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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations, and our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

Japanese Health Care Offers Private Sector Options & Coverage for Herbal Remedies.

Japanese private insurance c... Japanese private insurance companies cover eastern medicine.
Japanese traditional medicine (Kampo medicine) has a long historical development in Japan that dates back more than 1500 years, and even further back in China. Kampo is similar to India's Ayurveda in its integrative approach that a balance of the human body and mind, mental and physical, are critical to our health. Today, Kampo medicine has been revived accompanied by a scientific reevaluation relevant to modern health care. Kampo medical treatments include chiropractic, aromatherapy, homeopathy, health spa therapy, Ayurveda, hypnosis, flower therapy, thalassotherapy, herb therapy, qigong, yoga, dietary therapy, imagery, meditation, art therapy and prayer (See NIH article, This article references a survey of 1,000 Japanese residents and their percentage use of CAM (alternative medicine), such as Kampo: nutritional and tonic drinks, 43.1%; dietary supplements, 43.1%; health-related appliances, 21.5%; herbs or over-the-counter Kampo, 17.2%; massage or acupressure, 14.8%; ethical Kampo (Kampo prescribed by medical doctors), 10.0%; aromatherapy, 9.3%; chiropractic or osteopathy, 7.1%; acupuncture and moxibustion, 6.7%; homeopathy, 0.3%; other therapies, 6.5%.


In Japan, Agaricus blazei Murill is the most popular product. Many cancer patients take this mushroom. This medicinal mushroom contains special types of polysaccharides known as beta glucans which stimulate the activity of natural killer cells that are vital to the immune system. These polysaccharides are believed to be among the most potent polysaccharides for immune health. Beer yeast, Propolis, cereals, banaba, Japanese plum, Chlorella, barley verdure, vegetable juice, collagen, royal jelly and mulberry are also taken. Dong quai is an ingredient covered by Kampo. The ingredients of dong quai are coumarins, essential oils, ferulic acids, psoralens, and vitamin B12 and folinic acid, the active form of folic acid. Shakuyakukanzoto was the most frequently prescribed Kampo drug, known to relieve muscle pain and maintain healthy blood flow. It consists of peony root and licorice extract.

USA dietary supplements which are not covered by American health insurance include Gingko Biloba, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginseng, Soybean, Saw Palmetto, St John's Wort, Valerian, Black Cohosh, Milk Thistle, Evening Primrose, Grape Seed Extract, Bilberry, Green Tea, Pycnogenol, Ginger, Feverfew and Dong quai, amongst others.


Though published so along ago, I was cleaning out the basement storage the other day, and came upon my only printed copy "Japanese Health Care for Elderly" which was published by US-Japan Foundation and National Conference of State Legislatures. I couldn’t find it anywhere. It has been referenced on a number of library websites, but no copy. I realized my co-author Dr. Bill Steslicke and I may have the only copies, along with a few die hard former legislators around the country, so here is a Word doc version. Noteworthy- 1) certain Japanese companies may form their own in-house HMO-style coverage and provisioning. 2) Japanese insurance covers eastern medicine, Kampo medicine described above, including but not limited to herbal remedies and acupuncture.

Here is a downloadable word doc copy of the original publication:
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