clinical Medical Research, is one of the many integrative medicine experts who were interviewed for the CEWM Visual History Project in 2006. Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, Founder and Director of the CEWM initially met Dr. Tu in 1997 at the first China Integrative Medicine Conference in Beijing. Dr. Hui quickly recognized the value of the research that Dr. Tu had been conducting on artemisinin to treat malaria. Soon after the Visual History Project was launched, Dr. Hui invited her to discuss her research in a recorded interview. In the 2.5-hour long clip, Dr. Tu talked about why she decided to study artemisinin, the key problems she encountered during her research and her view on the impact that Chinese medicine could have on world. In 2009, Dr. Tu sent her regards and a signed copy of her newly published book to the CEWM to share the important findings that she made with her team.

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More Visual History Interviews with Integrative Medicine Pioneers

In addition to the Nobel Prize-winner Tu Youyou, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine has interviewed 34 other pioneering professionals in Chinese medicine and integrative medicine, 41 academic leaders in both traditional Chinese medicine and contemporary Chinese integrative medicine, and 23 internationally renowned experts in integrative medicine.

Since the implementation of integrative medicine in China in 1955, the field of East-West Medicine has continued to show great success. Thus, the Visual History Project has been an ongoing project, with the persistent expansion of its content and growing support from the Chinese government, including the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine, and connections with integrative medicine experts and authorities from around the world.

The project team is currently dedicating its efforts to post-production tasks which include transcription, cataloging, editing, and translation of a wealth of video footage.  The files will be digitized and content indexed. Audio and video files will be made available at the Archive of the UCLA Library System. Abstracts and highlights of select footage have been edited, and are now available under the Multimedia section of the CEWM’s web portal, ExploreIM.

East-West Primary Care Celebrates 2 Years!

Launched in 2013, East-West Primary Care, under the direction of Edward Hui, M.D., serves to enhance value-based care and coordination. Spurred by the Affordable Care Act, the primary care program promotes early intervention and lifelong well-being. It offers high quality, patient-centered continuity of care to patients who are seeking a personalized and comprehensive approach to their health. All the services provided in a traditional primary care clinic and referrals to specialty services are available. This creates a “medical home” for patients using the East-West model. Today, the program has grown to include two other internal medicine providers, Justin Laube, MD, and Felicia Yu, MD, and one family medicine physician, Katie Hu, MD.

To learn more about the East-West Primary Care model, click here to read Dr. Justin Laube’s article on the ExploreIM Webportal.

Justin Laube, MD, Felicia Yu, MD, and Katie Hu, MD are accepting new Primary Care patients at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine in Santa Monica, California.

  • Click here to learn about how to become a patient.
  • To make an appointment, please call: (310) 998-9118.


Job Opening: Clinical Specialist (Full-Time)

The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine-Santa Monica is seeking a licensed Acupuncturist to join the clinic team. The clinician will perform various therapeutic techniques in patient care, will assist in teaching these techniques as well as herbal and dietary therapy to medical and postgraduate students. Will also assist the Director in submission of proposals and conducting research with regards to Chinese Medicine.

Job Qualifications

Must hold a valid and active California Acupuncture License. A minimum of 2 years of clinical experience in acupuncture and therapeutic massage techniques is preferred. Strong preference will be given to a candidate who possesses a doctoral degree in Chinese/Oriental medicine and/or has previous training in western medicine and/or biomedical research. Demonstrate the ability to perform relevant history, physical examination and behavioral status assessments of patients utilizing the TCM framework. Skill in acupuncture, acupressure, muscle manipulations, therapeutic massage, and herbal medicinal instructions. Knowledge to diagnose patients correctly in terms of traditional Chinese Medicine. Knowledge to recognize, spell, and use technical terminology correctly. Strong interpersonal skills to communicate/work with patients, peer clinicians, students, staff, as well as physicians to coordinate treatment strategies, engage in case discussions, exchange ideas and/or solve problems in a collaborative and professional manner. Skill in setting priorities and organizing workload by balancing patient care with documentation, teaching, and communication with the clinic team. Ability to demonstrate flexibility and resilience when performing multiple tasks in the midst of heavy patient workflows. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the purposes of clear communication with health care team and patients as well as documentation of encounters. Must be familiar with and able to converse in medical English. Preferred: Skill to prepare course material independently with only minimal guidance. Skill to devise creative research projects.

