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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

Job Opening: Clinical Specialist

The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine-Torrance is seeking a licensed Acupuncturist to join the clinic team. The clinician will function under the supervision of physicians to engage in patient care and participate in the Center’s educational and research activities as appropriate. This is a 40% part-time 3 months limited position. LIMITED MAY CONVERT TO CAREER.

Job Qualifications

Current active California Acupuncturist License and demonstrated ability to perform historical, physical and behavioral status assessments of patients using appropriate frame work. Ability to diagnose patients correctly in terms of traditional Chinese medicine. Fluency in spoken and written English to communicate case assessments, describe and interpret patient symptoms and recommended treatments to patients, attending physicians, and clinic staff. Strong interpersonal skills to interact with patients, their family and caregivers with compassion and courtesy. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with personnel in various organizational. Skill in setting priorities, organizing workload by balancing patient care with case documentation, and handing stress in the midst of heavy patient flows. Ability to effectively learn and adopt the use of an electronic medical record system (EPIC) Retrieving pertinent information, logging patient notes, communicating with patients and health care providers.

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.


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.

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