It is now East meets West for cancer patients at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, which recently started offering acupuncture and other supplementary treatments through a new educational partnership.
Interns from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica started working in the Integrative Medicine Department at Saint Joseph's in early January as part of new partnership at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center.
The merging of Western medical technology, such as chemotherapy and radiation, and Eastern treatment practices, such as acupuncture, to treat patients is exactly where Christopher Ruth, one of only two interns chosen to work at the Burbank cancer center, said he wanted to be.
"When I first started out, I always knew I wanted to be somewhere with Western healing in addition to acupuncture," Ruth said.
If not in Saint Joseph's Integrative Medicine department, Ruth said he is hoping to work somewhere similar after he is certified in August.