For more information and to apply, please click here. All applicants must submit an application through UCLA Health’s Career site.

Please be advised that ALL new hires will be required to successfully complete a criminal background investigation and a medical examination, which includes a drug screening, prior to employment at UCLA Health. The receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests, and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authority to work in the United States are also required. Any misrepresentation, falsification or material omission may result in a candidate’s failure to receive an offer, or if already hired, an immediate dismissal from employment.


Dr. Ka-Kit Hui and Dr. Jing Zhao Introduce Integrative East-West Medicine to Students at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference, June 26, 2015

hosaeventreport072215HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly Health Occupations Students of America) is a national student organization that includes over 165,000 members through the US, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Italy. The organization is organized in chapters and comprised of young students (middle school through collegiate level) enrolled in health science education or interested in pursuing health-care careers. On June 26, 2015, representatives of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) participated in the annual HOSA National Leadership Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, to share with high school students the role of Integrative East-West Medicine for health and wellness.

At 8:00 AM, Crystal Jing Zhao, MD, PhD, a Visiting Professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, along with Allen Jang, ND, a HOSA advisor at the Maranatha High School in Pasadena, CA, led a group of over 100 students in an invigorating Tai Chi Wake-Up Activity. Often described as “meditation in motion,” Tai Chi is a form of exercise originating in Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves a series of slow, graceful movements accompanied by deep breathing. Dr. Zhao, a skilled Tai Chi practitioner who has earned 7 medals in national competitions in China, instructed her group in a classical style of the mind-body practice, showing them the basic form of Ba Duan Ji and demonstrating to them the more complicated 24-form. Following Dr. Zhao’s lead, the students began to feel a sense of calm and clarity as they focused on gently moving their hands like clouds floating across the sky, or “yun shao.” Dr. Zhao reminded the students that between each Ba Duan Ji pose they had to breathe deeply. She emphasized that even between daily activities, they could use these simple poses to reduce their stress and cultivate health. Dr. Jang, a naturopathic physician with more than 30 years of Tai Chi experience, led the students in the more contemporary style of Cardio Tai Chi and demonstrated a sampling of various Tai Chi styles, including 5-Element and Tai Chi Fan.

Later that morning, Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, Founder and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, led an interactive session on stress-reduction and health cultivation using integrative East-West medicine, a session which brought in approximately 90 individuals including HOSA students, parents, and advisors. In this workshop, Dr. Hui introduced the audience to the science behind acupuncture, Tai Chi, and Chinese herbal medicine. “For maintaining good health,” he said, “there are many herbs in the food that we eat, such as turmeric, which is good for reducing inflammation, and ginger, which can improve digestion.” He continued by asking, “How many of you have a tight neck? A tight neck is not just a pain in the neck; it is a complication of a tight neck, a key area which connects the brain to the rest of the body. A tight neck can lead to many more health issues.” As neck strain and headache tend to be common in hard-working and stressed students, Dr. Hui demonstrated several important acupressure points which they could massage to relieve these symptoms. The workshop closed with Dr. Hui’s take-home message that to maintain health we can do more than just taking medications; people young and old can have a healthy body and mind by making good lifestyle choices, striving for mental tranquility, and cultivating harmonious social relationships.

The Center’s mission is to promote the importance of self-care and health cultivation utilizing integrative medicine principles. Therefore, educating the younger generation is crucial to public health and healthcare at large. Moreover, by seeing the strengths of both Eastern and Western approaches, these budding leaders can have a comprehensive view of health to guide their future careers.

