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Integrative East-West Medicine & COVID-19

A message from the Center's Founder and Director Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP

Dear friends,

First and foremost, I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirits. We want to assure you that the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine continues to update you on our work.

In addition to social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures, we want to remind our community the importance and efficacy of East-West self-care to boost your own immunity and maintain emotional well-being. Here are some self-care tips we have put together for you.

Through our work in East-West medicine, we have been able to leverage our knowledge in traditional Chinese medicine’s (TCM) vast experience in combating pestilences for thousands of years. Moreover, our approach not only effectively protects people from the virus, but also helps to strengthen the body’s own defense mechanism in fending off any pathogens and re-regulate the body’s physiological systems, thereby enhancing health and well-being. We have been broadening our clinical, research and education programs to address the ongoing crisis and its ramifications, preparing for a potential second wave that is predicted to occur later in the year. Specifically, our clinicians continue to serve our patients with our person-centered East-West approach through both telemedicine and in-person consultations. We are also working on both herbal and acupressure clinical trials to contribute our East-West expertise to fight COVID-19.

Meanwhile, we have also been collecting, synthesizing and disseminating evidence-based information on integrative East-West modalities, such as nutrition, mind-body exercises, acupuncture, acupressure and herbal medicine. This will help to inform everyone how stay well and healthy, and assist in recovery for those who have battled COVID-19. We have shared some of these resources on our exploreIM website and are currently creating online materials and webinars for patients and the public, to arm them with knowledge for prevention as well as online programs for health professionals in the East-West medical approach to COVID-19. Additionally, we are collaborating with several NGOs to ensure that underserved groups have access to evidence-based integrative medicine during these trying times.

If you would like to support our expanding programs on the effectiveness of integrative East-West medicine modalities in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to donate to our UCLA Spark Campaign #Team LA: East-West Medicine Research and Education. Our goal is to raise $150,000, with your help, by June 30th.

We cherish your partnership in this project and we will continue to update you on our progress. Please take care and stay well.


Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP
Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine
Founder and Director, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine

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