After studying immunology at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
I went to Shimane Medical University (currently known as Shimane University Faculty of Medicine) to study the pharmacological effects of rheumatism treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine.
In Japan, Chinese herbal medicine is called "kampo." The word kampo often conjures up images of tablets or preparations produced as a result of heating or steaming natural herbs, which are gentle on your body with few side effects.
Kampo, as the name suggests, was developed during the Han era in China, dating back about 2,000 years. With dramatic advances in traditional Chinese medicine, it is now possible to extract active ingredients from natural herbs at molecular levels. Herbal preparations used in traditional Chinese medicine are called "chu-i-yaku."
Raw ingredients used in modern Chinese remedies include 11,146 kinds of flora, 1,581 kinds of fauna, and 80 kinds of minerals. With the introduction of various new techniques, including extraction of active ingredients at molecular levels, the potency of Chinese preparations increased significantly compared to those produced by traditional methods.
What we call "kampo" in Japan is a system uniquely developed in Japan, based largely on the knowledge imported from China in the Edo period. Currently, about 400 kinds of medicinal herbs are used as ingredients of kampo remedies.
While studying abroad in Japan, I was surprised by the enormous number of patients who were suffering from atopic dermatitis. Since my specialty was immunology, I became particularly interested in this issue. The incidence of atopic dermatitis was low in China, and accordingly, there was no specific treatment for this condition. In collaboration with my acquaintance Sumio Iwasaki, President of Medical Corporation Soujikai, my alma mater Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Pharmacology Laboratory at Shimane Medical University, I embarked on a quest for effective Chinese herbal remedies for atopic dermatitis.
In order to develop oral and topical treatments, I began prescribing various combinations of natural herbs to individual patients depending on their specific symptoms. After conducting clinical studies, I succeeded in developing basic oral and topical formulas that can work independently for most symptoms of atopic dermatitis in 2002.
Since I am a doctor in China and not licensed to practice medicine in Japan, I am unable to examine patients myself in Japan. However, I serve as an adviser to Medical Corporation Soujikai on traditional Chinese medicine, providing guidance for Japanese doctors on Chinese herbal remedies and giving advice to patients suffering from intractable immunological diseases such as atopic dermatitis.
It gives me immense pleasure to be able to continue my quest for better Chinese herbal formulas and to contribute in any way to the personal well-being of patients.