Japan’s indigenous tribes have been growing medicinal herbs and other medicinal plants for thousands of years and their medicinal plants have a rich tradition of healing, a new report has found.
The report, published by the International Centre for Science in Society (ICSS) on Thursday, also revealed that indigenous tribes across the country had developed a sophisticated herbal culture that has helped them survive in the face of a devastating pandemic.
The study said indigenous peoples have developed medicinal plants and medicines that have been passed down through generations of people.
The indigenous tribes are also known for their knowledge and skills in traditional medicine, which have enabled them to use traditional medicines to fight the diseases of the 21st century, the ICSS report said.
In a country that has struggled to contain the pandemic, the study said the indigenous tribes in Japan had used traditional medicinal plants to treat their illnesses.
The tribes have long used the plants to fight infections and infections of other diseases, and have also found them helpful in treating pain, according to the report.
The ICSS said it was the first study of its kind to find indigenous tribal herbal medicines that could treat symptoms of infectious diseases and illnesses.
It was conducted by researchers at the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ITC) and the University of Tokyo, who found that indigenous people have developed the herbal medicine that was used in Japan in the past and are continuing to use it today.
It said indigenous people had developed the plants, known as kokumin, from traditional plants, such as yam, and also developed their own recipes and medicines, which they used to treat themselves and their loved ones.
The research showed that indigenous peoples used the traditional medicinal herbs for many ailments, including respiratory problems, urinary tract infections, skin problems and rheumatism, according the report, which was written by the director of the Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicines (ITCM).
“Native people are used to using these traditional medicinal medicines to treat diseases and conditions,” Professor Yuhan Huang, who led the study, said.
“This study shows that there is a rich, long-standing, and ancient tradition of indigenous people who have developed this medicinal medicine.”
It also said that the traditional indigenous medicine is not new to Japan, having been used for millennia.
In 2012, a team of Japanese researchers published a study in the journal Nature Medicine showing that indigenous populations in northern China and Korea used traditional Chinese medicine to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and joint pain.
Professor Huang said indigenous cultures have been practising traditional medicines for millennia, including medicinal plants, in traditional settings.
“I think this is a major development, it is a step forward in terms of indigenous knowledge and it is going to benefit the whole world,” Professor Huang told Al Jazeera.
“We hope this study will encourage more indigenous people to learn indigenous medicines and we will then work together to improve the effectiveness of traditional medicines in the future.”
He added that the indigenous communities in Japan have also developed medicines that were not available in the Western world.
“In the Western medical systems, traditional medicines are not available.
We have traditional medicines that are not widely available, so indigenous people are using traditional medicines, so we hope that the Japanese people will also take these traditional medicines and apply them in the Japanese healthcare system,” he said.
Professor Jürgen Korn, who conducted the study with Professor Huang, said traditional medicine in Japan is very advanced and there is more than 100 years of research that has gone into the development of indigenous herbal medicines.
“The traditional medicinal herb, kokumi (grapevine), has been used by indigenous people for centuries,” Professor Korn said.
This was the most successful of all traditional medicinal plant types, he said, adding that it was important to look at the medicinal plants in a wider context to understand how they were used in the West.
“There is also the history of Chinese medicinal herbs, which has a history of over 2,000 years, including the use of kokumu and yam,” Professor Kenji Yamaguchi, who was a member of the research team and has written about indigenous herbal medicine in a book called The Traditional Medicinal Plants of Japan, told Al Jazeera English.
Professor Kogoro Sakai, who is also an associate professor at the ITC, said the use and evolution of traditional medicinal remedies is a long and complex story.
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They developed the traditional medicines by combining the herbs, like kamut, komun, and konbun, which were traditional herbs in Japan, and adding a lot of other things like kumon, koten, and nagebun,” Professor Sakai said.
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