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Putting traditional remedies to the test

Tokyo-based institution seeks scientific basis for Chinese medicine

This exhibit at the Oriental Medicine Research Center includes an array of ingredients used in traditional drugs, including tiger bones and an armadillo-like animal called the pangolin.

TOKYO Although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence in support of traditional Chinese medicine, there is a dearth of objective evaluations in clinical settings to back it up. The Kitasato University Oriental Medicine Research Center, in Tokyo's Minato Ward, is looking to change that.

Whereas Western medicine focuses largely on the use of surgery and drugs to remove the causes of diseases, traditional Chinese medicine focuses on the adjustment of imbalances in the interactions between the blood, muscles, nerves and other constituents of the body.

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