Yano Research Institute Surveys Integrative Medicine Market in Japan

(Comtex Global News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Tokyo, Japan, Jan 06, 2006 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) --Yano Research Institute (YRI) conducted a survey on integrative medicine in Japan from September to November in 2005. YRI interviewed companies and medical institutions, which offer integrative medical care including complementary and alternative medicine, either by phone or in-person.

The survey showed that the market for integrative medicine reached 2,358.6 billion yen ($20.3 bil) in 2004, a 17% rise from 2002. Particularly, the sectors for reflexology, psychotherapy/counseling, kinesitherapy and health food showed sound growth. The market is expected to exceed 5 trillion yen ($43.1 bil) in 2013.

In addition, YRI conducted a questionnaire survey of 991 medical institutions and professionals nationwide and received effective replies from 40.4%. Of the respondents. Of those, 25% answered that they offer integrative medicine at their facilities. Popular diseases and symptoms subject to integrative medicine are cancer, immune deficiency, atopic dermatitis and obesity.

When asked about the purpose of integrative medicine, most of the respondents answered that it is to improve patients' quality of life rather than to cure diseases.

Regarding health and functional food products, most respondents recommend coenzyme Q10, agaricus, ginkgo biloba and phellinus linteus, besides vitamins.

The survey results are available in a 222-page report (in Japanese), which sells for 110,250 yen ($950).

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