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About Kampo

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Kampo What is

Kampo medicine was the mainstream in Japanese medicine before the introduction and development of Western medicine. It is based on Chinese herbal medicine that came from China.

In particular, medical books called the three great classics (1) Kotei Daikei, (2) Shokanron, Kinki Yoryaku, and (3) Shinno Honzokyo It is emphasized in traditional Chinese medicine and is also the basis of today's clinical practice.

After that, Kampo medicine, which is used today, was developed independently according to the climate and climate of Japan and the constitution of the Japanese people. Therefore, it is different from traditional Chinese medicine developed in China.

Chinese Medicine Concepts and Theories There are many concepts and theories

in Chinese medicine. For example, the classification of six disease states, Yin-Yang Theory, Five Elements Theory, and viscera. It would take a lot of time to explain everything, and I think it would feel intimidating.

Therefore, this time, I will focus on the "Hachikobunrui" and the concepts of "Ki, Blood, and Water".

Hachikou classification refers

A pharmacist who prepares Chinese herbal medicine

to the classification and analysis of a patient's symptoms and constitution from the perspective of yin and yang, front and back, cold and heat, and false and true. After yin and yang, kyōjitsu, front and back, coldness, and kyōjitsu, sho is added and expressed as yin-sho and kyō-sho. Proof refers to the current state of the body, which is a combination of constitution and symptoms.

Yin and yang

body is disturbed, the movement of the body that naturally works to restore the balance is ``yang (yang),'' which is hot, active, and exhilarating, and on the contrary, cold and inactive. The sedimentary and sedimentary ones are called yin (yin).

Front and back

If the reaction appears near the surface of the body, it is called "front (front)," and if it is deep in the body, it is called "back (ura).There is also an intermediate classification called hanpyohanri.

Cold fever

disease, etc., it is "cold (coldness)", fever (heat sensation, hyperemia, temperature rise, etc.) If so, it is defined as "heat (heat proof)". It can be said that the heat is positive energy, and the cold is negative energy.


" is a state in which the power of Ki and blood is weak, the state in which resistance is weak and physical strength is declining, and the state in which the power of Ki and blood is strong, resistance is strong and physical strength is weak. A certain state is called "actual (demonstration)". There is also a condition called intermediate false truth proof.

Qi, blood, and water

are elements that maintain the balance of the body, and are important concepts in Kampo theory.

A healthy state is when the three elements of qi, blood, and water are in balance.

It refers to the invisible things, energyIt is characterized by keeping the body in a fulfilling state and having activity and motility. Sometimes it indicates the function of the organ itself. In modern times, it is classified into respiratory organs and nerves.


is a state of lack of energy. Symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and anal prolapse can be seen.


that should be circulated is stagnant or the function is stagnant. The symptoms change depending on the emotions, and the disturbance of the autonomic nervous system due to mental stress or trauma may be the cause. Depression, anger, pain in the extremities, and discomfort in the pharynx are observed.


is a condition in which the motor function of Kigyakuki is out of sync and flows backward. Palpitations, hot flashes, sweating, nausea, belching, and coldness of extremities can be seen due to increased anxiety.


vessels and that circulate nutrients throughout the body. It is a different concept from blood in Western medicine. Today, red blood cells, white blood cells, and lymph are classified.


is a condition of lack of blood. Insufficient blood production, excessive wasting, and excessive bleeding are the causes. Symptoms include rough skin, insomnia, muscle spasms, and dryness.

Blood stasis

is a state of blood stagnation due to circulatory disorders. It may be caused by other abnormalities of blood and blood, or may be caused by surgery, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep. Symptoms such as blood circulation disorders, menstrual irregularities, pigmentation, dryness, and inflammation can be seen.


A general term for substances outside the blood vessels that can be seen, water in the body. It works to moisturize the body and is also a component of blood. It is also called shin-eki.

It is a state of lack of moisture due to lack of waterIt can cause burns, diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, etc. Symptoms include dry mouth, decreased urine output, constipation, and dry skin.


is a state in which water is retained in the body due to stagnation of water. Insufficient water metabolism and circulation due to sweating disorders, renal dysfunction, circulatory disorders, hormonal imbalances, etc. Symptoms include ascites, swelling, palpitations, dizziness, nausea, runny nose, and diarrhea.

We make full use of these classifications and analyzes to understand the current patient conditions.

In addition, herbal medicine has the following characteristics.

Various herbal

relieves or relieves various symptoms with a single

medicines are used according to the condition of the patient and the constitution of the person who

drugs. There are medicines that work if you keep taking them. Even for the

are used depending on how many days have passed since the onset and symptoms

Common herbal medicine

① Kakkonto

It is a Chinese herbal medicine that is used at the beginning of a cold, and it is one of the familiar herbal medicines that have been used for a long time.

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herbal medicine is used to treat the onset of a cold, and is one of the most familiar herbal medicines that have been used since ancient times.

Taste/flavor: It has a slightly bitter and pungent taste, but it is sweet and relatively easy to drink.

Symptoms: Tingles when exposed to the wind, tight back and neck, good for when you don't sweat. Caution should be exercised in frail and elderly people as it may have a strong effect.

In terms of cold and cold theory, it is suitable for moderate physical strength and sun disease, and is suitable for anhidrotic (not sweating) conditions.

Action: It warms the body and causes perspiration, treats colds, and relieves stiffness in the shoulders and neck. On the other hand, it also contains crude drugs that soothe the stomach and intestines and prevent dehydration due to excessive sweating.

② Keishito

It is a herbal medicine used for the onset of a cold, just like Kakkonto. , more suitable for people with low physical strength and those with weak stomachs.

Taste/flavor: It has a slightly bitter and pungent taste, but it is sweet and relatively easy to drink.

Symptom: It is suitable for people with relatively weak physical strength, such as chills and chills, chills when exposed to the wind, and sweating.

According to the theory of cold and cold, it is a symptom of sun disease and is suitable for sweating (sweating).

Action: Warms the body and makes it sweat. It is relatively mild in action and is suitable for frail people who are likely to sweat excessively if they are too warm. Contains herbal medicines that regulate excessive sweating and prevent dehydration, and herbal medicines that help digestion and regulate gastrointestinal conditions. It has the ability to control turbulence.


A Chinese herbal medicine used in the early stages of colds, It works to relieve joint pain.

Taste/Flavor: Although it has a sweet taste, it has a strong astringency that makes it difficult to drink.

Symptoms: Chills, sweatlessness, cough, and joint pain.

It is suitable when you have a cold and still have physical strength, but it is not so suitable when you have weak physical strength, poor gastrointestinal condition, or nausea and vomiting. Also, it may be too strong for people who are already sweating.

In theory of cold and cold, it is suitable for the state of anhidrosis (no sweat) in the demonstration of sun disease.

Action: Strongly warms the body, improves immunity and treats colds. Heat that is no longer needed is reduced by sweating. In other words, it is a herbal medicine that helps you get a fever once and then works to reduce the fever. It also contains herbal remedies to prevent coughing and excessive sweating.

④ Shoseiryuto

This herbal medicine is used for colds and allergic rhinitis that cause a runny nose.

Taste/Flavor: It has a strong sour taste and feels numb on the tongue. It may be a little difficult to drink.

Symptoms: Suitable for nausea, fever and cough, diarrhea and poor urinary output. It is also suitable for watery, dry runny noses, and is sometimes used for allergic rhinitis and hay fever.

Action: It has the effect of warming the body and removing swelling. It also contains cough suppressants, anti-nausea herbs, and dehydration-preventing herbs. It also works to suppress sweating and nasal discharge, and to relax the bronchial tubes.

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