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Recent Reports in Treatment for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kampo in Japan

REM 수면 행동 장애의 치료에 대한 중의학 및 Kampo의 연구 경향

  • Choi, Yoon-Hee (Department of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, Dong-Eui Oriental Medical Hospital in Dong-Eui University) ;
  • Jung, Jin-Hyeong (Department of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, Dong-Eui Oriental Medical Hospital in Dong-Eui University) ;
  • Kim, Bo-Kyung (Department of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, Dong-Eui Oriental Medical Hospital in Dong-Eui University)
  • 최윤희 (동의대학교 부속한방병원 한방신경정신과) ;
  • 정진형 (동의대학교 부속한방병원 한방신경정신과) ;
  • 김보경 (동의대학교 부속한방병원 한방신경정신과)
  • Received : 2013.10.07
  • Accepted : 2013.11.22
  • Published : 2013.12.30

Abstract

Objectives: This study was performed to review the research trends in treatment for REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Kampo in Japan. Methods: We searched articles in CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure) under the key words, "RBD", and Chinese words related with it in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs and Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine With Western Medicine' field, and also in CiNii (Citation Information by NII); we also searched articles in Kampo Square in Japan under the key words, "RBD" and Japanese words related with it. We found 10 papers, and then selected 6 of them except the non-clinical and unrelated studies. We then analyzed their way of diagnosis, treatments, study type and etc.. Results: 6 studies were divided into 4 case reports, one control study, and one literature review study. All of the studies reported that Herbal medicine for RBD was effective as much as Western medicine like clonazepam and paroxetine. However, the quality and the quantity of these clinical studies were not enough. Conclusions: It seems that the researches for RBD have gradually been performed in TCM and Kampo. We hope that our study can activate/push forward clinical research for this disorder in Korean traditional medicine.

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