Japanese Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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Print ISSN : 1348-7922
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  • Tatsuki YAMAMOTO, Katsuhisa YAMADA, Nobutaka SUZUKI, Hoko KYO, Masayuk ...
    Type: Review
    2018 Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 67-77
    Published: September 30, 2018
    Released: October 12, 2018
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    Deep sea water is sea water below a depth of 200 m. Japan is the leading country in the world on industrial applications of deep sea water, which has characteristics such as cleanliness, and is rich in various kinds of minerals and inorganic nutrients compared to surface seawater. In addition, applications of deep sea water as a useful resource have become a world interest, especially in fields of presymptomatic diseases called mibyo and in preventive medicine. Evidence of deep sea water applications in experimental and clinical medicine of the following diseases, lifestyle diseases such as dyslipidemia, high blood pressure, diabetes and arteriosclerosis and atopic dermatitis, osteoporosis, cancer, peptic ulcer, cataracts and constipation are given particular attention in this review.
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Original Article
  • Yasue HOSOYAMADA, Masako YAMADA
    Type: Original Article
    2018 Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 79-84
    Published: September 30, 2018
    Released: October 12, 2018
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    Objectives: We examined the effect of oil intake differing in fatty acid composition on fat accumulation amount, concentration of serum and fat droplets adipocytes of liver tissue in rats. Methods: Young male rats were fed a high cholesterol diet containing either lard, soybean oil, perilla oil or fish oil for 4wk. The control diet contained a lard component. Results: Posterior abdominal wall fat and testicle peripheral fat weights were significantly lower in the fish oil group compared with the control and the soybean oil group. The number of fat droplets was significantly higher in the liver tissue of rats in the perilla oil group compared with the other groups, and many fat droplets with small diameters were observed. The proportion of fat droplets to the total area was significantly lower in the perilla oil group and the fish oil group compared with the control and the soybean oil group. Conclusion: The results suggested that oil intake differing in fatty acid composition correlates with fat accumulation amount and lipid droplet area in the liver tissue. Fish oil intake correlated with reduced visceral fat accumulation and is expected to be useful in the prevention and improvement of obesity.
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  • Nobutaka SUZUKI, Takuya KAWASHIMA, Hoko KYO, Kazuo UEBABA
    Type: Original Article
    2018 Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 85-90
    Published: September 30, 2018
    Released: October 12, 2018
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    We evaluated the effects of the extract of Coix-seed Reactive Derivatives (CRD) on female skin pigmentation. Ninety females with facial pigmentation were assigned randomly to 3 groups and CRD (2g/day, 4g/day or placebo) was administrated for 8weeks. We confirmed the safety of CRD, and both the rate of change of facial pigmentation and erythema in 4g/day group decreased significantly (p<0.01). Further studies are needed to define the optimal dose of CRD.
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  • Mayumi IKEUCHI, Sachiko MORI, Hiromi JONO, Tomoko KUTSUZAWA
    Type: Original Article
    2018 Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 91-101
    Published: September 30, 2018
    Released: October 12, 2018
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    This study used topographic near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to characterize frontal lobe activation while individuals actively or passively listened to exciting or calm music. Participants were 22 healthy female volunteers (mean age, 21± 4.1 years). Initial analysis showed that oxy-Hb significantly decreased in many channels when subjects listened to calm music. In contrast, oxy-Hb significantly increased when subjects listened to lively music. In addition, after listening to calm music, cortisol, α-amylase, and immunoglobulin A significantly decreased. A subsequent analysis showed that oxy-Hb signif-icantly increased when subjects listened to music while clapping to its rhythm compared with when subjects listened to music only. Our study suggests that calm music reduces levels of human stress and enables effective relaxation. In addition, our data suggests that clapping to the rhythm of music increases brain activation. Therefore, active music therapy may be more effective than passive music therapy with respect to brain activation. Such active therapy (i.e., playing rather than listening to music) may improve functional and psychological status, and cooperative abilities.
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  • Hoko KYO, Nobutaka SUZUKI, Toshiki ENOMOTO, Tetsurou URATA, Keita SUTO ...
    Type: Original Article
    2018 Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 103-108
    Published: September 30, 2018
    Released: October 12, 2018
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    In this study, we examined the influence of a newly developed Plenus kinme rice on blood pressure and plasma HbA1c value. Twenty five subjects without serious disease were recruited, and 24 subjects were analyzed. After the consumption of musen rice for 8 weeks (control group), Plenus kinme rice was administrated for 16 weeks (test group). The results were as follows: in the test group, systolic blood pressure decreased significantly (p=0.008) and the plasma HbA1c level decreased significantly by stratified analysis (p=0.003). Furthermore, Plenus kinme rice improved several mibyou constitutions such as Gentleness type, Qi-deficiency type, Phlegm-wetness type, Wet-heat type and Qi-depression type. It was concluded that the Plenus kinme rice may be useful for prevention of lifestyle related diseases. Further study will be needed to confirm these effects.
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