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Portland reports use of Chinese medicine to ward off winter colds

A Portland newspaper reports on use of Chinese medicine and other complementary therapies to ward off winter colds and flues.

In "Beyond Western Medicine: From traditional Chinese medicines to naturopathy, the alternative cures to common modern illnesses," the Portland Vanguard notes that "For relief, some people will look past the typically prescribed medications to complementary and alternative medicines-a set of therapies that includes naturopathy, acupuncture and massage....

"Naturopathy and traditional Chinese medicine are two of Portland's more popular alternative medicine modalities. Naturopathy is a medical system that emphasizes the body's ability to heal itself, while traditional Chinese medicine treatments include acupuncture (the insertion of needles into the body to move the body's "qi," or vital energies) and the prescription of herbal medicines."

The article combines local reporting with advice and statistics from health journals.

Advice for the cold Portlander?

"Cold air, especially on the neck, is considered a health risk in traditional Chinese medicine-so to stay well, she said, keep warm, and wear a scarf."
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Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine (also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society), a forum for exploration of legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. The most recent published book by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and related fields is Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, following Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).

Health care and corporate lawyer Michael H. Cohen has also been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing), adding to Bar membership in four U.S. states.
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