High quality medicinal herbs.
Since its establishment, the Wakunaga group of companies has been playing a unique role in promoting public health worldwide through the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of high quality medicinal herbs. The corporate philosophy of Wakunaga centers around a commitment to research and a mission to serve public health. This mission is accomplished by providing products of the highest quality, which are supported by truthful science and accompanied by helpful consumer information.
Self-medication now prevails worldwide as a major trend in health care, partly as a remedy for saving government medical costs. On the other hand, self-medication is also a counteraction to side effects sometimes caused by the treatments of “traditional” Western medicine. While modern medical technology is important and crucial to save lives from serious illnesses or injuries, it is essential to prevent diseases as much as possible. Under the current environment, where self-medication is promoted and “alternative” medicine is well accepted, medicinal herbs can be widely used to enhance the immune system and support the body’s natural self-healing power to maintain good health.
Both Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, the headquarters in Japan, and Wakunaga of America Company, the subsidiary in the United States, keenly recognize the social responsibility of companies engaged in manufacturing pharmaceuticals and nutritional and herbal supplements. This responsibility permeates every aspect of Wakunaga’s operations.
At Wakunaga, we are leaders in the field of scientific research. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing systems and stringent quality assurance result in products that are safe and effective — products that protect and serve our consumers. It is our continuing mission to promote good health throughout the world.
The Wakunaga group owes its origin to two gentlemen, a scientist and a banker. Dr. Eugene Schnell, former Professor of Berlin University, immigrated to Japan in the 1930’s, when he was invited by a leading Japanese chemical company to build its technical foundation. After World War II, he served under General MacArthur heading the Drug Administration of Japan. This experience led to his belief that the Japanese people needed basic natural nutrition to regain their physical strength and protect themselves from adverse postwar health conditions. In 1954, Dr. Schnell met a banker of insight, Mr. Manji Wakunaga, who emphasized the obligation of the pharmaceutical industry to devote itself to research and development rather than misleading advertising. Sharing the same philosophy, these two men joined forces to develop natural and beneficial products and to market such products with truthful information.
In 1955, Mr. Manji Wakunaga established Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company in Osaka, Japan. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Schnell developed an aging extraction process for garlic, which resulted in a unique Aged Garlic Extract™ preparation. After establishing the foundation of the market in Japan, Mr. Wakunaga turned his eyes overseas. In 1972, together with his son, Gisuke Wakunaga, he established Wakunaga of America, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was now able to extend the distribution of Aged Garlic Extract under the “KYOLIC®” brand to Americans and other health conscious people of the world.