Japanese Medicine Guide: Kusuri for Travelers in Japan

Are you traveling to Japan and have no idea what Japanese medicine to take for headaches, flu, poor digestion, hangovers, aches and other problems? In this article we will see a guide to Japanese remedies for various problems and situations.

It is worth remembering that many medicines in Japan usually come in packs with many small pills. It is usually necessary to take 2 or more pills to equal one pill in Brazil. It's best to follow the instructions!

Kusuri and Yakkyoku - Drugstore in Japan

Kusuri [薬] means medicines, pharmaceuticals, medicines and medicinal drugs. You already know what to ask if you are in a pharmacy.

Pharmacy in Japanese is called Yakkyoku [薬局] and they usually offer more than just medicine. Some Japanese pharmacies are big markets with different types of products.

Throughout this article you will learn the names of some remedies to take care of your health. If you are feeling very unwell, we recommend looking for one: hospital in japan.

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Classification of medicines in Japan

On the packaging of Japanese medicines, you will find the following characters [第○類医薬品] where in place of the circle will be a number from 1 to 3. This number is the classification of the medicine where each number means:

Class 1 drugs: They cannot be purchased directly, but are delivered by pharmacists. The medicine is usually strong and has several side effects.

Class 2 drugs: Sold by registered pharmacists or retailers. While class 2 drugs are not as intense as class 1 drugs, keep an eye out for side effects.

Class 3 drugs: These are regular medications available at any pharmacy. Registered pharmacists and resellers will be able to answer any questions about this over-the-counter drug.

In some medicines you will find the characters [第[2]類医薬品] – These class 2 medications should not be taken with other medications and are not suitable for pregnant women and children.

Japanese Remedies for Headaches and Others

Many people experience headaches because of the change in weather or mental fatigue. O Bufferin [バファリン] is a medicine used mainly for headache symptoms and costs an average of 1,000 unmodified.

It also has other different versions, each targeting a certain type of pain symptom:

  • Bufferin A - Standard;
  • Premium Buffering - Extreme pain;
  • Bufferin Luna - Cramps and other pains;
  • Bufferin Kaze EX – Related to colds;

Tylenol [タイレノール] is another remedy used for headaches, it is the equivalent of paracetamol. It is usually indicated against fever, flu, toothache, headache, menstrual cramps, arthritis and back pain.

Guide to Japanese Remedies to Take in Japan

Another very common remedy for headaches is EVE QUICK which is composed of ibuprofen. Both tylenol and EVE and other headache meds can cost around 1,000 yen.

When we take a trip to Japan, we can also end up suffering from muscle aches. But in Japan this is not a problem when you have the Vantelin [バンテリン] that can be found easily.

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Japanese cold and flu remedies

In addition to those mentioned Bufferin and Tylenol that can combat certain types of flu symptoms, there are Japanese remedies for flu and colds.

Pabron [パブロン] is a remedy that relieves your cold, eases symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and runny nose. This remedy can be found in pill and powder forms for around 1300 yen.

Guide to Japanese Remedies to Take in Japan

We also have Lulu Attack EX [ルルアタック EX] which relieves chills, nasal congestion, phlegm, fevers and sneezing. The medicine Kakkonto [葛根湯] has the same effect, but is mostly used at the beginning of colds.

If you want a remedy that directly combats a symptom, you can search the pharmacy for the words below:

  • 風邪 (kaze) - common cold;
  • 喉 (node) - throat;
  • 咳 (seki) - cough;
  • 咳き込む (sekikomu) - violent cough;
  • 痰 (tan) - phlegm;
  • 鼻づまり ha (hanazumari) - stuffy nose;
  • くしゃみ (kushami) - sneezing;
  • さむけ (samuke) - shaking;
  • 発熱 (netsu) - fever;
  • アレルギ (arerugī) - allergy;

Japanese remedies for sore throat

For sore throat and sore throat we have the Loxonin S which also serves against joint pain, sprains, headaches, bruises, broken bone pain, shoulder pain, neuralgia, muscle pain and cramp.

