Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Educational Lecture 4

Kampo medicines as useful therapeutic agents in clinical practice of neurology: case reports & representative medicines

Kazuyuki Ishida, M.D., Ph.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Ebina Medical Support Center, Ebina General Hospital

Doctors in any department should have at least minimum knowledge of Kampo medicines. However, doctors who specialize in neurology often have inadequate knowledge of Kampo medicines. The efficacy of Kampo medicines in treating intractable diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases is not adequately understood and needs to be investigated in the future. On the other hand, Kampo medicines are often effective for treating common symptoms such as headache, dysesthesia, pain, and vertigo, encountered in daily medical practice. Because many patients suffer from these symptoms, the impact of these symptoms on our society is not small, even though the causes of these symptoms are not crucial. Having the skill to prescribe even a dozen or so Kampo medicines (for example, goshuyuto, goreisan, goshajinkigan, sokeikakketsuto) increases the treatment options and may be very beneficial in daily medical practice. In this article, I provide instructions on the use of representative Kampo medicines and present some case reports to elucidate their use. Amassing and sharing clinical experiences regarding the use of Kampo medicines would strengthen the medical evidences of Kampo medicines.
Full Text of this Article in Japanese PDF (779K)

(CLINICA NEUROL, 53: 938|941, 2013)
key words: Kampo medicines, headache, pain, dysesthesia, vertigo

(Received: 1-Jun-13)