Tracing the origin of Kampo, Japan’s traditional medicine

Popular alternative Japanese medicine, Kampo, can trace its origins back to China. Researchers suggest, Jianzhen or Ganjin, the famous 8th century Chinese monk responsible for introducing the commandments of Buddhism in Japan, also laid the foundation of traditional Japanese medicine in the country. His works, believed to have been lost for generations, have now been rediscovered and brough to light by researchers in Japan and China.

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