By Vivianne Chang, Human Biology and Society B.S., UCLA 2014
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Administrative Assistant

Copy-edited by:

Rosana Chan, MPH, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Administrator

Click here to view the PDF event report.

Click here to learn more about HOSA-Future Health Professionals, and here to read about the HOSA-CEWM Collaboration.

Dr. Ka-Kit Hui at the WHO Expert Consultation on T/CAM in Jeju, Republic of Korea


Dr. Ka-Kit Hui (front, third from left) with participants and observers of the expert consultation. Countries represented included Australia, Philippines, Canada, Norway, U.S., Republic of Korea, China, U.K., Japan, and Switzerland.


Dr. Ka-Kit Hui with Dr. Heather Boon, Professor and Dean at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.


Dr. Ka-Kit Hui with Professor Denis Noble from the University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom.

On May 12, 2015, Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, Founder and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, participated in an “Expert Consultation on Traditional and Complementary Medicine Integration with National Health Care Systems” in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea; and the World Health Organization (WHO), Western Pacific Regional Office; in association with the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM) at the Hyatt Regency Jeju, Republic of Korea.

The expert consultation brought together researchers, government officers and WHO officers responsible for traditional medicine, to discuss the 2014 WHO report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine Integration with National Health Systems, and to share the current status of and identify effective ways for T&CM integration with national health systems.

According to the consultation report, commissioned by the WHO and written by Rachel Canaway, the WHO “acknowledges the contribution of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) to health, wellness, people-centred health care and universal health coverage. People around the world seek and use traditional, indigenous, complementary and alternative medicines often as primary health care. The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023[1] provides strategic objectives, directions and actions towards the goal of ‘promoting safe and effective use of T&CM through the regulation, research and integration of T&CM products, practices and practitioners into the health system, as appropriate’ (p.43).”

At the consultation, Dr. Hui emphasized the importance of understanding the relative strengths of different healing traditions to serve as a bridge toward building a better clinical model for the world. Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM), he says, tend to be lower cost while applying systemic thinking and levering the body’s capacity to heal. However, Dr. Hui highlighted that while T&CM possess additional tools that are of practical and clinical value, it is imperative to ensure that safety comes first. “Optimal health care that is effective, safe, and accessible, and affordable should become the priority of every country’s health care system… This will require the concerted efforts, ingenuity, and collaborative spirit of the scientific and medical communities, policy makers, the public and other segments of society.”[2]


1) (2013). WHO traditional medicine strategy: 2014-2023 (pp. 76). Geneva: World Health Organization.

2) Hui KK. “The Potential for Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine into Clinical Practice”. Traditional Medicine: Better Science, Policy and Services for Health Development, WHO International Symposium, Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, May 2001

CEWM Physicians Selected as 2015 UCLA Exceptional Physicians

Join us in congratulating our physicians’ outstanding achievement!

The following physicians from the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine have been selected as 2015 UCLA Exceptional Physicians:


  • Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP
  • Edward Hui, MD
  • Malcolm Taw, MD, FACP
  • Lawrence Taw, MD

These physicians have been chosen for their outstanding demonstration of UCLA values: Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Discovery, Integrity, and Teamwork.

They and several other honorees will be recognized at the Nursing Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 14th, 2015.

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.

Updated: [ASCIM 2015 Report] Exploring Integrative Medicine from a Clinical to Global Scale

UPDATED May 2015: Highlights video from the Annual Student Conference for Integrative Medicine 2015!


UPDATED April 2015: Click to view the PDF version of the ASCIM 2015 Event Report.


“Healthcare systems around the world are becoming unsustainable,” addressed Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, Professor and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM), to the nearly 150 attendees composed of high school, undergraduate and graduate students, healthcare professionals, and community members from across the country. As opening keynote to the third Annual Student Conference for Integrative Medicine (ASCIM), Dr. Hui urged for a new innovative health model that promotes prevention and wellness while synergistically addressing multiple complex problems, thereby setting the tone for the program.

