For more than thirty years, a main interest of Dr. Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. is research into all types of medicine. She is especially interested in research methodology in Chinese traditional medicine, particularly Chinese herbal medicine.

She collaborates with other researchers in order to develop and disseminate the best research possible in integrative medicine. For example, she is a member of the Research Committee of the Society for Integrative Oncology along with integrative medical doctors, oncologists, doctoral researchers, licensed acupuncturists, and naturopathic doctors.

Misha Ruth Cohen holding research book

In Dr. Cohen’s, OMD, L.Ac., years with Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, beginning in 1984, she conducted herbal and acupuncture research. Her collaboration in 1991 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 was also the principal investigator in a Quan Yin sponsored study of the use of acupuncture in co-infection with HIV/hepatitis viruses.

Dr. Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., was the co-investigator at UCSF for a in-vitro study of mechanisms for a Chinese herbal formula widely used for in endometriosis and dysmenorrhea. She is currently the leading investigator on a University of California research team for a Phase II study of a topical herbal cream in treatment of HPV-related anal neoplasia to prevent anal cancer.

Dr, Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., has presented her research projects at many scientific conferences, most notably the International AIDS Conference, the Society for Integrative Oncology and the Society for Acupuncture Research.

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