Kampo: Japan’s Herbal Tradition Emerges in US

By Meg Jordan, PhD, RN | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Kampo is a form of Japanese botanical medicine that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Kampo formulas are widely used by medical doctors in Japan, and recently, a Japanese herbal medicine company called Honso introduced Sho-Saiko-to, a formula for liver disorders, and a whole series of Kampo formulas, into the US.

Tibetan Medicine—Information Is Food: Reckoning with the Mental-Emotional Digestive System

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. , 2002

The principles of Tibetan traditional medicine hold that just as the physical body has a digestive system for food, the mental-emotional “body” has a digestive system to process information and emotions. This system, known as the Purusa, plays a key role in health and illness, explains Vladimir Badmaev, MD, an expert on Tibetan medicine.

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Ignorance, Simple-Mindedness Are the True Dangers with Chinese Herbs

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

The potential dangers associated with traditional Chinese botanical medicine are highly overstated in the media, said Michael Arnold, MD, a physician and Chinese medicine practitioner. When used properly under guidance of a qualified practitioner, TCM herbs are quite safe and effective. Failure to properly understand the complexities of Chinese herbal science, and overt misuse of certain herbs like ephedra, are the real dangers.