Held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Tamkin Auditorium located in the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the conference was organized by the Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM) at UCLA, the David Geffen Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group (IMSIG), and the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM).

The theme this year was “Exploring Integrative Medicine from a Clinical to Global Scale,” showcasing important work being done in various fields with the common goal to improve healthcare and bring it to those who are suffering everywhere, including patients, caregivers, doctors, and institutions. The framework of health and healing presented by Dr. Hui goes beyond the best of western medicine, which is more adept when a specific etiology is available to remove, replace, block, and stimulate.

“Not sleeping well? This is a sign that something is wrong. Don’t just take a sleeping pill but also determine what is leading to the issue,” stated Dr. Hui, “Signs of ill health can start as tension headaches, tightness, or back problems that over time may result in wear and tear, referred to as allostatic load. When a patient experiences a macro stress or trauma, the body can no longer adapt, which can lead to a huge problem, such as PTSD or chronic pain. The key is to have control over how we lead our lifestyle, which has been shown in studies to prevent 70% of premature health and 50% of illnesses.”

Following the conference theme, attendees were exposed to a variety of healing traditions, with experts presenting on osteopathy, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, explored the mind-body connection at the heart of an integrative approach, and learned about the different clinical and research models that incorporate integrative medicine into their practice. Popular sessions such as the mindfulness meditation and the professional panel were particularly stimulating because the attendees could readily apply what they had learned. Afterwards, many attendees expressed their desire to have more opportunities to apply integrative practices first-hand. The application of integrative medicine challenges the status quo. According to Sonya Pritzker, PhD, LAc, Assistant Professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, “This invisible revolution in methodology is taking place that is as equally challenging, important, riveting, and fulfilling as the major work being done in clinical and healthcare delivery. There is hope on the horizon.”

Lastly, the conference topped the day off with a spectacular closing keynote by Suzie Kline, PhD, NP, LAc, Director of the Huntington Hospital Integrative Oncology Program, on minimizing cancer risks through self-care, providing a wealth of helpful tips that the attendees can actively utilize on a daily basis. Dr. Kline also emphasized the need for self-compassion. She asked attendees to wrap their arms around themselves in a hug, releasing oxytocin, and treat themselves to kind thoughts as they would to a dear loved one. In closing, Dr. Kline said, “You are all inspirational – to us [speakers] as well.”

When the ASCIM 2015 came to a successful end, Dr. Hui expressed his gratitude and hope that the young generation of future healthcare providers and consumers will contribute to the field of integrative medicine and ultimately surpass their mentors.


By Linxin Zhang, MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Staff Research Associate

Copy-edited by:

Rosana Chan, MPH, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Administrator

Vivianne Chang, Human Biology and Society B.S., UCLA 2014
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Administrative Assistant



Interested in contributing to next year’s conference? Please email the ASCIM team at <ASCIM.SIMatUCLA@gmail.com> with your name and contact information.


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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.


Self-Applied Acupressure May Improve Constipation Symptoms

About 19 percent of North Americans suffer from constipation, the digestive condition more common among women, non-whites, people older than 60, those who are not physically active, and the poor. The costs of the condition are significant, and it can also lead to depression, lower quality of life and a drop in work productivity. Current treatments include the use of laxatives, increased intake of dietary fiber and fluid, and exercise.

New research from the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows how Eastern and Western medicine can blend to alleviate this common medical problem. Ryan Abbott, JD, MD, MTOM, Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School and Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and his colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial demonstrating that perineal self-acupressure, a simple technique involving the application of external pressure to the perineum — the area between the anus and genitals — can help patients have a bowel movement. This study builds on earlier research, which suggest that the technique can facilitate defecation of stools, relax the anal sphincter muscles, and stimulate the nerves involved in bowel movement.

