The Clinical Efficacy of Combination Therapy with Kampo and Western Medicine to Japanese Cedar Pollinosis

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  • スギ花粉症に対する漢方薬併用療法の臨床効果
  • 臨床報告 スギ花粉症に対する漢方薬併用療法の臨床効果
  • リンショウ ホウコク スギ カフンショウ ニ タイスル カンポウヤク ヘイヨウ リョウホウ ノ リンショウ コウカ

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Abstract

We investigated the clinical efficacy of concomitant Kampo treatments, expected to have immediate effect in improving outcomes with western drug therapies for Japanese cedar pollinosis. Twenty cases using shoseiryuto, considered a first-line drug for allergic rhinitis, were studied. The resultant efficacy rate was 45%. The efficacy rate for 24 cases using eppikajutsuto, by contrast, was 64%. The latter cases demonstrated far better therapeutic result than the former. In 7 cases using maoto + eppikajutsuto (as simplified daiseiryuto), another prescription we often use for serious illness, the resultant efficacy rate was 72%. Of these, the most favorable effect resulted in 16 cases using shoseiryuto + gokoto, which resulted in an efficacy rate of 87%. We had originally developed this prescription in order to improve the effectiveness of mao and sekko as anti-inflammatories. There were no cases where patients needed to be dosed with an oral steroid. The only notable event was one patient who complained of stomachache as an adverse drug reaction. In conclusion, we can say that the overall therapeutic outcome with 11 different Kampo medicines was extremely satisfactory: an efficacy rate of 83%. These marked improvements in clinical efficacy were made by using Kampo medicines together with a western drug used for the treatment of Japanese cedar pollinosis.

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  • Kampo Medicine

    Kampo Medicine 60 (6), 611-616, 2009

    The Japan Society for Oriental Medicine

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