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Kampo Medicine

Specialized medical services

HAGIHARA Keisuke Director of Kampo Medicine
Director of Kampo Medicine

In our department, physicians who are specialists in both Western and Kampo medicine provide medical care. Because of the aging population and advances in treatment, the number of cancer survivors in Japan continues to increase. Although we provide a wide range of medical treatments for various diseases, since October 2019, we have been focusing on cancer. The ketogenic diet is considered to be effective for patients with cancer. We provide this treatment as well as Kampo medicine to treat cancer and the related treatment effects. When the ketogenic diet is followed in combination with other appropriate treatments, patients with cancer may feel better and live longer. We have recently performed the first clinical trial in Japan on the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet. We have also tentatively introduced weekly acupuncture and moxibustion treatments to relieve symptoms. Outpatient care is not available at our department outside of normal business hours or on weekends or holidays. Please consult your physician before planning a visit.


We provide supportive care based on Kampo medicine as a holistic treatment system that complements other aggressive treatments for cancer, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. We present diagnoses and prescribe Kampo formulations with the aim of improving the quality of life of patients with cancer. Kampo formulations, including around 140 Kampo extract products and 160 crude drug products, can be prescribed within Japan's National Health Insurance system. Kampo medicine has evolved as a system of medical practice and thinking over thousands of years. However, additional volunteers are needed to participate in clinical studies that could help create an evidence-based reconstruction of Kampo medicine to improve medical care for patients in the future. The results of clinical studies provide a better understanding of how to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases and conditions. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Based on the traditional diagnostic methods of Kampo medicine, great care is taken in the examination and treatment at the initial consultation. Therefore, a substantial amount of time may be needed. Please make sure to arrive at least one hour before your scheduled appointment.

Considerations in referring your patients to Kampo Medicine

Consultations are by appointment only. Please consult in advance with the outpatient reception of the Patient Support Center. We meet with patients to understand their needs and make arrangements for necessary tests and appointments. Please note that patients are referred to the appropriate specialty section if necessary. Please visit our website on Kampo medicine (http://www.med.osaka-u.ac.jp/pub/kanpou/) to refer your patients without cancer for Kampo medicine treatments. Referrals can be made to affiliated medical institutions if necessary.

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Information for Outpatients

Consultation times

First visit 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Revisit 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

※First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Outpatient consultation days

Monday to Friday

Non-consultation days

Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays New Year’s Holidays: Dec. 29 to Jan. 3