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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Traditional Korean Medicine

Hello Chingoos Around the World!

Many countries around the world have their own traditional medicine, which is built on their tradition and experience.As you all know Asian Countries as Well Known for there traditional medicine since ages. Western medicine dominated the health industry in a short period of time due to circumstances in recent history. The 19th century was the century of wars and epidemics so Western medicine was needed more as it focused on surgical operations and bacterial study.However situations have changed. The threat of war is less prevalent than in the past and surroundings are more hygienic. Interests are growing in degenerative and other diseases rather than emergency cases.
The world is aging fast and environmental awareness is growing, so demand for natural medicine is growing fast.
Korea is not only a hot destination for medical tourism, but many doctors from around the world are coming to learn the latest medical technologies. About 1,000 doctors come to Korea annually to receive training in plastic surgery, organ transplants and robotic surgery.
Various Medici Herbs

Korean medicine was originated in ancient and prehistoric times and can be traced back as far as 3000 B.C.The oldest medical book in China, Huangdi Neijing (475-221 BC or 206 BCE–220 BCE) states its first text, Suwen that “Stone Needle Acupuncture came from the East”. Also from another ancient text originating in China, Shan hai Jing (BC 202∼AD 220). Stone needle acupuncture of the Paleolithic Age was discovered in North Hamgyong Province in North Korea, which proves that the history of acupuncture dates back over 4,000 years; even longer ago than the Stone Age period.In the Goryeo dynasty  traditional medicine from the Silla dynasty and Indian medicine as influenced by Buddhism were adopted. By the time the Yuan Dynasty was established in China, Korean medicine had developed its own techniques. This was because hostile states in southern Manchuria at Korea's borders prevented the exchange of medical knowledge between the two countries. More investigation of domestic herbs took place, and the result was the publication of numerous books on domestic herbs. Medical theories at this time were based on medicine of Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty|Yuan  but prescriptions were based on the medicine of the Unified Silla period see the medical text Hyangyak Gugeupbang which was published in 1245 and can be translated as First Aid Prescriptions Using Native Ingredients.

Benefits Of Different Herbal Tea's

Yulmucha (Job's tears tea) 
The tea of Job's tears has diuretic effects, helping the body to remove excess water and edema. It has a balanced content of vitamin B, calcium, protein, and carbohydrates, so it is good for skin toning and removing liver spots and freckles.
Daechucha (Jujube tea)
Jujube tea is high in Vitamin P, which helps prevent aging. It has long been enjoyed for health purposes. The tea is effective in controlling pigmentation and removing rough skin. It is also good for preventing feelings of coldness as it is high in sugar, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin C.
Gugijacha (Chinese matrimony vine tea)
The young buds of the Chinese matrimony vine are high in rutin and potassium, which help prevent the weakening of capillary vessels and maintain blood pressure at normal levels. The tea is also good for improving blood circulation in women, so it helps improve the skin and remove liver spots. The tea can be boiled with honey, ginger, cinnamon, and jujube to improve the taste.
Duchungcha (Hardy rubber tree tea)
The tea is made by boiling the bark or leaves of the hardy rubber tree. It is helpful in improving the health and energy of the body, and its high amount of vitamin C is good for the skin. Its effect on improving blood circulation helps raise metabolism, while its diuretic effect prevents edema. The tea also lowers blood cholesterol and thus is good for preventing obesity. 

Maesilcha (Asian apricot tea) 
The Asian apricot tea relieves constipation and prevents liver spots and aging of the skin. The tea is good for those who are having skin troubles due to stress or lack of sleep. The tea can be boiled in large amounts and kept in the refrigerator for consuming like water. 


Many People around world are getting Korean medicine Treatment for Insomnia (is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired) & which have shown effective results.One of the ways traditional Korean medicine continues to adhere to the traditional ways is with herbal decoctions (a liquid form of herbal medicine). 

