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U.S. coronavirus threat fuels demand for traditional herbal remedies

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New
York City acupuncturist and herbalist Clayton Shiu says demand for
traditional Chinese remedies has surged at his practice since March
1, the day New York announced its first case of the novel
coronavirus. “It was like a light switch was flipped,” said
Shiu, who had stocked up and had an ample supply of herbs on hand for
his patients. Kamwo Meridian Herbs, a shop in the heart of New York’s
Chinatown and a longtime supplier to practitioners like Shiu, has
experienced a similar jump in demand for traditional Chinese remedies
for respiratory and other ailments. To counter the outbreak in China,
which has reported nearly 81,000 cases, the government initiated a
series of emergency research programs that include traditional
Chinese medicines, which are widely used in the world’s most populous
nation. Last year, the World Health Organization formally recognized
traditional medical therapies such as acupuncture and herbal
supplementation medicine, conferring more mainstream recognition of
the practices, which date back more than 2,500 years.

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