- Dose herbal medicine have no side effects?
Off course, there is the danger of side effects when using herbal medicines. But herbal medicine has been used for long time. Dangerous drug has been eliminated during a long period of usage. The frequency and severity of side effects are therefore much less than those of Occidental medicine.
- What kind of diseases can herbal medicine cure?
In our clinic we mainly treat patients whom occidental medicine cannot cure. The diseases for which Oriental medicine is effective include eczema, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic hepatitis, bronchial asthma, collagen disease, various gynecological diseases, etc. In all diseases herbal medicine has a great potential to lessen symptoms.
- How long must I continue to take herbal medicine?
Acute disease may disappear in only 1 day. Some diseases may need 3 weeks of therapy, and others need 3 years. It is difficult to predict the duration of therapy. But in general, herbal medicine needs much more time than Occidental medicine. For me, three months is one period. If no change occurs after three months, I will chage the prescription.
- Where can I receive herbal medicine therapy(Kampo)?
In Japan there are some hospitals where you can receive Kampo medicine, and many pharmacies which sell Kampo medicine. I don't know the situation in foreign countries.
- Can Gi(one of the crude drugs) cure all kinds of diseases?
No, of course not. Gi is a drug that is suitable to thin and weak people. If fat and strong people takes Gi, side effects(hypertension, eczema, etc.) may occur.