Die rolle der traditionellen ostasiatischen medizin bei opfern der Erdbeben-Tsunami-Katastrophe im März 2011 in Japan

Translated title of the contribution: Role of oriental medicine in the great East Japan earthquake

S. Takayama, R. Okitsu, K. Iwasaki, M. Watanabe, T. Kamiya, A. Hirano, Ayane Matsuda, Yasutake Monma, Takehiro Numata, Hiroko Kusuyama, S. Hirata, A. Kikuchi, Takashi Seki, T. Takeda, N. Yaegashi

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The Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011 seriously destroyed Japanese social activities the medical system included. We provided medical support to the damaged area, and mainly performed Oriental medicine. Traditional methods using physical diagnoses and the treatments with herbs, acupuncture, and massage were effective, where any infrastructure had suffered or any modern medical facilities had been destroyed. Acute phase infectious disease, common colds, and hypothermia were dominant. Allergies increased two weeks later, and there was much mental distress, and chronic pain symptoms one month later. We prescribed Kampo herbal medicines for common colds, hypothermia, allergies, and mental distress. Moreover, we also performed acupuncture and kneaded patients' body to reduce pain, stiffness, and edema. These treatments were effective for both physical and mental distress. Thus we believe that Oriental medicine is valuable in disaster situations.

Translated title of the contributionRole of oriental medicine in the great East Japan earthquake
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalDeutsche Zeitschrift fur Akupunktur
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Great East Japan earthquake
  • Kampo
  • acupuncture
  • disaster
  • oriental medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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