Daikenchuto stimulates colonic motility after laparoscopic-assisted colectomy.

Mizunori Yaegashi, Koki Otsuka, Tetsuya Itabashi, Toshimoto Kimura, Kuniyuki Kato, Hitoshi Fujii, Keisuke Koeda, Akira Sasaki, G. Wakabayashi

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Paralytic ileus after laparoscopic-assisted surgery often occurs. We investigated whether daikenchuto (DKT), a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, improves intestinal motility in patients undergoing laparoscopic-assisted colectomy for colon cancer. Fifty-four patients who underwent colectomy at Iwate Medical University Hospital between October 2010 and March 2012 were randomized to either the DKT group (7.5 g/day, p.o.) or the control group (lactobacillus preparation, 3g/day, p.o.). Primary endpoints included time to first flatus, bowel movement, and tolerance of diet after extubation. Secondary endpoints were WBC count, C-reactive protein (CRP) level, length of hospital stay, and postoperative ileus. Colonic transit time was measured using radiopaque markers and abdominal radiographs. Fifty-one patients (DKT, 26 vs. control, 25) were included in the per-protocol analysis. The DKT group had significantly faster time until first flatus (67.5 +/- 13.6h vs. 77.9 +/- 11.8h, P < 0.01) and bowel movement (82.9 +/- 17.8h vs. 99.5 +/- 18.9h, P < 0.01) and colonic transit time (91.9 +/- 19.8h vs. 115.2 +/- 12.8 h, P < 0.05). There were no significant intergroup differences in secondary endpoints and adverse events. DKT accelerates colonic motility in patients undergoing laparoscopic-assisted colectomy for colon cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
Issue number129
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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