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Researched Japanese Herbal Medicine Available at MPM

October 6, 2023

We are pleased to share that our Founder and Medical Director Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP recently participated in the 6th International Symposium for Japanese Kampo Medicine at Christ Church College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on September 22-23, 2023

The symposium entrance at Christ Church College

From 2002-2008, as a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, Dr. Plotnikoff served as an associate professor at Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. There he studied, researched, and taught Japanese medical students traditional Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo) in Japanese.

In Japan, Kampo is approved by Japan’s FDA equivalent, covered by the national health plan, and widely prescribed by physicians

There are several Kampo formulas that have significant supporting evidence that we use at Minnesota Personalized Medicine

For example, here are three recent publications on one such Kampo formula – Rikkunshito:

Treatment of dyspeptic symptoms with YamatoGast. A non-interventional study of a registered traditional herbal Rikkunshito extract product from Japanese Kampo Medicine in routine practice in Germany
Reißenweber-Hewel H, Pehl C, Cameron S, Thomsen J, Röschmann-Doose K.
Z Gastroenterol. 2023 Oct 5. doi: 10.1055/a-2164-4534.

Antiemetic Effect of Rikkunshito, a Japanese Kampo Herbal Medicine, on Cisplatin-induced Nausea And Vomiting: A Nationwide Database Study In Japan
Jo T, Shigemi D, Konishi T, et al. Intern Med. 2023 Jul 26. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.1946-23.

Rikkunshito increases appetite by enhancing gastrointestinal and incretin hormone levels in patients who underwent pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy: A retrospective study
Kono H, Hosomura N, Amemiya H, et al. World J Gastrointest Surg. 2023 May 27;15(5):871-881. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v15.i5.871.

Dr. Plotnikoff is pictured here at the recent symposium with his Keio University Medical School mentor Professor of Medicine Emeritus Kenji Watanabe, MD, PhD, FACP

L-R: Professor of Medicine Emeritus Kenji Watanabe, MD, PhD, FACP & Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP

L-R: Professor of Medicine Emeritus Kenji Watanabe, MD, PhD, FACP & Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP