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Integrating kampo into psychosomatic medical practice

Edited by Dr Takakazu Oka
BioPsychoSocial Medicine

Kampo is the name for traditional Japanese medical practices, which continue to be popular among Japanese physicians. It includes the use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, and physical therapies such as shiatsu and amma. The aim of this thematic series is to introduce the ways in which Japanese physicians have sought to integrate Kampo and modern medicine in their psychosomatic medical practices, the usefulness of Kampo in psychosomatic medicine, and problems that have recently emerged.

The editor declares no competing interests.

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