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Why does Integrative Medicine Matter?

Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, Professor and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, expresses his views about why integrative medicine matters.

Integrative Medicine has become the alternative means of treatment for an increasing number of people. Also life expectancy in most areas of the world is improving, bringing forth the likelihood of more individuals affected by chronic diseases. To maintain health and reduce medical costs, the need to have preventative measures multiplies. In China, where traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, major efforts have been dedicated to integrating the best of Eastern and Western Medicine in the past 50 years. Integrative medicine plays an important role in improving health care in that it uses the best of all modalities to achieve wellness and health that is safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, equitable, and accessible.

Ka-Kit Hui, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine and Founder and Director of the UCLA Center of East-West Medicine at the Department of Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine.

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