Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 85–87 | Cite as

Traditional Japanese medicine, Kampo: Its history and current status

Feature Article


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 find 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.


Kampo traditional medicine evidence randomized controlled trial integrative medicine 


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© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiharu Motoo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Takashi Seki
    • 1
    • 3
  • Kiichiro Tsutani
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.The Japan Society for Oriental MedicineTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Medical OncologyKanazawa Medical UniversityUchinada, IshikawaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Traditional Asian MedicineTohoku University Graduate School of MedicineSendaiJapan
  4. 4.Department of Drug Policy and Management, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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