A Look Inside – Anthro 157: Perspectives on Complementary/Alternative & Integrative Medicine
In the fall of 2012, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine Researcher Sonya Pritzker, Ph.D., L.Ac. taught the upper-division special topics course, Anthro 157: Perspectives on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine.
On Using Acupuncture for HIV to Improve Quality of Life
Through an ethnographic study done at West Hollywood non-profit Being Alive, acupuncture was found to improve the quality of life of HIV-positive individuals.
Holism vs. Reductionism: Comparing the Fundamentals of Conventional and Alternative Medicinal Modalities
Patient health care in today’s world is subjected to the biases of the care provider, yet many biomedical doctors have foregone traditional medicine in favor of what are termed Complementary Alternative and Integrative Medicine (CAIM) modalities.
Roads Less Traveled Out of the Dark
Complementary and alternative therapies treating depression are being widely integrated with traditional Western treatment, most commonly in the “cognitive feedback” category. This article discusses current and prospective CAM modalities for treating depression and other psychiatric disorders.
The Assimilation of Tibetan Medicine in Western Culture
More and more funds are being allocated to research in mind/body relationships, how stress affects the body, and how positive thinking can affect well-being. These are basic principles in TM, incorporated in the practice for thousands of years. Given this, is not unexpected that Tibetan medicine is transitioning from an obscure medical system, to a desired alternative to biomedicine. However, there are still issues to be addressed.
Balanced Qi and Wagging Tail: Chinese Medicine and the Animal Kingdom
As complementary and alternative medicine continues to grow in the United States, veterinary acupuncture is also earning a place in the medical field, in both the medical community and the community of pet-owners who opt for alternative options.
MED 180: Biographies of Speakers and Presenters
Meet the speakers and presenters from the summer IM course, MED 180: Introduction to Integrative Medicine
MED180: Student Testimonials
The goal of MEDICINE 180 is to transform the student's thinking about medicine and health.
Below are testimonials from past students who have taken the course and would like to share their experiences.
The Physiology of Acupuncture
Based on electrical conductive evidence, David Powell shows us a deeper view into the cell-level mechanisms involved in acupuncture that help explain its effectiveness.
The History and Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi helps improve muscle strength, balance, and flexibility, and is especially helpful for patients suffering from Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, low bone density, or recovering from a stroke.