The study assessed 91 patients who met Rome III, the criteria for functional constipation. Of the 91, 45 were randomly assigned to standard care and 46 to the self-acupressure group. Both groups received educational materials about constipation and conventional treatment options. While the standard care group was given conventional treatment options, the self-acupressure group received additional sex-specific educational material and training in the technique.

According to the investigators, participants in the treatment group assessed the intervention positively. Seventy two percent of the 46 patients applying the self-acupressure group improved constipation symptoms at 4 weeks and said the technique helped to “avoid or better manage the effect of constipation.” In addition, 82% of the patients in the treatment group said they would continue use the technique, and 72% said they would recommend it to family and friends. Overall, the technique has shown benefits in improving bowel function and quality of life for people suffering from this common digestive condition.

“This study suggests that clinicians should consider incorporating education in perineal self-acupressure as a first-line treatment for constipation, along with conventional interventions such as increased exercise and dietary fiber intake,” the authors conclude. In addition to the treatment’s low-risk profile and the potential to control treatment costs, “perineal self-acupressure may represent an effective alternative to conventional treatment options,” particularly for individuals who do not respond favorably to existing treatment options.


To view the original article on Medscape, click here.
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Click here to view the feature in UCLA Newsroom.

To learn more about the technique, click here to visit the Yale Perineal Pressure webpage.

East-West Primary Care 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.

“Considerations in the Translation of Chinese Medicine” featured in ScienceDaily

In the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in the West, there is a significant use of Chinese medical texts. Yet only a few U.S. schools that teach Chinese medicine require Chinese-language training, and only a handful of Chinese medical texts have been translated into English so far. Given the complexity of the language and concepts in these texts, there is a need for accurate and high-quality translation. To this end, researchers at UCLA’s Center for East-West Medicine published a 15-page document titled “Considerations in the Translation of Chinese Medicine,” which currently appears in the online edition of the Journal of Integrative Medicine.

The document, designed to help students, educators, practitioners, researchers, publishers, and translators, highlights several important topics in the translation of Chinese medical texts, including the history of Chinese medical translations, which individuals make ideal translators, and other translation-specific issues. Authors Sonya Pritzker, a licensed Chinese medicine practitioner and anthropologist, and Hanmo Zhang, a China scholar, hope the publication will promote communication in the field and play a role in the development of thorough, accurate translations.

“Considerations in the Translation of Chinese Medicine” was inspired by the late renowned translator and scholar Michael Heim, the American Council of Learned Societies’ “Guidelines for the Translation of Social Science Texts,” as well as co-author Pritzker’s longstanding anthropological study of translation in Chinese medicine, which is detailed in her new book, “Living Translation: Language and the Search for Resonance in U.S. Chinese Medicine,” recently published by Berghahn Books. The document is available for free in both English and Chinese (PDF format) on the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine website.


To access the original feature on ScienceDaily, click here.

Malcolm Taw, M.D. on Integrative East-West Cancer Care

According to Dr. Malcolm Taw, Assistant Clinical Professor of medicine at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Integrative East-West medicine can optimize the quality of life for patients with cancer. The techniques can treat symptoms or side effects commonly associated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, he said. A few of these side-effects include pain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, peripheral neuropathy, vasomotor hot flashes, lymphedema, and anxiety.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, Dr. Taw has treated patients with cancer, usually in collaboration with their oncologists and other health care providers, during different stages of the cancer process.

“Dr. Taw is unique in his experience of both East and West medicine,” said Tricia Lethcoe, a marriage and family therapist intern and program associate with the Cancer Support Community. Prior to the presentation, Lethcoe expressed hope that “Dr. Taw’s presentation [would] provide participants with information about different options for enhancing their current treatment,“ and that “participants [might] learn new ways to manage the different aspects of cancer treatment.”

To read the full article on Ventura County Star, click here.

The presentation was sponsored by the Young Adult Support Group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Westlake Cancer Support Community. It is not a cancer-specific group, and all young adults are welcome to attend.