Traditional Medicine

Donguibogam Village, Sancheong-gun, Friday 6 September, 9am. In the daylight, I am beginning to get my bearings. The Sancheong World Traditional Medicine Expo is set in a 109 hectare (269 acre) site dominated by the dramatic peaks of Pilbongsan (pencil-peak mountain) and Wangsan (the King’s mountain). The natural slopes of these mountains establish the geography […]

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Traditional medicine is thriving in North Korea

by Philip Gowman 6 May 2013
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An interesting Associated Press article on the prevalence of Traditional Korean Medicine (called Koryo Medicine) in North Korea: “Doctors are more interested in Koryo medicine rather than Western medicine because they can get it more easily,” said Ri Hye Yong, who manages [Pyongyang’s Man Nyon Pharmacy], opened by the government nearly three decades ago. “It’s […]

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Traditional Chinese, Korean and Kampo Medicine: an introduction to the three main strands of Traditional Medicine in Northeast Asia

by Jinwoong Lim and Sena Lee 6 December 2012
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By Jinwoong Lim and Sena Lee According to the World Health Organization (WHO), traditional medicine “refers to the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health and in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.” Implicity bound up […]

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Needles and a mouth organ at Team Korea House

by Philip Gowman 10 August 2012
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Yes, there have been K-pop flashmobs, dancing robots, traditional music performances and comedy magic shows at Team Korea House. There has even been a live radio show broadcast from there, with presenters dressed in royal hanbok. Last Saturday (4 August) was the final performance by Dulsori before they head off to Germany. They opened with […]

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Traditional Korean medicine and hand acupuncture in Team Korea House

by Sena Lee 26 July 2012
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Team Korea House will be located at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60 Knightsbridge, during the 2012 London Olympics, from the 27th of July to the 12th of August. In addition to the interviews with the medal winners each morning (9am), a variety of interesting activities and events will take place, including: a drop-in workshop […]

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Chinese Health and Well-being Day at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2012
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A bit off-topic, but since LKL is proud, whenever we can, to publish articles on the subject of traditional Korean medicine, people may be interested in this session at Asia House next Saturday. I’m sure the Chinese do it just as well. Chinese Health and Well-being Day Saturday 14th July, 11:00- 16:00 Asia House In […]

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Sancheong 2012 herbal medicine festival in the news

by Philip Gowman 8 May 2012
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산청 화이팅!!! Glad to see Sancheong’s annual herbal medicine festival featured in the Chosun Ilbo English edition. http://bit.ly/L3ZOY2

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What is the Donguibogam and what is in it?

by Jin-woong Lim 30 October 2011
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Koreans usually have two choices when they have to visit a clinic: one is a medical clinic, employing western medicine for treatment; and the other is a traditional clinic, employing traditional medicine. There are many obvious differences between the two types, mainly concerning methods of diagnosis and treatment. Most importantly, the traditional medical clinic has […]

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Donguibogam: Prevention before Treatment

by Sena Lee 20 October 2011
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The Donguibogam is a medical encyclopedia written by Heo Jun (1539-1615), a royal physician and renowned doctor, in the 16th to 17th century. People often say there has been no traditional Korean medicine (TKM) doctor greater than him since. The encyclopedia was registered at UNESCO as part of the ‘Memory of the World’ register in […]

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Donguibogam to feature at the Thames Festival

by Sena Lee 7 September 2011
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2013 will see the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the Donguibogam, the most precious book in traditional Korean medicine (TKM). There will be a commemorative World Traditional Medicine EXPO (known as Donguibogam EXPO) in Sancheong in 2013 (6 September — 20 October, 45 days) to celebrate this anniversary. Sancheong County, at the foot […]

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Is there a doctor in the peninsula? – Heo Jun and the Donguibogam medical textbook

by Matthew Jackson 26 August 2011
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Known as one of the greatest books in the history of Eastern medicine, the Donguibogam was composed by Heo Jun, a court physician in the early 17th century, and is today included as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Despite the huge advances in medicine since that time, it is still referred to by doctors […]

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A top North Korean traditional medicine practitioner in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2011
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Interesting Yonhap article on ex-North Korean traditional medicine practitioner giving treatments to S Korean stars http://bit.ly/pMutUr (#)

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Not drugs, but musk deer medicine, say North Koreans

by Philip Gowman 18 July 2011
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Five North Korean players have now tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid at the Women’s World Cup in Germany. The excuse: they were treated with traditional medicine from musk deer glands to treat injuries from a lightning strike. You couldn’t make it up. The last doping case at a World Cup was when Diego […]

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Korea wins Gold medal, best Artisan Garden at Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2011
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It is the first time that a Korean garden has been shown at the Chelsea Flower Show, and designer Jihae Hwang has been rewarded with a gold medal and the accolade of Best Artisan Garden. Rather like at Cannes, where there’s the main event and Un Certain Regard, at Chelsea there’s the Show Gardens and […]

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A Korean Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

by Philip Gowman 18 May 2011
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This is the first time a Korean design has been featured as a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, the official opening of the London social season. People not so familiar with Korean culture may raise an eyebrow over the theme of the garden – we Brits are all children at heart and think […]

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Donguibogam to get English translation

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2011
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The Donguibogam, the encyclopedia of Korean traditional medicine finished by Heo Jun in 1613, finally gets translation (http://bit.ly/ecjgvO #) in prepartation for the 400th anniversary of its publication. “The translation is almost done, and we will soon check the material a final time before publication,” said Shin Gyu-bum, an official at the Ministry of Health […]

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Traditional Korean Medicine in Korean Culture #2: Boyangsik and Boyak

by Sena Lee 9 December 2010
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Feeling below par? Get some energy food. Sena Lee explains why. Ask a Korean about Korean food and one of the things she’ll be sure to say is: “it’s very healthy”. Behind these words is a wealth of traditional knowledge about the health-giving properties of certain foods and combinations of ingredients. Two of the key […]

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