Misha Cohen, OMD, LAc
Misha Cohen, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist, is the Clinical Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, Executive Director of the MRCE Foundation, and Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at the University of California Institute for Health and Aging, all in San Francisco. She is also an elected Fellow to the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has been practicing traditional Asian medicine for the past 38 years.
After attending Oberlin College, Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., was trained in acupuncture at Lincoln Hospital’s Detox Program in the South Bronx under the auspices of the Quebec School of Acupuncture. After moving to California, she continued her studies in Chinese traditional medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She received her doctorate in gynecology from SFCAOM in 1987.
The NCCAOM certifies her nationally in acupuncture and herbal medicine. For more than twenty-five years, she has developed treatment protocols for people with HIV/AIDS. She was a member of the Ad Hoc Subpanel on Alternative and Complementary Therapy Research of the NIH Office of AIDS Research and in 1996 was selected by POZ Magazine as one of 50 top AIDS researchers.
Dr. Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., is recognized internationally as a senior teacher and leading expert in Chinese traditional medicine. She was invited several times by the Chinese government to present her programs, and her articles on HIV/AIDS were officially translated for use in China.
Dr. Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., has written numerous articles, appeared on national radio and TV, and has published several books. She is the author of The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness (Putnam Perigee 1996, iUniverse, 2006), The HIV Wellness Sourcebook: An East/West Guide to Living Well with HIV/AIDS and Related Conditions (Henry Holt, 1998), and The Hepatitis C Help Book (St. Martin’s Press, 2000, 2001 and 2007). She has published widely in both lay magazines and professional journals in the areas of women’s health, gynecology, cancer support, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, as wells a Chinese medicine and herbal research methodology.
In Dr. Cohen’s, OMD, L.Ac., years with Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, she has conducted herbal and acupuncture research. Her collaboration with Western physicians at San Francisco General Hospital in a double-blind placebo pilot clinical trial using Chinese herbal medicine for HIV+ persons led to the first peer-reviewed published study of Chinese herbal medicine for HIV (JAIDS, 1996). Misha, OMD, L.Ac. was a co-investigator in five additional completed university studies: a peer-reviewed published study of herbal medicine for HIV-related symptoms at the Zürich University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland (JAIDS, 1999) and was co-investigator with Dr. Donald Abrams of the UCSF AIDS Community Consortium in two studies related to HIV chronic diarrhea (peer-reviewed and published in Integrative Medicine, 1999) and mild to moderate anemia collaborated with Dr. Sue Dibble in an controlled acupressure study for nausea in breast cancer related chemotherapy and was the co-investigator with Dr. Naomi Jay in a pilot study of prevention of anal cancer using Chinese herbs. Dr. Cohen also was principal investigator in a Quan Yin study of the use of acupuncture in co-infection with HIV/hepatitis viruses.
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