Fueled by a deep conviction that its model can create greater good, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine seeks to help solve the national health-care crisis through clinical, educational and research programs.
The average American is living longer, using more repetitive-motion gadgets, eating fast foods and sitting down a lot — all factors that add stress to an individual’s health. What if there were scientifically grounded treatments for these and other more serious aches and conditions that avoided or minimized costly prescriptions and invasive surgeries? What if there were methods for treatment and prevention that individuals could incorporate into their daily lives? Founded in 1993, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine is doing exactly that. Dedicated to investigating, developing and practicing treatments to improve health, well-being and quality of life, the center’s staff members and researchers blend the best of modern Western medicine with traditional Chinese treatments. The center’s integrative approach to health care addresses mind, body and spirit, and the scientific evidence behind whole-person healing traditions.
“We need to rebalance our health-care system to focus on patient-oriented care, prevention, early disease recognition and health promotion,” says Ka-Kit Hui, M.D., F.A.C.P., Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine and founder and director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. “Medical traditions other than the Western biomedical model have the potential to heal both the current system and the human population.” That conviction is what inspired Hui to establish the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine nearly two decades ago. Since then, the center has helped thousands of patients through treatment and programs that nurture innovative ideas and effect change, based on blending the latest scientific advances with ancient traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, acupressure and herbal treatments.
“The successful outcomes to our approach tell us that we are in a unique position to transform health care toward a positive direction,” he says. “I invite you to join us in our effort to make health care safe, effective, affordable and accessible to everyone.”
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