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Kampo Medicine ; : 228-235, 2015.
Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-377185


We present seven cases of insomnia successfully treated with hochuekkito. Two patients showed improvement of their insomnia after taking hochuekkito before going to bed, and three patients showed improvement after taking hochuekkito twice per day. The other two patients could sleep better after adding hochuekkito to other Kampo formulations. All these patients were light sleepers, and became easily tired, excessive sleepy after meals, and had daytime sleepiness. However, they had no gastrointestinal symptoms, such as appetite loss. Five of the seven patients reported waking up feeling better after taking hochuekkito. Two other Kampo formulations, sansoninto and kihito, were also given to patients with deficient constitution, who complained of insomnia. Sansoninto and kihito are formulae that compensate for qui and blood deficiency. Kihito contains more herbs with beneficial effects on “spleen and stomach”, and “heart” functions more than sansoninto, and therefore, kihito may be preferred for patients with a more deficient constitution. The reason why our patients were able to sleep more deeply and wake up smoothly with hochuekkito may be that they exhibited remarkable qui deficiency, showing general fatigue, excessive sleepiness after meals, and daytime sleepiness, but without the symptoms of blood deficiency, such as palpitations or uneasiness, being easily frightened or forgetful, or showing anemia or bleeding.

Kampo Medicine ; : 166-172, 2013.
Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-376168


We describe four cases of menopausal symptoms with respiratory complaints successfully treated with saikokeishikankyoto. Case 1 was a 49-year-old female who became easily tired and often caught colds, as well as suffered from cough, hot flushes and insomnia. Case 2 was a 47-year-old female who became easily fatigued and irritated, and suffered from dry cough. Case 3 was a 51-year-old female, who became easily exhausted and suffered from nasal congestion and swelling of the gums. Case 4 was a 53-year-old female, who suffered from sensations of coldness and hot flushes, insomnia, sore throat and dry cough. Although saikokeishikankyoto has been classically applied for diverse symptoms, respiratory signs are associated with the most preferable outcome. Saikokeishikankyoto could be a suitable herbal medicine for menopausal patients with a weak constitution, who present with respiratory symptoms caused by coldness, <i>qi </i>deficiency and <i>qi </i>stagnation.

Kampo Medicine ; : 499-505, 2008.
Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-379626


Eight family care providers with various disorders showed improvement of their symptoms when treated with yokukansan-based prescriptions. Case1complained of hot flushes, burning sensation and difficulty in concentration; Case 2 of insomnia and back pain; Case 3 of insomnia; Case 4 of irritation and palpitation; Case 5 of anxiety and insomnia; Case 6 of palm eruptions; Case 7 of a painful sensation in the eyes and headache; and Case 8 of neck pain, stiff shoulders, diarrhea, palpitation, insomnia, general fatigue, etc. These diverse symptoms were all considered to be related to “liver” dysfunction of emotions, muscles and eyes, caused by chronic and continuous stress due to their care burden. In Cases 5, 6, 7and 8 the persons whom the care providers were caring for also took the Yokukansan-based prescriptions at the same time as these said care providers did. Instructions for the traditional medicine Yokukansan indicate that “mother and child should take this medicine at the same time”. And since the relationship between a patient and a care provider in the family might be similar to that between child and mother, we applied yokukansan-based prescriptions to these care providers based on traditional instruction.

Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders , Prescriptions , Mothers