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Kampo Medicine for the Management of Pain

Call for Papers

Traditional, complementary, and alternative therapies are widely used and researched worldwide. One of the underlying reasons for this is to reduce the high costs of health care. Kampo, or traditional Japanese herbal medicine based on traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been used for the treatment of pain in Japan.

Pain is essentially an interactive psychophysiological behavior pattern; so an appreciation of the biopsychosocial model is essential for understanding and caring for patients with pain. Thus, an interdisciplinary approach is often recommended and considered to be extremely relevant in providing appropriate therapeutic care for patients suffering from intractable pain. We have been prescribing Kampo extract formulations in combination with Western medicines in our daily clinical practice in order to treat patients with acute and chronic pain. However, the basic and clinical values of Kampo medicine are not yet sufficiently visible. This special issue focuses on Kampo medicine for the management of pain. We invite researchers to contribute to this issue by sending in a review or original article.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Systematic review on Kampo medicine for pain
  • Identification of Kampo extract compounds with antipain and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Mechanistic studies on Kampo medicine for the treatment of pain
  • Clinical outcomes on Kampo medicine for acute and chronic pain
Manuscript DueFriday, 3 October 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 26 December 2014
Publication DateFriday, 20 February 2015

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