korean traditional medicine


Korean medicine refers to the medical practices used in Korea, an ancient history with some overlap with TCM and the healing practices of East Asia. When a small child whines, Korean grandfathers need only say, "If you keep whining, the doctor will put a needle in you!" to put a stop to it immediately. In fact the mere thought of not just one but scores of acupuncture needles being pricked into bare skin evokes great fear in many, not just young children – evidence of how acupuncture is deeply entrenched in the daily lives of Koreans. Called "chim" in Korean, acupuncture is one of several treatment methods of traditional Korean medicine.

Many people's lives have been changed by acupuncture, including Raimund Royer's. While on a backpacking trip in Korea in 1987 as a young man, the Austrian injured his ankle, requiring him to receive acupuncture treatment at a traditional Korean medical clinic. Royer recalls his terror upon seeing the needles and watching the doctor as he stuck them in parts of his body that seemed completely unrelated to his hurt ankle. Unable to communicate in Korean, the Austrian's patience was severely tried. However, after the application of a few needles and a few cautious steps on both feet, the pain disappeared. Shocked by the experience, Royer made the decision to move to Korea and study traditional Korean medicine. After receiving his doctorate, he began his career as a doctor of traditional Korean medicine.

Traditional Korean medicine, which has been in existence since antiquity, is based on Eastern philosophy and was developed through medical exchanges between countries that use Chinese characters, such as China and Japan. In traditional Korean medicine, the human body is viewed as a miniature universe. The principles, treatment methods and medication for the physiology and pathology of the body are explained by the yin-yang and five elements theory, which is based on the concept of yin and yang as the operating principle of the universe. Therefore, illnesses are not treated and cured locally; rather, they are regarded as the result of an abnormality or change to the entire body and are, therefore, treated holistically.

Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy covenants with Traditional and herbalist way of preventing or treating a disease. Additionally its wide as well as focused scope encompasses modern evidence based clinical research. In this wide world country specific regional specific remedies exist, some are very popular and effective and some are legend or faith based and stooped in traditional following.

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