The following are some examples of scientific articles about clinical studies on Kampo and acupuncture.  Drs. Kaneko(1), Tanioka(2), Maeda(3), and Ushikubo(4) reported that the use of Go Shu Yu Tou (one of the Kampo formulas) was effective for the treatment of migraine in 57, 100, 62, and 56%, respectively, and Dr. Maruyama(5) compared Go Shu Yu Tou and Lomerizine for the treatment of migraine and showed that Go Shu Yu Tou was more effective. Dr. Kamio(6) reported that Kakkon Tou (one of the Kampo formulas) was effective in 84% of 25 cases of tension headache.

  1. T. Kaneko, S. Takahashi, H. Fudeta, et. al. “Chronic headache – Clinical use of Go Shu Yu Tou for migraine-type of vascular headache”, Medical Consultation & New Remedies, 16:1519-1522 (1981) (in Japanese)
  2. T. Tanioka, Y. Goto, “Study of Kampo treatment for chronic headache”, Pain and Kampo, 7:73-76 (1977) (in Japanese)
  3. K. Maeda, A. Miyagi, T. Sugawara, “Effectiveness of Go Shu Yu Tou for chronic headache”, Science of Kampo Medicine, 22:19-23 (1998) (in Japanese)
  4. Y. Ushikubo, M. Ueda, K. Samejima, “Kampo treatment for headache in outpatient in the surgical department of cerebral nervous system”, Pain and Kampo, 11:27-30 (2001) (in Japanese)
  5. T. Maruyama, “Study of effectiveness of Go Shu Yu Tou for the prevention of migraine – Open-crossover comparison to Lomerizine hydrochloride”, Pain and Kampo, 16:30-39 (2006) (in Japanese)
  6. M. Kamio, et. al., “Multiple-institutional-clinical-trial of the use of Kampo formulas – Kakkon Tou, Cho Tou San, Hange Byakujutu Tenma Tou”, Proceedings of the meeting II – Department of surgery of cerebral nervous system and Kampo :138-144 (2007) (in Japanese)
  7. K. Watanabe, et al., “Traditional Japanese Kampo Medicine: Clinical Research between Modernity and Traditional Medicine – the State of Tesearch and Methodological Suggestions for the Future”, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: June 16 (2010)
  8. K. Nishimura, et al., “Kampo Medicine as an Integrative Medicine in Japan”, Japan Medical Association Journal: 147-149, 52 (3) (2009)
  9. K. Itoh & H. Kitakoji, “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in Japan: A Review”, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 431-438, 4 (4) (2007)
  10. H. Odaguchi et al., “Statistical Analysis of the Findings in Patients Responded to Goshuyuto”, Kampo Med, 1099-1105, 58 (6) (2007)