The Japanese peoples have a reputation for healthy lifestyles and a long traditional of herbal cures as well as other natural remedies for health ailments. In particular, the Okinawan Diet has been much studied for its health promotion and life-extending effects.
Sometime around the 8th century of the Common Era, Chinese medicinal practices made their way to the islands of Japan. Since that time, the Japanese have expanded alternative treatments from this Chinese foundation into Kampo medicine, their own rich tradition of alternative health and holistic health practices. Kampo is in fact an established part of Japanese medical treatment, paid for and monitored by the national health plan and regularly prescribed by allopathic doctors.
Holistic Treatments: Herbal remedies are central to traditional medicine in Japan, though acupuncture is another thriving treatment. Angelica, ginseng, peppermint, the mushroom Agaricus blazei, bee propolis, Japanese plum, and Dipsacis are frequent herbal treatments in Japanese folk medicine.