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COVID-19 Self-Care Toolbox

Our Person-Centered Approach for Health and Resilience Against COVID-19 Can Chinese Medicine be Helpful to Prevent and Treat COVID-19? SELF-CARE Q&A SERIES Self-Care Tips to Stay Healthy Research Projects Related to COVID-19 More resources: COVID-19 resources on ExploreIM portal Medicine 185: Introduction to Integrative East-West Medicine Medicine 180: Medicine and Global Health: East-West Medicine in […] … More


Pharmacogenetic Decision Support Tools: A New Paradigm for Late-Life Depression?

There is limited evidence supporting the use of decision support tools DSTs for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adult populations and there is no primary research data in older adults. Clinicians still employ a “trial-and-error” approach to optimizing treatment regimens for late-life depression (LLD). With LLD affecting a significant and growing segment of the population, […] … More


Spotlight On: Dr. Ryan Abbott

Dr. Abbott's article, "Treating the Health Care Crisis: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PPACA," in the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law, was cited prominently in a recent article, "Implications of ACA Repeal: Effects on Integrative Medicine," in the Herald Scholarly Open Access (HSOA) Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine.  The HSOA article noted […] … More


Integrative East-West Medicine: A Commitment to Advancing Healthcare

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. … More


Introduction to Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

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 […] … More


Bleeding Gums: When just brushing and flossing is not enough

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, […] … More


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

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. … More


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

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. … More


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

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. … More


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

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. … More


Treating Gastrointestinal Problems through an East-West Approach

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. … More


A Brief History of Acupuncture Analgesia

The first type of acupuncture to have a large-scale impact in the West, acupuncture anesthesia (AA) is gradually gaining prominence as a viable healthcare modality in the modern world. … More


Achieving Health and Balance through the Art of Eating

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. … More