Japanese herbs effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders

Herbal medicines can benefit patients suffering from gastrointestinal motility disorders, which cannot be treated with conventional therapies, reveals a new study.

After reviewing data on Japanese herbal medicines, researchers found that they were effective in reducing occurrences of gastrointestinal disorders, such as functional dyspepsia, constipation, and post-operative ileus.

The study lead and Associate Professor at the Keio University School of Medicine, Hidekazu Suzuki, says “Japanese medicines are being used in East Asia for thousands of years. Our review of the world medical literature suggests that herbal medicines lead a valuable role in the management of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.”

After considering the results of several Japanese herbal medicines, including Rikkunshi-to, Daikenchu-to, and other such medicines, the researchers reviewed the data obtained from the study. It was found that Rikkunshi-to, which is made from eight crude herbs, was very effective in reducing the symptoms associated with functional dyspepsia.

Meanwhile, Dai-Kenchu-to, a mixture of ginger, ginseng, and zanthoxylum fruit, was found effective in treating constipation in children, and in treatment of patients suffering post-operative ileus (disruption of normal bowel movements following an operation).

Hangeshashin-to, another herbal medicine, was found to reduce the severity and frequency of diarrhea, caused by anti-cancer drugs.

This study has been published in Neuro-Gastroentrology and Motility.

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