Updated: Aug 25, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!
I am excited to write this blog about Traditional Herbal Medicine. I have just returned from Santa Fe, where I have been traveling & studying for 2 years to complete my post-graduate work in Japanese Kampo Herbal Medicine Training.
My interest in natural medicines for healing started while I was obtaining my nursing degree years ago & has continued & developed into a passion for me. During my time as a western practitioner, I was sometimes frustrated by the lack of options for some of the most common ailments. Traditional Herbal Medicines open up increased choices for healing & with their limited side effects when they are used properly, it is hard not to use them alone or in conjunction with other remedies.
At this point I hope I have intrigued you enough to ask what is Kampo & Traditional Herbal Medicine? Traditional Medicine is a comprehensive system of healthcare with its own theoretical basis and practical experience. Kampo Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and other non-drug therapies are part of this system. Kampo has a long history of use dating back to the Edo period (1600’s). Kampo is becoming more popular because this form of medicine is useful in treating conditions that have limited treatments in Western medicine (or as an adjunct to them). In the Japanese system of healthcare, these remedies are used & prescribed along with Western medicines. Most Kampo practitioners are medical doctors in Japan & Kampo is a fully recognized specialty of medicine there.
Interest & demand for Kampo & Traditional Medicine is rising globally. The opioid crisis our country is facing is one example of the frustrating limitations we have in treating chronic pain without ruining patient’s lives with the deadly side effect of addiction. Many doctors are left to throw up their hands with certain skin conditions. Because after diagnosing them they are left wi