Kampo in women's health: Japan's traditional approach to premenstrual symptoms

Yana Gepshtein, Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Kenji Watanabe

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Kampo is Japan's traditional herbal medicine and it is an integral part of the official Westernized medical system in Japan. We describe the Kampo approach to premenstrual symptoms. We present 3 clinical cases of women treated for premenstrual discomforts in a Kampo clinic in Japan. Each of these women reported improvement in their conditions. We argue that Kampo is well-suited for treatment of premenstrual symptoms in Japan and deserves the attention of Western clinicians for three reasons: (1) patient-centered Kampo diagnosis allows physicians to handle subjective and culture-bound symptoms that are often ignored by Western medicine; (2) Kampo herbal formulas are regulated by the Japanese government, and are pure and of high quality; and (3) the settings in which Kampo is practiced set a stage for therapeutic collaboration between the doctor and the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-435
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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