Training Pharmacists Who Understand Kampo Medicine
|During the Meiji Period, the government decided to discard Japan's traditional kampo medicine and formally began to use Western medicine. Since then, with no public educational institution for kampo medicine, it has only been minutely passed down by a hand-full of nonspecialists. In the current fi eld of oriental medicine, people have taken a closer look at the usefulness and it is now necessary for pharmacists to have the basic knowledge of kampo medicine. This is why our department was formed here at our school.|
Head of Department of Kampo Medicine - Professor
Training Pharmacists to be Kampo Medicine Experts
One of the biggest changes in the curriculum for the School of Medicine six-year program has been incorporating the contents of kampo medicine education. As a result, campo-related questions are now included in the national exams for pharmacists. The following general objectives regarding modern medicine and kampo medicine are listed in the new curriculum: In order to better understand kampo medicine, we must evaluate the basic knowledge, understand the concept of oriental medicine, know the methods of herbal and medicinal prescriptions and pass this knowledge to students.
Why is it necessary for pharmacists to learn about kampo medicine? The focal point of modern medicine has been centered and developed on Western medicine. But in recent years, professionals have rediscovered and recognized the importance of herbal medicine. This result is to be expected. Why? Because kampo medicine has been used in the treatment and protection of human health in China for over 2,000 years. So, where is kampo ranked in modern medicine? First of all, there are 148 types of medical herbs which are allowed to be prescribed. A physician writes the prescription and it is fi lled by the pharmacist. Are these the only herbal medicines that can keep us heathy? There are, in fact, other medical herbs which can be handled by pharmacists. There are 291 types of kampo OTC medicine (overthe- counter medicine) available for purchase in drug stores. In addition, there are 212 types which can be prepared only by pharmacists after a consultation with patients. In this way, pharmacists have more opportunities to deal with herbal medicines than doctors do. Recently, there is a growing number of people who believe they must protect their own health by self-medication. Pharmacists are the ones who are closest to the public as health-care workers and are most supportive of people’s health. This is a reason why kampo medicine has become the focus of much attention as medicine which supports the health of the public.
After reading the explanation above, I believe you now have an understanding of how very important it is for pharmacists to have knowledge of kampo medicine. For this reason, we are one of the only universities to set up a department of kampo medicine of the 74 pharmaceutical universities in the nation. There are already graduates with all of this knowledge who are working in their respective fi elds. Please consider joining us in the study of traditional herbal medicine and using this information to become a great pharmacist.