Traditional Japanese medicine, Kampo: Its history and current status

Yoshiharu Motoo, Takashi Seki, Kiichiro Tsutani

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Traditional Japanese medicine, Kampo, is used by over 80% of medical doctors in Japan. Owing to its high quality and safety, Kampo has been integrated into modern medicine, and there are 345 randomized controlled trials using Kampo in Japan as of 2010. Although there are a number of articles in top journals about basic science research, we can fi nd only small numbers of high-quality clinical evidence. Since undergraduate education on Kampo has been established, integrative approach with the balanced combination of modern medicine and Kampo is expected to generate good clinical evidence in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalChinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb


  • Evidence
  • Integrative medicine
  • Kampo
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Traditional medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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