In Japan, only physicians are allowed to practice herbal medicine. Its unique approach, taught in medical schools, is based on muscle tensions in different areas of the abdomen that correspond to specific Chinese herbs. The symptom presentation is then reviewed and by combining the information from an objective exam with subjective complaints a pattern of illness can be determined that fits an exact formula for that pattern. And, the prescription recommended to the patient is then paid for by their national health insurance
- Summarize a new application of the abdominal exam as a means of gaining new insights in to potential therapies.
- Demonstrate the exam practice so as to appreciate the muscular tensions in the several different areas of the exam
- Recognize the principle herb indicated by the exam and its integration with symptoms