Volume 11 (2017) Issue 6 Pages 706-709
As the number of elderly and the size of the total population increase, population aging will become a major problem because of an increase in diseases associated with aging, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The 2017 Japan-China Joint Medical Workshop on Aging and Health was held at The University of Tokyo on December 2, 2017 with a focus on management of COPD. More than 50 experts in the fields of respiratory medicine, emergency medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Kampo (traditional Japanese medicine) from Japan and China presented the results of their research and shared their experiences treating COPD from different perspectives. Guidelines for diagnosis and management of COPD in different countries were described at the workshop, and advances in recent research into the treatment of COPD with Kampo and traditional Chinese medicine were fully discussed. The results of the workshop should help to improve GOLD guidelines and they should greatly help to optimize COPD treatment.