Gastrointestinal surgery and herbal medicine, including rikkunshito

Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Shuji Takiguchi, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Yukinori Kurokawa, Tomoki Makino, Makoto Yamasaki, Kiyokazu Nakajima, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Anatomical and functional changes occur inevitably after gastrointestinal surgeries for several diseases such as malignancies, functional disorders of the digestive tract, postoperative complications such as bowel obstruction, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Since such changes induce various digestive symptoms and complications, it is indispensable for gastrointestinal surgeons to pay attention to not only curability, but also patients’ quality of life. Recently, several reports including randomized controlled trial, which investigated the clinical effects of herbal medicine to postoperative digestive symptoms, have been published. In this chapter, focused on the gastrointestinal surgeries, current evidences with regard to herbal medicine therapy in this field are reviewed and summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
ISSN (Print)1557-2153
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6053

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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