Gastrointestinal Surgery and Herbal Medicine, Including Rikkunshito

  • Yasuhiro Miyazaki
  • Shuji TakiguchiEmail author
  • Tsuyoshi Takahashi
  • Yukinori Kurokawa
  • Tomoki Makino
  • Makoto Yamasaki
  • Kiyokazu Nakajima
  • Masaki Mori
  • Yuichiro Doki
Part of the Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology book series (MIPT)


Anatomical and functional changes occur inevitably after gastrointestinal surgeries for several diseases such as malignancies, functional disorders of the digestive tract, postoperative complications such as bowel obstruction, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Since such changes induce various digestive symptoms and complications, it is indispensable for gastrointestinal surgeons to pay attention to not only curability, but also patients’ quality of life.

Recently, several reports including randomized controlled trial, which investigated the clinical effects of herbal medicine to postoperative digestive symptoms, have been published. In this chapter, focused on the gastrointestinal surgeries, current evidences with regard to herbal medicine therapy in this field are reviewed and summarized.

Key words

Gastrointestinal surgery Gastrectomy Colectomy Ileus Kampo Herbal medicine Rikkunshito Daikenchuto Ghrelin Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuhiro Miyazaki
    • 1
  • Shuji Takiguchi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tsuyoshi Takahashi
    • 1
  • Yukinori Kurokawa
    • 1
  • Tomoki Makino
    • 1
  • Makoto Yamasaki
    • 1
  • Kiyokazu Nakajima
    • 1
  • Masaki Mori
    • 1
  • Yuichiro Doki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterological SurgeryOsaka University Graduate School of MedicineSuitaJapan

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