How Japanese people think of herbal therapy?
🌿How are herbs perceived in Japan?
In Japan, herbs are regarded as a kind of food, not medicines.
There are ONLY two authorized herbal medicines for well-established use:
・Prefemin (reduce PMS/ Chasteberry)
・Antistax (improve swelling of legs/ Vitis vinifera folium)
Herbal tea and aromatherapy are popular among some women, as a hobby.
Many people like their tastes and scents, but few people know about their health benefits.
And some people consider herbal remedies as unfounded or mere superstition.
To tell the truth, Japan is developing country for herbal medicine.
In Japan, almost all patients need to pay only 30% of medical fees.
Besides, many people tend to work overtime.
So they have a tendency to rely on medicines which work right away under bad health condition😫
However, particularly health-conscious people accept Chinese medicine.
It has few side effects, although it works slowly.
Chinese medicine is relatively popular in Japan.
But Chinese medicines and herbs－like Chamomiles or Peppermints－are two completely different things.
I think preventive medicine will be in the spotlight in Japan from now on.
Because people are living longer lives, their medical bills are increasing as well.
The proposal to raise out-of-pocket expenditures for healthcare
(mainly for over-75 age senior citizens) is under consideration by the government.
To keep our health condition, I agree with Integrative Medicine which adopts both alternative
medicine and modern medicine.
However, I hope that many Japanese people will be able to have a choice to use
an Echinacea Tincture instead of Pabron on a daily basis. This is my thinking😊✨
I want to study more about herb and know about your herbal journey.
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