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Western medicine and traditional Korean medicine clash over terminology

Western medicine and traditional Korean medicine, both widely practiced in South Korea, take different approaches when treating patients. The former mainly diagnoses the disease based on the patient’s symptoms and treats the disease using drugs and surgery. On the other hand, oriental medicine considers diagnosis, treatment, and prevention comprehensively, and uses herbal medicine and acupuncture to balance the body and cure the root cause of illness. The roots of traditional Korean medicine can be traced back to 3000 BC, according to its practitioners. Although the field is influenced by ancient Chinese medicine, traditional Korean medicine is recognized for its unique therapeutic techniques. Its use was greatly accelerated by Ho Jun, the 16th-century royal physician and author of the treasured Joseon text, Donguibogam.

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/08/119_334460.html?utm_source=fl Western medicine and traditional Korean medicine clash over terminology

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