Japanese Kampo Medicine: Perspectives

  • Hajime Suzuki
  • Akio InuiEmail author
Part of the Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology book series (MIPT)


Japanese Kampo medicine is based on traditional Chinese medicine but is adapted to the Japanese culture and bloomed in the eighteenth century when Japan closed itself off from contact with most foreign countries. Modern translational research on Kampo extending to basic science and clinical studies should be conducted for further development of complementary and alternative medicine and drug discovery for patients with many intractable diseases. Further studies, particularly double-blind studies, are needed to confirm the efficacy of Kampo and to obtain the evidence to support the use of Kampo.

Key words

Kampo Complementary and alternative medicine Cancer anorexia–cachexia Herbal medicine Translational research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosomatic Internal MedicineKagoshima University Graduate School of Medical & Dental SciencesKagoshimaJapan

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