UCLA Summer Course – MED180
March 30, 2016
In this course, students will learn about integrative medicine and its role in health cultivation and in the medical system from UCLA faculty and guest speakers at the forefront of the field, engage in experiential workshops on self-care and different healing and medical modalities while discovering the science behind them.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy Effective Against PTSD in Veterans
August 21, 2015
Mind-Body Practices Can Reduce Expression of Inflammation-Related Genes
July 31, 2015
In a review of 26 randomized controlled trials conducted by the researchers Julienne E. Bower, PhD, and Michel R. Irwin, MD, at UCLA, mind-body practices (MBPs) such as Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation have been found to reduce the expression of inflammation-related genes.
The Use of Chinese Medicine Reduces Medical Costs for Women with Uterine Fibroids
May 22, 2015
Uterine fibroids affect 60% of reproductive aged women and symptomatic patients may incur high costs to treat the condition. Published in the April 2015 issue of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a population-based retrospective cohort study conducted in Taiwan found that the use of Chinese medicine correlates negatively with the consumption of conventional medicine and medical cost in patients with uterine fibroids.
The Use of a Chinese Medical Herb to Combat Ebola
April 27, 2015
A new study in the journal Science reveals that a Chinese herb, Stephania tetrandra, holds promise for combating the deadly virus Ebola, which recently broke out in Western Africa.
Updated: [ASCIM 2015 Report] Exploring Integrative Medicine from a Clinical to Global Scale
April 1, 2015
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, students, healthcare professionals, and community members gathered to learn about integrative healthcare at the Annual Student Conference for Integrative Medicine (ASCIM), themed "Exploring Integrative Medicine from a Clinical to Global Scale" at the Tamkin Auditorium, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
Need for Oncologists to Ask about Herbs and Supplements
March 26, 2015
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in November 2014 explored oncologists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice patterns regarding the use of herbs and supplements by their patients, and found that while a large percentage of cancer patients utilize CAM, fewer than half of U.S. oncologists ever initiate discussions about the use of these products.
Integrative Therapies Mitigate Pain and Anxiety in Allina Health Study
March 20, 2015
According to physicians at Allina Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota, therapies such as medical massages and acupuncture ease anxiety and pain among cancer patients. This optimizes the outlook for minimizing the harmful side effects of prescription drugs that are commonly administered in the United States.
National Institute of Health’s NCCAM Renamed the NCCIH
February 27, 2015
In December 2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) changed the name of its complementary and integrative health agency from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to better align with the organization’s strategic plan for public education and research.
Introduction to Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
January 28, 2015
This is a brief introduction to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). This article explores the history, basic function, uses, and safety aspects of the TENS unit, a small battery-operated device that uses low-voltage current to relieve pain.