The main purpose is to promote collaborative research and education on the traditional medicine by providing the information of authentication and standardization of the traditional natural medicines in light of scientific methods. To fulfill this purpose, the crude drug samples have been collected directly from ethnic village people, local markets and academic institutions covering several countries in the world. The database recording scientific and traditional information of the crude drug samples has been constructed.
||The museum was started as a crude drug specimen room belonging to the Department of Development of Natural Drug Resources, Research Facilities for Wakan-Yaku under Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toyama University.
||Research Institute for Wakan-Yaku under Toyama University was founded.
||Research Institute for Wakan-Yaku under Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University was founded.
|| A crude drug specimen room in Research Institute for Wakan-Yaku, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University was founded. Crude drug samples were moved from Toyama University.
||The ground floor of a preservation building for pharmaceutical materials was developed as the Museum of Materia Medica (202m2) under the care of Department of Development of Natural Drug Resources. Crude drug samples were moved from Research Institute for Wakan-Yaku.
||The floor size of Museum of Materia Medica (193m2) was extended.
||Research Center for Ethnomedicines, (Assoc. Prof. 1; Assist. Prof. 1) affiliated to Research Institute for Wakan-Yaku, was founded. The museum has been guided by the Center.
||Position of Foreign Visiting Professor and Associate Professor was established in Research Center for Ethnomedicines.
||The first exhibition of the museum for public was held. Since this year, an annual exhibition has been started.
||The database ETHMEDmmm (Japanese version) was opened on the web site under the home page of this museum.
||Regulations on use of crude drug samples preserved in the Museum of Materia Medica, Research Center for Ethnomedicines were enforced.
||The database ETHMEDmmm (English version) was opened on the web site.
||Reorganized as the Museum of Materia Medica, Research Center for Ethnomedicine.Regulations on use of crude drug samples preserved in the Museum of Materia Medica, Research Center for Ethnomedicine were enforced.
||Reorganized as the Museum of Materia Medica, Research Center for Ethnomedicine, Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama.
||Commemorative ceremony for completion of the building
||Fitment of 3rd floor of the Museum of Materia Medica
||First issue of Museum of Materia Medica Newsletter was published.
||Inventory of Crude Drugs in Museum of Materia Medica Volume 1 was published.
||Inventory of Crude Drugs in Museum of Materia Medica Volume 2 was published.
||Inventory of Crude Drugs in Museum of Materia Medica Volume 4 was published.
The museum occupies 1,085m2 area. 1st Floor: two exhibition rooms of 322 and 109㎡. 2nd Floor: three exhibition rooms of 120, 56 and 37㎡.
The museum keeps and displays crude drug samples mainly used for Kampo medicine and Chinese medicine, as well as Indian crude drugs used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, and Unani medicine used in Greek-Arabic countries. Crude drug samples (29,000 samples indexed), herbal specimens (34,000 samples indexed), pharmaceutical preparations of Kampo formulations (200 samples), drugs-on-deposit production in Toyama, herbological books, and so on. This is the biggest museum of crude drugs in the world, concerning the number of items it keeps and the wide range it has covered over the world. Most of the items including crude drugs have significant educational, scientific and historical value.
There are several times of exhibition for the public and the date are posted in each case on the website. The number of annual visitors to the museum is about 1,000 and 10% of these are from abroad. The Museum of Materia Medica draws international attention as the exemplary crude drug repository as the potential of traditional medicine has become recognized.
Ethno-medicines, Crude drugs / Herbal medicines, Kampo formulation, Folk medicine, Database, Shoruihonzo, Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Traditional medicine