Treatment of Dementia-related Symptoms with Japanese Traditional Medicine (Kampo): A Review of Clinical StudiesOkamoto H*
Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hideki Okamoto
Department of Kampo
Chiba University School of Medicine
1-8-1 Inohana, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
Chiba 260- 8670, Japan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 03, 2017; Accepted date: May 15, 2017; Published date: May 22, 2017
Citation: Okamoto H (2017) Treatment of Dementia-related Symptoms with Japanese Traditional Medicine (Kampo): A Review of Clinical Studies. J Alzheimers Dis Parkinsonism 7:326. doi:10.4172/2161-0460.1000326
Copyright: © 2017 Okamoto H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Japanese traditional medicine (Kampo) was the main medical treatment in Japan from the 6th century until Western medicine was introduced from Europe several hundred years ago, and it had been developed to treat all kinds of human diseases. Recently, Kampo has received renewed attention because it provides a valid alternative for treating symptoms refractory to modern conventional medicine. Some Kampo formulas have accumulated clinical evidence for their effectiveness, especially in postoperative bowel dysfunction, functional dyspepsia, and dementia. This article reviews clinical studies showing evidence for the efficacy of Kampo formulas in treating dementia-related symptoms.