In Japan, 95% or more of the Oriental medicine market is in the form of processed tablets or powder. In Korea, traditional medicinal doctors still prefer to prescribe herbal decoctions, despite the inconvenience of use and storage.The effective components dissolved in an herbal decoction are quickly absorbed in the body for quick treatment. As a patient’s symptoms change, the prescription can easily be modified by just adding or taking out some herbal ingredients. Thanks to this advantage, herbal decoctions have been the most widely used form of traditional medicine in Korea. Pills are prescribed only if a patient is not in a condition to drink herbal decoction or if the patient’s physical constitution does not accommodate it. If getting treated in a traditional Korean medicinal hospital, it is advised that you get prescribed a custom-tailored herbal decoction. In particular, the ‘physical constitution improvement decoction,’ which helps increase immunity and detoxify the body, must be custom-tailored to meet the needs of the patient in order to be fully effective. A custom-tailored herbal decoction uses as few as 6 to 8 ingredients or as many as 30 or more herbs, depending on a patient’s symptoms and physical constitution. The prescription starts from an accurate diagnosis. The doctor will carefully feel the pulse and observe the face, voice, and physical features of the patient, while asking about his or her eating habits, lifestyle, and character.    

5 Ways of Treatment -
1. Herbal Medicine
2. Acupuncture
3. Moxibustion
4. Aromatheraphy
5. Meditation

In all above 5 Moxibustion never heard by many it is a 
technique in which heat is applied to the body with a stick or a cone of burning mugwort. The tool is placed over the affected area without burning the skin. The cone or stick can also be placed over a pressure point to stimulate and strengthen the blood.

Daegu's Yangneyeongsi Herbal Medicine Market

Seoul Yangnyeong Market is one of the most famous oriental medicine markets in Korea. The market slowly started to establish itself in the late 1960s when small medicinal herbs stores started opening one by one. Today, the market has grown to become the nation's largest oriental medicine market, and 70 percent of the oriental medicine traded in Korea goes through here.All Korean medicinal herbs can be found here including several types of ginseng, dates, milk vetch roots, as well as a variety of herbal medicine preparations for maintaining good health. More than 800 oriental medicine shops and clinics are located in this area. 
We can also visit the Yangneyeongsi Herb Medicine Museum and learn about the development of Traditional Korean medicine it  was established in 2006 to introduce people to the excellent effectiveness of Korean oriental medicine, and to preserve and pass on its history and culture.

The Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Festival is one of the leading festivals in Daegu and the only area in Korea designated as a special district of herb medicine. The festival is held in Yangnyeong, Daegu, where herbal medicine shops line the streets.Also participating in a wide spectrum of programs offered at the traditional festival.
This exciting and vibrant festival never fails to attract crowds of tourists interested in herb medicine, providing them the opportunity to learn about the history of Yangnyeong-si, Daegu, at the Yangnyeongsi Exhibition Hall, and to purchase high-quality herbal medicine products at an affordable price from the wholesale market.

So Korea Is Not Only famous for it's K-POP ,Technology Or Beautiful Islands But is also a Traditional Cultural Medicine Hot Spot.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Seoul Lantern Festival !

Hello Friends there is no such person who does not love colorful lighting lanterns & that to huge as a elephant size / small as a butterfly size so or we could even make our own if anyone traveling Korea to experience winter you must experience the warmth of the 4th Seoul Lantern Festival in the chilling cold weather from 2nd of November 2012 to the 18th along side of Cheonggyecheon Stream !

There will be around 30000 various shape sized lanterns which were in use at the time of Joseon Dynasty /Various types of animals/Various Musical instruments/ we can also see all the 7 wonders shining together in night /Logos of Companis or Organizations which is shown in and along side of famous man-made stream Cheonggye Plaza and Seungyo Bridge which gets a dipped into the lights and even it makes a perfect refection of the lanterns in the water.But do visit one section that features Korea's 600 years old traditional lanterns made by local artists & with many international artist made lanterns.

"But All The Lanterns are made up of Korean Hand Made Paper Known as Hanji"

But it is not that you can only experience the beauty of lanterns during night but also in day time we can experience the vibrant colors & various traditional folk dance or even Visitors can participate in various competitions such as lantern making , floating the lantern in the water for good luck,lantern Fortress.Here visitors can learn the way of making lanterns with Hanji. It is also an opportunity to meet various local people & know the Korean Culture well. 
But there is also an another Lotus Lantern Festival which is in May Every year in honor of Buddhas Birthday.
So don't miss the Lighting
Opportunity if you are planing to visit Korea or there this Winter.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Winter Attraction's In Korea

Winter Attractions In Korea

As Winter comes first things comes to our mind is Vacation,Christmas & New Year Party's i.e just having Fun & Party.So there are lots of places must visit in winters in Korea from Mid November to End of February.As it has started to getting cold from last 20 days or so were are at the doorsteps of winter In Korea.

