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Urban Zen Integrative Therapy

Eastern healing to enhance patient careDonna Karan and Dr. David Feinberg

In a partnership with Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation, UCLA Health is the first hospital system on the West Coast to offer the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. Fitting with UCLA's long tradition of integrating holistic healthcare with traditional medicine and its mission of treating the patient as a whole, UCLA Health will provide the training of doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in practices that encourage optimal healing.

Urban Zen is another step toward doing everything possible to make patients of UCLA Health more comfortable. Medical professionals trained in Eastern practices, or UZITs (Urban Zen Integrative Therapists), alleviate patient suffering, promote health, and deliver acts of kindness by offering Yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care/mindful awareness exercises. Such techniques have proven very effective in reducing the need for heavy doses of pain medication for oncology patients.

"If you can reduce a patients' pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation, it's going to decrease the amount of time the patient is in the hospital and decrease the amount of medication that's needed - which automatically means fewer side effects," said Dr. David Feinberg, M.D., M.B.A., President of UCLA Health.

To learn more about how you can support the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program at UCLA, contact Brian Loew at bloew@support.ucla.edu.

To learn more about the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program at UCLA, visit UCLA's Urban Zen website