Kampo (or Kanpo) is a traditional Japanese therapeutic system, the bulk of which is derived from the classical Chinese medicine that came to Japan in the 5th and 6th centuries. Over the years, the Japanese have created unique diagnosis methods, herbal formulas, and therapeutic approaches.
Diagnostic and treatment systems used in Kampo are distinctly different than those used in ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, Western herbalisum, naturopathic medicine and other natural therapy modalities.
Kampo includes most of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) modalities including acupuncture, moxibustion (heat therapy), Anma (or Tuina, an ancient massage technique and the basis of Shiatsu therapy), diet, and herbal medicine.
Kampo.ca is a website primarily devoted to discussing Kampo herbal medicine.
* The term Kampo (or Kanpo) is translated from 2 characters: (kan) representing the Han dynasty and (po or ho) meaning method. From this, Kampo literally means the method of the Han Dynasty.
Herbal medicines are not only derived from plants, fruits, or trees but also from rocks, shells, and different parts of animals, such as their skin, bones, or organs. Thus ˜herbal medicine must be distinguished from purely botanical medicine.
Kampo is not only for specific groups of patient population or diseases. It has been traditionally used to treat a wide variety of patients with various health issues.