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    The Practice of Japanese Medicine

    When looking at the practice of Japanese Medicine it means looking at their modern medicine practices as well as Kampo practices.

    Modern Japanese Medical Practices

    Originally Japan only practised medicine that was based on Chinese traditional medicine. Or that which they learned from studying Dutch medical books. Once 1853 arrived it was then that Japan was introduced to Western medicine. From this point on they adopted many of the practices as they pertained to Western medicine.

    The high quality of medical practices in Japan has led to this country’s high state of good health. Combined with their cultural habits. They currently enjoy a universal health care system. The life expectancy of those living in Japan is about 83.3 years. This depicts Japan residents as having one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Those that are Chinese herbalists must be licenced medical doctors. Even though the medical profession in Japan is modernised many who live here turn to other traditional forms of medicine.


    Kampo medicine in Japan has built its foundation on Chinese traditional medicine. They have added to it to make its own form of traditional style medicine. The use of herbs and formulas play a heavy role in Kampo medicine. Much of which is heavily regulated. They are manufactured much in the same way that prescriptive drugs are. Meaning that there are rigid rules and regulations for the production of them. This is a significant difference to the way that herbal medications are produced in traditional Chinese medicines.

    The herbal medications that are manufactured under the guidelines are part of the modern day health care system. Kampo medicine also incorporates other forms of treatments like acupuncture. Which plays a big role in the chinese tradtional medicine.

    The Japanese population has good access to either form of medicine that they choose to utilise.