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Malcolm Taw, M.D. on an Integrative East-West Perspective on Nutrition for Women’s Health

June 28, 2013

On June 28, 2013, Malcolm Taw, M.D. of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine presented at Grand Rounds with May Shung, MD, at the Olive View UCLA Medical Center on an Integrative East-West approach to women's health.

Malcolm Taw, MD, FACP, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and May Shung, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology resident at UCLA presented at Grand Rounds for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center on Friday, June 28.  The title of the presentation was “Holism, Heurism & Hippocrates: An Integrative East-West Perspective on Nutrition for Women’s Health.”

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Holism represents a broad, panoramic view of nutrition as seen through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine, emphasizing the importance of eating whole foods for health and well-being.  Heurism is a keen, experiential knowledge gained from ancient Chinese wisdom and medical theory that was gathered during a pre-scientific age millennia ago, much of which is now being validated by evidence-based medicine.  Hippocrates, who is considered the father of modern medicine, is known for stating “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

The concepts of holism and heurism as well as the words of Hippocrates were used as guiding principles for their discussion about nutrition and women’s health, covering various topics related to women’s health including menopausal vasomotor symptoms, dysmenorrhea, infertility, nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and breast/ovarian cancer.  Evidence from Cochrane reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials had been presented for each of these conditions.


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