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Adviser on Traditional Chinese Medicine : Songhua Li

I succeeded in developing herbal formulas for atopic dermatitis in 2002.

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.

March 2005

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Name Songhua Li
Date of birth November 10, 1951
Nationality People's Republic of China
Hometown Guangzhou City, China
Qualifications August 1979: Obtained national medical license in China
December 1985: Received master's degree at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Specialty Treatment for immunological disorders (intractable disease) with emphasis on traditional Chinese medicine
Position Currently serves as an adviser to Medical Corporation Soujikai on traditional Chinese medicine
International research student, Pharmacology Laboratory, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine
Assistant professor of Internal Medicine at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China
Lecturer in health and welfare at Shimane Kunibiki Gakuen

Educational background :
September 1976 Enrolled in College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
July 1979 Graduated from the university
September 1982 Admitted to a master's program at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
December 1985 Completed the master's program
October 1991 Enrolled in Shimane Medical University (currently known as Shimane University Faculty of Medicine)
March 1995 Completed study at the university

Professional Career :
August 1979 – August 1982 Internship and residency at Department of Internal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, China
December 1985 ~ Assistant/visiting professor of Internal Medicine at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou City, China
January 1997~ Advisor to Medical Corporation Soujikai on Traditional Chinese Medicine
January 1997~ International research student, Pharmacology Laboratory, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine
April 2000~ Lecturer in health and welfare at Shimane Kunibiki Gakuen

Research and Publications :
1995 "Mechanism of immunosuppressive action of TBL (tong-bi-ling), Chinese medication for chronic articular rheumatism" was published by the Shimane Institute of Health Science
1996 "Japan-China joint research on objective evaluations of the efficacy of kampo remedies for intractable diseases" was published by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
October 27, 2000 Li's study was mentioned as "kampo treatment with few side effects" in the article entitled "Chronic Articular Rheumatism," a part of the series of articles in Yomiuri Shimbun which investigated recent developments in medical care, drawing a lot of attention to her study.
November 2002 Non-steroid therapy of Soujikai was featured on BSS's (Broadcasting System of San-in) program called Teleport Sun-in, which focused on "updates on Chinese herbal remedies for atopic dermatitis," drawing a lot of attention to this therapy.
January 2004: Published a research paper entitled "The curative effects of the new Chinese prescription drug, sopora root compound, in 94 cases of atopic dermatitis" in Inflammation and Regeneration, a medical journal of the Japanese Society of Inflammation and Regeneration.

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