Herbal Medicine Therapies for Digestive Disease: A Special Focus on Dai-kenchu-to
Surgery for Organ Function and Biological Regulation, Graduate School of Medicine, Nippon Medical School
Dai-kenchu-to, a traditional Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo), has been used for the treatment of postoperative ileus after abdominal surgery. However, its efficacy and mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. For nearly a decade, the efficacy and mechanisms of Dai-kenchu-to have been reported on and well established. Several studies have shown Dai-kenchu-to to accelerate gastrointestinal transit. Moreover, some recent reports have also indicated that it may also increase the intestinal blood flow. A Japanese nationwide multicenter, doubleblind, placebo-controlled study of Dai-kenchu-to following a colonic cancer resection was launched in 2009. The results of this study are therefore highly anticipated.
日医大医会誌 2010; 6(3), 127-129
herbal medicine, Dai-kenchu-to, postoperative ileus
Hayato Kan, Surgery for Organ Function and Biological Regulation, Graduate School of Medicine, Nippon Medical School, 1-1-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-8603, Japan