Risky Remedies

Chinese women’s health is often rooted in traditional practices ranging from “harmless to hazardous,” says writer Carly O’Connell.

O’Connell references the death of a new mother in the Shandong province from heat stroke following a postnatal tradition of sitting under blankets and warm clothing despite hot weather. Other (less deadly) practices include avoiding cold foods during menstruation to balance “yin” energy and wearing anti-radiation maternity clothing.

Ultimately, O’Connell argues, cultural sensitivity is important, but “in cases where common sense and scientific reason tell us that a certain practice is dangerous, it is time to abandon or adapt it, regardless of its place in tradition.”

Source: Asia Times (Opinion)

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