But if you have a weak stomach it is better to look for other medicines because the Loxonin S affects the stomach and is more expensive than other pain relievers. You can just buy cheap medicine like throat lozenges.

Guide to Japanese Remedies to Take in Japan

Go to a pharmacy and look for node [のど/喉] which means throat. You can even find throat lozenges at grocery stores and convenience stores.

Japanese Medicines for Nausea and Digestion

The Travelmin [トラベルミ] is the medicine indicated to help you with nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. O Travelmin Junior [トラベルミンジュニア] is suitable for children over 5 years old.

However, another remedy that can be used for this same problem is Seirogan [正露丸], it pretty much has the same effect and relieves your stomach pain and your poor digestion.

The Seirogan It has a very strong smell and taste, not being very pleasant, that is, not everyone can take this type of medication.

Guide to Japanese Remedies to Take in Japan

Fibe Mini is a drink that promises to relieve constipation. Anyone who has intestinal problems and becomes constipated easily, whether from stress or food, Fibe Mini can alleviate quickly in emergencies.

Another remedy that can help with this same problem is Gaster 10 which mainly relieves heartburn and improves the functioning of the stomach, this medicine has its liquid, powder and tablet formula.

Japanese medicines for insect bites

The Kinkan [キンカン] is mostly used for bites of all kinds of insects, body aches in the hips, shoulders, sprains and bruises. this remedy is a liquid that is applied to the area where the insect has bitten.

But there is not only Kinkan [キンカン], there is also the Muhi [ムヒ]. This remedy can be used for frostbite, dermatitis, rashes, inflammation, eczema and hives.

This medicine comes with tubes or roll-on, that are applied in the desired places where they were bitten by the insects. You can also choose to repellents and other creams that we mentioned in the article about insects from Japan.

Guide to Japanese Remedies to Take in Japan

Japanese hangover medicines

The heparize [ヘパリーゼ] will help you through a hangover, this miracle medicine will help you to have strength the next day after a night out in a izakaya or at a party.

No Mikata [ノミカタ] is a medicine that by taking it can avoid the symptoms of hangover, you can take it before drinking alcoholic beverages or during, even after drinking. We also recommend the Ukon No Chikara [ウコンの力].

These remedies can also be found in convenience stores in a beverage version in a small glass bottle. Some can be dissolved in water. If you are looking for another remedy, search for the word futsukayoi [二日酔い ].

female japanese medicines

Ninokyua used for dry skin, red bumps, itchiness, irritated skin and other symptoms of those with sensitive skin. These symptoms can be found in the arms and legs and cause an uncomfortable feeling.

The BB chocolate helps with hormonal issues that can be common especially in women. O BB chocolate they are pills that have vitamins and fight acne and even canker sores from the inside out.

Bo-koren helps relieve the typical pain of a urinary tract infection, decreases that feeling of going to the bathroom and helps to eliminate the bacteria that causes the infection.

meditator is quite popular in Japan for vaginal infections [kanjida chitsuen]. many women use before go to the doctor for symptom relief. found in ointment, spray or tablet formulations.

Vocabulary to find your medicine in Japan

To finish the article, I will leave a list of words that are symptoms and you can look up the medicines or ask a pharmacist or registered seller.

