Table 6

Physician-recognized effectiveness of Kampo medicines
Kampo medicine Symptoms Recognized as effective
All physicians Specialists Non-specialists p-value
frequency/total % frequency/total % frequency/total %
Hangeshashinto Diarrhea caused by chemotherapy 31/58 53.4 10/22 45.5 21/36 58.3 0.420
Nausea 10/45 22.2 3/21 14.3 7/24 29.2 0.296
Hochuekkito Anorexia 44/90 48.9 14/36 38.9 30/54 55.6 0.137
Fatigue 54/96 56.3 19/39 48.7 35/57 61.4 0.295
Rikkunshito Nausea 36/82 43.9 9/34 26.5 27/48 56.3 0.012
Anorexia 46/92 50.0 18/40 45.0 28/52 53.8 0.528
Juzentaihoto Fatigue 50/88 56.8 17/33 51.5 33/55 60.0 0.508
AE caused by chemotherapy or radiotherapy 27/58 46.6 7/22 31.8 20/36 55.6 0.106
Yokukansan Delirium 38/60 63.3 18/26 69.2 20/34 58.8 0.433
Anxiety 15/50 30.0 6/23 26.1 9/27 33.3 0.758
Shakuyakukanzoto Leg cramps 79/96 82.3 36/43 83.7 43/53 81.1 0.794
Abdominal pain 20/57 35.1 11/25 44.0 9/32 28.1 0.268
Daikenchuto Ileus 101/128 78.9 35/48 72.9 66/80 82.5 0.263
Opioid-caused constipation and abdominal pain 62/115 53.9 22/47 46.8 40/68 58.8 0.254
Goshajinkigan Numbness of hands and feet 47/107 43.9 18/39 46.2 29/68 42.6 0.840
Nocturia 13/60 21.7 4/26 15.4 9/34 26.5 0.358

Multiple answers allowed, p-value based on Chi-square test.

Iwase et al.

Iwase et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:222   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-222

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