Endowed Chair

Integrative Medicine

The only department of “Complementary and alternative medicine” and “integrative medicine” in Japan
  • Clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, aromatherapy and functional foods
  • Distributing scientific information on complementary and alternative medicine
  • Utilization of complementary and alternative medicine and practice of integrative medicine in a realistic medical setting



The practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in integrative medicine

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan defined that “Integrative medicine, on the premises of using contemporary western medicine, is medical treatment combined with complementary and alternative medicine and traditional medicine to improve QOL (Quality of Life), led by physicians, along with, in cases, the help of a multidisciplinary team, (See the figure below).


From now on, in order to promote integrative medicine, the practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) will become important. Therefore, in this course, we are engaged in research on the evidence from the three perspectives of “To generate”, “To search, appraise, synthesize and disseminate” and “To use”.

To generate

We are conducting clinical trials of complementary alternative medicines. This work involves collaborations with local governments and private companies and support from the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). We conduct clinical trials widely not only for patients with disease but also for those with borderline / undiagnosed persons such as metabolic syndrome.

To search, appraise, synthesize and disseminate

For each therapy of “integrative medicine “, for patients, citizens, and physicians to make informed decisions about treatment, we must collect the available scientific knowledge on safety and effectiveness and widely disseminate the necessary information. (※ see www.ejim. ncgg.go.jp/). We are also contributing to the preparation of guidelines by academic societies and academic organizations.

To use

We are practicing complementary and alternative medicine that has proven safety and effectiveness.