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common coldかぜ/風邪 kaze
acneニキビ nikibi
pressure point stickerつぼ用シール tsuboyō shīru
allergyアレルギー arerugī
antihistamine抗ヒスタミン剤 kōhisutaminzai
burning, burningヒリヒリ hiri-hiri
Job's tears drawはとむぎエキス hatomugi ekisu
asthmaぜんそく/喘息 zensoku
heartburn, sour stomach胸やけ/胸焼け munayake, muneyake
saffronウコン ukon
nutritional drink (energy/vitamins)栄養ドリンク eiyō dorinku
bubble, pimpleおでき odeki
cornたこ tako
faceかお kao
carnitineカルニチン karunichin
poulticeパップ剤 pappuzai
phlegmたん/痰 tan
scar傷あと kizuato
scar, markあと ato
itchy eyes目のかゆみ me no kayumi
cholesterolコレステロール koresuterōru
collagenコラーゲン korāgen
eye drops目薬 megusuri
eat a lot食べ過ぎ/食べすぎ/たべすぎ tabesugi
itchかゆみ kayumi
pill錠劑 jōzai
compressシップ剤 shippuzai
freezingしもやけ/霜焼け shimoyake
excessive consumption飲み過ぎ/飲みすぎ/のみすぎ nomisugi
elbowひじ hiji
creamクリーム kurīmu
calciumカルシウム karushiumu
capsuleカプセル kapuseru
daiperおむつ omutsu
blue light damageブルーライトダメージ burū raito damēji
peeling skin due to dryness皮むけ kawamuke
discolorationシミ shimi
diarrhea下痢/げり geri
dietダイエット daietto
stomach pain discomfort胃の不快感 i no fukaikan
stomach ache, nauseaむかつき mukatsuki
eczemaしっしん shisshin
bruise打ち身 uchimi
baggedパック pakku
mouthwashうがい薬 ugai-gusuri
rashかぶれ kabure
rash, acne吹き出物 fukidemono
heat rashあせも asemo
scald, burnやけど yakedo
sneezingくしゃみ kushami
steroidsステロイド suteroido
stomachおなか onaka
heavy stomach, troublesome digestion胃もたれ imotare
eyestrain目の疲れ me no tsukare
fever発熱/熱 netsu
woundきず kizu
fissureあかぎれ akagire
ribbonテープ剤 tēpuzai
throatのど/喉 nodo
cream gelクリーミィーゲル kurīmī geru
jamゼリー zerī
Royal jellyローヤルゼリー rōyaru zerī
plasterプラスター剤 purasutāzai
ginkgoイチョウ ichō
granuleスティック顆粒 sutikku karyū
hydrogen水素 suiso
individualひび hibi
inflammation, inflammationただれ tadare
soy isoflavone大豆イソフラボン daizui isofurabon
kneeひざ hiza
tearing due to dry skinかきむしる kakimushiro
languorだるさ darusa
lecithinレシチン reshichin
contact lensesコンタクトレンズ/コンタクト/レンズ kontakuto renzu, kontakuto, renzu
calorie limitカロリミット karorimitto
lotionローション rōshon
luteinルテイン rutein
powder medicine粉薬 konagusuri
corn on the footうおの目/魚の目 uo no me
mineralミネラル mineraru
multi-mineralマルチミネラル maruchi mineraru
multivitaminマルチビタミン maruchi bitamin
stuffy nose鼻づまり/鼻詰まり hanazumari
náusea吐き気/はきけ hakike
nausea, gaggingこみ上げる komiageru
dry eyesドライアイ dorai ai
dry eyes目の渇き/目のかわき me no kawaki
stiff shoulders肩こり katakori
dry skinかさつく kasatsuku
dry and scaly skin粉ふき kofuki
rough and cracked skin荒れ肌 arehada
to hangさかむけ sakamuke
Bug bite虫刺され/虫さされ mushi-sasare
pigmentation黒ずんだ kurozunda
placentaプラセンタ purasenta
athlete's foot水虫 mizumushi
sunburn, tanひやけ/日焼けhiyake
chitosanキトサン kitosan
hangover二日酔い futsukayoi
neck stiffness寝違え nechigae
frecklesそばかす sobakasu
feeling sick, nauseaむかむか mukamuka
feeling bloated, gassyおなかのハリ、おなかのガスだまり onaka no hari, onaka no gasu-damari
feeling dry, roughガサガサ gasa-gasa
somnolence眠気 nemuke
sprayスプレー supurē
supplementサプリメント sapurimento
coughせき/咳 seki
violent cough咳きこむ/咳き込む sekikomu
tremorさむけ samuke
moistureうるおい uruoi
redness赤み akami
wartいぼ ibo
blurry vision目のかすみ me no kasumi
Vitaminビタミン bitamin
zinc亜鉛 a’en
hyaluronic acidヒアルロン酸 hiaruronsan

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