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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

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What are your alternative remedies?


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Yuji Liguori
Student, 19
My grandmother told me that "naganegi," the long Japanese onion, can be used to cure a sore throat if it is tied around your neck. I tried it once for a couple of days but it didn't have any effect.

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Brad
Teacher, 29
During the SARS outbreak, Korea had no reported cases and people said it must be because everyone eats kimchi. This is considered a remedy in the same way as chicken soup in the West.

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Asaka Watanabe
Publicity, 23
Ginger tea is a popular drink in Japan, especially in winter. The spiciness of the tea keeps your body warm. It also has a cleansing effect. If you drink it before bed it will help to sweat out toxins.

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James
Administrator, 32
In China, there are many alternative remedies. Eating dog, although relatively uncommon, is a rare delicacy. I heard that the dog's penis is ground down and added to tea to aid fertility.

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Ritva Salavirta
62
In Finland, sauna are used as a cure for everything from aches and pains to flu. Swimming in ice-cold water is said to strengthen your immune system and heighten your ability to tolerate pain.



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