Eagleherbs.com thinks of itself as Chinese Medicinal Herbs. Yet much of the inspiration for our business and treating models is Kampo, what the Japanese call their herbal medicine.
Japanese and Chinese physicians (like all good doctors) will pay particular attention to the chief complaints, affect of the patient and other signs and symptoms. For all Asian medicines, the tongue and pulses are usually examined. With these and other diagnostic tools, a determination of the disease will be made.
In Kampo, the signs and symptoms, along with the disease determine the formula. The disease usually follows the complaint, which the patient will tell you by their symptoms. After the disease is determined then we can refine them according to a further look at the symptoms. These follow some principles of Chinese medicine like hot or cold, interior or exterior, in other words: yin or yang. That’s why we have the hot or not page.
However, in the Chinese modern method particular importance is given to the Zhengduan (診斷 zhěnduàn- pronounced more or less like jun dwan) or a diagnostic pattern. This is unique to Chinese Medicine and must be determined by a highly trained clinical doctor. Because this diagnosis is so particular it would make little sense for us to sell herbs directly to consumers based on “Spleen Qi deficiency” or “wood over-acting on earth” (to name a few common patterns).
For that reason, we have devised an on-line model that seems to work well for many people who have ordered from us.
The Japanese first incorporated Chinese Medicine way way back when.
From Wiki: Kampō medicine (漢方医学 Kanpō igaku?), alternatively shortened as just Kanpō (漢方?), is the study and further development of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Japan. The fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) came to Japan between the 7th and 9th centuries. Since then, the Japanese have created their own unique system of diagnosis and therapy. Japanese traditional medicine uses most of the Chinese therapies including acupuncture and moxibustion, but Kampō in its present-day sense is primarily concerned with the study of herbs.
Recently, the Japanese realized that they could integrate Kampo medicine into their health system and they did. However, only MD’s can now prescribe herbs and traditional herbalists have been left out. A shame, I believe.
This is from the Journal of International Medical Research written by F Yu, T Takahashi, J Moriya, K Kawaura, J Yamakawa, K Kusaka, et al
After World War II Kampo medicine, ushered in a new age in Japan. In 1967, the health insurance authorities began reimbursement for four Kampo drug formulae prescribed by doctors. Reimbursement was available for 147 formulae in 1987 and about 400 formulae in 2000. Thereafter, Kampo spread steadily and rapidly.
Here is rather long article concerning the complexities of evaluating Kampo (and all Chinese medicine in the modern age).Evidence-based Reconstruction of Kampo Medicine: Part-III—How Should Kampo be Evaluated?
Katsutoshi TerasawaKampo agents, being herbal preparations, cannot only be regarded as ‘drugs’, but can also be seen as special ‘foods’, as exemplified by the famous Kampo slogan, ‘Foods and drugs, from the same origin’.