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Background: In Japan, Kampo medicines (Japanese herbal medicines
) are often used as adjuvant therapy to Western medicines. In the present study, the effect of Kampo medicine Hochu-ekki-to (HOT) on aqueous flare elevation (AFE) after small-incision cataract surgery (SICS) was investigated.
Materials and methods: Fifteen patients (24 eyes) with age-related cataracts that underwent SICS were prospectively studied. Patients with glaucoma
, diabetes, or uveitis were excluded from the study. HOT was orally administered to seven subjects (12 eyes) from the day of surgery through postoperative week 4. Control group subjects (eight subjects; 12 eyes) did not receive HOT. Both groups received the same nonsteroidal, steroidal, and antibacterial eye drops before and after surgery. AFE was measured preoperatively and postoperatively.
Results: AFE at postoperative weeks 2 and 4 was significantly lower in the HOT group than in the control group.
Conclusion: These results suggest that HOT is effective in suppressing AFE.
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Author(s): Shoichi Mizoguchi and Noriaki Chinen
Complementary medicine, Traditional medicine