If Any one is a Skiing lover or want to learn skiing then Korea is a paradise for adventures sports during Winter.There are also short training courses of skiing which are helpful. As there are many Ski Resorts but there are some which are must visit here is the List -

  1. Yangji Pine Resort is equipped with many fine slopes that can be enjoyed by both beginner and expert skiers.Which Just takes 50 Mins. of bus ride from Seoul.It has "Everland Resort" which is the Best amusement parks in Korea. Everland is a large-sized theme park that holds more than 4.5 million Pyongyang of land housing an animal zoo, amusement park, snow sledding slopes, botanical gardens and more. Korea’s largest theme park lives up to its reputation, as it dresses the whole park in a wondrous illusion even down to the part-time cleaning employees, wearing cute uniforms. The colorful fantasy world of Everland provides an enormous array of events and rides along with sledding at the Everland Snow Sledding Slopes, and remains truly a must-visit for those desiring to fully feel the sensations of Korea’s winter. 

2. Jisan Forest Resort is located in Icheon city, Gyeonggi-do province, and due to it’s close proximity to Seoul, many people come to the resort to enjoy a day on the slopes.It is located 1hrs of Bus journey from Seoul.

3. The Gyeonggi Konjiam Resort is the largest ski resort in the Gyeonggi-do region, and is located only 40 minutes from Seoul. The resort provides a total of 11 ski slopes.
4. Yongpyong The patron saint of ski stations in Korea. In operation since 1976, and with an elevation of 1350 m, it offers a wide variety of slopes.  It is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea. It has 31 slopes, 15 different lift facilities, including one 3.7 km. long cable car lift, and Korea's largest ski house.Count on three hours travel time from Seoul  by shuttle bus and car only. The Rainbow lift seems to operate only for a limited time. The Gold lift features mostly long intermediate runs.Yongpyong will host technical alpine skiing events for the 2018 Winter Olympics (slalom and giant) and 2018 Winter Paralympics.

5. Muju is Perhaps the most scenic layout of any ski resort in Korea. A beautiful panorama awaits you at the highest summit of any ski station in the country (approximately 1530 m). Catch some “Hermanator” time on the summit runs! Again, plenty of nearby accomodations.It is rail-accessible and also the only major resort south of Seoul (it is located S.E. of Daejeon in North Jeolla Province).

Phoenix Park is Almost all the way to Yongpyeong it is known as the most snowboard-friendly resort among Korean boarders. Some great runs, but again really only accessible by car or shuttle bus. At an elevation of 1050 m, it boasts the Aerial course and the Champion lift with the rather ambitiously named Mount Blanc lodge perched on the highest peak.
Many of the ski resorts of Korea are scattered throughout Gangwon-do Province, the region that gets the most annual snowfall. These facilities, despite their location outside the popular city of Seoul, attract thousands of tourists each year who have come to try their luck on the slopes and experience the magic of winter.

The Seoraksan National Park of Korea is famous for both its geographical features and its hot springs. After a rewarding hike in the beautiful snow-covered mountains and then settle down at the Seorak Waterpia for a memorable bath in the hot springs when it is snowing outside. The waterpark overlooks the wondrous mountain ranges of the Seoraksan Mountains, offering a large variety of water facilities and therapies in the Aqua Dome, and an array of small themed baths providing a great view of the scenery.

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival features many Ice sculptures competition from the artists from around the world.Which is held in mid January every year.There are variety of events including magic shows, music concerts, making a snowman and sledding.Near Jangseong visitors can enjoy a fabulous Ice fishing experience & catch a smelt Which lives in clean water only. 

Hallasan Mountains is another amazing place to visit not only in winters but any time of the years it is place which would any Mounters or Hiking/Trek or Adventure lover would loved to be there.
It is in the beautiful Jeju-do Island’s & it is also the highest Peak of Korea.

So think fast & Act Quick this is the right time to plan and visit during vacations.