Kampo: The Wisdom of Traditional Japanese Medicine
How can a crying baby be soothed to sleep through the night? Are there safe and gentle treatments for skin affected by atopic dermatitis? Traditional remedies called kampo may be the answer. This age-old medicine originated in China. People in Japan developed it further over a period of 1,500 years. Each medication is tailored to an individual's needs and symptoms. The ingredients in kampo are largely unrefined and offer a variety of benefits. Researchers are developing new kampo formulas, even those for treating cancer. Learn about kampo on this episode, along with tips for a balanced lifestyle based on wisdom passed down over the generations.
Kampō medicine (漢方医学 Kanpō igaku?), often known simply as Kanpō (漢方, "Chinese [medicine]"), is the study of traditional Chinese medicine in Japan following its introduction, by way of Korea, beginning in the 7th century. Since then, the Japanese have created their own unique system of diagnosis and therapy. Japanese traditional medicine uses most of the Chinese therapies including acupuncture and moxibustion, but Kampō in its present-day sense is primarily concerned with the study of herbs.