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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.