How Japanese view herbal medicine

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Have you ever been to a Chinese Medicine doctor? graph of japanese statisticsThe web site Kampodesk, a Chinese (herbal) medicine (called “kampo” in Japan) information site, conducted a survey into the image of Chinese medicine.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 26th of January 2015 853 users of the web site Kampo Desk completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 3% of the sample were 19 or under, 37% aged between 20 and 34 years old, 48% between 35 and 49 years old, 10% between 50 and 64 years old, and 1% aged 65 years old or more.

Given the site doing the survey, there is most likely going to be a bias towards favouring Chinese medicine, and of course the questions will be chosen to give a favourable image of Chinese medicine.

For me, I think it is mostly quackery, and some of the stuff which might have science behind it would be better served by real medicine with exact dose measures, not imprecise “natural” cures. I’ve been prescribed some foul-tasting powder once or twice, but I couldn’t help noticing a real pill mixed in that perhaps supported the placebo effect.
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