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Selfcare Information

The common cold is the most familiar symptom for us. If you have a slight cold, you want to cure yourself without going to the hospital. Here, let's think about self-medication (*), where you treat minor disorders by yourself.

*Self-medication is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "taking responsibility for one's own health and treating minor physical ailments by oneself."

The benefits of self-medication are wide-ranging.
・Increased awareness of health management
・Increased knowledge about medicines and diseases
・Reduced medical visits and savings in medical costs

Due to the spread of the COVID-19, there has been a phenomenon of refraining from medical examinations. And we have come to live a life conscious of disease prevention, such as wearing masks, washing hands and gargling. However, no matter how careful you are, sometimes things go wrong.

Self-medication involves paying attention to diet and rest and using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to try to improve symptoms on your own when you are feeling slightly unwell.

For example, the common cold is the most familiar symptom for us. It would be great if you could analyze your physical condition and symptoms, choose the medicine that matches your condition and take care of yourself.

There are various types of cold remedies, among which Kampo medicines are very useful for cold symptoms. There are several medicines that correspond to the early, middle and late stages of a cold. But making that choice yourself can be difficult. In such cases, it is recommended that you tell the pharmacist about your constitution and symptoms and receive advice.

PLANTAGE introduces an app designed and developed by our pharmacist to help you find out which Kampo medicines are effective for your cold symptoms. Please use it for self-medication.

Click here to try the app.