Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 284, Issue 4, pp 913–921

Effects of three Kampo formulae: Tokishakuyakusan (TJ-23), Kamishoyosan (TJ-24), and Keishibukuryogan (TJ-25) on Japanese peri- and postmenopausal women with sleep disturbances

  • Masakazu Terauchi
  • Shiro Hiramitsu
  • Mihoko Akiyoshi
  • Yoko Owa
  • Kiyoko Kato
  • Satoshi Obayashi
  • Eisuke Matsushima
  • Toshiro Kubota
General Gynecology

DOI: 10.1007/s00404-010-1779-4

Cite this article as:
Terauchi, M., Hiramitsu, S., Akiyoshi, M. et al. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2011) 284: 913. doi:10.1007/s00404-010-1779-4

Abstract

Purpose

To assess the effects of Kampo, a traditional Japanese adaptation of Chinese herbal medicine, on peri- and postmenopausal women with sleep disturbances.

Methods

Among the records of 1,523 peri- and postmenopausal women who are enrolled in the Health and Nutrition Education Program at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Menopause Clinic, during 1995–2009, about 151 women suffering from moderate to severe sleep disturbances were retrospectively analyzed. These women had received only health/nutrition education (control; n = 77) or received treatment with one of the three major Kampo formulae: Tokishakuyakusan (TJ-23; n = 42), Kamishoyosan (TJ-24; n = 16), or Keishibukuryogan (TJ-25; n = 16) according to their “Sho” or symptom patterns. Subjective sleep parameters, menopausal symptoms, health-related quality of life, body composition, blood pressure, and pulse rate were compared before and after the intervention.

Results

The TJ-25 group had significantly higher body weight, body mass index, body fat, lean body mass, resting energy expenditure, and relatively high blood pressure and heart rate at baseline than the other groups. After ~5-month follow up, TJ-23 reduced the sleep disruption frequency, increased lean body mass, and decreased diastolic pressure. TJ-24 alleviated subjective sleep disturbances; improved difficulties in initiating sleep, disrupted sleep, and non-restorative sleep; and relieved headache/dizziness. TJ-25 improved subjective sleep disturbances, alleviated perspiration, and reduced systolic/diastolic pressure and heart rate.

Conclusions

Each of the Kampo formulae effectively alleviated sleep disturbances in Japanese peri- and postmenopausal women. Middle-aged female patients having sleeping disorder could successfully be treated using Kampo medicines.

Keywords

Menopause Sleep initiation and maintenance disorders Herbal medicine Complementary therapies East Asian traditional medicine Kampo medicine 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masakazu Terauchi
    • 1
  • Shiro Hiramitsu
    • 1
  • Mihoko Akiyoshi
    • 1
  • Yoko Owa
    • 1
  • Kiyoko Kato
    • 1
  • Satoshi Obayashi
    • 1
  • Eisuke Matsushima
    • 2
  • Toshiro Kubota
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyTokyo Medical and Dental UniversityBunkyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of PsychosomaticsTokyo Medical and Dental UniversityBunkyoJapan

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