• Koichiro Tanaka Department of Traditional Medicine, Facluty of Medicine, Toho University, Tokyo, Japan.


Oriental Medicine, Advance Medicine, Herbal Pleiotropy


Herbs of related species are sometimes used for different medicinal purposes depending on the region and medical system. Clearest difference of this is seen through the comparison between the Western (or the bio) medicine and the Eastern (or the traditional/oriental) medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Japanese Medicine, or Kampo, and Traditional Korean use the same clinical classics and almost the same herbs. Therefore, here, I would like tocall them Oriental Medicine†for easier understanding.


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How to Cite

Tanaka, K. “HERBAL PLEIOTROPY–THE SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION MAY ADVANCE MEDICINE”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 6, no. 7, July 2014, p. I-IV, https://www.innovareacademics.in/journals/index.php/ijpps/article/view/2424.