Walking in Museum of Materia Medica



Inside of Museum : The room is crowded with crude drug samples.
Typical crude drugs are exhibited in boxes as specimens for references





Various kinds of Rhei Rhizoma



Crude drugs of animal origin

Exhibition Arrangement of Crude Drugs in the Museum of Materia Medica

1. Kampo formula (Extracts, Pills, etc.)
2. Chinese patent medicines (Formula of traditional Chinese
medicine), House hold medicines produced in Toyama Prefecture
3. Health foods, Chinese patent medicines, Preparation of Yao-shan
4. European crude drugs (Herbs)
5-32,37. Traditional Chinese and Japanese crude drugs
5. Minerals, Resins, etc.
6. Cut samples, Samples for academic purpose
7. Insects and other Animal products
8. Fungi
9 -18.Roots and Rhizomes
19-22.Fruits and Seeds
23. Flowers
24-27. Leaves and Whole Plants
28. Stems and Woods
29. Rare crude drug (Wild Ginseng, etc.), Classical instruments and
equipments for pharmaceutical pill preparation
30. Rare crude drugs (Agalloch, Toad Venom, etc.)
31. Crude drugs used for as sexual tonics
32. Crude drugs of Animal origin
37. Barks
33. Chinese folk medicines from Sichuan Prov.
34. Chinese Berberidaceae drugs
35. Chinese folk medicines from Gangxi and Yunnan Prov. and Shanghai,
Uighur crude drugs
36. Uighur crude drugs from Uighur Autonomous Region
38. Tibetan crude drugs from Tibet
39. Tibetan crude drugs from Tibet and Qinhai Prov.
40. Mongolian crude drugs from Inner Mongolia and Mongolian People's
Republic
41-42. Japanese folk medicines
43. Korean folk medicines
44-45. Taiwanese folk medicines
46. Chinese cut drugs (Yin-pian) from Hongkong
47. Vietnamese folk medicines
48-49. European crude drugs
50. African folk medicines, Laotian folk medicines
51. Vietnamese folk medicines
52. Crude drugs from Vietnam
53-55. Ayurvedic crude drugs and folk medicines from Nepal
56-58. Ayurvedic crude drugs from India
59-61. Ayurvedic crude drugs from Sri Lanka
62. Literature of Tibetan medicine ("rGyu-shi"), Tibetan crude drugs,
Plant specimens from Nepal
63. Ayurvedic medicines and crude drugs from Sri Lanka and India
Jamu (Indonesian crude drugs)
64. Tibetan medicines (Precious pills), Crude drugs and Medical literature
65. Crude drugs from Myanmer
66. Tibetan crude drugs from India and Bhutan
67. Tibetan crude drugs from Nepal
68-69. Unani medicines from Pakistan and Bangladesh (Pills and Crude
drugs)
70-71. Jamu medicines and Crude drugs from Indonesia
72. Thai crude drugs
73. Brazilian folk medicines


  • The most numerous materials kept in Museum are Chinese crude drugs used in the system of traditional Chinese medicine, consisting of one third of the total number, followed by Indian crude drugs used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine.
  • Part of samples in Museum was collected by granted subsidies as follows


  1. Grant-in-Aid for International Scientific Research Program : Field Research, from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. 6/30 - 9/27, 1983, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand and Hong Kong (representative : Tsuneo Namba)
  2. Grant-in-Aid for International Scientific Research Program : Field Research, from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. 6/30 - 9/27, 1983, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand and Hong Kong (representative : Tsuneo Namba)
  3. Research Program trusted by Toyama prefecture. 4/12 - 5/10, 1991, Nepal, India and Hong Kong (representative : Tsuneo Namba)
  4. Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Cooperation Programmes with Southeast Asian Countries under the Core University System, from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 2/20 - 3/7, 1994, Indonesia (Katsuko Komatsu)
  5. Grant-in-Aid for International Scientific Research Program : University-to-University Cooperative Research, from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. 7/15- 8/14, 1993, 7/22 - 8/14, 1994, 8/18 - 9/19, 1995, China (representative : Tsuneo Namba)
  6. Research Program trusted by Toyama prefecture.6/30 - 8/13, 1996, Nepal, China (representative : Tsuneo Namba)
  7. Grant-in-Aid for for International Scientific Research Program : Field Research, from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. 9/6 - 10/31, 1997, 11/6 - 12/10, 1998, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar (representative : Shigetoshi Kadota)
  8. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)(2): Comparative Ethnopharmacology in China, No.11695086, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 7/10 ? 8.23 (1999), 7.14 - 8.24 (2000), 9.9 - 9.30(2001), China (representative : Katsuko Komatsu).
  9. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)(2): Inquiry into Kampo Drug Resources of Asia: Investigation on Mongolian and Thai Medicinal Plants, No.14406030, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 7/12 ? 8.16 (2002), 7.19 ? 7.31 (2003), Mongolia (representative : Katsuko Komatsu).
  10. Core University Program : Field Research on Curcuma plants and drugs for authentication and on Thai traditional medicine for construction of database, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 11.26 - 12.1 (2001), 11.8 - 11.30 (2002), 6.14 ? 6. 23 (2003), Thailand (Katsuko Komatsu)