A recent issue of Acupuncture Today reported big news for one of the largest medical schools in the United States. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System has begun to introduce methods of Eastern medicine into their medical curriculum. Journalist Daniel Ramirez reports, “By meshing a 3,000-year-old medicine with cutting-edge medical science, one of the largest medical institutions in California is hoping to lead the way by proving there are effective ways to deal with disease with a new type of care that incorporates both East and West.” This was an exciting development for proponents of integrative health who believe that the more options available for patients, the better.
Now, over 500 UCLA physicians refer outpatients with chronic illnesses including rheumatology, neurology, and oncology to the East-West Clinic, where patients can be treated with acupuncture, Asian Bodywork, and Chinese herbology. "We are trying to move away from the disease-based model, and look at how Chinese medicine treats the whole patient," said East-West founder Ka-Kit Hui, M.D.